Natural Hairstyles Braids
Braids are classic, versatile, and practical. If you have natural hair, there are a variety of cute braided styles you can create, regardless of how long or short your hair may be. While many popular braided styles use extensions, there are tons of styles you can create using just your natural hair. You can combine braids with twists, curls, and afros to create gorgeous looks that show off the versatility and beauty of natural hair. Hair accessories like beads and cord can take braided styles to the next level. Here are 35 natural braided hairstyles to inspire your next look.
1Fulani Braids on Natural Hair
These gorgeous Fulani braids are adorned with black beads on the ends. Falling right around the shoulders, these braids are a great way to style your natural hair: it’s a regal look that will make you look and feel like a queen.
This pretty cornrowed updo is another great way to style your natural hair. The hair is braided up towards the crown of the head and the ends of the hair are styled into loose twists.
3Short Braids With Beads
Box braids are a timeless style. While they’re often created using braiding hair, they also look great on natural hair. Add gold beads throughout to add a little flair.
4Braids with High Ponytail
These pretty box braids are a great choice for medium to long natural hair. Pull some of the braids in the front into a high ponytail and secure with a colorful satin scrunchie for a quick, easy style.
5Braided Low Bun On Natural Hair
This gorgeous style is a great choice for special occasions as well as daily wear. The hair is braided into two chunky cornrows on each side of the head and the ends are styled into a chic low bun. Gold cord is intertwined into the braids, making this style look extra fancy.
6Bob Length Braids on Natural Hair
These gorgeous bob length box braids look absolutely stunning on natural hair. Styled with a simple middle part, these medium sized braids fall right above the shoulders.
7Two Chunky Braids With Side Part
This simple but chic style is created by braiding the hair into two chunky braids. The hair is parted on the side for a slightly asymmetrical look. For an extra sleek look and to elongate your natural hair, do this style on stretched, blow dried hair.
8Cornrow Updo With Curls
This chic style is created by cornrowing the hair towards the crown of the head and styling the ends into defined curls. This is a great style for short to medium length natural hair.
9Side Swept Braids on Natural Hair
These pretty medium-sized box braids are arranged into a simple side-swept style. A couple of the braids are wrapped in silver cord, adding a little pop of metallic color.
10Chunky Braids With Gold Beads
Here’s a simple but cute way to style your natural hair. Start on stretched hair and braid the hair into two chunky braids. Add some gold beads to embellish.
11Short Box Braids
These short box braids are a great way to style your natural hair. Cover your hair at night with a satin scarf or bonnet to help this style last as long as possible.
12Straight Back Cornrows on Natural Hair
These straight back cornrows have a timeless beauty that never goes out of style. This style is practical and elegant.
13Frowhawk With Cornrows
This gorgeous frohawk is created by cornrowing the hair along the sides and leaving the hair out in the middle. This is a great way to show off your natural texture and this style can be created on pretty much any length of hair.
14Cornrows With Double Buns
This stunning style is created by braiding the hair into chunky, curved cornrows. The ends of the braids are arranged into two low buns and the braids are adorned with gold beads.
15Textured Mohawk with Cornrows
This beautiful style is created by cornrowing the hair along the sides of the head and pinning the hair in the middle into a textured mohawk. Because it keeps your ends tucked away, this style has a protective element, in addition to being cute.
16Chunky Side Braid
To create this style, start on stretched hair and braid the hair into one side swept chunky braid. This is a cute, easy way to style your natural hair.
17Braided Embellished Low Bun
This is a gorgeous style that’s great for special occasions. Start on stretched hair and cornrow the hair on each side of the head, then arrange the ends of the braids into a low bun. Add some gold or silver cord to the braids for an extra touch of embellishment.
18Braided Pigtails on Natural Hair
Here’s a quick, cute, and easy way to style your natural hair. Just part the hair down the middle and braid the hair into two braids. You can add gold beads to the ends of the braids if you like.
19Chunky Braided Low Buns
This gorgeous style is created by braiding the hair into two straight back chunky cornrows and arranging the ends of the braids into low buns. Add some gold beads to take this look up a notch.
20Sleek French Braids
These sleek french braids are a great option for all natural hair types. Start on stretched hair for the most elongation.
For this style, the hair is braided into multi-directional cornrows along the sides and the hair in the middle is rolled, tucked, and pinned into a gorgeous textured mohawk.
22Box Braids on Natural Hair
You don’t need to add braiding hair to create a flawless box braid style. Deep condition and thoroughly moisturize your hair before blow drying it to create the sleekest look.
23Chunky Cornrows with Curly Buns
This beautiful style is created by braiding the hair into four chunky cornrows, leaving the ends out to create two curly low buns. This is an elegant look that allows you to show off the versatility of natural hair.
24Double Halo Braids
These double halo braids are a chic way to style your natural hair. This style also keep your ends tucked away, giving it a protective quality as well: a win-win.
25French Braids on Natural Hair
French braids are a timeless style that looks great on all hair textures. This is a great way to style natural hair because it’s cute and practical. When you get tired of wearing them, unravel the braids for a cute, chunky braid out.
26Cornrows With Curls
This is an elegant look that combines straight back cornrows with voluminous curls. You can use flexi rods to create the curls or do a braid and curl.
27Shoulder Length Braids With Gold Beads
These shoulder-length box braids are adorned with gold beads. This is an especially great summertime look that will keep you looking and feeling cool.
28Elegant Braided Updo
This gorgeous updo is a great choice for weddings, proms, and other formal events. Start on blow dried hair for the best results. Braid the hair along the sides of the head then use bobby pins to pin the hair into place.
29Curls With Side Braids
This beautiful style combines cornrows with curls. Braid the hair on one side and create curls using perm rods, flexi rods, or by doing a braid out or braid and curl.
30French Braids With a Twist
Here’s a slightly different twist on traditional french braids. The hair is parted down the middle, then twisted along the sides while the ends are arranged into two braids. This is a great casual look that doesn’t take long to create.
These stunning halo braids are a great choice for both daily wear and formal events. Part the hair down the center and braid the hair into two chunky cornrows on each side of the head. Secure the ends of the braids at the nape of the neck.
32French Braids Low Bun
This is an elegant way to style your natural hair. For the sleekest look, start on stretched hair. Part the hair down the middle and braid the hair into french braids, arranging the ends of the braids into a chic low bun.
33Fulani Braids With Wooden Beads
These beautiful Fulani braids are adorned with wooden beads for a classic, regal look. This is a great braided look that can be created using just your natural hair.
34Box Braids High Ponytail
You can never go wrong with a high ponytail. These pretty shoulder-length box braids look great styled into a half up half down high ponytail. Add some silver beads to accessorize this look.
35Short Braids With Gold Beads
These gorgeous braids are created by parting the hair along the side to create a slightly asymmetrical look. Gold beads are added near the roots and near the ends for a unique look. These bob-length braids are a great choice for all natural hair types.