20 Goddess Braids That'll Make You Want to Call Your Hairdresser ASAP

Literally obsessed with all of these.

No matter what braided styles are trending on Insta right now, there’s one you’re guaranteed to see every season—goddess braids, aka the thicker version of cornrows. They’re a cute protective hairstyle—so perfect if you’re transitioning to natural hair. Oh, and there are so many ways to wear them. Check out these 20 goddess braid hairstyles below and see for yourself. Oh, and don’t forget to screenshot your faves and send them to your braider.

These Red Goddess Braids

If you’re feeling bold, add some colour to your goddess braids. Grab a pack of red braiding hair and have your braider feed it into your cornrows.

These Straight Back Goddess Braids

A cute way to rock goddess braids? Just keep it simple and have four to five braids going straight back. Sweep on a non-flaky edge control to make sure your edges stay sleek.

These Goddess Braids in a Double Bun

You can definitely create goddess braids in a double bun—no oven necessary. Don’t forget to have a rattail comb on hand while braiding. Its fine teeth are perfect for parting hair.

These Curved Goddess Braids

Curve half of your goddess braids in one direction, and the other half in the other direction. The result? A cool, asymmetrical take on the style. Pro-tip: Hit your braids with mousse before you go to bed. It’ll keep your hair from frizzing overnight.

These Goddess Braids with a Curly Ponytail

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Instead of braiding your goddess braids all the way down, stop once you reach the nape of your neck. Then, add in hair extensions to create a curly ponytail.

These Halo Goddess Braids

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Feeling angelic? These halo goddess braids give off major “sent from above” vibes. Pro tip: If you want to extend the life of your braided style, don’t forget to sleep on a silk pillowcase or wear a silk scarf to bed.

These Goddess Braids with Zigzag Parts

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Braids and parts super fresh 😍😍

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Switching up the parts of your goddess braids is an easy way to make them look fresh. Another way to keep your braids looking fresh? Spritz on a leave-in conditioner to keep them hydrated.

These Goddess Braids in a High Bun

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High bun or nah for the Summer… 💃🏾🔥

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Throw your goddess braids into a high bun and secure it with bobby pins—not only will you give off regal vibes, but you’ll be able to keep your hair off your neck (so necessary in the summer).

These Pigtail Goddess Braids

 Level up your basic pigtails by adding in goddess braids. Clip in some curly ponytail hair extensions if you want to add volume and length to your look.

10 This Goddess Braids Ponytail

If you’re not down to rock curly ends, braid your goddess braids all the way to the end, and tie them up with an elastic in a high pony.

11 These Lemonade Goddess Braids

Go ahead and take a page out of Queen B’s book with this look—these goddess braids are inspired by Beyoncé‘s 2016 ‘Lemonade’ album.

12 These Goddess Braids with Loose Ends

Add a fresh twist to your goddess braids by leaving the ends undone. To keep your hair looking 100, use a hair and scalp oil every morning to keep it moisturised.

13 This Goddess Braid Ponytail with Cuffs

Adding pretty gold cuffs is an easy way to take your goddess braids from day-to-night without a major style switch up.

14 These Straight Back Goddess Braids with Thread

Thread in some coloured cords through your goddess braids to make an everyday style a little more fun.

15 These Detailed Goddess Braids

Weave in teeny-tiny intricate braids in between your goddess braids for a more detailed style. Give your hair some TLC when it’s in this protective style by working a hair oil through your braids every a.m. and p.m.

16 These Blond Goddess Braids

Give your goddess braids a cool, two-toned look by feeding in blond braiding hair.

17 These Half-Up, Half-Down Goddess Braids

Give your high bun a break and let your goddess braids down with this half-up, half-down style. Before you head out the door in the morning, spritz your braids with a shine spray so they don’t look dull.

18 These Goddess Braids in a Low Bun

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Thanks for all the DMs about my braids, I love them too ☺️☺️☺️ . . Got them done at The Hair Lab pop up by @antidotestreet by the lovely @brebraidboss 💁🏽‍♀️ deets of my experience to be uploaded on my blog later today. That @asiamuk smoothing gel did its work!! 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 . . . I’ve received so many lovely compliments about them and tbh I’m feeling really good and fresh. Not only is my hair neat, but my mood feels good, my energy is great, my skin is glowing (no foundation peeps and no filter on this pic) and I’m just feeling generally poppin 🙏🏾 I would normally rest on a Sunday but in a mood like this I’m feeling ready to slay today 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾 . . . #mood4eva #moodforever #glowup✨ #braidgang #neatbraids #braidseason #braidedupdo #blondebraids #cornrowbraids #freshfeeling #melaninpoppin🍫 #sundayroutine

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Tie your goddess braids into a low bun—it’s the perfect go-to style on those mornings where you hit snooze one too many times. If your scalp is feeling a bit tight in your braids, massage in a scalp lotion to soothe any irritation.

19 These Goddess Braids with a Side Part

 Instead of doing a middle part with your goddess braids, go for a deep, side part to add more dimension to your braids. Before you start braiding, prep your hair with moisturising butter to keep it healthy and hydrated.

20 These Goddess Braids with a Star Design

Goddess braids + tiny cornrows + parting your hair in the shape of a star = this dope look. Add shine and smooth flyaways with a glossing mist.

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