24 Stunning Goddess Braids Hairstyles That Will Wow Everyone

The sky's the limit with these stunning fashionable hairdos that can transform you into a goddess.

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Every culture has goddesses that are a symbol of strong women. So, it’s no surprise that the fashion world of hair has decided to name a hairstyle after that term. We are discussing everything about Goddess braid hairstyles in today’s post! These braids are a slightly thicker version of cornrows. They are a protective braid style weaved close to the scalp that can last for weeks with the right steps. And yes, they make you feel powerful and fierce, just like a goddess! Once you style your locks in these braids, you may want to style them in multiple ways.

So, if you are unsure how to style your stunning goddess braids, we have your back. Scroll down and check out 24 different styling ideas for your braids.

protip_icon Before You Get Started
  • Goddess braids are highly suitable for round-shaped faces.
  • Goddess braids may be low-maintenance, but you must wrap them with a silk scarf before bed. This will limit the frizz.
  • Oiling 2-3 times a week is essential if you want to wear goddess braids for more than a week.
  • Hot or warm water must not be used to wash goddess braids as it will disrupt the wavy and curly hair texture.

How To Make Goddess Braids

What You Need
  • Braiding hair extensions
  • Wide toothed comb
  • Rat tail comb
  • Sectioning clips
  • Hair gel
  • Boiling water in a bowl

How To Maintain Goddess Braids

  1. Wash and condition your hair to prep it for braiding.
  2. Use a wide toothed comb to remove all the knots and tangles from your hair.
  3. Plan out your partitions and divide your hair accordingly with the help of a rat tail comb.
  4. Leaving out the section of hair you’re going to braid first, clip up the rest of the sections with sectioning clips.
  5. Pick up a chunk of hair extensions from your bunch that is as thick as you want your goddess braid to be.
  6. Divide the hair extensions into 3 equal sections.
  7. Right near the hairline, put the hair extensions at the center of the section of hair you are going to start braiding first.
  8. Combine your hair extensions with your natural hair by dividing the latter also into 3 sections.
  9. Rub some hair gel between your fingers to sleek down your hair as you are braiding it.
  10. Simply braid the hair for two stitches.
  11. Then, start adding more hair into the braid with each consecutive stitch.
  12. Once you have run out of hair to add, simply braid the rest of the way down, right till the very end.
  13. Dunk the end of your braid in some boiling water to seal it.
  14. Repeat all the above steps on all the other sections to completely goddess braid your hair.

And voila! You have successfully goddess braided your hair! Now, let’s jump into all the awesome ways you can style them.

protip_icon Fun Fact
Goddess braids originated in Ancient Africa, and it was seen as a work of art, creativity, and precision among traditional African tribes.

24 Gorgeous Ways To Style Your Goddess Braids

1. Goddess Braid High Pony With Blonde Extensions

Goddess Braid High Pony With Blonde Extensions
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A unique and exquisite-looking Goddess braid high ponytail without having to dye your hair! The dark roots against the vibrant braids create a dramatic shadow-play effect. Add metallic beads and rings to these gorgeous braids for a neat and edgy look.

2. Pastel And Blonde Goddess Braids

Pastel And Blonde Goddess Braids
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If you are considering dying your hair, then you must go for this paste and blonde look. This color and the alternating Goddess braids are such a delightful combination. Talk about being edgy, ultra-cool, and rainbow-sparkles at the same time. The best of two worlds!

3. Straight Back Goddess Braids

Straight back goddess braids hairstyle
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If this is your first time doing goddess braids and you want to go for something simple, here’s a style that will suit you perfectly. These basic goddess braids are just thicker versions of cornrows or tribal braids and are fairly easy to do by yourself. Accessorize them with some gold beads to add a bit of bling to your look.

4. Coiled Spiral

Coiled spiral goddess braids hairstyle
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This is a hairstyle truly fit for a goddess (like you). This singular goddess braid coils all the way around your head to create a beautiful spiral effect. Not only is this style stunningly beautiful but also super functional during summers as it keeps all your hair up and away from your neck and face. Dawna Jarvis, a licensed cosmetologist with over 24 years of experience, agrees with our pick. She adds, “Goddess braids are great to wear in humid climates.”

5. Mixed Cornrows And Goddess Braids

Mixed cornrows and goddess braids hairstyle
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When it comes to protective styling, there’s really no set formula for what you can and cannot do. You could, for instance, combine two styles to create one that is uniquely your own. These straight-back goddess braids with some thin cornrows spiraling in and out of them do just that.

6. Goddess Braids Fauxhawk

Goddess braids fauxhawk hairstyle
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You don’t have to give up on your dream of getting a mohawk just because you are too scared to shave off half your hair. A simple solution to your predicament is goddess braids! Go for these twisted goddess braids at the back and top of your head to create an awesome fauxhawk!

7. Goddess Braids Pigtails

Goddess braids pigtails hairstyle
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Who says that you have to leave pigtails behind once you leave middle school? You can still put your own sexy twist to them and rock them like never before. For instance, you can go for two goddess braids on either side of your head and add in some red hair extensions to create a bold hair look.

8. Goddess Ponytail

Goddess braids ponytail hairstyle
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Listen up, all you athletes out there. Here’s a goddess braids style that you’ll be thanking me for. Go for some goddess braids that start along your hairline and converge at the crown of your head into a ponytail. It’s easy to maintain and looks totally badass.

9. 3D Goddess Braids Bun

3D goddess braids bun hairstyle
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OK seriously, have you ever seen a more gorgeously intricate style? Because I sure have not. The 3D goddess braids at the front look like nothing less than a crown. The curly updo at the back has been done with loose hair to create an elegant and sophisticated style.

10. Undercut Goddess Braid

Undercut goddess braids hairstyle
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Have you always wanted to get an undercut but keep chickening out of it because you would have to shave off a significant portion of your hair? I have the perfect solution for you! Go for this goddess braid on one side of your head and cut the rest of your hair into a short pixie to get this kickass look.

11. Swirly Goddess Braids Bun

Swirly goddess braids bun hairstyle
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Girl, if you wanna blow everyone away with a trippy hairdo, here’s a style you need to check out. These alternating thick and thin goddess braids swirl back into a braided low bun to create a style that is a feast for the eyes. The style is whimsical but still manages to stay elegant.

12. Fishtail Goddess Ponytail

Fishtail goddess ponytail hairstyle
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Wanna look like a badass warrior princess? Then, go for this stunning goddess ponytail style. Instead of normal braiding, this goddess braid is done in a fishtail style to create an intricately beautiful look. A stark contrast has been created with the help of thinner cornrows on either side. This gorgeous look has been completed with the help of a simple ponytail.

13. Half Up Half Down Goddess Braids

Half up half down goddess braids hairstyle
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What is life without a bit of color in it, huh? This half up-half up down goddess braids style is beautiful and badass all by itself to begin with. But, with the help of some burgundy hair extensions to add a pop of color, this awesome look has been elevated to a whole new level!

14. Goddess Braids Ballerina Bun

Goddess braids ballerina bun hairstyle
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Have a big ballet recital coming up? Or you just want to channel your inner ballerina? Either way, this is a goddess braids updo that you have got to try out. Four goddess braids originate from all around your head to converge in the middle and form an elegant ballerina bun.

15. Goddess Crown Braid

Goddess crown braid hairstyle
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When going for a protective style, you don’t always have to go for a head full of braids. You can also just go for a single accent braid to up your style quotient. For instance, you could just go for a single beautiful goddess braid around the crown of your head and tie up the rest of your loose hair into a ponytail at the back.

16. Underbraid Goddess Braids

Underbraid goddess braids hairstyle
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When you gotta look like a total BAMF, here’s a goddess braids style that will serve you well. These two goddess braids have been done at the back of her head to create an undercut look. The short hair on top has been left in loose curls to create a total edgy and cool hairstyle.

17. S-Bun Goddess Braid

S-bun goddess braid hairstyle
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Weddings, cocktail parties or birthdays – here’s a goddess braid style that is perfect for any and all occasions. This single goddess braid is shaped in an S and ends into a simple braided low bun at the nape of your neck. It’s simple, chic, and oh-so-stylish.

18. Center Parted Goddess Braids Bun

Center parted goddess braids bun hairstyle
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When prom season rolls around, all girls are in a flurry trying to decide what hair look to go for. Well, here’s a style that you can flaunt on the biggest night of your teenage life. This center-parted style has goddess braids on each side and a clean partition running down the middle. The braids end in a low bun at the nape of the neck to create a mature and graceful look.

19. Crowned Fishtail Goddess Braid Bun

Crowned fishtail goddess braid bun hairstyle
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They say that less is more. But when I see this goddess braids style, I think more is more. This gorgeous hairdo makes use of all types of braided elements and then some. The 3-plait braid in the front and the crown goddess bun at the back make for a style that is fit for a queen (like yourself)..

20. Side Parted Goddess Braids Bun

Side parted goddess braids bun hairstyle
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Now here’s a trendy goddess braid style that you won’t be able to take your eyes off of. These side parted goddess braids are a thing of beauty by themselves. But the highlight of this gorgeous style has to be the braided bun at the back that adds an elegant flair to this whole look.

21. Tomb Raider Goddess Braid

Tomb raider goddess braid hairstyle
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Is it just me or is this style very reminiscent of Angelina Jolie’s iconic braided style in Lara Croft:Tomb Raider? This elaborate, single goddess braid is styled in a huge braided bun at the top that descends into a single voluptuous braid at the back. There’s no stopping you from absolutely slaying it with this killer hairstyle.

22. Royal Goddess Braids Bun

Royal goddess braids bun hairstyle
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Girl, it’s time for you to look like a Grecian goddess! And this fantastic goddess braids style is gonna help you do just that. The aesthetic, voluminous goddess braids go straight back from the front and come together in a beautiful braided bun at the back to create a style that is out of this world.

23. Goddess Jumbo Braids

Goddess jumbo braids
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These goddess jumbo box braids are all you need to achieve a look that is hard to ignore. This look sported by Amandla Stenberg features vibrant shades of blue that add dimension to her overall style and make a bold statement that exudes confidence and individuality. The hairdo is perfect for anyone who wants something simple yet eye-catching.

24. Goddess Purple And Green Chunky Braids

Goddess purple and green chunky braids
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If you need something unique, this dual-toned goddess braids hairdo is perfect for you. It features a combination of purple and green hues that create a mesmerizing and vibrant look that is bound to leave an unforgettable impression wherever you go. The chunky braids in the front are pulled back to highlight the face, making it ideal for anyone who wishes to flaunt their high cheekbones.

protip_icon Quick Tip
Goddess braids are perfect for an active lifestyle. They keep hair away from your face and protect your locks from damaging environmental factors.

Lana Symone, a YouTuber, showcases her goddess braids, expressing excitement about finally getting them after months of anticipation. She said, “As you guys can see I am rocking my goddess braids for the first time (i).” Although she didn’t capture the braiding process, she shares various styles she’s been rocking throughout the week.

Infographic: 5 Must-Try Goddess Braids Hairstyles

Goddess braids are timeless and versatile and can transform any look from drab to fab. With so many ways to wear them, it’s easy to get creative and express your unique style. In the infographic below, we have shortlisted 5 stunning styles that are sure to turn heads and leave a lasting impression. Check it out!

5 must try goddess braids hairstyles (infographic)

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Goddess braids are a protective hairstyle that looks thicker than cornrows. Similar to cornrows, they are weaved close to the scalp. You can use hair extensions for these braid styles or use your natural hair, depending on the look you want to achieve. Using hair extensions allows you to experiment with thickness, length, and even color. You can try crazy goddess braid hairstyles with these extensions adornments as they do not damage your natural hair. Not just Black, but women of all ethnicities can rock a goddess braid. So, scroll up and get inspiration to try your goddess braid hairstyle!

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do the goddess box braids last?

With proper maintenance, goddess box braids can last up to 6 weeks.

How much does it cost for goddess braids?

Goddess braids can cost anywhere between $150-$350 depending on your desired length, style, and stylist’s experience.

What is the difference between goddess braids and bohemian braids?

Goddess braids and bohemian braids are almost identical – the difference lies in the technique. Goddess braids will have loose waves at the end of each braid, looking uniform, textured, and neat. Bohemian braids may have a few loose waves at the end, and their lengths are random to add an accent to the look. It has a more wild and free look than the smooth look of the goddess braids.

Are goddess braids hard to maintain?

Maintaining goddess braids could be slightly trickier because of the neat finish it’s supposed to have. However, if you condition and cleanse your scalp regularly, it will last up to 6 weeks and remain low maintenance.

Can I wash my goddess braids?

Yes. You can wash your goddess braids once every 2 weeks. You can apply protective shampoo to the scalp, gently scrub, and wash your braids from scalp to length to avoid frizziness. Spend a good amount of time, maybe two towels, to dry them properly.

Key Takeaways

  • Goddess braids are a protective hairstyle where the hair is braided close to the scalp and can last for several weeks.
  • The basic goddess braiding utilizes hair extensions to get a thick cornrowed look.
  • You can play around with hair extension colors and lengths to get vibrant braids without coloring your natural locks.
  • You can create various hairstyles, such as ponytails or braided buns, with the basic goddess braiding technique
goddess braids hairstyles

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Unleash your inner goddess! Check this video for steps to style goddess braids in six different ways, and get ready to make heads turn anywhere you go.

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Dawna Jarvis

Dawna JarvisLicensed Cosmetologist

Dawna is a state board licensed cosmetologist practicing in New Hampshire and California. She has over 24 years of experience and is a business growth strategist specializing in confidence-building and performance enhancement. As a salon owner, she coached/inspired dozens of stylists.  Although her background is in the beauty industry, she works with entrepreneurs, photographers, content creators, interior designers, clothing lines,...read full bio

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