17 Greatest Ghana Braids You’ll See Right Now

Ghana braids in a high ponytail

Ghana Braids are an African style of protective crownrow braids that go straight back. They’re also known as Cherokee braids, invisible cornrows, banana braids, straightbacks or pencil braids. What makes them exceptional from other protective braids is that they involve the use of hair extensions for a denser result. No matter what face shape you have, these braids can be modified creatively into different patterns that can soften, elongate, or balance your features! Just don’t forget to apply hydration products first to your hair for an easy braiding process.

Ghana Braids Style

This on-trend weave hairstyle allows you to flash your fierce hair with colors, patterns, and cuffs while keeping your natural one protected right beneath. You don’t need to go booking salon appointments every now and then, as these can last for weeks up to months depending on how much TLC you give to these beauts! Below are the most sought-after Ghana braid styles you can easily recreate right now.

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Ghana Braids With Pink Color

For Medium Length Hair
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Go unique and coolest with this one-of-a-kind braid style that falls just below your shoulders for easy management. Take note of the spiral pattern and how it shows the dark roots for a gorgeous contrast. Ghana weaving braids hairstyles can be enhanced with either braiding or unique coloring like this one.

Jumbo Cornrows

Ghana braids with jumbo cornrows
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Extra huge ghana weaving braids make for a bold statement that flatters all hair textures. Long thick braid styles often promise very low upkeep with the few pieces of hair available.

Ghana Braided Updo

Ghana braids in an updo
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Natural black hair looks stunning when styled up and high and added with hints of red without being too over the top. It is easy to style Ghana braids into a bun hairstyle.

For Medium Length Hair

Ghana braids for medium length hair
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While most girls settle for lengthy Ghana weaving braid hairstyles, short lengths that have an intricate finish always look superb.

Ombre Hair

Ghana braids with ombre hair
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Wake up in the morning feeling ready-to-go with this super sexy high ponytail hair with an ombre. This long hair comes with the versatility of styling in so many ways like a top bun. Ghana braids combined with ombre hair color creates a powerful hairstyle.

Zig Zag Braids

Zig zag Ghana braids
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This fantastic Ghana weaving style pattern consists of skinny cornrows braided in a neat zigzag design. Give this a try if you’re searching for a unique way to have your hair in a trendy protective style.

Chunky Braids

Chunky braids
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With just a few exquisitely done braids, you can enjoy the benefits of having a low maintenance protective style. Alternating jumbo braids with thin ones, painted with a vibrant red, adds contrast to the whole look.

Ghana Twist In a Ponytail

Ghana braids in a high ponytail
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If you’re a fan of high ponytails, try this pattern that gives you a sleek easy ponytail held by a glam accessory. The finished look creates a sexy aura that still works as a friendly and casual style. Ghana weaving braids hairstyles are often done in varying ponytail styles.

2 Strand Braids

2 strand Ghana braids
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Jumbo 2 strand ghana braids offer an eye-popping way to get the hair out of your face and protect your hair in as they transition between relaxed and natural styles.

In a Bun

Burgundy braids in a bun
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This exquisite braided style involves thick braids and skinny cornrows that alternate them. Finished in thick Ghana weaves, this hair can be worn in an attractive high bun.

Red Hair

Red braids with strings
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In this thin braiding style, the braids are onto the scalp down the back of the head. The loose thin pieces give you more creativity to style your hair and the choice to wear your braids up or down.

Big Braids

Big braids
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Ghana braids are still popular for being easy maintenance and the exceptional looks they give! One of the trendiest style is to alternate super thin and jumbo braids for a more noteworthy look.

Braiding on Blonde Hair

Ghana braided hair on blonde hair
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These outstanding vanilla sunshine Ghana jumbo braids are absolutely a must-try! You can add in some alternating thin braids to give more emphasis.

Long Braided Hair

Long braids with strings
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These lengthy on-point braids offer unlimited styles for you to try! From a half-up, a low bun, or a pretty ponytail to simply letting them down with some accessories, these braids will absolutely show you the true meaning of versatility!

Braid With Beads

Blonde braids with beads and cornrows
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Get tribal quick by trying this braided Ghana style using stylish beads at the end of those radiant blonde long braids! Super fun and flirty!

Braids for Short Hair

Ghana braids for short hair with beads and cornrow
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Q&A with style creator, Eunice Mupaya
Professional Hairstylist @ Fancy Claws in Durban, South Africa

How would you describe this look?

This is a fun yet sophisticated Ghana braids style for short hair. It can work perfectly for women in almost any age group with different hair types (coarse, fine, straight, or curly). I love the fact that you can make it tame or crazy and outrageous and have the beadwork on the edges.

Any advice for someone considering these braids?

Look at your face shape as well as the hairline, as these are pivotal factors in any good look. This is quite a protective look that corrects hairline damage since the lines are going sideways along the hairline preventing it from breaking. It’s less time consuming, easy to maintain as well as moisturizing. All you have to do is base the scalp with Confiderm oil (Mizani).

In order to avoid dry scalp and flakes, you also need Braid & Conditioning Spray (3 in 1 Spray Treatment Mizani) which is a leave-in conditioner that soothes the scalp, as well as anti-dandruff giving you a healthy scalp and hair.

This is for a person with few and thin hair, as this style will give your hair volume so that your hair won’t look thin. This style is one of the looks that will make heads turn, especially with beadwork going on at the back.

Twisted Ghana Hair

Q&A with style creator, Unique Dandridge
Master Stylist @ Spa 313 Salon in Inglewood, CA

How would you describe this look?

These ghana braids are considered as twist extensions. The most common names for these types of twists are called Senegalese Twists or Rope Twists. They are similar to other types of twists such as Marley and Havana.

However, the clear distinction between them is that Senegalese twists are smooth and silky in appearance because they are installed by using Kanekelon hair (same hair used to install Box Braids).

I love the elegance that is created when the style is executed properly on Ghana weaved braids.

Any advice for someone considering these braids?

A thorough styling consultation is recommended before installing these type of braids. I inform my clients that the longevity of this style depends on many factors. From my experience, these twists can last between 3-6 weeks.

The size of the ghana braids you choose also contributes to how long the twists will last (smaller twists lasts a bit longer). You are able to have an active lifestyle, such as dancing and light swimming. However, because you are only using two strands of silky braiding hair to create these braids, the twists may slip down or even out prematurely.

I would also recommend shampooing their hair/scalp while having the twists installed, but I can’t stress enough to do it gently. Senegalese twists are a great protective style option when you want to give your natural hair a break or rest from chemical or heat styling.

In addition, these two-strand twists are extremely versatile and can be installed with practically any hair type and styled many different ways.