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12 Different Types of Braids And What They Look Like (Pictures)

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Did you know there are many types of braids?

The most popular easy to suggest hairdo over the world since the older generation is braiding, this is one particular common African hairstyle, done in different styles, stylish and also comes in handy if you do not want to change hairstyles too frequently.

Nigerians particularly love and favor all kinds of braids.

There are also braids without extensions and looks more like a twist. Braids are simple and could be worn and styled in different ways, it has a natural appeal to it as well and you can almost forget extensions are added to it.

(Extensions are added for longer braids) Braidings can be worn at any length depending on how comfortable you want it.

Here are some nice braids that might spark some interest.

Different Types Of Braids

These are braids that can be done by all types of hair without or without extensions.

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1. Havana Twist

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This is a very easy type of braid as it was to braided directly in your hair, extensions are added and it can be used and styled as you desire for a long period of time depending on how long you can carry braids.

2. Micro/Mini Braid

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This is a very tiny version of braids, can be braided without adding any extensions if your hair is long enough, it is easy to style but if you have soft scalp, then this is not advisable to be carried for a long period of time. It usually takes a longer time to make

3. Box Braids

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This particular braid is very trendy and very stylish as well. Almost anyone can rock box braids. In the list of types of braids, box braids are one of the most popular.

4. Yarn Braids

This type of braid simple means braids made from yarn, it really beautiful and almost looks like dreadlocks. Very similar but looks just as good if not better.

5. Cornrows

These are very popular braids, they are plaited in tight thin hands and can be loosened to give it an entirely different appeal. Creativity is allowed with cornrows and it is a very popular type of braid anyone can try.

6. Crochet Braids

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This braid is crocheted by using a crochet pin to add the extension to your hair. Crochet braid has become quite popular these days.

7. Fishtail Braids

These braids are styled like a fishtail, very popular, especially on Pinterest and very stylish as well.

8. Faux Locs

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Faux lock braid is braided into your hair and they are also extensions that look just like it and can be braided into your hair.

9. French Braids

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This particular braid gives a sophisticated look to anyone wearing it, both sides of the hair are plaited and can be tucked in as well.

11. Dutch Braids

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Dutch braids are a lot like french braids, Dutch braids are stylishly plaited on both sides or can be a full hair all back braid.

12. Ghana Braids

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Ghana braids are usually braided into a ponytail or down to the nape of the neck. Patterns are created by alternating the size of the braids and the shape.

Bottom Line? The fact that there are many and different types of braids does not limit your creativity in any way. Your braids do not have to be in full flows at all time, some twists to your hair like the Havana twist also count as braids.

Hope you can now decide which of the braidings you love and could rock better, follow us on Instagram @thrivenaija and you will surely get an update when we compile new braid styles.

Adebisi Ogunjimi
Marianne is a content writer with an outgoing personality and an avid reader of anything intellectual. She aims to see half of the world and further highlight the beauty of natural hair. Get in touch: [email protected]