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60 Beautiful Braided Hairstyles with Weave You Have to See to Believe

We’re all about loving and embracing our natural hair, which includes celebrating its versatility. But since we’re also committed to helping you achieve and maintain healthy hair, we know that you can only manipulate it so much before damage is done. Needless to say, there’s definitely a time and place for weave.

60 Must-See Braided Hairstyles with Weave

Protective styles often involve adding extensions that ensure your hair is completely tucked away and can remain unbothered. But then there are those moments when you just want a braided hairstyle with a dramatic longer length, or bold colors, or to give yourself a drastically different look.

We get it and we’ve got you. Scroll down now and click around to see, hands down, the best braided hairstyles with weave on this side of the Interweb.

1. Small Knotless Three-Color Box Braids

Long three-color knotless blonde box braids in a high ponytail protective style worn by a Black woman
IG: @karlatobie @ladiidread

Adding depth, dimension and flair, a stunning three-color mix takes these small knotless box braids to a whole other level.

2. Wavy Copper Box Braids with Bantu Knots

Black woman wearing wavy copper box braids in a half-up half-down bantu knots protective style
IG: @tatyanaalii_

Wavy copper-colored box braids wow with bantu knots, in this head-turning half-up half-down hairstyle.

3. Side-Swept Honey Blonde Box Braids

Side-swept honey blonde box braids worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @jackieaina

Stunning in its simplicity, choosing the right shade of blonde to complement your skin tone, can make ordinary box braids extraordinary.

4. Jumbo Passion Braids

Black woman wearing a long jumbo passion braids protective style
IG: @dadouhair

Passion braids don’t get the shine we think they should, because we personally can’t get enough of this juicy, jumbo braided look.

5. Wavy Lemonade Braids

Side view of a Black woman wearing wavy lemonade braids
IG: @amourjah

Wavy, and wonderfully unexpected, we’re feeling these lemonade braids with a twist.

6. Straight-Back Cornrows into a Low Curly Ponytail

Straight-back cornrows into a long curly ponytail worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @freshlengths

If you can cornrow, then this style will be a cinch. We’ll forever be amazed by how many simple, stunning looks are possible with a ponytail.

7. Kinky Box Braids in a High Bun

Kinky braids in a high bun worn as a protective style by a Black woman with 4C natural hair
IG: @sheilandinda

This kinky braided high bun dazzles thanks to sparkling hair jewelry.

8. Medium Thigh Length Box Braids

Medium thigh length box braids worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @heycurlie @touchedbytb_

There’s just something about long side-swept box braids with a deep side part that are inherently sexy.

9. Half Tribal Stitch Braids with Shells

Half-up half-down stitch cornrows with cowrie shells worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @heycurlie @touchedbytb_

This half-up half-down cornrowed hairstyle with cowrie shells is a mane masterpiece.

10. Ghana Braids in Space Buns

Ghana braids in space buns worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @vanessamatsena

Complete with charms, cuffs and cord, this tribal take on space buns is out of this world.

11. Passion and Goddess Braid Combo

Black woman wearing a passion and goddess braid combo as a protective style
IG: @iamseantaemarie

Somewhere between a two cornrows hairstyle with a combo of passion and goddess braids, is this magnificent mashup.

12. Braided Bantu Knots with Cornrows

Braided bantu knots with accent cornrows worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
@sabrinasbeauty

Cornrows make an interesting accent to a simple style like bantu knots.

13. Two Cornrows with Curly Ends

Two cornrow braids with loose curly ends worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @danishrolls

Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of two cornrows. There are countless creative ways to approach this style including leaving the ends long, loose and curly.

14. Short Asymmetrical Goddess Braided Bob

Short jumbo goddess braided asymmetrical bob worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
@frizzybri

The asymmetrical cut, subtle burgundy color, gold cord and crocheted curly pieces, all come together to make this chunky braided bob so badass. Click here to get the step-by-step.

15. Straight-Back Cornrows with Zig-Zag Parts

Straight-back cornrows with zig-zag parts worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @freshlengths

Whether you want to wear them with zig-zag parts, actual braids that zig-zag, vary the sizes or keep them the same, you seriously can’t go wrong with a straight-back cornrowed hairstyle.

16. Iverson Braids

Iverson braids worn as a protective style by a Black woman
IG: @braidsby_veronica

17. Mixed Size Straight-Back Cornrows with Gold Cuffs

Straight-back cornrows in mixed sizes worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
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18. Half Zig-Zag Cornrows Half Boho Braids

Half zig-zag cornrows half boho braids worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
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Sexy and striking, this zig-zag cornrows and boho box braids combo is everything. 

19. Red Flat Twists into Cinnamon Buns

Red flat twists into cinnamon buns worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
@meliszamcfierce

Red flat twists braided into two cinnamon buns? This style is too sweet not to try.

20. Shuku Braided Ponytail with Beads

Shuku braids ponytail with beads worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @vanessamatsena

Clearly fit for a queen, ponytails don’t come more regal than this tribal braided and beaded look.

21. Chunky Cinnamon Box Braids

Black woman wearing chunky cinnamon box braids as a protective style
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While we absolutely adore natural looking box braids, opting for a cinnamon color is a sexy way to spice up your style.

22. Ghana Braids in a High Ponytail

Ghana braids ponytail worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @freshlengths

Although your styling options are pretty limited given the direction of these Ghana braids, there’s no occasion or place that this ponytail wouldn’t be perfect.

23. Short Knotless Asymmetrical Box Braided Bob

Black woman wearing an asymmetrical knotless box braids bob as a protective style
IG: @pearlthestylist_

An asymmetrical knotless box braided bob is a knock out every time.

24. Coi Leray Braids

Black woman wearing Coi Leray braids as a protective style
IG: @dadouhair

Quick to create and super cute, Coi Leray braids are a hit.

25. Criss-Cross Rubber Band Box Braids

Half-up half-down criss-cross rubber band style with box braids worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @dadouhair

The juxtaposition of the criss-cross rubber band style in the front, with box braids in the back, is pretty badass.

26. Knotless Blonde Box Braids

Half-up half-down knotless blonde box braids worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair

Time consuming for a timeless look, these knotless blonde box braids are worth every minute.

27. Knotless Box Braids Asymmetrical Blunt Bob

Black woman wearing a short blunt knotless box braids bob with rubber bands on the ends
IG: @braidedbytee @khatbrim

Short and chic, we stan this blunt braided bob with rubber banded ends.

28. Greyish Blonde Box Braids in a High Ponytail

Black woman wearing greyish blonde box braids in a high ponytail
IG: @sharonn_i @zurihairstudio

Choosing an unexpected color like greyish blonde can be all it takes to elevate your box braids.

29. Long Pop Smoke Braids

Black woman wearing a long Pop Smoke braids protective style
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A little gangsta, and a whole lot of gorgeous, these long, jumbo Pop Smoke braids are banging.

30. Long Auburn Cornrows with Curly Ends

Black woman wearing long auburn straight-back cornrows with curly ends as a protective style

From the length, to the color, to the cute curly ends, this straight-back cornrowed style is sick.

31. Half Tribal Braids with Ombre Faux Locs

Black woman wearing a half tribal braids with black and white ombre faux locs protective style
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Between the black and blonde ombre color to the half-tribal braids, this faux loc look is truly un-faux-gettable.

32. Faux Layered Face-Framing Box Braids with Beads

Faux layered box braids with beads  worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @beingglowri

While you always have the option to cut your box braids to a shorter length or into a different shape, you can also skip the scissors completely.

See, part of the appeal of beads, in addition to the variety of shapes and patterns, is their ability to give the illusion of layers. By using them to secure your bent box braids at the desired length, you can create a similar fab faux feathered look.

33. Two Long Feed-In Cornrows

Black woman wearing two long feed-in cornrows as a protective style
IG: @braidbarldn

As a style, two cornrows can be just as wonderful without weave, but adding braiding hair, is ideal when you want a bigger, bolder or in this case, much longer look.

34. Auburn Ginger Tribal Braids

Black woman wearing an auburn ginger tribal braids hairstyle
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Pay homage to our heritage in a haute side-swept tribal braids hairstyle.

35. Three-Tone Ombre Box Braids

Black woman wearing three-tone ombre box braids
IG: @tanayajmakeup @tressesbykee

You’ll be hard pressed to find a skin tone that won’t pop against the neutral palette of these stunning three-tone ombre box braids.

36. Half-Up Half-Down Goddess Braids

Small goddess braids worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @iamdodos

Feminine and flirty, small goddess braids are a must-do hairdo.

37. Wavy Ginger Criss-Cross Cornrows

Wavy ginger criss-cross cornrows with beads worn as a protective style by a Black woman
IG: @braidme._

Wavy cornrows are much more of a challenge to part with precision, but as you can see, these stunning styles are well worth the extra effort.

38. Tribal Braids High Bun

Tribal braids high bun worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @vanessamatsena

The tribe has spoken. This exquisite combo of cornrows and box braids, gathered into a high bun, simply cannot be outdone.

39. Medium Box Braids with Curly Pieces

Black woman wearing medium box braids with curly pieces as a protective style
IG: @dadouhair

A perm rod set on the loose ends of these box braids, in addition to curly pieces randomly placed throughout, give this look that carefree boho vibe we can’t get enough of.

40. Halo Braid with Gold Cuffs

Halo braid with gold cuffs worn as a protective style by a Black woman with 4C natural hair
IG: @adannamadueke

This easy-to-recreate regal halo hairstyle, complete with gold crown cuffs, will have you looking like the queen that you are in a matter of minutes.

41. Chunky Mixed Blonde Box Braids

Black woman wearing chunky mixed blonde box braids
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Why choose just one shade of blonde, when you can mix several to create this chic, chunky look?

42. Chunky Feed-In Cornrows with Star Design

Chunky feed-in cornrows with a star design worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
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This stunning “straight-back” style incorporates crossover braids and star designs that truly sparkle.

43. Honey Blonde Box Braids with Curly Ends

Black woman wearing thigh length honey blonde box braids with curly ends
IG: @ghanabraidstyles

These long honey blonde box braids with spiral ends are literally perfection.

44. Blue and Black Box Braids

Black woman wearing blue and black box braids in a high ponytail hairstyle with swoop bangs
IG: @paula_roide

If blue box braids are a little too in-your-face on their own, opt for a mix with black to create a look that’s still bold, but not overbearing.

45. Long Honey Blonde Lemonade Braids

Black woman wearing a long honey blonde lemonade braids hairstyle
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Honey blonde is usually a hit in long tribal hairstyles like this lemonade braided look.

46. Lemonade Braids-Inspired Feed-In Flat Twists

Lemonade braids inspired flat twists worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @game_of_fros

This lovely look simply swapped out the cornrows typical in lemonade braids, for flat twists, resulting in a delicious twist on the traditional.

47. Straight-Back Stitch Cornrows with a Heart Design

Black woman wearing straight-back stitch cornrows with a heart design
IG: @amourjah

There’s just something extra special about the precision of stitch cornrows done by a skilled braider. Needless to say, we heart this style too.

48. Medium Knotless Box Braids with Rubber Bands

Black woman wearing medium knotless box braids with rubber bands
IG: @pearlthestylist_

Colorful rubber bands are a quick and super cute way to add a little flair to plain, but still pretty box braids.

49. Thigh Length Auburn Cornrows with a Center Part

Black woman wearing a thigh length auburn cornrowed hairstyle with a  middle part
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Don’t underestimate the power of color and length to elevate your cornrowed hairstyle from great to gorgeous.

50. Cornrowed High Bun

Cornrowed high bun worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @vanessamatsena

Cornrows braided toward the center of your head tend to restrict your styling options to a ponytail or bun. But what more do you really need when they look this good? 

51. Honey Blonde Half-Up Goddess Braids

Honey blonde half-up half-down Goddess braids worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @deograciousdube

Loosely gathered at her crown, these gorgeous honey blonde goddess braids are absolutely divine.

52. Frohawk with a Waist Length Braid

Frohawk with a long braid, blonde highlights and accent cornrows worn by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @makemydayartistry @kendalwoots

Featuring a long braided ponytail that stretches from her crown on down her body, with accent cornrows and blonde highlights, this frohawk hairstyle really proves what’s possible with a little creativity, not to mention color.

53. Brown Box Braids in a High Bun

Black woman wearing box braids in a  high bun hairstyle
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If you’re already wearing your natural hair in a protective style like box braids, gathering them into a high bun is a simple, but sophisticated switch from just letting them hang loose.

54. Chunky Box Braids Lob

Woman wearing a side-swept chunky box braids lob hairstyle
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Whether you opt for a lob or longer lengths, a basic brown or a brighter burgundy, small or chunky, you just can’t go wrong with sexy, side-swept box braids.

55. Side-Swept Burgundy Box Braids

Black woman wearing small side-swept burgundy box braids
IG: @naomieve_

56. Burgundy Medium Box Braids

Medium burgundy box braids with a middle part worn as a protective style by a Black woman

57. Traditional Eritrean-Inspired Cornrows

Half-up half-down traditional Eritrean cornrows and crochet worn as a protective style by a Black woman with 4C natural hair
IG: @deograciousdube

Cornrows and crochet hair come together to create this must-try traditional half-up half-down hairstyle.

58. Short Blue and Purple Knotless Box Braids

Black woman wearing a blue and purple knotless box braided bob in a half-up half-down messy bun hairstyle
IG: @pearlthestylist_

Push the limits of your box braided bob with a mix of blue and purple to wow in an atypical way.

59. Jumbo Box Braids Half Pulled Back

Black woman wearing jumbo box braids in a half pulled back hairstyle
IG: @mrsdivalike

Naturalistas who gravitate to more classic looks can simply go bigger in size and slay in jumbo box braids.

60. Fulani Braids with Blonde Highlights

Black woman wearing a Fulani braids hairstyle with blonde highlights and gold cord
IG: @dammyoseiboakye

From the criss-cross wrapped gold cord, to the complementary blonde highlights, these Fulani braids are absolutely flawless.

Now assuming we understood the assignment, you should already have your Pinterest board poppin’ and your appointment booked. If not, feel free to hang out and look around. There are plenty more braided hairstyles where these came from.