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60 French Curl Braids Hairstyles To Try in 2024

French curl braids are a protective braided hairstyle characterized by loose, wavy, silky and voluminous bouncy curly ends.

Despite the misleading name, French curl braids do not originate from France.

The 90’s hairstyle popularised by Nollywood stars in Africa and singer/songwriter Brandy, Beyonce and other Hollywood stars stems from Africa.

Much like many of the old hairstyles that are making a comeback with new names, French curl braids were originally called Nollywood braids.

While it’s unclear why the box braids variant was renamed, French curl braids are trending on popular social networks like TikTok and Instagram and we have all the details you need.

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What hair do I need for French curl braids?

Aptly named after the renamed hairstyle, you’ll need 6 to 8 packs of French curl braiding hair.

You’ll also need:

  1. Shine n jam.
  2. Rat tail comb.
  3. Mousse.

How to do Knotless French Curl braids

Start by parting clean and stretched hair into your desired sizes using a rat tail comb.

Apply shine n jam to tame flyaways and to give you clean/well-defined parts.

Just like you would in the knotless braiding method, start by plaiting the natural hair and feed in the French curl braiding hair gradually as you move along the length of the braid.

Once you have your desired length braided, tie a knot using a strand of the hair three to four times at the end of the braid leaving 4 to 6 inches of the curls out. This will make sure the braids don’t unravel.

You can also apply some glue to the strand of hair you’ll use to tie the knot to make it more secure.

“Where you tie the knot at the end of the braid is dependent on how long your hair is,” says Mariama, a Texas based Expert braider. “If your hair is long, you’ll want to make sure you braid a couple more inches below where your hair ends before tying the knot. This will ensure you won’t cut your hair when it’s time to take out the braids.”

Mariama also recommends using your previous braid as a reference for where to tie the knot on the next braid for uniformity purposes.

Repeat the same method all over the head until you’re done.

After you’re done, trim any flyaways using a pair of scissors, apply some mousse, lay your edges and you’re ready to rock your new hairstyle.

For a detailed visual. Watch the video linked below.

YouTube video

How to do layered French Curl braids

To get the layered French curl braids look, you’ll need to buy the French curl braiding hair in different lengths.

Ideal length mixtures can be 12″, 18″, and 24″ or 12″, 18″, 24″ and 30″.

You’ll then ask your stylist to use the 30″ hair at the back, the 24″ and 18″ mid-back and centre then the 12″ hair at the front.

The curly ends will then be trimmed as desired.

The end result will give you a nice layered look regardless of how you style them.

layered French curl braids, mixed color layered French curl braids

How to Knotless French curl braids (no feed in method)

If you’re a new braider or you find the feed-in method challenging, the no feed-in knotless method should be easier for you.

Start by splitting your parted section into two halves horizontally. That’s one half at the top and one at the bottom.

Place your braiding hair in-between the two halves and then start plaiting the natural hair like you would in the feed in method.

After braiding the hair three times, take half of the hair on the right and braid it in then do the same thing on the left.

Repeat the same method to braid in the rest of the hair that was left out and then braid the hair down normally to your desired length.

Just like in the first method, use a strand of hair to tie a knot where the braid ends and the curl begins.

For a visual reference, watch the video that’s linked below.

YouTube video

Expert tips and tricks for French curl braids

  1. To create the boho braids look, leave out a strand of hair as you move along the length of the braid when braiding the hair.
  2. Use a strand of hair to tie a knot where you want the braid to end and the curl to begin.
  3. Use 8 packs of French curl braiding hair for a full look.
  4. Do not dip the braids in hot water.
  5. Use high quality French curl braiding hair. This will significantly reduce tangling/matting.

60 French Curl Braids Hairstyles & How to Style Ideas

Now that you know everything you need to know about French curl braids, check out 60 French curl braids hairstyles & how to style ideas.

All the different colors featured are linked in the text highlighted in yellow for convenience.

1) Blonde Mix French Curl Braids

Get the M27/613 pack for this look.

blonde mix side part French curl braids
@braidsby_veronica

2) Pink French Curl Braids

Want to go pink? Get this exact color.

Pink French curl braids
@omabeauteparlour

3) Color 613 Layered French Curl Braids

You’ll need color 613 French curl braids for this look.

color 613 613 French Curl braids
@temiojora

4) Ombre French Curl Braids

Get the 1b/27/613 ombre mix for this exact look.

ombre French curl braids
@ombeauteparour

5) Ombre French Curl Braids

Get the 1b/27/613 ombre mix for this exact look.

ombre French curl braids
@omabeauteparlour

6) Pink French Curl Braids

For the perfect pink, get this color.

@omabeauteparlour

7) Mixed Colors French Curl Braids

The 4/27/613 pre-mixed pack will give you this look.

@omabeauteparlour

8) Color 350 French Curl Braids

For this exact look, get this hair color.

color 350 French curl braids
@chisluxebraidinghair

9) Ombre Purple French Curl Braids

You’ll need this color for the purple ombre look.

purple ombre French curl braids
@deesbeauties

10) Ombre French curl braids

Get the 1b/27/613 mix for this look.

@pinterest

11) Ginger French Curl Braids

Color 350 will give you this exact look.

color 350 ginger French curl braids
@matizascontigo

12) Blonde Mix French Curl Braids

The pre-mixed 27/33/613 pack will give you this exact look.

mixed color French curl braids
@thebundlebay

13) Blonde Mix French Curl Braids

Get the pre-mixed M27/613 packs for this look.

blonde mixed color French curl braids
@stylesbysindy

14) Blonde Mix French Curl Braids

The 4/27/613 pre-mixed pack will give you this look.

blonde mixed colors French curl braids

15) Blonde Mix French Curl Braids

The pre-mixed 27/33/613 packs will give you this exact look.

blonde mix French curl braids
@deesbeauties

16) Layered French Curl Braids

You’ll need the pre-mixed 27/30 packs for this look.

layered French curl braids
@starstyled_

17) Layered French Curl Braids

You’ll need the pre-mixed 27/30 packs for this look.

layered French curl braids
@starstyled_

18) Cornrow French Curl Braids

Color 27 will give you this look.

@deesbeauties

19) Layered French Curl Braids

Color 1b will give you this look.

@braids_heaven

20) Layered French Curl Braids

Get the pre-mixed 27/30 packs for this look.

layered French curl braids
@infinity_beautylounge

21) Layered French Curl Braids

You’ll need the ombre 1b/30/27 packs to get this look.

layered French curl braids
@hawlee_creation

22) Ginger Layered French Curl Braids

Color 350 will give you this look.

ginger layered French curl braids
@infinity_beautylounge

23) Blonde Mix Layered French Curl Braids

Get the M27/613 pack for this look.

blonde mix French curl braids
@braidsby_veronica

24) Half Up Half Down Layered French Curl Braids

Get the pre-mixed 27/30 packs for this look.

layered French curl braids
@braidsby_veronica

25) Side Part French Curl Bfraids

Get the pre-mixed 27/30 packs for this look.

@braidsby_veronica

26) Layered French Curl Braids

Get the pre-mixed 27/30 packs for this look.

@braidsby_veronica

27) Layered French Curl Braids

Get color 27/30 for this look.

braidsby_veronica

28) Mixed Colors French Curl Braids

Get color 27/30 for this look.

@braidsby_veronica

29) Blonde Mix French Curl Braids

The pre-mixed 27/33/613 packs will give you this exact look.

@deesbeauties

30) Ginger French Curl Braids

Get color 350 if you want this look.

@qmp_beauty

32) Ombre French curl Braids

Get color T27 for this look.

ombre French curl braids
@godsgiftcoiffure

33) Ginger French Curl Braids

Get color 350 if you want this look.

@theodoraa.e

34) Mixed Colors French Curl Braids

Get the pre-mixed 27/30 packs for this look.

mixed colors French curl braids
@theodoraa.e

35) Ginger French Curl Braids

Get color 350 if you want this look.

ginger French curl braids
@theodoraa.e

36) Mixed Colors French Curl Braids

Get the 27/613 mix for this look.

@braidsby_veronica

37) Mixed Colors French Curl Braids

Get the 27/613 mix for this look.

@braidsby_veronica

38) Blonde mix French Curl Braids

The 4/27/613 pre-mixed pack will give you this look.

@braidsby_veronica

39) Fulani French Curl Braids

Get color b29 for this look.

fulani French curl braids
@braidsby_veronica

40) Black French Curl Braids

Get Color 1b for this look.

@braidsby_veronica

41) Fulani French Curl Braids

Get color b29 for this look.

Fulani French curl braids
@braidsby_veronica

42) French Curl Braids Updo

Get Color 1b for this look.

@braidsby_veronica

43) Ginger Layered French Curl Braids

Get color 350 if you want this look.

ginger French curl braids
@_celina_kama

45) Black French Curl Braids

Color 1b is perfect for this look.

@styledbywilliz

46) Blonde French Curl Braids

Get color 613 for this look.

@temiojora

47) Black French Curl Braids

Get color 1b for this look.

@styledbywillz

48) Ginger Layered French Curl Braids

Get color 350 if you want this look.

@_celina_kama

48) Boho Layered French Curl Braids

Get color 1b if you want this look.

boho layered finch curl braids
@kaaythastylist

49) Brown French Curl Braids

Get color 30 if you want this exact look.

brown French curl braids
@farrihat

50) Ombre French Curl Braids

Get color T27 for this look.

ombre French curl braids
@the_sleek_mua_and_hair_hair_stylist

51) Ginger Layered French Curl Braids

Get color 350 if you want this look.

ginger layered French curl braids
@_celina_kama

52) Pink French Curl Braids

Buy this color if you want this look.

pink French curl braids
@funky_signature

53) Orange French Curl Braids

Get this color if you want this look.

orange French curl braids
@funky_signature

54) Fulani French Curl Braids

Get color 33 braiding hair for this exact look.

chocolate brown fulani French curl braids
@funky_signature

55) Ombre Layered French curl Braids

Get color T4/30 for this look.

brown ombre French curl braids
@omabeauteparlour

56) Mixed Colors French Curl Braids

Color 27/613 will give you this look.

@funky_signature

57) Mixed Colors French Curl Braids

Color 27/613 will give you this look.

blonde mix French curl braids
@funky_signature

58) Black French Curl Braids

Color 1b will give you this look.

black French curl braids
@funky_signature

59) Brown Mix French Curl Braids

Get the pre-mixed 27/33 packs for this look.

mixed color French curl braids
@funky_signature

60) Mixed Colors French Curl Braids

Get the 4/27/613 pre-mixed packs for this look.

@funky_signature

French Curl Braids Maintenance Tips

  1. Wear a silk/satin hair bonnet to bed at night.
  2. Brush your curls in sections and wrap them around heatless curling rods at night to maintain the curls. Make sure you follow the curl pattern of the curls.
  3. Moisturise your hair every two days using a leave in conditioner or water to maintain the curls.
  4. Apply a growth oil on your scalp three times a week to nourish, sooth and strengthen your scalp.
  5. Use mousse to tame the flyaways.

Which one of these French curl braids hairstyles will you be trying?