Braid breakdown for African women
11 December 2018
Looking for a simple yet stylish answer to your hairstyle in the upcoming summer months? With the sweltering heat well on its way, braids are here to save the day! They are a low-maintenance option for styling your hair for months at a time, but with so many braid hairstyles at your fingertips, how does a girl choose?
Some of the most popular braid hairstyles for black women at the moment include the low braided bun for chic elegance; twist rope braids, ideal for thick, unruly hair; and wrap-around braids with twists for a beautiful feminine feel. No matter your personal style, there’s a range of black hair braids to have you set for summer...
1. The braided bun
While these black hair braids are usually reserved for the older generation, they have come around again and are now being embraced by all age groups. With a mix of delicate and thick cornrows, swept up into a high or low bun, this is a classic hairstyle, chic for any occasion.
2. Feed-in braids
Feed-in braids are a twist on your traditional cornrows and offer a more natural, less ‘bulky’ look by creating a narrow, flat point at your hairline. They’re also a great alternative for a little less tension and protection for the ends of your hair.
3. The braided ponytail
The braided ponytail is perfect for a little summer sass, styled with feed-in braids which are then pulled back into a mid-height ponytail. The smaller braids of the ponytail are ideal as they won’t weigh you down and also work to protect the ends of your hair. This cornrow method also pulls on your edges for that sleek, snatched look.
4. The half-up do
Long, free-flowing African braids for summer are always a staple, but they can get hot and heavy at times! This is where the half-up do comes in handy. Styled with medium thick cornrows which are then pulled up into a chic ponytail, while the rest hang loose about the shoulders, this look is beautiful and feminine.
5. The centre-parted fishtail
Undoubtedly one of the most popular black hair braid styles over the past couple of years, the centre-parted fishtail is ideal for summer offering an edgy yet put-together look. This braided hairstyle allows for a little added fun, where you can combine platinum blonde or red extensions to your braids for a pop of summer colour.
6. Poetic Justice braids
Seeing as ‘90s style has done a full circle and come back into fashion this year, the iconic Poetic Justice braids, made popular by the movie of the same name, are right on-trend for summer. This is a fun, flirty and ultra-feminine look for anyone in their mid-20s or 30s!
7. Long braided and flowy
Finally, you can never go wrong with long, luscious and free-flowing braids – a signature look for many African women. The braids can be split into various types, including twist braids, locks or free-flowing box braids. You can also get creative and add coloured braids to the mix too.
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