Goddess braids are sometimes called Granny braids. They are large, cornrow style braids that usually lie flat along the scalp.
Goddess braids are a great way to protect your hair while it grows and can be braided in many ways.
The typical way for braiding them is in large cornrows. The different styles come about by twisting large braids into a bun or knot in conjunction with smaller ones.
Goddess braids have been popular for a long time. They remain popular due the number of hairstyles that you can create. Women love them because of the versatility that they offer in styling. You can have them look sleek, simple, and casual or styled up for a more elegant look.
Cute Goddess Braids
One of the most appealing aspects of goddess braids are the unique types of artwork that go into every hairdo. By implementing goddess hairstyles into the design, you then incorporate a new dimension into the style.
Twists & Turns
Nice thick braids that are twisting and turning around the head. This is a gorgeous, stunning look. This eye-catching updo can be paired with bold jewelry to create that one-of-a-kind fashion statement.
Long Tumbling Braids
This is long, captivating and girly in every sense. These braids are a twist on classic cornrows, with a feminine style that relies on either high-quality weave or long natural hair. If you are looking for a style with variation, you have the option to pull the braids into a low bun or ponytail.
Vary Braid Sizes for a Unique Look
This is a cute style that allows you to mix up the thickness level in your braids. From super thick to thin, African goddess braids help you take on a whole new look with your hair.
Three Blonde Goddess Braids with a Bun
Find out if blondes have more fun by adding color to your Goddess Braids. Complete the style with a small bun in the back created from three braids that are coiled together.
Black Braids & White Accents
This black and white style has a formal look, and can be combined in many ways. This uses two Goddess braids on each side that are brought into a low ponytail.
Mohawk Inspired Goddess Braids
Show off your favorite jewelry or ink when you go with shaved sides and a braid that takes its inspiration from the Mohawk hairstyle. As far as goddess braid styles, transform this fun look with some highlights. This is truly the hairstyle for those who want to stand out in the crowd.
The “X” Marks the Spot
A goddess worthy hairstyle that can be completely creative. One option is to crisscross the braids into a “X”. See if you can create other unique styles by crisscrossing braids.
Adding color to accent natural hair is common. This style includes some purple and caramel accents. You can try caramel, pink, blue, red or purple, or a mix of each. Incorporate some specks of color in the braids, so you have your own unique yet compelling look.
Twist, jag, or curve the braids to create a new style that is truly creative. You will have a hairstyle that cannot be easily copied, and best of all it holds up to even hottest summer days.
The Goddess Pigtails
Here is a cute style that is both fun and whimsical. Take two goddess braids and add some height. Complete the look with a tiny braid down the middle of the head for a grown-up decorative touch. Simple, fast, and affordable.
The braided updo hairstyle can showcase hair color exceptionally well. You can accent the style with bold lipstick that is closely related to the shade but not exact.
A contemporary twist on classic the goddess braids. This fashion forward style has braids in reverse and underneath, with a French braid wrapping around one side and down the other side. The longer and thicker the hair you have, the more of a statement you will make.
Coifed & Coiled
This beautiful style requires some patience and time. Each braid has to be coiled on its path along the neckline, but the final style is gorgeous.
Rather than braiding across or straight down, angle the braids instead. About three or four twists will cover your head adequately. The longer length allows you to create a huge coiled bundle in the back. Thinner ends of each braid offer variety to this fun style.
Rows of Beauty
This style is perfect for short or long hair. This classic updo utilizes distinct sections of the hair with braids running to the nape of the neck and wrapped by a low bun. Goddess braids are a fun way to experiment with different variations.
Braids that go up and down, back and forth, both modern and elegant. It’s the perfect style for those who want to be the focal point of any event.
The Perfect Circle
What a nice hairstyle pulled together with one circle braid. This is a braided bun with one big section of your hair above another braided and twisted section, that’s then twisted around the base of a bun.
Braided Mohawk Updo
Goddess braided mohawk style combines perfectly coiled hair with a sideburn curl.
Take classic cornrows to new heights with this goddess inspired hairstyle. This is also a beautiful way to showcase hair colors. It works with natural hair and weave too.
How To Do Goddess Braids with Weave
Breanna Rutter takes you through a step-by-step demonstration of a gorgeous low pinwheel bun using Kanekalon hair.
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The History of Cornrows
Braiding the hair in cornrows is a tradition that has been around for as long as there has been hair styling. Cornrows are common in African American history and are depicted in sculptures found in Nigeria that go back as far as 500 BC.
Cornrows are something African-Americans have worn since long before the Civil Rights movement. In modern times women of all races have embraced the style and made it their own.
Wearing cornrows are no longer exclusively fashionable for black women. Hairstylist Guido Palau even incorporated the look into Valentino’s 2015 Paris Fashion Week show by having the models all wear cornrows.
Guido Palau’s decision prompted several viral articles, including one asking if African Americans own cornrows. How do you feel about other races wearing cornrow hairstyles?
Some of the more fashionable cornrow styles worn during the summer are the coily mohawk, which is a sexy hairstyle with the hair braided up on either side into a coiled mohawk on top.
There is also the twisted bun where the hair is braided up to the top of the head and twisted in a bun for a very classy look.
Kanekalon Braiding Hair
If you’re planning to create Goddess Braids with weave hair we recommend using kanekalon braiding hair simply because we like the look and durability of this type of hair weave. Although, you may use any type of braiding hair that you prefer.
Protective Styling for Length Retention
Goddess braids are a great way to protect your hair from the wear and tear that is associated with constantly styling it.
They offer the added benefit of encouraging length retention because the braided hair will not be bothered by repeated manipulation. Also, it will not come into contact with surfaces such as cotton pillow cases or cloth car seats. Goddess braids also protect your hair against harsh weather conditions.
It’s important to note that protecting your hair by twisting them into goddess braids is step one in protecting your hair. Once they have been twisted in you have to keep them moisturized regularly.
How Long Do Goddess Braids Last?
How long goddess braids last is really up to you. From our experience, some women wear the style for only a few weeks up to a couple months. The real key is to make sure that you continue to maintain your natural hair, especially if you’ve decide to utilized weaved hair also.
The “Bad” Hair Day: Protective Styling Natural Hair
Sometimes your style is several days old or you’re not “feeling” your hair that particular day. London Rach conquers her bad hair day with these simple, chic goddess braids.
Awesome Granny Braids on Straightened Hair
Granny braids are versatile and look good on all hair textures. In this video, Meg demonstrates a classy braided style on straightened natural hair.
Goddess Braids with a Marley Twist
Marley braiding hair used in a goddess braid style allow you to achieve a smooth and sleek look. Blending with natural textures, the Marley hair adds length to your braids.
Two-Sided Goddess Braids with Clip-Ins
By loosening the braids close to the scalp, a more textured, soft and natural look is achieved with your goddess braids.