As we step into a new month, it’s the perfect time to experiment with new braid styles. For anyone tired of doing the same braid styles or looking for a unique take on braids, we’ve curated a list of 15 unique braid inspirations that will no doubt elevate your look. From short French curls to intricately designed cornrow braids, these styles are a celebration of individuality and creativity. Scroll on and find the perfect inspiration for you.
1. Traditional Swirl Braids
Pay homage to traditional braiding techniques with these trending swirl braids. This unique style can be dressed up or down, making it the perfect choice for any occasion.
Watch how TikToker Amélé rocks them:
2. Short French Curls
Create a look that’s both chic and refined with these short French curl braids. Don’t be afraid to experiment with other colors, like brown, maroon, or any other color that could suit you.
3. Mixy Braids (Twists and Box Braids Mixed)
Combine the best of both worlds with mixy braids—a fusion of twists and box braids. This style offers a unique and eye-catching twist to the traditional braided look.
4. Half-Cornrow Feed-In Braids
For a modern and stylish look, try out these half-cornrow feed-in braids. Go with whatever design you desire for the cornrows and rock the other half as regular box or knotless braids.
5. Fulani Boho Braids
This style is inspired by the Fulani people of West Africa. It features a combination of unique cornrow patterns with a bohemian twist of loose curls attached to the braids for a free-spirited look.
6. Short Bohemian Braids
If you’re looking for a playful and carefree vibe with braids, short boho braids are ideal. Perfect if you’re looking to experiment with shorter braid styles.
7. Braid Fringe
Add a touch of drama to your braids with a fringe. This style lets the braids fall to the front, creating a bold and edgy look that frames your face beautifully.
8. Braid Bob
Try out the classic bob look with a twist using thin braids. You can opt for a middle part or a side part—whatever suits you.
9. Knotless Braids With Bantu Knot Bottoms
Elevate regular short braids with a touch of Bantu knot styling at the ends. This combination creates an eye-catching look that’s perfect for any occasion.
Wondering how it’s done? Here’s how:
10. Finger Swirl Braids
Make a statement with finger swirl braids—a style that combines intricate cornrow braiding with playful swirls.
11. Braids With Layered Beads
Level up regular braids by incorporating layered beads. Using different colored beads will create a mesmerizing layered effect that’s both stylish and unique.
12. Intricately Designed Cornrows
For those who love precision and detail, intricately designed cornrows are a must-try. You can create mesmerizing patterns and shapes with your cornrow braids, turning your hair into a canvas for artistic expression.
13. Fulani-inspired Space Buns
Create space buns using Fulani-inspired cornrows. Don’t hesitate to accessorize them for an even more unique look.
14. Braids With Puffy Ends
Make a bold hair statement with braids that feature puffy ends. This voluminous and attention-grabbing style adds a playful twist to traditional braiding, allowing you to express your unique sense of style. If you know the actual name of this hairstyle, be sure to let us know in the comments; we’ll be grateful.
This February, use your hair as a creative and expressive medium. Look through these 15 inventive braid ideas to discover the look that best suits your individuality. All of these looks promise to bring out the most in your natural beauty, whether you go for the dramatic statement of puffy ends or the classic elegance of short French curls.
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