Definitive Guide to Best Braided Hairstyles for Black Women in 2020

Definitive Guide to Best Braided Hairstyles for Black Women in 2020

Trending Braided Hairstyles for Black Women Featuring Price, Type of Hair Used & More

Braids date back to as early as 3500 BC. Over the years we have experienced a shift in braiding styles, techniques, and even colors. 2019 saw a further advancement in both tweaks to old styles and techniques as well as an emergence of new ones. In this article we’ll give you a detailed overview on top braided hairstyles, black braided hairstyles and trends for black girls and women in 2020. We will also be answering questions like;

  • How long do braids last?
  • Do braids make your hair grow faster?
  • Do braids damage your hair?
  • What kind of hair do you use for box braids?
  • What are knotless braids?
  • Are knotless braids better?

How long do braids last?

Depending on the hairstyle, braids can last for 3 to at most 5 weeks.

Do braids make your hair grow faster?

Braids don’t necessarily make your hair grow faster, but they are a great protective style. Protective styles allow your hair to remain undisturbed since they require little to no maintenance

Do braids damage your hair?

Unless your stylist braids too tightly around your edges, braids do not damage your hair.

What are knotless braids?

Knotless braids are the light weight and tension less version of box braids achieved using a method where the braid is fed into your natural hair to achieve a flatter look.

Are knotless braids better?

Their light weight nature and lack of a knot which is easier on the scalp) make them a go to for many.


What kind of hair do you use for box braids?

Many hair stylist prefer using Xpression braiding hair or Queen B prescratched hair. While Xpression hair is said to be heavy, it is visibly more brighter than Queen B prescratched hair.

what kind of hair do you use for box braids?

Box Braids

Box braids are an easy to do style and come in different colors, lengths & sizes including long, short, medium and chunky.  How much does it cost to get box braids professionally done? Depending on your stylist’s skill level, length of the braids and the size, the price ranges from $100 to $200. If you prefer braided wigs, box braids lace wigs range from $150 to $250.

1) Large/Small Box Braids ( Long Length)

This type of box braids would take up to 4 hours and would cost you $150 to $200. Type of braiding hair needed can be 60 inch 12 packs of Queen B pre-scratched hair or Xpression hair.

Large box braids

purple box braids

2) Triangle Part Box Braids

As the name suggests, the hair is parted into triangle parts before braiding the hair. Depending on the length and size, this style can run you up to $120 to $140 and would take 3 to 4 hours. Xpression braiding hair or Queen B prescratched hair can be used.

Triangle parts jumbo box braids

Triangle part box braids

3) Jumbo Box Braids

Jumbo box braids are known for their exaggerated size. Costs vary depending on length but a good estimate falls under $90 to $100. This style can be achieved using Xpression hair and would take up to 3 hours.

Jumbo box braids

4) Bohemian Box Braids

Bohemian box braids can take up to 5 hours depending on the size and length. The cost also varies but it can go up to $210. Both Xpression braiding hair and Queen B prescratched hair can be used. The bohemian look is achieved by adding curly extensions at the bottom as you keep braiding the hair.

Goddess box braids

Goddess box braids

Knotless Box Braids

Preferred by many due to their tension less and light weight nature, knotless box braids are perfect for anyone who wants to get braids but is afraid of causing damage to their hair. For this hairstyle, xpression hair, kanekalon hair or queen b hair can be used. The cost can go up to $200 depending on the length and size.

medium knotless box braids
small knotless box braids
small knotless box braids


Cornrows are an easy to do style that often takes a short time depending on the style. 2019 saw a popular trend of ‘feed in stitch in braids’ which is a popular braiding technique where more hair is added as you braid the hair to make it bigger. In 2020, the bohemian look where curly extensions are used at the bottom part of the braid will continue to be popular.

1) Feed in/ Stitch in Braids

Feed in braids come in different lengths and sizes. You can choose the number of feed in braids you would like. This also factors into the cost and duration. Premium X-pression braid hair is used. A rough cost estimate starts from $70 to $100.

Feed in conrow braids

Feed in braids cornrows

Feed in conrow stitch braids

Lemonade Braids

Why are they called Lemonade braids? They were dubbed lemonade braids after Beyonce rocked them in her lemonade album. This is a great and lightweight style that’s perfect for any season. This style causes no strain on your edges. An hour or two is enough to get this style and the costs starts from $100 to $130. Premium Xpression braiding hair is used.

Lemonade braids

Lemonade braids cornrows

lemonade braids black women

jumbo lemonade feed in braids black women

Faux Locs: Goddess Locs / Bohemian Locs

colored faux locs

6 hours @ $130.00
A great protective style perfect for ALL hair types and only looks better with time. These medium Faux Locs can be done at any length between mid-lower back.
You need 10-12 packs (depending on length) of Marley Hair to complete the look.
Only equal Jamaican twist brai, Bobbi boss brands and Femi. Learn more about faux locs and goddess locs including the different installation methods here.


Small Faux Goddess Locs

6 hours 40 minutes @ $175.00



medium goddess faux locs

6 hours @ $140.00


small goddess faux locs

6 hours @ $185.00


Genie Ponytail Braids

A quick and fun style that’s perfect for any season. Premium X-pression hair is used and the cost varies from $100 to $150 and can go higher depending on the length.

Genie ponytail braids

Tribal Braids | Fulani Braids

Tribal braids are braids associated with different African ethnic groups. The most popular tribal braids are the fulani braids. Tribal braids are often accessorized using beads or hair cords to give them an extra pop. They come in different styles including ponytails and ones with a half parting and intricate styles. Xpression premium hair is used and the cost can go up to $150 depending on the unique style and pattern. An average of 3 hours is required to braid this style.

Tribalfulani  braids with beads

Tribal fulani braids with beads

Tribalfulani  braids with beads
Source @teyonahparris

fulani braids
Source @stitchedbyshari

Senegalese Twists

Senegalese twists alias rope twists are an easy beautiful style. This hairstyle comes in many variations and sizes ranging from plain twists to half feed in cornrows and half twists. Depending on the size, length and desired variation, Senegalese twists could cost you anywhere from $100 to $280. 6 to 8 packs of xpression braiding hair are used.

cornrows into senegalese twists




senegalese twists updo
cornrows into senegalese twists


Passion Twists

Passion twists are what you get when you put together Goddess locs and Sensegalese twists. They’re braided using the Freetress water wave hair and vary in rates depending on the length. Standard Passion twists cost $150.

passion twists

passion twists hairstyles


Each of the different unique styles you’ve seen will vary in price and duration depending on who you pick as your stylist and their skill level. Licensed braiders tend to charge more money.  Consult your stylist and counter-check  all the necessary details and requirements before booking an appointment. Visit our Pinterest page  for up to 100 different trending braided hairstyles for black women. 



This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Geraldine

    I wish you guys were on tumblr its just easier to keep up with but great blog and very informative.

    1. Editorial Team

      Hey Geraldine, we just joined Tumblr under blackbeautybombshells. Thank you for the suggestion and compliment.

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