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.
Table of Contents
- 1 The Definitive Guide to Creating Beautiful Goddess Hairstyles
- 2 Zoe Kravitz Boho Box Braids
- 3 Cute Goddess Braid Hairstyles
- 4 How To Do Goddess Braids with Weave
- 5 The History of Cornrows
- 6 Modern Cornrows
- 7 Kanekalon Braiding Hair
- 8 Protective Styling for Length Retention
- 9 The “Bad” Hair Day: Protective Styling Natural Hair
- 10 Awesome Granny Braids on Straightened Hair
- 11 Goddess Braids with a Marley Twist
- 12 Two-Sided Goddess Braids with Clip-Ins
- 13 How Long Do Goddess Braids Last?
The Definitive Guide to Creating Beautiful Goddess Hairstyles
Everywhere you look now, whether it’s on YouTube, Instagram or at star-studded events like on the red carpet, there’s a good chance that you will see someone rocking goddess locs.
They are a very popular hairstyle right now. But what’s the difference between goddess locs and regular locs, you may ask?
Well, goddess locs are unique as they are usually styled with wavy or curly hair at the ends, then often detailed with gold jewelry to give them a beautiful royal appearance.
The following tutorials demonstrate some our favorite methods of wearing goddess locs:
The Traditional Method of How to Do Goddess Locs
Then the braiding hair is wrapped around every box braid to create the goddess locs. This approach is time-consuming, because, in addition to the box braiding, there are several steps to create the goddess locs.
We recommend having your stylist loosely wrap your hair right below the roots to ease tension that may be caused by tight locs and the combined weight of the hair. This is critical from a protective styling standpoint.
To create an even more unique look, you can garnish your locs with gold clasps and white yarn. Although, keep in mind that just like the install, taking down these locs will also be very time-consuming.
For this style, you need you will need approximately eight packs of Rast A Fri Freed’m silky braiding hair and two packs of Freetress braiding hair.
Looking for a Quicker Approach to Braiding Your Hair?
If you want a much faster method than the traditional method of installing goddess locs, you can follow the technique used by Bre’Aunna Renee (“Bray”) also known as DOPEaxxPANA on YouTube. Bre’Aunna is a self-taught stylist in the California Bay area.
Instead of braiding her client’s entire head which takes longer, Bre’Aunna starts by plaiting the sectioned hair. This method creates a lot less tension on the hair and scalp which is critical to avoid potential hair loss or breakage issues with tight braids.
For the curly ends, Bre’Aunna pulls Freetress deep wave hair through the plait base using a crochet needle. She then wraps Cuban twist braiding hair tightly around the wavy hair.
Braids it into loc form, then uses nail glue to secure it, while leaving the wavy hair hanging at the ends. This approach takes a lot less time to install and remove.
For this style, you need you will need approximately three packs of Cuban twist braiding hair and for the ends two packs of Freetress Deep Wave braiding hair.
Crochet Goddess Locs: A Quick Detailed Tutorial
Since the traditional method takes a long time, crochet goddess locs usually are much better for those in a hurry or those who want a hairstyle with less tension on the hair.
In this video, a vlogger known as Tastepink uses three types of braiding hair to achieve her look. She starts by cornrowing her hair towards the back, ensuring that the cornrows are smaller at the front for a neater look.
She then braids the faux locs beginning from the back of her neck to the top of her head. To conceal the gaps, she adds more locs to the center of her head.
Cornrows & No-Cornrows Crochet Method
If you prefer the crochet method, but you’re concerned about a “natural-looking” part appearing, you may use a combination of individual braids and cornrows to get the look you want.
In addition to the no-cornrows approach, Jazz Nicole shared six more interesting ways to install single locs. All the methods start with a single braid with no added hair, which then changes into a twist about one-third of the way down.
Here Are Her Goddess Loc Methods:
1) Hug method: With the hug method, Jazz slightly opens up a crochet loc, then twists braided hair down that loc creating a goddess loc.
2) Pull method: Using the pull method, Jazz inserts a crochet needle into a loc and then pulls the braid through the loc. According to Jazz, this method is great for ladies with curly locs.
3) Braid-in Method: Interestingly, with the braid-in method, Jazz just puts the crochet loc loop around the base of a single section of her hair. Jazz proceeds to split the section into two, then uses the hair and a loc to make a braid. This results in one nice loc that started as a braid. According to Jazz, this approach is best suited for small locs and locs matching the color of your natural hair.
4) The Knotless Method: The knotless method is one of our favorites, as it gives you a seamless base. Jazz starts by splitting a section of hair into two pieces, then puts a piece through the crotchet loc loop. She then braids the hair to secure the loc. She then applies the pull method hiding the braid completely. This method has a very natural-looking end result, which is why we particularly like this approach.
5) The Wrap-in Method: Jazz starts the wrap-in method by following the knotless method (discussed above), then wraps the hair from an unraveled loc around her braid. This particular method also has a natural look, but it can be time-consuming.
6) The Braided Wrap-in Technique: The braided wrap-in technique is most suitable for large locs. Jazz braids an unraveled loc into her hair then wraps the loc around her braid.
How to Take Down Goddess Locs
After a few weeks of looking fabulous in your goddess locs, it’s time to take them down. During this next section, we’re going to show you teach you how to take out goddess locs.
i) How to Take-Out Traditional Goddess Locs
There are two ways to do this; you can chop off the ends (often preferred because it’s quick) or separate them first (much safer) if you don’t want to risk cutting off your real hair.
If you have very long hair, we highly using the safer approach to prevent cutting your hair.
ii) How to Take-Out Crochet Goddess Locs
Start by pulling your natural hair out from the faux loc then unloop your crochet loop, pulling out both the faux hair and your natural hair from under your crochet loop.
If you want to reuse your locs later, this is the best method to take them down.
Zoe Kravitz Boho Box Braids
In case you didn’t get the memo, Boho box braids, which are also referred to as goddess braids or gypsy box braids, are officially one of the most popular braiding styles nowadays.
You may have already seen a few of your favorite celebrities such as Jhene Aiko, Eva Marcille or Zoe Kravitz rocking these new box braids, but if you are yet to, picture the style as a fantastic mesh between box braids and goddess locs.
If you are looking to achieve the Bohemian look without spending as much time as you normally have to with traditional box braids, Boho braids are a great option for you, as you don’t have to braid the hair and then wrap every single braid with thread.
Zoe Kravitz Boho Box Braids vs. Traditional Box Braids
The difference that stands out between traditional box braids and Zoe Kravitz Box Braids is that Boho braids usually have a less uniform appearance with wavy hair carefully added in select spots to create a wispy, carefree vibe.
The look is less polished from the ends to the parts. If you check some of her pictures, you will see Zoe Kravitz accessorizing her Boho box braids with embellishments such as hair jewelry or playing with colors, which spices up the hairstyle even more.
What Type of Hair Do You Need for Zoe Kravitz Braids?
As mentioned above, the main identifying feature for Boho box braids is that they are used to showcase two types of hair textures. The straight braided hair and the other one is the wavy, textured hair that is added to the ends of the box braids.
If you use regular Kanekalon braiding hair, you can expect it to be a challenge getting the signature wavy appearance of Boho box braids.
However, there are many techniques you can try to achieve this look:
Using Human Hair for Boho Braids
Ava Pearl, popular YouTube beauty influencer, demonstrates in this video how you can use synthetic braiding hair and human hair together to create boho braids.
Using Soft Synthetic Hair for Boho Braids
In this video, Shanice Crystal shares her hairdresser’s technique for creating a wavy look by using a few packs of X-Precision braiding hair. The hair can be found on Amazon as well as most beauty supplies stores.
X-Precision braiding hair is softer than Kanekalon hair and you also get more X-Precision in the pack compared to most Kanekalon hair packs. You will first need to braid some of the braiding hair from the base to the tips leaving the ends unbraided.
Shanice Crystal’s hairdresser braids six sections of her braids into large braids before dipping them in hot water for the setting process. After some time, she unravels the large braids revealing a gorgeous wavy look.
Another vlogger and beauty influencer known as LipsticknCurls also used synthetic hair for the braids. Unlike Shanice, she used Organique Mastermix braid hair, which can also be found on Amazon and local beauty shops.
While using softer hair can result in a more wavy and clean look, it also increases the chances of your Boho box braids unraveling. LipsticknCurls admitted that she was forced to redo some of the braids after they unraveled.
However, she also shared that she never dipped her hair in hot water. Some hairdressers use nail glue at the ends of each braid to prevent unraveling.
Using Kanekalon Hair for Quick Boho Box Braids
If you’re in a hurry, Lynda Moyo shares how to get those signature Boho waves by using a flat iron on Kanekalon braiding hair on low heat.
Her technique is similar to the others, the primary difference is that she leaves the ends of her braids unbraided.
To make the hair sleeker, Lynda flat irons the ends of the braids on low heat. She then braids the individual braids into three large braids and runs her flatiron over the giant braids to set them.
The flat iron allows Lynda to skip waiting for her hair to dry. She then unravels the large, wavy braids.
Using Goddess Crochet Braids for Boho Box Braids
Most braiding styles take several hours to install which can be extremely exhausting. Luckily, there’s a crochet version that will definitely save you a lot of installation time.
You can now find more companies selling Boho individual braids with curly ends already for those who don’t have much time to spare.
Adanna Madueke uses individual braids and synthetic crochet hair in the front to achieve a more realistic appearance. She used 24″ Crochet Zoey Braids from Model Model. These braids will have the ends looking more curly than wavy.
Cute Goddess Braid Hairstyles
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.
The section below includes descriptions and links to some of our favorite hairstyles.
Twists & Turns: (view style)
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: (view style)
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: (view style)
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: (view style)
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: (view style)
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: (view style)
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.
Purple Accents: (view style)
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.
Elegant Creativity: (view style)
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: (view style)
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.
Bold Hues: (view style)
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.
Modern Look: (view style)
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: (view style)
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.
Diagonal Design: (view style)
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: (view style)
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.
Multi-Directional Braids: (view style)
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: (view style)
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: (view style)
Goddess braided mohawk style combines perfectly coiled hair with a sideburn curl.
Beautiful Cornrows: (view style)
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.
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.
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.
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.