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7 Styles: How to Braid African American Hair Like The Pros

Braids are the perfect style for summer. They’re edgy, classic and chic all at the same time. These seven hair styles will give you a variety of examples on how to braid to achieve a fabulous look.

1. Curly Braid Hawk

This sexy style is one that will remain for a day in the park or a night on the town.

Curly Braid MohawkCurly Braid Mohawk Side View

How to style:

  1. Braid down your base for the curly hawk.
  2. Continue to saw the hair onto the base.
  3. Complete the braiding on both sides then cut and style.

Recommended Products:

I recommend your choice of hair oil and a satin scarf.

Best face shape and hair type:

This style best suits round face shapes and medium to coarse hair.

Tips:

Keep hair tied down with a satin scarf at night to keep hair shiny and moisturized.

2. Chain Braid Bun

This style features a lovely look that is clean and sophisticated but fun and flirty.

Chain Braid Bun HairstyleHow To Braid Chain Braid

How to style:

  1. On clean hair, section out your hair for the bun then proceed to creating parts for braiding portions.
  2. Section a thin part applying gel into a square section securing with a rubber band and continue until section is complete.
  3. Proceed to pulling all hair into a ponytail and create the bun to complete your style.

Recommended Products:

I recommend a holding spray and pomade for a persistent hold.

Best face shape and hair type:

This style best suits round or oval faces with medium to coarse hair.

Tips:

Tie down you hair with a satin scarf to keep the braids from getting frizzed out.

3. Two Tone Individual Braids

This micro braids style features a two colored blend to enhance the braids and allow them to stand out!

Two Tone Braid HairstyleTwo Tone Braid Hairstyle Side View

How to style:

  1. With clean hair take small sections using synthetic or human hair, braiding that section until your desired length. Complete your entire head.
  2. Front section from ear to ear creating your braid technique.
  3. Combine to create style with rubber bands or hair pins.

Recommended Products:

I recommend oil sheen.

Best face shape and hair type:

Any shaped face shape with a medium to coarse hair texture can work for this style.

Tips:

Keep hair moisturized to maintain healthy looking hair.

4. Inward Braid Delight

The unique braid to one side keeps this hairstyle looking really sexy.

Unique Inward Braid HairstyleHow To Braid Unique Inward Braid Hairstyle

How to style:

  1. Straighten hair after creating your inward braid.
  2. Pin bottom to keep hair towards the back.
  3. Bump ends of the straightened hair to polish.

Recommended Products:

I recommend a shine spray and silk scarf.

Best face shape and hair type:

This style best suits oval face shapes with  soft and fine hair.

Tips:

Wrap the hair at night with a silk scarf to preserve the braid.

5. The Braided Goddess

This style features a braided updo that has a lot of pizzazz and can be bring you from day to night with ease.

Braided Updo Hairstyle with PizzazzBraided Updo Hairstyle with Pizzazz Back View

How to style:

  1. Braid the base of the hair into french braids.
  2. Take some hair and create your twist braid.
  3. Place braid in desired shape using hair pins to secure.

Recommended Products:

Try using oil sheen  for shine and satin scarf to keep the style neat.

Best face shape and hair type:

This style best suits round faces with  medium to coarse hair.

 

6. Curly Hawk with Braids

A sophisticated but firm funky mohawk created with volume can be a very versatile look.

Curly Hawk with Braids HairstyleCurly Hawk with Braids Hairstyle Back View

How to style:

  1. Parting the hair in sections, create your small cornrows around entire head.
  2. Braid the middle section into a base.
  3. Sew curly hair into the middle section.
  4. Cut and style to your desired look.

Recommended Products:

I recommend shine spray, hair grease,  and hair bonnet.

Best face and hair texture:

Round and oval shaped faces with medium to coarse hair best suit this style.

Tips:

Cover your hair in a bonnet at night to keep the curls from falling

7. Single Braided Doubled French Roll

This fun and flirty up do can be transformed from work to after five attire and be fabulous.

Single Braid Hairstyle with Double French RollSingle Braid Hairstyle with Double French Roll Side View

How to style:

  1. Straighten hair section out in the back to create your braid.
  2. Using a pomade to slick the sides back.
  3. Tease the middle to create your French roll.
  4. Proceed to do the same on the other side and your look is finished and polished.

Recommended Products:

Try oil sheen, holding spray and a silk or satin scarf.

These fun and flirty braided hairstyles will compliment a variety of face shapes. Now that you know how to braid, modify these styles by putting them up or down to create even more styles. Happy braiding!