25 Breathtaking African Braid Hairstyles

If you ask people what is one of the most popular and easily recognized African hairstyles the answer would be braids. There is something about that tight woven look of braids that identifies them as African. Coming down the ages African Braid Hairstyles tell a lot about the rich hair fashion in different African communities. The braids tell a story of the tribes as they spent their lives in interwoven harmony just like the harmonious pattern of braids in which they wore their hair.

Modern African men and women often love sporting braids that show off their rich black curls. Once the braids have been made they can put into any number of hairstyles, ranging from buns, to loose hanging loops, to high updos. The twisted look of braids is much like the woven pattern on cane baskets, and you find many African hairstyles that weave beautiful patterns into the braids on top of the head. Braids can also lock a high bun in place giving it an elegant look. Colors also bring their own magic to braided hair fashion, with a single brown braid, or alternating black and brown braids giving interesting new looks. The creative freedom with which braids can be worn make them stylish for special festive occasions. You also find pretty braided updos tied with a ribbon, or long rivers of braids left to flow on the side of the body. Braids can also be worn short so that they dance in rhythm with traditional dance moves. You can also have heart shapes or other interesting shapes within a braided hairstyle, or try styles with narrow or thick braids depending on the kind of look you want. Here is a look at the wonderful world of African braided magic.

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Braided Updo Hairstyle

Short tight braids are pulled towards the back of the head to get a cool dreadlocks look in this African women’s modern hairstyle.

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Braided Updo Hairstyle

Braided Men’s Hairstyle

The dense black hair is styled with intricate braids to make for a rich loose bun hairstyle in traditional men’s hair fashion.

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Braided Men’s Hairstyle

African Style Braid

Fresh and proudly African this braided hairstyle uses a lot of patterns and shapes to make for a great bun updo that spells sheer art.

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African Style Braid

Gorgeously Braided

Braids get super glamorous in this long black braided hairstyle. The brown artificial hair strands at the bottom add a touch of color.

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Gorgeously Braided

Sun Braids Hairstyle

This fun and fresh African hairstyle consists of narrow braids tied into an updo with red ribbons adding a cute look.

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Sun Braids Hairstyle

Bun Braided Hair

Narrow black braids are interwoven with the high bun in this classy modern African hairstyle for women.

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Bun Braided Hair

African Magic

The rich and shiny look of this pretty half up African hairstyle comes from the mix of brown and black braids.

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African Magic

African Braided Bun

See how the shiny and narrow black braids are pulled tight into a high updo in this formal braided hairstyle.

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African Braided Bun

Narrow Fan Braid

Check out the combination of the narrow braids in front and the thick cluster of hair at the back in this African hairstyle.

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Narrow Fan Braid

Side Parted Braids Hairstyle

The side parting shows off the curved look of the braids as they arch along the top of the head in this half up glamorous hairstyle.

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Side Parted Braids Hairstyle

Traditional Braiding

This is a beautiful braided hairstyle for a mature African woman. The braids have been styled to drape one shoulder in intricate hanging loops.

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Traditional Braiding

Braids Festive

Short black braids dance with magic and happiness as beads and cowrie shells add a special African touch in this traditional hairstyle.

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Braids Festive

Beautiful Braids Updo

The thick red strand of hair makes a support for the tight woven look in this black braided updo hairstyle.

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Beautiful Braids Updo

African Braids Beauty

This is a great long braided look for African hair. See how the hair is pulled up high letting the braids cascade down in this rich hairstyle.

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African Braids Beauty

Braids Glam Hair

Short braids hang on the side of the face while the patterns give a rich look to the head in this glamorous African hairstyle.

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Braids Glam Hair

Black Magic Braids

Strong, black, and all woman, the long braids snaking down this lady’s body seem to have a life of their own.

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Black Magic Braids

Patterned Hair

The rick and intricate pattern of braids adds to the beauty of this cool purely black half bun updo African hairstyle.

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Patterned Hair

Black Braids

Thick black braids alternate with areas of less hair in this patterned traditional African updo for girls.

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Black Braids

Say It With Braids

Dense rows of braids form a jet-black cluster in this beautiful African girl’s hairstyle. Note the odd brown braid adding a cool look.

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Say It With Braids

Oddly Braided Hair

This is a great African women’s hairstyle in which the braids at the center are pulled back while the side braids are left to hang down to the shoulders.

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Oddly Braided Hair

Braid Fashion Hairstyle

Thick dark African style dreadlocks fall across some of the face in this traditional hairstyle for girls.

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Braid Fashion Hairstyle

Awesome African Hairstyle

Styled with an uneven zig zag parting at the center this awesome braided hairstyle makes for a great top view.

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Awesome African Hairstyle

Men’s Afro Hairstyle

The tight braids give a traditional look to the head of this young African man. Check out the patterns made by the braids on his head.

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Men’s Afro Hairstyle

Wow Braids

Take a look at the slanted lines made by the narrow braids across the top of the head in this cool Afro hairstyle for girls.

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Wow Braids

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