"Are braids really a formal hairstyle?"
Unfortunately, many women are still convinced braided styles don't quite cut it for upscale events like weddings, dinner parties, or even their own birthday.
Black women have always had to deal with discrimination about our hair. Those experiences have been deeply ingrained in our minds & convinced us that we have to rock a certain look to feel classy.
There are a multitude of styling ideas that are fitting for any special occasion on our calendar. Keep these hairstyles in mind the next time you're making your braiding appointment.
A simple braided bun is the perfect low-maintenance style if you're looking for something quick and easy to put together.
As soon as these became a trend, women all over probably took a collective sigh of relief now that we no longer had to deal with the tug and pull on our precious scalps.
Tracee’s long, textured ponytail with a side of finger waves was a jaw-dropping look at the 2020 People's Choice Awards. Proof that one simple braid can bring a formal look together
Micro goddess braids
As a descendent of the signature knotless braids, Zöe’s iconic micro goddess braids are a calm, bohemian look with a bit of edge to give our hair a little bit of personality.
Sleek jumbo box braids
Jumbo box braids can be more stylish and classic than you may think. You can even add a swoop of baby hairs to complete the look.
Classic straight backs
A nice neat set of five to six braids usually does the trick for this style, and they can even be wrapped up into a neat low-bun as needed.
Behold the famous mini-side cornrow braiding style purely inspired by Beyoncé's iconic visual album, Lemonade.
The concept of a braided crown symbolizes an actual crown and Black women's crowns (our hair). A large braid around our heads is how this is usually styled.
This braiding style was created in West Africa by the Fulani people, and now it's being worn on red carpets and magazine covers by the biggest celebrities in the industry.
A classic slicked-down jumbo braid is always a safe bet if you don't want to get too adventurous with your hair. You can do it yourself at home with a couple of YouTube tutorials.