29 Best Ways to Get Goddess Braids on Natural Hair

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Cindy Marcus
Cindy Marcus Hairstylist, Editor-in-Chief

Goddess braids are larger and thicker cornrows that most ethnic women wear to protect their natural hair. I know that choosing a protective style can be overwhelming, so here, I wanted to help you find your inner goddess with one of these fashionable goddess braid hairstyles. It’s one of the most popular choices for women with natural or relaxed hair, wanting to protect their locks and look amazing at the same time.

Make it a priority to condition your hair really well before going through the process for a healthy turn-out. As a beneficial hairstyle, these braids can greatly lessen your salon appointments and at-home styling time because it only needs low upkeep and manipulation.

Before your next hair appointment, check out these inspiring photos of divine goddess braids hairstyles!

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#1: Mid-Length Boho Locks

Mid-length boho locs are a great option for women wanting to experience a goddess braid hairstyle without the dramatics of long length. One of the best ways to get a beautiful curl is to ensure that your stylist installs human hair or a human hair blend.

Extra Long Goddess Braids Style for Black Ladies
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#2: Extra Long Goddess Braids Style

What makes these dazzling, extra-long goddess braids so special is that you can wear them in a variety of styles. The individual strands can be worn down, twisted up, or arranged half up/half down. Although knotless braids are more popular these days, traditional box braids offer greater stability at the root and can still be combined with goddess curls. Don’t forget to add mousse from time to time – it protects the curls from becoming dry and frizzy.

#3: Messy Boho Braids

Messy boho braids or boho faux locs are a great protective style for young active women who stay on the go. Added loose curls throughout will create a goddess hairstyle from the boho style. What’s great about this style is its longevity and requires minimal maintenance. The older this style gets, the more natural the faux locs or messy braids become.

#4: Black and Blue Peekaboo Goddess Braids

A fun spin on adding color to your braids are black and blue peekaboo goddess braids. Your hair will make others do a double take when you swing your braids around and a pop of blue shows.

#5: Goddess Braids With a Weave

Yes, you can wear these stunning African goddess braids with weave extensions to get a long, thick, and more beautiful result! They are incredibly easy to maintain and are super versatile to style. Feel free to also level up these goddess braids with curls at the ends for a softer edge.

Goddess braids with kanekalon hair
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#6: Goddess Braids Hairstyle with Kanekalon Hair

Goddess braids with Kanekalon hair is a traditional braid style with a ton of versatility. Because of the individual small braids, you can pull up or down and style to fit any occasion. Ask your braider to install with Kanekalon hair so that the braids can be curled, crimped, or straightened smooth with a hot water setting.

Feed-in goddess braids
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#7: Feed-in Goddess Braids

Feed-in goddess braids for a carefree style that is simple and effective. Slayed edges and playful curls let your youthfulness shine through with these goddess braids styles.

Goddess braids style with low pigtails
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#8: Goddess Braids Style with Low Pigtails

Goddess braids with low pigtails secured just behind the ears can cascade over the shoulders playfully. It is a youthful protective hairstyle that is quick and easy to install and wear. Curl the ends for added fun and fullness to this braided hairstyle.

#9: Halo Goddess Braid

The halo goddess braid is a one plait braid that is laid flat against the head or hanging and then wrapped around to create a crown. Halo braids are a great style for any event but can also be worn as an everyday protective hairstyle.

Goddess braids with low buns
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#10: Goddess Braids with Low Buns

Goddess braids with low buns are a simple, timeless piece. It is a hairstyle that is easy to wear, with little to no maintenance. Lay the edges for an enhanced flair.

Long goddess braids with curls
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#11: Long Goddess Braids with Curls

Long goddess braids with curls incorporate both braids and curls that create volume without the additional weight. Goddess braids are youthful and have lots of styling options. Adding accessories can offer this hairstyle an added oomph factor.

Goddess french braids
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#12: Goddess French Braids

Goddess french braids range in size from medium to thick. Creative placement of rows for the braids can take your hairstyle to another level. Keep frizz at bay with a hair mousse to hold the style in place.

#13: Formal Goddess Braids in a Low Bun

A chic low bun with goddess braids is similar to a French braid. Simply wrap them bunned at the neck for a modern and feminine touch.

#14: Simple Side Design for Goddess Braids

Hair designs like these fashionable side goddess braids will complement your beautiful facial features.

Goddess Braids Updo with an Elegant Top Knot
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#15: Goddess Braids Updo with an Elegant Top Knot

A super high braided top knot is perfect for cute and round faces. Talk to your stylist or braider about adding jaw-dropping sophisticated goddess braids to your natural hairstyle.

Cute Half-Up Goddess Braids With Cornrows
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#16: Half-Up Goddess Braids With Cornrows

Try these super cute goddess braids with cornrows on long hair, and style with a high knot. Leave out some braids to fall down.

#17: Cute Goddess Braids with High Pigtail Buns

Little ladies shine with cute and fabulous goddess braids and pigtail buns like this. Play with some zigzag twisted cornrows and part them into charming pigtails for an adorable finish!

Long Goddess Braids with Faux Hawk
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#18: Long Goddess Braids with Faux Hawk

From those intricate clean side braids to that superb large braid – this goddess braid has an edgy faux hawk effect! You’re definitely gonna set the trend when you rock this thick braided style!

#19: Jumbo Goddess Braids

A goddess braid hairstyle works for any hair type as long as there is some length to it. If you want to look neat and simple yet bold, amp up your African-American hairstyle by doing these easy thick braids!

#20: Goddess Braids in a Chignon

If you prefer owning a jumbo braid style, you can style the goddess plaits by wrapping the tips into an elegant low-braided bun. These goddess braids in a bun are super hot right now.

#21: Four Goddess Braids with Red Accents

Pump up those long and effortless a 4 goddess braid by blending some deep red highlights into your naturally black hair. That contrast added with a few accessories will absolutely give your braided hair a head-turning look!

#22: Goddess Braids in a Ponytail

These chunky goddess braids in a ponytail are such a neat and sleek style, allowing the nape of your neck to breathe free! Achieve it by flicking those braids and securing them high and tight. Add some thin cornrows in between those jumbo braids for contrast.

#23: Brown and Blonde Goddess Braids with a Crown Bun

Brighten your pretty face by wearing a goddess braid top knot and leaving some locks down for you to accessorize! There is a lot going on with this look – beads, strings, exquisite cornrows, and that lovely blend of brown and blonde. Amazing how they perfectly work together! Goddess braids updos are very chic and are for any casual or formal event.

#24: Side-Parted Goddess Braids

Here’s a Ghana braids style that is a prime example of how you add a side part to your goddess braids hairstyles. Take the focus on those big pieces by coloring them with different shades of brown, embellished with cute strings, and putting most of them on one side of your face.

#25: Two Goddess Braids into a Big Fishtail

Try a flirty stylish fishtail goddess braids style for when you wanna feel fresh and light. Wear this crown braid finished with a charming fishtail for a vintage look!

These two braids are connecting into a fishtail braid with extensions are a masterpiece by braider Christy of Chicago, IL.

The fishtail with extensions and the fact that this 2 goddess braids style only takes 35 minutes to do are ideal for stylish, busy black women. It gives a little bit of spice outside of just the two regular Dutch braids while being able to add the length we all crave.

Prepping your hair prior to arrival is very important. Christy suggests, “The hair has to be completely washed and product free. Detangling the hair is also a very key point, but most stylists have no problem brushing through the hair. Having a hair product free allows for the products that I use to work their best.”

#26: High Goddess Box Braids Bun

Instead of letting them run down, why not twirl those fun goddess braids into a top knot for that unique and beautiful finish? You can also highlight it by putting in some cuffs!

This braiding hair style idea is called goddess box braids by Esther, a stylist and salon owner from Worthing, West Sussex. The mixed blonde color used in this braided bun look so gorgeous!

👉 See more blonde box braids hairstyles.

When considering goddess braids, you have options of braids sizes and length. Esther states, “You can choose to have very long extensions put in or not. This goddess braids hairstyle is good for a woman who wants an easy, carefree, wake-up-and-go kind of hair.”

Underbraided Style for Natural black Hair
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#27: Under Braid Style for Natural Black Hair

A goddess braid mohawk updo gives you a clean and elegant effect of a well-kept hairstyle. Finish these cornrows into a single braid for a fresh and easy feeling. I love how it kind of gives an illusion of a mohawk. The under braids on the sides give a flat look similar to a taper cut, and the large cornrow down the middle gives volume. I

Small Goddess Braids With Bangs
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#28: Small Goddess Braids With Bangs

If you’re craving that natural hair vibe, these super thin and carefully created small goddess braids will satisfy you for sure! If you have a long or square face, these blunt bangs will suit you without a doubt.

These edgy, long fishtail braids with thick blunt long bangs are made by stylist Estissy of Lagos, Nigeria.

If you’re ready for perfect braids bangs, you’d need to choose the best bangs to flatter your face shape. Estissy explains, “To get the bangs off your face, you’ll need a curling iron on very low heat to achieve the curly style. You can use any spray on to give it a glossy look.”

#29: Three Goddess Braids for Natural Hair

Get showered with compliments when you wear 3 goddess braids, featuring a few contrasting thin and jumbo braids!

This three goddess braids style has a touch of added flair with the mini braids. As hairstylist Shennan Scott of North Carolina states, “Don’t ever be afraid to add a little twist to a classic style. What I love about this style is although it’s simple, it’s bold!”

This style is a great protective style for natural hair. Retaining moisture while giving your hair a break from daily styling is a perfect way to ensure health and growth for your natural hair.

Scott suggests, “Choose a stylist that genuinely cares about the health of your hair. No pulling, not tight on edges, and no drying products!”

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