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.