If you’re looking for a protective style that will instantly make you feel glamorous and royal, goddess braids are where it’s at. The look dates back to ancient Africa, where they were a symbol of creativity and artwork. Honestly, the same stands in 2020 given the all fun and downright inventive ways you can wear the style. But before we get into that, a little background on what constitutes goddess braids versus Fulani braids or box braids.What are goddess braids?Goddess braids are essentially thicker cornrows. They’re bigger in size, raised higher, and are also braided closely to your scalp. They can be styled in so many ways for every occasion; you can go from the gym, straight to work, then out to drinks, all while protecting your hair and looking super chic. Another plus? Because they’re larger in size, they usually take much quicker to install than traditional box braids or cornrows. Plan on anywhere from 30 minutes to a couple of hours, depending on your braider and how intricate you want the pattern to be. Now that you’ve got the basics down, here’s a look at some of our favorite variations on goddess braids. Get ready to screen shot.
- Getty ImagesRapunzel Goddess BraidsWant to really play up the goddess in goddess braids? Go for an XXL-length with curly ends for an extremely regal vibe.
- Getty ImagesSleek Goddess BraidsGoddess braids are every bit fit for a formal event as they are for every day. Actress Storm Reid’s look here—with perfectly swooped edges and strands parted over her shoulders—is proof.
- Getty ImagesGoddess Braids in a Low BunHow much do we love this look on Yara Shahidi? Let us count the ways: Those sculpted baby hairs! The cute low bun! The focus on those earrings! Yeah, everything about this is perfection.