You might have seen a few gorgeous braid styles that resemble chunky cornrows on Instagram, but did you know that it has a particular name? They’re called goddess braids, and they’re one of the hottest hairstyles for natural and transitioning hair, thanks to their protective properties and pleasing visuals. However, it’s important to note that this style isn’t anything new. Goddess braids
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 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. 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 trying the style for yourself, check out these 40 goddess braid hairstyles that are wowing the Instagram crowd.
Ponytails are a style that might be old, but they’re also gold. Cornrow your entire head and follow through until you can’t braid anymore. Once your goddess 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 braids enthusiast who’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.
Goddess Braids with Accessories
When you feel like a goddess, there’s no harm in adding a few accents to your braids. Metallic colors are a classic option, or if you're looking to make a bold statement, try white fabric tied around dark locks (or vice versa if you're rocking a lighter shade).
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 will let you pull part of your hair up when you need to.
They say beauty is found in symmetry, and you might as well apply that theory to goddess braids, too. For a touch of uniqueness, make sure to add an accent box braid on each side.
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 strands look extra stunning with this look.
Pigtails are always a fun hairstyle, but you can give them a modern twist if you don’t commit all the way. We love this half-pigtail, half-down style with 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 goddess 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 if that's the look you love. 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 you want to keep things simple, stick to two long braids. The sheer length and accompanying hoop earrings provide all the clean drama you need, though feel free to dress it up with thread or charms if you'd like.
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!
Sometimes, goddess braids look their most regal when sticking close to your head, leaving everyone to closely admire the intricacy. Loose pieces in front of the ears only elevate the romantic feel further.
Long goddess braids are popular, but short- and medium-length styles 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 love this eight-pointed snowflake (or star if that’s what you prefer to call it) pattern. The design serves as a fun peekaboo crown without having to shave.
To make the style a bit more loose, leave the ends of some of the goddess braids undone, and pile hair into a messy half-up style, with a few loose braids framing the face for good measure.
A slicked-back look is always beautiful, and it looks even better at extreme lengths with a few beads at the end. The result is nothing short of majestic.
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 it's paired with a few alternating cornrows.
Do you want to feel like an angel? Then try this halo goddess braid for a sent-from-heaven vibe. You can either keep it simple or 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?
Add a little romance to your everyday look with a crimson red hue that's sure to stand out no matter how you style your braids that day.
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, and this glamorous, extra-long goddess braid proves it. Don’t you agree?
Going for goddess braids that are let down like box braids will give you the best of both worlds. Try enhancing the look with gray-to-white ombré highlights.
Red Space Buns
Goddess braids don’t have to be “serious.” You can still dabble in fun, festival-ready styles like space buns.
Goddess Braid Headband
Treat your goddess halo like an actual headband. Keep it simple with hoops, or you can even add in your favorite flowers as a natural accessory.
We’re in love with this shoulder-length goddess braid style. The multicolored beads take it up a notch, as well.
If you dig fashion colors, you might want to embrace a nice cobalt blue. Try an updo if you like a little drama.
Add some texture to your braided goddess pigtails by leaving your hair in voluminous waterfall curls. If your curls could use a boost to be this bouncy, 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? 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 set of braids—we’re sure you’ll save this look for a future appointment.
Instead of just sticking to 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 well with adorned goddess braids.