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80 Latest Protective Braided Hairstyles for Black Women in 2024

Looking for a protective braided hairstyle that’s low maintenance and on trend? You’re in the right place.

We’ve rounded up 80 of the top protective braided hairstyles/trends from the classics to the new ones and here’s everything you need to know.

Braids date back to as early as 3500 BC. Over the years we have experienced a shift in braiding styles, techniques, and even colors.

2023 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 pricing, the type of hair you’ll need and link out to full length articles on the same hairstyles by us for detailed coverage.

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?

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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.

 

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What kind of hair do you use for box braids?

Many hair stylist prefer using Xpression braiding hair or Queen B prestretched hair.

While Xpression hair is said to be heavy, it is visibly more brighter than Queen B prestretched hair.

what kind of hair do you use for box braids?
@hairby_scg

Box Braids

Box braids are an easy to do style and come in different colors, lengths & sizes including long, short, medium and chunky. 

There are traditional box braids (they have a knot) and knotless box braids.

>>Check out 100 cute box braids hairstyles you should try in 2024 here<<

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.

Large/Small Box Braids ( Long Length)

These type of box braids can 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.

Box braids for black women
@missmuneri

purple box braids
@nigerianbraids

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
@br_aids

Triangle part box braids
@pinterest

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
@pinterest



@blackhairinformation

Goddess Box Braids

Goddess box braids aka Bohemian knotless box braids are box braids which have curly hair added along the length of the braids or at the bottom.

They can take up to 6 hours depending on the size and length.

The cost also varies but it can go up to $400. Both Xpression braiding hair and Queen B prescratched hair can be used.

Go for deep wave hair if you want synthetic curls or Italian curls if you want human hair curls.

Goddess box braids

Goddess box braids
@br_aids

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.

Boho long knotless braids
@pinterest

small knotless box braids
@pinterest

@pearlthestylist_

@pearlthestylist_

Bob box braids

Bob box braids are simply shoulder length bob braided hairstyles.

Either kanekalon or QueenB or Xpression braiding hair can be used. Bob box braids will cost you $100 to $150 depending on the size & complexity.

Bob braids hairstyles
@nneunfiltered

Bob braids hairstyles
@braidsgang

Cornrows

Cornrows are an easy to do style that often takes a short time depending on the style.

2023 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 2024, the bohemian look where curly extensions are used at the bottom part of the braid will continue to be popular.

Feed in/ Stitch in Braids

Feed in/stitch 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
@nigerianbraids

Feed in braids cornrows
@braided__

Feed in conrow stitch braids
@herbeautifulstylist

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
@braidsaffair

Lemonade braids cornrows
@braidsaffair

lemonade braids black women
@braidsaffair

jumbo lemonade feed in braids black women
@braidsaffair

Faux Locs/Goddess Locs

Faux locs are a great and timeless hairstyle that only look better with time. Faux locs can run you up to $150 depending on the size.

@nigerianbraids

 

Small Goddess Locs

Goddess locs have curly ends done either synthetic or human hair curls.

Small goddess locs take anywhere from 6 hours 40 minutes and can run you up to $175.

 

 

medium goddess faux locs
@pinterest

6 hours @ $140.00

 

small goddess faux locs
@fauxlocsnbeautiful

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
@braided__

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
@nigerianbraids

Tribal fulani braids with beads
@nigerianbraids

Tribalfulani  braids with beads
@teyonahparris

fulani braids
@stitchedbyshari

Senegalese Twists

Senegalese twists alias rope twists are an easy and 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
@braided_

 

 

 

senegalese twists updo
@braided__

cornrows into senegalese twists
@braided__

 

Passion Twists

Passion twists are the sister child of 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
@braidsgang

passion twists hairstyles
@braidskulture


Pop smoke braids

Pop smoke braids are side by side cornrow braids named after the later rapper Pop Smoke.

Pop smoke braids will cost you $100 to $150 depending on the size and complexity.

>>Read more about Pop Smoke braid and check out 60 Pop smoke braids hairstyles in this article<<


Pop smoke braids with beads
@lauraya_coiffure


Long pop smoke braids with beads
@tumblr


Distressed locs

Distressed locs aka bohemian locs aka love locs aka messy faux locs are a variant of faux locs that are braided using different mixtures of hair to give it a distressed look. And no, these are not the same as Butterfly locs.

>>Read everything you should know about distressed locs featuring type of hair used, price, pros & maintenance tips in this article<<

@thelocguru


Distressed locs
@pearlthestylist

Alicia keys Braids

Inspired and named after singer/songwriter Alicia Keys, these freestyle curved stitch feed in cornrows have been trending on TikTok and Instagram.

Depending on the length and size Alicia Keys braids can go up as high as $200.

short Alicia keys inspired braids with beads
@breethebraider


short Alicia keys inspired braids with beads
@breethebraider

short Alicia keys inspired braids with beads
@dolledupbypradak

short Alicia keys inspired braids with beads
@dolledupbypradak

French Curl Braids

French curl braids are box braids that have loose wavy curly ends.

You’ll need French curl braiding hair and this style can set you back up to $300 for a waist length look.

long ombre French curl braids
@thatomosikili

long ombre French curl braids
@thatomosikili

long ombre French curl braids
@thatomosikili

long ombre French curl braids
@thatomosikili

long French curl braids
@thatomosikili

Flip Over Fulani Braids

Flip over Fulani braids are freestyle braids that are a combination of cornrows and knotless braids at the front that can be flipped over on either side.

Flip over Fulani braids are done using pre stretched braiding hair and your choice of human hair if you’re going for a boho look.

These braids can rip you up to $300 for extra long boho flip over Fulani braids.

boho flip over fulani braids
@styledbytoi

boho flip over fulani braids
@styledbytoi

boho flip over fulani braids
@styledbytoi

boho flip over fulani braids
@styledbytoi

Invisible Locs

Invisible locs are two strand twists done using Cuban or Marley hair using a method that makes them look like two strand dreadlocks.

Invisible locs can run you up to $150 for a bob length.

boho invisible locs
@kimbriaskreations

boho invisible locs
@kimbriaskreations

boho invisible locs
@kimbriaskreations

boho long invisible locs
@kimbriaskreations

boho long invisible locs
@kimbriaskreations

Soft Locs

Soft locs are a faux locs variant that are soft in touch and appearance.

Soft locs are done using pre made locs and spring twist wrapping hair.

Soft locs can run you up to $300 for a waist length look or under $100 if you DIY them.

petal bun soft locs
@sweetcreativestyles

red petal bun soft locs
@sweetcreativestyles

@sweetcreativestyles

@sweetcreativestyles

petal bun soft locs
@sweetcreativestyles

Butterfly Locs

Butterfly locs are a variant of faux locs that are created by loosely wrapping water wave hair crocheted into a braid to give it a distressed look.

Butterfly locs can run you up to $250 for a waist length look.

bob butterfly locs
@africansbraid

waist length butterfly locs
@loccedbyki

waist length butterfly locs
@loccedbyki

waist length butterfly locs
@loccedbyki

Coi Leray Braids

Named after rapper/songwriter Coi Leray, Coi Leray braids are short knotless box braids that have curly ends.

You’ll need pre stretched braiding hair and curling rods.

Coi Leray braids can run you up to $100 for a bob look.

Coi Leray braids
@thomees.beauty.world

Coi Leray braids
@thomees.beauty.world

Coi Leray braids
@thomees.beauty.world

Coi Leray braids
@thomees.beauty.world

Boho Knotless Braids with Human Hair Curls

Boho knotless braids that have curly hair added in different parts along the length of the braid to give them a boho look.

Boho knotless braids with human hair curls are better than ones with synthetic curls because they don’t tangle easily.

Boho braids with human hair curls can run you up to $400 for a waist length look.

boho knotless braids with human hair
@daedohair

boho knotless braids with human hair
@daedohair

boho knotless braids with human hair
@daedohair

boho knotless braids with human hair
@daedohair

boho knotless braids with human hair
@daedohair

boho knotless braids with human hair
@daedohair

boho knotless braids with human hair
@daedohair

Peekaboo Braids

Peekaboo braids are a braided hairstyle that is characterized by a peek of your chosen color that contrasts the dominant color.

red peekaboo braids

Peekaboo heart part knotless braids

Disclaimer

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 1000 different trending braided hairstyles for black women. 

 

Jennifer

Wednesday 16th of June 2021

Nice

Darcell Tate

Tuesday 13th of October 2020

What is that yellow stuff she has on the back of her hand that she putting on her hair??

Editorial Team

Tuesday 13th of October 2020

Hey Darcell. There are no videos in this blog post so we’re not sure what you’re referring to.

Geraldine

Wednesday 11th of March 2020

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

Editorial Team

Wednesday 11th of March 2020

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