Looking for an easy and protective way to change up your hairstyle? Then you should give African hair braiding some serious consideration. Black braided hairstyles are incredibly versatile and can be traced back to 3500 BC. Hair braiding has always been popular with women, however, men with long hair are often spotted wearing braided styles. African hair braiding can vary in size and shape and have often been used to identify various tribes. Recently we have seen braids having a fashionable revival, and with notable celebs making these styles their go-to, now’s the perfect time to try them out!
Not sure where to begin or which type to go for? Fear not: we’ve created a helpful little guide that features different types of African braids, so you can brush up on your styling know-how. Whether you’re tempted to rock tried-and-trusted box braids or faux ‘locs, scroll down to see the African hair braiding styles that’ll have you top of the mane game this year!