23 Fantastic Feed In Braids for 2018

Feed in braids are a protective style that make use of hair extensions that are fed into the roots of your natural hair, strand by strand, for more length and density. You may also know of them as invisible braids. You can even add vibrant colored hair extensions to give your hairstyle a unique fun touch! It’s up to you whether you want it subtle or strong and short or long – everything is possible with this really versatile technique.

This style will push your and your stylist’s creativity to the limits, as you’ll have endless designs to choose from! Designs like fishbones, zigzags, side braids, jumbo braids, and Fulani braids are only a few in the long list of options you have. Lots of women choose this also because of its low upkeep. You can create one style that can last for weeks without its beauty fading! Below are everything you need to get inspired in choosing what style of feed in braids you want for your own!

Braid Cuffs

Feed-in braids with cuffs
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Anyone can recreate this exquisite look and add some unique spin to it. Accessories are a fun way to show your stylish personality.

Big Braids

Big feed-in braids with yarn
Instagram @larabelle_makeover

How low can these low maintenance protective styles get? If you want an easy get-up-and-go lifestyle, these simple yet fabulous jumbo feed-ins can definitely change your life. Add some colorful strings for a fun style.

Small Braids

Small brown feed-in braids
Instagram @touchedbytb_

Have the confidence to strut like Queen B when you try these excellent thin feed-ins on! Create a center part using a single braid then follow with neatly done even braids on both sides for a unique eye-catching pattern.

Ghana Braids

Feed-in Ghana braids with cuffs in a ponytail
Instagram @erica_letstalkhair

Everyone’s gonna want to have your hair when you wear this impeccable style! Make your ponytail pop up by starting your braids with golden cuffs and jumbo cornrows.

Ponytail Braids

Feed in braids with ponytail
Instagram @val_can_braid

When you’re getting bored of loose hair, this protective style in a high ponytail will absolutely add fun to your look. Style it with some beads and start with flawless cornrows to make you look fresh and breezy all day long!

6 Strand Braids

Six strand braids
Instagram @demistyles__

Show your unique fiery personality with these super awesome ombre braids! You’ll absolutely turn heads with these stunning colors and accessories!

Braid Beads

Feed-in braids with beads
Instagram @divynedavyna_hairstyles

Get inspired with this super amazing style that anyone can wear! From the diamond patterns and the half up style to those funky beads and cuffs, this look is surely one of a kind!

Jumbo Braids

Jumbo feed-in braids
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This popular casual hairstyle does all the work for those who want a low maintenance lifestyle. You can style it easily by putting on some fun accessories and simply letting these funky braids down.

Fishbone Braids

Feed-in fishbone braids
Instagram @hairbytorieleese

One of the best ways to rock feed-ins is trying these super pretty intricate design on your hair that will give you the ease of waking up with a ready-to-go hairstyle!

Cornrow Braids

Feed-in cornrow braids
Instagram @tossedtresses

Add a new variation to the regular old style by trying these alternate pattern on your side braids. You’ll feel fresh and elegant for sure when these cornrows are done properly.

Lemonade Braids

Lemonade braids
Instagram @mynaturalsistas

Feel like royalty when you put on these side braids starting from your most flattering side and ending elegantly down your body.

Side Part Braids

Side parted feed-in braids
Instagram @stylzbytrudy

When you have small thin braids, you can do more with them like doing a side part to make your style more intricate and hip. Add funky accessories and mix different shades of brown together for an envy-inducing look!

Side Braids

Side feed-in braids
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A simple take on crown braids is to pattern them neatly on the side of your head and let your facial features and jaw line do the flattering!

Thin Braids

Thin feed-in braids
Instagram @braidedroots

Get inspired when you realize how countless the styles you can try are with these thin cute braids. Keep them effortlessly black and put on some strings and cuffs to show your trendy creativity.

Braids with Color

Braids with color
Instagram @jdivastyles

Show off these intricate braided look when you pop in some cool hues! You can confidently use any fashion color that complements your natural jet black hair.

Braided Updo

Braided updo
Instagram @klassicshair

A fresh way to rock these braids and own a one-of-a-kind look is when you twist those pieces into a glamorous updo like hers. Noteworthy for all types of occasions and outfits!

Braided Bun

Braided bun
Instagram @stylesbydeelah

Feel like a queen with this exquisite crown of braids! Let down some of those trendy pieces and you’re on your way to standing out in any season!

Thick Braids

Thick feed-in braids
Instagram @braidedbyraee_

These super stylish jumbo braids allow you to arrange them in so many amazing ways! Just take a look how beautifully these braids were patterned on the side and fall neatly giving her an edgy glam.

2 Strand Braids

Two strand braids
Instagram @_jazitup

This dainty hairstyle starts with two thick pieces on each side and ends together wrapped with fashionable strings. This symmetric hairstyle is so clean that it’ll leave you looking classy and trendsetting at the same time.

Q&A with style creator, Jazmin Davidson
Hairstylist @ Cut Creators Salon Suites in Atlanta, GA

How would you describe this look?

This is youthful yet fun. What I love about it is that from the front it gives simplicity and the back gives drama. You can dress the back up with hair accessories any way you’d like, and that’s the fun part!

Any advice for someone considering it?

It’s for all hair types, easy maintenance, and it lasts about two weeks. If you like your hair off of your face then consider this style!

Fulani Braids

Feed-in Fulani braids
Instagram @e._k.a.h.l.e.r

Q&A with style creator, Emma Kahler
Master Cosmetologist @ Hi Texture Hair Salon in Lawrenceville, GA


How would you describe this look?

This hairstyle is a tribal-inspired look. Fulani is a tribe solely from West Africa and the Sahil area. This is a hairstyle that the Fula tribal women would normally create on themselves and incorporate it with beads and jewels.

What I love about this look is the simplicity of incorporating the Fulani style with a modern twist just by minimizing the jewels that a normal Fulani would add in it.

Shockingly when I got done with the feed-in cornrows, I asked the model if she was Fula given the fact that I am from West Africa and is familiar with the tribe. She said no, people asked her that question all the time because she has the feature of a Fula woman. The braids tied in perfectly with her features.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Make sure you have strong healthy hair, especially at your frontal. If you don’t and you must, make sure it’s not braided straight back but slanted away from your frontal (like the picture) to preserve your frontal hair, and cornrows should not pass your shoulders due to weight.

Before going into protective style perform a hydraion treatment and a protein treatment to keep hair moisturize and stregthen hair while it is away. I suggest the Devacurl Melt In Moisture for hydration mask and Devacurl Deep Sea Repair for the protein treatment.

This style of braids can be done on any hair type. For curl type 2A to 3C blowout hair with cool temperature because you want a little texture to the hair and you don’t want it too straight for easy grip. For curl type 3C-4C you can blow it out with regular heat. Do not leave cornrows in more than 3 weeks.

This hairstyle will be perfect and ideal for busy moms, athletes, those who are always in the gym, and also perfect for a vacation on the beach.

The products I used are:

X-PRESSION HAIR: 2 packs (Your choice of color)

INFLUENCE: Stimulating Scalp Oil – Apply on scalp and massage throughy the scalp

INFLUENCE: Firm Hold Foam – When you are done braiding apply foam all over the braids to lay fly away down for a smooth finish. Tie a hair net and sit under a hooded dryer for 10-15 minutes.

INFLUENCE: Growth Cream (it’s a daily moisturizer) – Use a quater size, focus application on the ends and massage it throughout your hair. It keeps hair moisturize while it’s away.

DESIGN ESSENTIALS: Sleek Max Edge Control – Apply it on each subsection of your parts of hair before braiding to create a clean and neat cornrows

DESIGN ESSENTIALS: Reflection Spray – Spray to finish loom with a shine.

For home maintenance, tie your braids down with a silk scarf before going to bed.

4 Strand Braids

Four strand braids
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Q&A with style creator, Hayley
Owner @ Rapunzel Me in Greystane, NSW


How would you describe this look?

I feel this look has a festival vibe to it! It’s fun and unique! My clients always leave with so much confidence with this hairstyle!

I like that it’s super functional. It stays put in almost any weather condition! It will survive gym workouts, restless nights in bed, and of course festivals where you are dancing your heart out! The string wrapped around the plait also ensures it stays well in place. You are certain to avoid bad hair days for at least one week!

Any advice for someone considering it?

This style is quite versatile. It works well with any hair texture or thickness, but it usually looks best with hair that is at least shoulder length.

The product used is named Stylin Dredz Mouldin Gel Wax. I love to braid with this as it doubles the longevity of my braids by keeping the baby hairs and fly-away hairs down.

I usually advise not to overuse hairspray because the build-up looks terrible! If you wet your fingertips and smooth down the hair, it re-activates the gel again so there is no need to put layers of hairspray.

With Naturally Curly Hair

Feed-in braids with naturally curly hair
Instagram @tamedbyty

Give your hair a stylish update without losing your natural gorgeous look by mixing thin and thick cornrows and styling it for that unique personal touch! You can let your locks down without them being too overpowering on your face.

Q&A with style creator, Tyesha Calhoun
Hairstylist @ New Millennium Salon in Shaker Heights, OH


How would you describe this look?

This is a versatile day or night look. It’s simple yet it’s just enough for any occasion.

I love how you can dress it up or down. This style works for any event.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Make sure you use flexi rods overnight to keep the curl nice and tight. Also, I’d say you don’t need much product. A light mist of a leave-in conditioner on your curls should be fine.

This style is perfect for someone who is always on the go because it’s not high maintenance at all.

Long Braids

Be fashionably creative by adding accessories to those stunning lengthy braids! You can never run out of options to beautify and style these stylish pieces.

Q&A with style creator, Brianna Clegg
Hair Artist in Richmond, VA


How would you describe this look?

This specific look is very trendy and versatile. It can be done on any hair texture. There are many ways to wear this style – straight down as pictured, into a bun, a high ponytail, and even two ponytails or buns.

I love that it lasts for a very long time. I would recommend this style to anyone who wants that “wake up and go” look, women who are always on the run and are really busy, or women with children that don’t have a lot of time to get themselves ready in the mornings.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Completely cleanse and moisturize your scalp before getting this style to achieve the best results possible, as well as protecting your hair. Be yourself, and be creative. There’s jewelry that can be added to the braids and different colors of Kanakelon hair to use to express yourself.