You might have seen a few gorgeous braid styles that resemble chunky cornrows on Instagram, but did you know that it has a special name? They’re called goddess braids, and they’re one of the hottest hairstyles for natural and transitioning hair thanks to its protective properties and pleasing visuals. However, it’s important to note that this style isn’t anything new. Goddess braids actually date back to ancient Africa as a symbol of arts and creativity.
The most notable difference between goddess braids and regular cornrows is that the former is thicker in size and raised higher–which is what ultimately creates the goddess effect. Even better, they can be worn in a variety of ways. Up, down, sideways, and any other designs you can think of. The length of time it takes to get your goddess braids done ultimately depends on the skill of your braider and how elaborate you want to go. So, the install process can be as little as 30 minutes or take as long as two to three hours/ The time trade-off is so worth it though, since you can keep goddess braids in for up to six weeks.
If you need some inspiration before you try it for yourself, check out these 45 goddess braid hairstyles that are wowing the Instagram crowd.
Ponytails are a style that might be old, but they’re also gold. Simply cornrow your entire head and follow through until you can’t braid no more. Once your braids are established, you can wrap a few around the rest to create this queenly look.
Next up on the list, a regal top knot bun. Secure the braids with bobby pins or a color-matched elastic. For added dimension, alternate between braid sizes throughout.
What’s better than one bun? Two buns, of course! This style is perfect for the goddess that’s obsessed with symmetry.
Pink is a fun color. Why not put it in your hair? We particularly love it with this sky-high ponytail and Rapunzel length braids.
For the lover of simplicity, straight back braids are the answer. Sure, you can try to dress them up with fancy accessories, but you can also just wake up and go whenever you please. What’s better than that?
Most goddess braids are tight and neat, but it doesn’t have to be that way if it’s not your style. Looser braids tend to be better for your edges anyway, so kudos to you. Alicia Keys sported a carefree bohemian style that we’re still not over.
Ponytail with Charms
When you feel like a goddess, there’s no harm in adding a few braid charms. Metallic colors always stand out. However, for brunettes, the warm tone in gold looks extra stunning against cool-dark tresses.
Don’t know whether you like your hair in a bun or down? Don’t worry, you can have the best of both worlds. Just make sure to ask your braider to create a pattern that’ll let you pull part of your hair up when you need to.
They say beauty is found in symmetry. You might as well apply that theory to goddess braids as well. For a touch of uniqueness, make sure to add an accent box braid on each side.
Low Bun Blonde
If you’ve gone blonde and want to take a break from dye, braids are a great option. Simply ask for straight back cornrows and swoop your long ends into a low knot bun. You can also create a contrast with differently toned extensions.
If you want to make the biggest statement you possibly can, this ultra-high-top braid style is worth considering. It’s artsy, it’s intriguing. Though, you might want to make sure you duck before you enter through a door.
Braiding your hair could mean saying goodbye to your regular hair for a few weeks. If you feel like you’ll miss your locks, you don’t need to braid all the way down. Curly q’s look extra stunning with this look.
Pigtails are always cute. But you can give them a modern twist if you don’t commit all the way. We’re talking about a half-pigtail-half-down style with flirty tendrils left out in the front.
Channel your inner Beyoncé with an asymmetrical braid style that screams “Lemonade” vibes. Make sure you get your braids done on your favorite selfie side. And bonus points if you opt for braids in a light brown or blonde hue.
Skinny Goddess Braids
Chunky braids might be having a moment right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t don a few thin ones. The other plus side? You can sport your hair sans extensions or save a few bucks by not needing so many.
Take a break from tying your hair back and let your braids fall naturally. If you like a romantic look, curl your free ends. The texture is extra visible on blonde and other light shades.
If one braid is all you want to handle, you can start your goddess style with two and braid it down until it becomes a single plait. Adding length and curled ends provide all the drama you need for your unified braid. Though, a little gold yarn never hurts.
Getting a goddess braid ponytail doesn’t mean you have to keep your plaits the same size. You can easily alternate between sizes and create a unique pattern. Make your actual ponytail voluminous If you like a dramatic, regal touch.
Love blonde and brunette? You can opt for both hues and create a dimensional style that resembles highlights and lowlights. Don’t forget to add your beads, of course!
Being a goddess doesn’t mean you can’t pick up a needle and thread. This bold look will motivate you to master a corset stitch. You can even sneak in a few charms if you’re really crafty.
Long goddess braids are popular, but short- and medium-length need love too. Here’s what you can expect if you ask a braider for a shoulder-length ponytail with charms.
Don’t forget, you can braid in a pattern with your goddess style. We absolutely love this eight-pointed snowflake (or star if that’s what you prefer tall it) pattern. The design serves as a fun peekaboo crown without having to shave.
Goddess Braid Part
It might not be common, but you can totally ask for a single goddess braid if that’s what you want. If you really looking to stand out, ask for an intricate braid part that can be hidden on your crown.
Are you curious about what a single goddess braid part looks like from the front? Here you go!
Swooping Stitch Braid
A swooping side part is always beautiful, and it looks even better when it’s combined with a few stitch braids. The contrast is very striking.
Red Curly Updo
A short goddess braid hairstyle with curly ends will create a gorgeous updo. And pairing it with a vibrant red will make you look like a flame.
If braid charms aren’t your style, you can always wrap a few braids with decorative thread. This goddess braid ponytail looks stunning, especially when its paired with a few alternating cornrows.
Do you want to feel like an angel? Then why don’t you try this halo goddess braid for a sent from heaven vibe? You can add a few accent braids for a modern twist.
Sometimes you need a pop of color. Why not go for all of them while you’re at it?
Wrapped Low Buns
You can bring a sophisticated touch to your double buns by positioning them lower on your head. And if you’d like to dress them up, you can intertwine gold thread throughout.
Goddess Side Braid
Add a little romance to your everyday look with a side braid, though instead of braiding all the way down, just opt for a halo effect. Tying the rest of your loose hair into a ponytail completes the style.
What can we say? Chunky braids are just less fuss and they look phenomenal. We recommend you give them a try when regular goddess braids just aren’t doing it for you.
There’s beauty in simplicity. This glamorous, extra-long goddess braid proves it. Don’t you agree?
Going for goddess braids that are let down like box braids give you the best of both worlds. You can totally enhance the look with gray-to-white ombre highlights.
Red Space Buns
Goddess braids don’t have to be “serious.” You can still dabble in fun, festival-ready styles like space buns. This includes half-up-half-down variants as well.
Goddess Braid Headband
Treat your goddess halo like an actual headband. It’s the perfect way to add in your favorite flowers as a natural accessory.
We’re in love with this shoulder-length goddess braid style. The multicolored beads definitely take it up a notch as well.
If you really dig fashion colors, you might want to try out a nice cobalt blue. Go for a Rapunzel length if you like a little drama.
Add some texture to your braided goddess pigtails by leaving your hair in voluminous waterfall curls. If you need help, don’t be afraid to whip out a curling wand, iron or roller.
Goddess Box Braids
We’ve shown you a lot of goddess braid styles that resemble box braids. But, here’s another one to capture your heart.
Are you experimental with your colors? Then you’ll love this purple and gray goddess braid ponytail.
Fauxhawks always provide an edge, and this one is no different. Check out this intricate pattern and statement goddess braid. We’re sure you’ll save this look for a future braid appointment.
Who doesn’t like a good old fashioned updo? Here’s a twisted low goddess braid bun made new with antique gold thread.
Instead of just sticking to the individual pigtail braids, go for an elaborate set with numerous plaits. For a more fun look, position them up high and smooth over your baby hairs.
They say a deep shade like burgundy symbolizes wealth, power and ambition. That’s why it pairs so perfectly with adorned goddess braids.