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40 Long Braids Hairstyles (Lovable Looks from Waist to Floor Length)

Sometimes you just want to whip your hair back and forth, swing it from side to side, feel it blow in the wind while you sashay. We get it. And for those moments when you’re in that mood, and your mane hasn’t quite made it, we’ve got you. This post is all about down-to-the-ground, protective, long braids hairstyles.

40 Long Braids Hairstyles You Can’t Help But Love

Get ready for Rapunzel realness. From ponytails and box braids to cornrows and faux locs, we’ve got the long, braided hairstyles of your fiercest fairytale dreams. So scroll down to fall in love.

Just make sure to keep your looks lightweight. Your hairline in particular can only handle but so much. And tension from long, heavy braids, defeats the purpose of wearing a protective style.

Remember, your goal is to snatch edges, while keeping yours in tact.

1. Floor Length Crochet Faux Locs

Black woman wearing floor length crochet faux locs hairstyle
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Straight out of the gate, this crochet hairstyle is crushing it. A floor length take on faux locs makes this style un-faux-gettable.

2. Auburn Ginger Knee Length Knotless Box Braids

Black woman wearing ginger knee length knotless box braids
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This gorgeous auburn ginger color, takes these knee-length knotless box braids to a whole other level.

3. Long Mixed Size Stitch Braids Ponytail with Beads

Black woman wearing a long stitch braids ponytail hairstyle with beads
IG: @kitagirl921

Between the braids, the beads and the butt length, this is quite possibly the perfect ponytail.

4. Thigh Length Senegalese Twists

Black woman wearing thigh length Senegalese twists
IG: @jaleesajaikaran

Long and luscious, sis is serving in these simple, but sexy thigh-length Senegalese twists.

5. Long Lemonade Braids with Curly Ends

Black woman wearing long lemonade braids with curly ends
IG: @braidmama @braidedbytee

Queen Bey might have been the best to ever do it, but you can still get in formation, in an ultra long lemonade braids look.

6. Two Long Feed-In Cornrows with Beads

Black woman wearing two long feed-in cornrows with beads
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This ultra-long two cornrows hairstyle, finished with beads is stunning in its simplicity.

7. Floor Length Ponytail with Middle Part

Black woman wearing a floor length ponytail hairstyle with a middle part
IG: @glowprincess
Black woman wearing a floor length ponytail hairstyle with a middle part
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There’s nothing understated about this uber long ponytail and we are HAIR. FOR. IT!

8. Long Black Knotless Goddess Braids

Black woman wearing long goddess braids in a half-up half-down hairstyle
IG: @braidedbytee @khatbrim

Worth every second in the stylist’s chair, the length of these mini goddess braids is giving us, and this half-up half-down hairstyle, life.

9. Half-Up Half-Down Knee Length Cornrows

Black woman wearing a knee length half-up half-down cornrow hairstyle
IG: @lelliessantiago

A creative approach to half-up half-down hairstyles, this knee-length cornrowed look, bucked convention and turned out beautifully.

10. Long Passion Twists with Center Part

Black woman wearing long passion twists hairstyle with center part
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It never fails. There’s just something about these twists in longer lengths that we’re particularly passionate about.

11. Long Auburn Box Braids with Curly Ends

Black woman wearing long auburn box braids with curly ends
IG: @the_real_chi

Loose, curly ends give these free-flowing auburn box braids a little added pizzazz.

12. Thigh Length Ombre Lemonade Braids

Thigh length ombre lemonade braids worn by a Black woman as a protective style
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Honey blonde is clearly a hit in these long ombre lemonade braids.

13. Long Jumbo Rope Twists

Long jumbo rope twists worn by a Black woman as a protective style
IG: @shaynaviolet

Edgy and exquisite, long, jumbo rope twists are the ideal vacation hairstyle, whether you’re traveling over international waters or just lounging on a yacht in them.

14. Long Auburn Cornrows with Center Part

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

15. Long Jumbo Passion Braids

Black woman wearing long jumbo passion braids

Long braids don’t necessarily mean long hours in your stylist’s chair. Less can be more. And these jumbo passion braids are proof that you can still kill the game with just a few.

16. Long Grey Butterfly Passion Braids

Black woman wearing long grey butterfly passion braids in a half-up half-down hairstyle
IG: @dadouhair

Set aside any preconceived notions you might have about grey hair and get into these luscious long butterfly passion braids, pinned up into a playful half-up half-down hairstyle.

17. Long Platinum Blonde Fulani Braids

Black woman wearing long platinum blonde Fulani braids with beads

Already edgy and exquisite, a few sparsely added beads complete this long platinum blonde Fulani braids look.

18. Long Fishtail Braid

Long fishtail braided ponytail worn as a protective hairstyle on a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @asiyami_gold

This romantic style lets you skip the slicked back approach, for an intentionally loose look. And needless to say we’re feeling this long fishtail braided ponytail’s effortless slay.

19. Long Side-Swept Butterfly Locs

Black woman wearing a long side-swept butterfly locs hairstyle
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Whether you opt for side-swept standard butterfly locs or a distressed version, like below, it’s easy to see why these long looks are so irresistible.

20. Long Distressed Jumbo Butterfly Locs

Black woman wearing long distressed jumbo butterfly locs

21. Long Chunky Havana Twists

Long chunky Havana twists worn by a Black woman as a protective style on her natural hair
IG: @spritzhairstudio

Despite their length and density, these Spritz Soft Jamaican Loose Twists are extremely lightweight, using just 3-4 packs of braiding hair. Needless to say, we think they’re irie.

22. Long Knotless Triangle Braids

Rear view of a long knotless triangle braids hairstyle
IG: @braidbarldn

Switch up your knotless box braids by playing around with your parts. A welcome departure from the norm, triangles can make a long look, even more exquisite.

23. Long Blonde Butterfly Locs

Black woman wearing long blonde butterfly locs in a half-up half-down bun hairstyle
IG: @dadouhair

It’s no secret that we’re a fan of braided blonde hairstyles, and baby, these long butterfly locs might be our new favorite look.

24. Thigh Length Half-Rainbow Half-Black Cornrows

Black woman wearing a thigh length half-rainbow half-black cornrowed hairstyle
IG: @braids_by_twosisters

Traditional with a colorful twist, these half and half long tribal braids are a unique way to rep the rainbow.

25. Thigh Length Red Box Braids

Black woman wearing thigh length red box braids
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Fierce and fiery, these thigh length red box braids are lit.

26. Long Jumbo Box Braids with Beads

Black woman wearing long jumbo box braids with beads

Sometimes a few clear beads on each braid is enough to elevate any style.

27. Long Medium Box Braids with Middle Part

Black woman wearing long medium box braids with medium part
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Classy and classic, you can never go wrong with long, traditional box braids.

28. Long Jumbo Feed-In Braids with Curly Ends

Long jumbo straight-back feed-in braids worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @jd_winters

A jumbo twist on straight-back cornrows, these braids are big, long, bohemian, and beautiful.

29. Long Ginger Tribal Braids

Black woman wearing long ginger tribal braids
IG: @zumbahairbeauty

Between the brilliant ginger color and the meticulous criss-cross design, this half-up tribal braids hairstyle is pretty hard to beat.

30. Long Jumbo Rubber Band Box Braids

Long jumbo rubber band box braids hairstyle
IG: @narahairbraiding

Colorful rubber bands are a quick and super cute way to add some flair to your box braids.

31. Long Pop Smoke Braids

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

32. Long Straight-Back Cornrows

Long straight back cornrows worn as a protective style by a Black woman with 4C natural hair
IG: @sheilandinda

No matter the size or number of your straight backs, always go longer, for an instantly sexier style.

33. Two Long Ombre Braided Pigtails

Two long ombre braided pigtails worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @dhatgirlbecca

Created with black and burgundy hair, for an ombre effect, this long look proves that pigtails can be absolutely adorable at any age.

34. Thigh Length Ginger Marley Twists

Thigh length ginger Marley twists worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @annisalimara @sidney_conley

Whether they’re side swept into a low ginger ponytail or secured in a simple half-up half-down hairstyle, no matter what type of twists, long lengths just give them that effortless slay.

35. Long Senegalese Twists Half-Up Half-Down

Long Senegalese twists in a half-up half-down hairstyle
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36. Long Soft Faux Locs in High Side Ponytail

Long soft faux locs in a high side ponytail worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @qourtknee

Sexy and striking, we are in awe of this super long soft faux locs high side ponytail.

37. Waist Length Tribal Cornrows with Bantu Knots and Beads

Black woman wearing long tribal cornrows in a half-up half-down hairstyle with bantu knots and wooden beads
IG: @lelliessantiago

Long tribal cornrows get added flair by opting for bantu knots and large wooden beads, in this head-turning half-up half-down hairstyle.

38. Long Blonde Boho Locs with Curly Bangs

Black woman wearing long blonde boho locs with curly bangs
IG: @boholocs

Though unexpected, the juxtaposition of short, textured curly bangs, against these lovely long boho locs, just works.

39. Thigh Length Honey Blonde Box Braids with Spiral 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.

40. Long Blonde Cornrows

Black woman wearing a long blonde cornrowed hairstyle
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It’s no secret that we love blonde braided hairstyles. Now couple that with thigh-length cornrows? Needless to say it’s impossible to hide our feelings about this bomb long blonde look.

Now that you’ve made it this far, you can see that no lies were told. These long braids hairstyles are about to have you out here looking like the belle of the ball. All we can say, is may you slay happily ever after. The End.