African braids look stylish, give your hair a rest and can provide protection. There are a variety of braids to choose from and so many different ways to style them. If you are looking for a new braided style we are here to help. We have found 23 trendy ways to rock African braids. There is a hair idea for everyone from statement updos to summery braids with beads.
The first hairstyle we would like to share with you is this braided look with beads. This style has thin cross over braids on the top of the head while the rest of the hair is loose. There are also chunky beads too. We love this look and you can recreate it with different beads.
Brighten up your hair with ombre braids. These braids start off dark and then blend into a burgundy tone. We love the color used but you can have braids with any color. You can have vibrant or natural shades. Ombre braids can also be styled into buns, half-up hairstyles and more.
Next, we have a braided half-up style. Half the hair is braided and the rest has been put up into a bun. The bun looks great and shows the funky braids underneath. This hairstyle is perfect for someone who wants a trendy new look. Ombre braids would look amazing with a style like this too!
Want a braided style that will wow? Then you need to check out this next hairstyle. The hair has been braided onto one side with a crossover feature at the front. This is a gorgeous hair idea and it would be great for special occasions. You could even add some braid cuffs or beads.
Our next pick features a trendy zig zag pattern. The pattern is very intricate, neat and stylish. A statement making braided look like this will suit anyone. It would look amazing with different colors braided into it too. You can have long or short braids for a style like this.
Braided buns look very chic. This next style features a braided low bun. A hairstyle like this would be perfect for occasions like weddings and parties. It would also be great for vacations. You can have a similar style with a higher bun too. We love this protective hair idea!
Side braids look so cute! Next, we have long braids that have been placed on one side. The other side has a stylish pattern while the braids have braid cuffs and beads. You can recreate this style or choose shorter braids. A style like this would be perfect for the summer.
Next, we have two amazing ideas! Here we have jumbo box braids that have been styled in two different ways. Either hairstyle looks amazing and will give anyone a trendy updated look. You can add beads and braid cuffs to braid like these too.
Our next hair idea features trendy cornrows. We love how neat and stylish the pattern is. You can have cornrows braided into any pattern with long or short braids. Hair like this will suit anyone and it would be great for summer. Different colors would look amazing too.
Next, we have a gorgeous hair idea with Fulani braids. These braids are very trendy and suit everyone. The braids have red running through them and they also have beads. You can recreate this hairstyle or you can use a different color for your hair. If you do use color, try and choose beads that compliment the shade used.
If you want a subtle patterned look, then this next hair idea is for you. These braids are thin and long but have two braids crossing over. There is also a slight color change. Hair like this will suit everyone and it is perfect for someone who wants a unique look without being over the top.
Our next idea is another style with braids and loose, curly hair. There are so many different features to this look. You have patterned braids on the top of the head that end with beautiful beads while the rest of the hair is in gorgeous curls. We love this hair idea!
Next, we have layered african braids that have been styled into a half-up style. This is a very elegant and pretty hair idea. Hair like this would be perfect for a special occasion or if you need to look smart and professional. You can have braids like these in any color.
Ombre has been a massive hair trend. This hairstyle has stepped up the game and features reverse ombre. So, instead of the hair having light color at the ends, it is at the top. Reverse ombre will look super stylish on any braid style.
You can have the simplest of braided styles but jazz them up by adding different colors. Here we have a braided style with long braids. Different shades have been added and there is a warm blonde. A blonde like this gives your hair a sunkissed look and it would look amazing for the summer.
Next, we have another patterned idea. These long braids have a subtle but stylish pattern on the top of the head and the hairstyle also features beads. Hair like this will suit someone looking for a trendy way to update their look. You can have a similar design with short braids too.
Red and blonde compliment each beautifully as hair colors. Don’t just take our word for it, check out this gorgeous hairstyle. The colors in this hairdo look vibrant, fun and bold. This is perfect for someone who wants to make a statement.
Next, we have half ponytail idea. We love this hair idea because it has a festival, boho vibe. It would look amazing for vacations too. You can recreate the braids or choose different braid thicknesses and lengths. Try and keep the beads and braid cuffs.
Our next pick features braids with an accessorized center braid. The hair rings also appear lower on the braids too. You can get so many different hair rings with charms on and in different colors. So, experiment with different braids and accessories to create a unique look.
Last on our list are these thin side swept braids, also known as lemonade braids. This pattern looks very neat and intricate. The hair also has blonde running through it too. You can recreate a similar hairstyle or choose thicker or shorter braids. Maybe try a different ombre color too.