Ghana Braids Hairstyles: History & Pictures of Ghana Braids Styles

ghana braidsGhana braids, which are also often called cornrows, straight-backs, or banana braids, are a classic protective style for natural hair and curly hair.

Ghana braids can trace their roots all the way back to Africa. In centuries past they were an integral part of many different ethnic, religious, social, and cultural traditions. The earliest depictions of Ghana braids appear in hieroglyphics and sculptures carved around 500 BC.

Cornrows, Ghana braids, goddess braids and other protective styles are more popular with women now than ever before, and the hairstyle is worn by many different ethnicities today.

Ghana braids are suitable for all ages, and they work great with decorative options, such as wooden beads, flowers, metal rings and much more.

Pictures of Ghana Braids Styles

The Ghana braids hairstyle is one of the most popular braided hairstyles in the natural hair community. Below is a gallery of pictures of Ghana braids hairstyles.

pictures of ghana braids styles

1. Beads and Gold Extensions On Long Braids

This braided hairstyle is beautiful all on its own. Although, for extra impact, these Ghana braids have been accessorized with gold beads. The matching beads bring unity to the whole style and make it a real beauty.


2. Fishbone Braids and Ponytail

Ghana braids can be created with a virtually endless range of patterns, sizes, and combinations. Your imagination is the only limit to the options presented to you. A fishbone design executed carefully, as shown here, creates an impressive hairstyle.


3. Beautiful Golden Asymmetrical Pigtail Braids

These beautiful golden braids create a dynamic, unique hairstyle, and pulling them into curvy designs adds, even more, interest to your hair.

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4. Whirlpool Braids

This is an example of something you can come up with if you remember to search widely for Ghanian hairstyle examples. This dynamic whirlpool look, created with curvy braids and daring style, creates a brilliant look that presents a unique, attractive hairstyle.


5. Heavy Cornrows with a Low Bun

Once your locks are braided, you can wear them up or down in so many ways. Coiling them up into a low bun is a simple and popular choice. Start your braids off thin at your hairline and make them larger as they approach the back of your head.


6. Long Cute Ghana Braids With a Center Part

This style incorporates a stylish Ghana sensibility. Note that paying careful attention to the part is what really makes this look distinctive; the center line is arrow-straight and all of the braids are evenly spaced.


7. Purple Ends On Skinny Braids

This style delivers something appealing and unconventional regarding both style and texture. Dip dying works great with Ghana cornrows, and adding lilac extensions creates an eye-popping burst of color.


8. Chunky Ghana Braids

This Ghana braid hairstyle adds oomph with chunky braids. You can even break up the big braids with micro braids in between.


9. Rainbow Extensions

If you’re having trouble picking a color for your extensions, why not choose them all? These braids run the gamut through pink, blue, green, orange, and even white.

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10. Black, Blue and Purple Cornrows

The contrast between alternating thick and thin braids would be distinctive enough in a single natural color. Turning the bigger braids, blue and purple sets the whole thing off and creates an incredible hairstyle.

A photo posted by Oresia (@resie_braids) on

ghana braids picturesGhana Braids Tutorial

In additional to the Ghana braids pictures shown above, below in a DIY Ghana braids tutorial by Flawless Britny.

Products used/mentioned: Shake N Go Que Volume Jumbo Braid Synthetic Hair, Shine ‘n Jam Silk Edges with Olive Oil, Professional Hair Cutting Scissors, lighter, wig brush, soft bristle brush, rat-tail comb, African Pride Olive Miracle Braid Sheen Spray and Vigorol Olive Oil Mega Moisture Mousse.

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