Summer Braid Styles For Black Women
There’s no better way to style your hair in the summer than to get a cute braided style. Braids are both practical and fashionable and with so many different ways you can wear them, you’ll never get bored. From classic cornrows, to feed-in braids, to box braids, the possibilities are almost endless. Summertime is the perfect time to get braids because you don’t have to worry about daily styling, even when partaking in classic summer activities, like trips to the beach or pool. Here are 35 gorgeous summer braid styles to inspire your next look.
1Super Long Double Braids
These super long double braids are perfect for the summer months. This style will keep your natural hair tucked away and protected while keeping your hair off your face and neck, helping you stay cool.
2Multi-Colored Box Braids
Summer is the perfect time of year to experiment with unconventional colors, like the ones in these multi-colored box braids. These gorgeous braids look great styled into a half up high bun.
3Braided High Bun
This cute style features medium-sized stitch braids that are arranged into a high bun. This is a great summer style that looks chic and keeps your hair up and out of your face, which is a plus on hot days.
4Box Braids Updo
Box braids are the quintessential summertime protective style. If you want to take this style up a notch, try arranging the braids into an intricate updo like the one pictured here. This is an elegant look that works well for more formal occasions.
5Purple and Pink Ombre Box Braids
Summer is the season for bright colors, making it a great time of year to rock these gorgeous pink and purple ombre box braids. Wear them down or in a cute half up high bun like the one pictured here.
6Box Braids High Ponytail
Getting short braids is a great choice for the summer months because they’re more lightweight than longer braids and you can opt to get them done with or without adding braiding hair. These shoulder-length box braids look great in a cute half up high ponytail.
7Red Box Braids High Bun
These beautiful red box braids look great styled into a chic high bun. This is a great, elegant summertime style.
8Cornrowed Low Bun
This gorgeous cornrowed low bun will effortlessly take you from hot summer days to warm summer nights. This is a classic, chic look that never goes out of style.
9Shoulder Length Box Braids
These shoulder length box braids are a great choice for the summer months. They’re lightweight and low-maintenance, keeping you cool and cute when the temperatures heat up.
10Stitch Braids High Bun
For this gorgeous style, the hair is braided into thick stitch braids that curve their way towards the center of the head. The ends of the braids are arranged into neat high bun. This style is both chic and practical: perfect for the summer months.
11Red Box Braids Halo Braid
These gorgeous red box braids are styled into a chunky halo braid. This is a unique way to style box braids and it’s a great choice for those hot summer months because it keeps your braids out of your face.
12Straight Back Cornrows
Nothing compares to the classic beauty of straight back cornrows. Adding braiding hair provides extra length and a protective element, making this style both beautiful and functional.
13Golden Brown Chunky Box Braids
These gorgeous chunky box braids are the perfect protective style for summer. This striking golden brown color is sure to give you a carefree sun-kissed look all summer long.
14Triangle Part Box Braids
These pretty triangle part box braids feature a gorgeous chocolate brown color that’s perfect for summertime. Adorn these braids with colored cord to make them stand out even more.
15Braided High Ponytail
This stunning style features neat cornrows that curve up into a high ponytail. High ponytails are always in style and this one is no exception.
16Lavender Ombre Box Braids
These gorgeous ombre lavender box braids are a great summer style. Pastel hues are perfect for the warmer months and so are box braids. The ombre lavender color is great for those who want to experiment with a bold color but don’t want to commit to full-on color.
17Double Ghana Braids
These stunning double Ghana braids are the perfect summertime style. Wrap these ultra long braids in colored cord for an extra touch of embellishment.
18Twisted Box Braid Updo
This gorgeous updo is a chic way to style your box braids and it’s perfect for both special occasions and daily wear. This is an especially great look for the summer months.
19Light Brown Ombre Box Braids
These light brown ombre box braids are a great summertime style: it gives you a pretty, sun-kissed look that you can style in a variety of cute ways.
20Triangle Part Box Braids With Gold Beads
Box braids with triangle shaped parts have become more and more popular in recent years. These pretty braids are adorned with gold beads, making them the perfect summertime style.
21Pink and Purple Ombre Box Braids
These gorgeous ombre box braids are a great choice for those who want to experiment with a bold color for the summer. The braiding hair used for these braids fades from black to purple to pink for a gorgeous ombre effect.
22Straight Back Stitch Braids
These gorgeous stitch braids are a more modern take on classic straight back cornrows. This is a great style for the summer months because it’ll keep your hair tucked away and protected while you enjoy all your favorite warm weather activities.
23Purple Box Braids
These vibrant, deep purple box braids include hints of indigo color for a really striking look. Summer is the perfect time of year to rock a new hair color. Purple is a great choice for those who want a vibrant but understated color for the summer.
24Multi-Sized Cornrowed High Bun
These multi-sized cornrows look great styled into a chic high bun. Braided buns are perfect for summer because they keep your hair up and off your shoulders. Play up this look with some over-sized earrings and a bold lip.
25Blonde Goddess Braids
These blonde goddess braids will give you a sun-kissed, bohemian look all summer long. Add a few cowrie shells or other accessories to customize this look.
These side-swept cornrows are an especially great choice for the summer months, but this light brown color will give you a vibrant glow any time of year.
27Golden Brown Box Braids
These gorgeous golden brown box braids look great styled into a half up half down bun. This is a great color for the summer because it will accentuate your sun-kissed complexion.
28Bob Length Box Braids
The bob is a classic style that continues to stand the test of time. These bob length box braids are the perfect summer style, keeping your hair protected, allowing you to enjoy all the warm weather has to offer.
29Stitch Braids High Ponytail
These pretty stitch braids are styled into a chic high ponytail. The hair is braided at a diagonal, for a really striking look.
30Chunky Box Braids
These chunky box braids are a great look for the summer. Chunky braids take less time to install than smaller braids and they put a little less stress on your roots, two pluses for those looking to protect their hair.
31Cornrows and Twists
This gorgeous style combines cornrows in the front with long twists in the back. Combining these two looks creates a more unique style that’s perfect for summer. Use kanekalon hair if you want your twists to have a more shiny appearance.
32Box Braids Half Up High Bun
These classic jet black box braids look great any time of year. Add a few beads and style them into a half up high bun for a look that’s perfect for summer. These braids are also long enough to style in a variety of other cute ways.
33Ultra Long Brown Box Braids
These ultra long box braids have an ethereal look that’s great for the summer months. Their light brown color will give you a sun-kissed look that’s perfectly in season. You can create lots of cute styles with braids this long, including updos, buns, and ponytails.
Fulani braids continue to stand the test of time with their timeless beauty. Versions of this style experienced a surge of popularity after the release of Beyonce’s “Lemonade” visual album. This style is an especially great option for the summer months but it looks great all year round.
35Cornrowed High Bun With Gold Beads
This gorgeous style is created by braiding the hair into chunky cornrows. The ends of the braids are arranged into a chic high bun and adorned with gold beads for an added touch of embellishment. To finish off this look, the edges are carefully slicked down with gel for an extra sleek look.