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20 Charming Braided Hairstyles for Black Women

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I’m falling in love with braided and cornrow hair all over again! Even if you never considered braids for yourself – take a look at our photos. You might want to reconsider. We will show you braided hairstyles that are simply stunning and have flexibility to be styled different ways. So you still can have a great variety with your hair. Once you capture the trick of braiding and maintaining they are very easy to manage. Not only braided hair and cornrows look fantastic. It will also protect your natural hair and will help you to grow it longer and healthier. Your can use your own hair or hair extensions to add an instant length to your hair. We will show you exact products that will work for each hairstyle.

20 charming braided hairstyles for black women

Semi-braided hairstyle when you only have a short area of braids or cornrows near your sculpt. The rest of your hair is loose. It is the best of both worlds. If you have a short natural hair you want to protect while it grows longer – you can braid to the length of your hair and use hair extensions to add hair length. It is also very flexible – you can style it in in many different ways. The best thing about braided hair styles is that once you do them they can take up to a whole week without having to style your hair again. They can withstand all weather, raid, wind and humidity.

African Braided Hairstyles

African-American Women Braided Hairstyles – The model is wearing MilkyWay Human Hair Italian Perm 18inch Hair Extension

You can also braid your hair in full and use hair extensions if you want to add length or value. There many different types of braid and cornrows – 3, 4 or more sections braid, reverse braid, Jamaican, Cuban, Havana, twist, dreads, and many more. Each has different texture and volume.

Braided African-Americal updo hairstyle

Braided African-American updo hairstyle – Model is wearing Synthetic Hair Braids Sensationnel Braid Now Kanekalon Jumbo Braid (613)

Long hair grabs everyone’s attention. Hairstyle below has beautiful pencil-like cornrows from the forehead to the crown with long wavy lose hair at the back. You can keep it as is or be creative and change your daily style.

African Braided Hairstyles for long hair

African Braided Hairstyles for long hair

African Braided Hairstyles for long hair 2

African Braided Hairstyles for long hair 2

HOW  TO BRAID OR CORNROW YOUR HAIR:               

  • Begin with a clean scalp and clean hair. Daily washing is not recommended for braided hair and hair extensions, you better wash it right before braiding.
  • Comb your hair with a wide tooth comb to help make your hair properly. It will be tangle free and  your hair  will look more neat when you braid it.
Stunning Braided Black Hair Updo - Model us wearing

Stunning Braided Black Hair Updo – Model is wearing Synthetic Hair Braids Sensationnel Braid Now Kanekalon Jumbo Braid (613)

  • Make your hair dump, but be careful not make it too wet. Spay it slightly with water. It will make your hair more manageable and cornrows will be tight without pulling your hair too much from the scalp.
Partly braided hairstyle for natural hair

Partly braided hairstyle for natural hair – Model is wearing Janet Collection Synthetic Hair Braids Noir Afro Kinky Bulk 4 Packs, #1 – Jet Black

  • Start cornrowing or braiding. Divide your hair in sections as you want your cornrows go. Working on one section at the time divide if three strands and braid. Get a section of your hair and separate it into three strands and braid normally. Each cornrow will start very small then become wider as you work through.
Cornrow Braid Hairstyle for black women

Cornrow Braid Hairstyle for black women – This model is wearing Yaki Braid – Synthetic Braiding Hair – Sensationnel Braid Too (1-Jet Black)

  • Do not pull your hair back too much; most people think it is the only way to get durable braids. But too tight braid will actually damage your hair and will make it weak. You will also be uncomfortable caring your braids.
cute African Braided Hairstyles

Cute African Braided Hairstyles – the Model is wearing Freetress Equal Jamaican (Marley) Braid Hair Extension.

  • Apply a braid spray; to your hair to help protecting braids and to keep your hair shinny and bright.
  • If self-braiding is a daunting process for you – go can always go to the stylist to plait your hair;
    Kanekalon Braid Hairstyle

    Kanekalon Braid Hairstyle – This model is wearing

    CARING OF THE NATURAL BRAIDED HAIR:

  • Use a hydrating shampoo and conditioner; curls and braids need to be hydrated to keep them tidy. One of the best shampoos is Dial Professional Hair Shampoo
  • Rinse your hair thoroughly well; ensure that your hair is free of any conditioner or shampoo. You will avoid damage that the acids in shampoo and conditioner may cause to your hair.

 

African Braided Hairstyles with wavy hair extensions

African Braided Hairstyles with wavy hair extensions

  • Avoid washing your daily; washing your hair reaps your scalp of its natural oils making your hair dry. If you are going to use a blow dryer, flat or curling iron remember to apply a heat protectant first. Use a diffuser hair dryer attachment. Our favorite hair dryer is Revlon Frizz Control Hair Dryer.

 

  • Be careful when you choose to apply a shine serum to your hair; you can destroy your own hair. We recommend 10 Miracle Leave In Product. Like the name suggests this serum does few jobs at the time fighting the frizz, nourishing and conditioning your hair, adding shine and protecting it from a heat.
Hair extensions for protective braided hairstyle

Hair extensions for protective braided hairstyle – This model is wearing Sensationnel Kanubia Loose Deep Bulk 18′

Gorgeous Braided Hair - Marley Braid

Gorgeous Braided Hair – Marley Braid – Model is wearing FEMI Synthetic Braiding Hair 18″

SYNTHETIC HAIR EXTENSION CARE

African Braided Hairstyles with color

African Braided Hairstyles with color – Model is wearing Shake N Go Freetress Candy Curl Braid Color: TP1B/27

  • Condition your hair ; take note of the conditioner you use on your braids and use those designed for braided hair and hair extensions. We recommend Braid Sheen Spray with Conditioner. It will keep your hair protected and shiny.
  • Spray your braids; To keep your beautiful braid for longer use hair spray especially designed for braided hair. African Pride Sheen Spray is excellent for locks and twists.
Long Reggae braid - Marley Braid hair extension

Long Reggae braid, Marley Braid – This model is wearing Sensationnel Synthetic hair Braid Now Reggae Braid

  • Apply a curling gel to hair; For semi-braided hairstyles add a little of curling hair gel to your un-braided hair to define your curls.
  • Alternatively finger coil your or use. If you want a defined curls you can finger coil your un-pleated hair
Cornrow Braid Hairstyle for black women

Cornrow Braid Hairstyle for black women – This model is wearing Yaki Braid – Synthetic Braiding Hair – Sensationnel Braid Too (1-Jet Black)

  • Keep your cornrows in place with hair net; while you are slipping your cornrows can get twisted of disorganized. To avoid this problem wear each night a hair net. It will help keeping you cornrows in place all night long.
Cure Girl Afro Marley Braid Kanekalon Hairstyle

Cure Girl Afro Marley Braid Kanekalon Hairstyle – Model is wearing Afro Marley Braid (Kanekalon), Color 2 – Darkest Brown

  • Avoid washing your hair daily; washing your braids daily will make your cornrows more messy and will make your hair extension less durable. So try to avoid unnecessary washing.
  • Use braid spray to protect your braids and keep smooth texture.
African Braided Hairstyles for girls

Braided Long Hairstyles for Black women – The model is wearing Freetress Shake N Go Bulk Brading hair extension, Appeal Braid 24″ (1 Jet Black)

  • Use heat and blow dryer carefully. Read your hair extension manual. Some brands are better than others. Some have recommended maximum temperature. But all synthetic his will be damaged is heat tools are uses excessively. When possible air dry your hair, even it takes long.
Semi-braided hair with soft dread

Semi-braided hair with soft dread – Model is wearing FreeTress Equal Synthetic Hair Braids Urban Soft Dread (1B)

  • Never comb hair beginning from the top or middle. When combing your hair always start near the ends, then work up to the middle and lastly the top of your hair. It’s recommended to use a wide toothed comb because they do not break your hair.
African Braided Hairstyles with bangs

African Braided Hairstyles with bangs – Model is wearing Synthetic Hair Braids FreeTress Romance Curl 22 (1B)

Long Kanekalon Jambo Braid

Long Kanekalon Jambo Braid – This model is wearing Vivica Fox 100% Kanekalon Jumbo Braid #1B Off Black 6 Packs

Iconic Cuban Havana Twist Style Braid

Iconic Cuban Havana Twist Style Braid – Model is wearing Freetress Equal Synthetic Hair Braids Havana Twist Style Cuban Twist 16″ (1B)

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