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40 Stunning Straight Back Braids (Chic Stitch and Fab Feed-Ins)

As far as we’re concerned, the creativity of cornrow hairstyles remains unmatched. Some of the more complex patterns could easily be considered works of art. But when you’re in the mood for a simple, but chic hairstyle, straight-back braids are hands down, the way to go.

Now don’t think for a minute that ease means uninteresting. You can still experiment with size, number, color, designs, accessories, and even buns. You’ll actually be surprised by the possibilities.

And the best part is, straight-back braids are the ideal protective style. They’re typically quick, easy to maintain, and help with length retention.

As long as you keep your mane moisturized and cover your braids at night with a silk scarf, other than laying your baby hairs, you should be good to go for at least 4 weeks, for most styles.

If you’re still not quite sold on straight-back braids, scroll down for all of the ideas and inspiration you’ll need to seal the deal.

40 Stylish Straight Back Braids You Have to See

1. Long Straight-Back Cornrows

Long straight-back cornrows worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @heycurlie

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

2. Thigh Length Straight-Back Cornrows

Thigh-length straight-back cornrows worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @sheilandinda

3. Straight-Back Braids with a Heart and Baby Hair Bangs

Straight-back braids with a heart and baby hair bangs worn as a protective style by a Black woman
IG: @braidbarldn

We adore straight-back braids with a heart design, but the baby hair bangs have us smitten with this style.

4. Blonde Straight-Back Cornrows into Low Buns

Straight-back blonde cornrows in two low buns worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @shymsom

Opt to go bold with your straight-backs by using blonde braiding hair and creating multiple buns.

5. Jumbo Straight-Back Feed-In Braids with Curly Ends

Jumbo feed-in stitch braids with curly ends worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @jd_winters

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

6. 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.

7. Straight-Back Ghana Braids

Straight-back Ghana braids worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @vanessamatsena

On the chunkier side, these straight-back Ghana braids are giving.

8. Iverson Braids

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

A literal twist on straight-backs, these wavy Iverson braids are wonderful.

9. 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 straight-back look will be a cinch. We’re always amazed by how many simple, stunning styles are possible with a ponytail.

10. Boho Curly Goddess Cornrows

Yara Shahidi wearing boho curly goddess cornrows as a protective style in her natural hair
IG: @yarashahidi

Yara Shahidi shows us that straight-backs don’t have to be so structured. The juxtaposition of formal attire against this boho goddess look is absolutely gorgeous.

11. Small Ombre Straight-Back Cornrows

Small ombre straight-back cornrows worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @amaosei_

You have so many options when incorporating color. Personally, we’re partial to neutral ombre shades, but blonde highlights on select braids, can make a straight-back style pop.

12. Small Straight-Back Braids with Blonde Highlights

Small straight-back braids with blonde highlights worn as a protective style by a Black woman
IG: @pearlthestylist_

13. Maroon Straight-Back Braids

Maroon straight-back braids worn as a protective style by a Black woman
IG: @erica_letstalkhair

Fans of red can go full-on maroon or select a slightly more subtle ginger, which can be equally appealing.

14. Ginger Straight-Back Braids

Ginger straight-back braids worn as a protective style by a Black woman
IG: @pearlthestylist_

15. Jumbo Bohemian Feed-In Cornrows

Jumbo bohemian feed-in cornrows worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @yourfablifetoday

Adding Water Wave hair is an easy way to elevate your jumbo straight-backs from attractive to ethereal.

16. Zig-Zag Straight-Back Cornrows

Zig-zag straight-back cornrows worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @freshlengths

Again, straight-backs don’t have to be so straight forward. The braids might not zig-zag too, but the parts add enough interest to make this hairstyle a hit.

17. Four Straight-Back Cornrows with a Heart Design in a Low Bun

Rear view of long black and blonde straight-back braids worn as a protective style by a Black woman
IG: @pearlthestylist_

They already had us at the heart design in this hairstyle. But seeing the cornrows, wrapped with box braids into a low bun AND finished with cord? We are head over heels in love.

18. Long Black and Blonde Straight-Back Braids

Maroon straight-back braids worn as a protective style by a Black woman
IG: @kitagirl921
Long black and blonde straight-back braids worn as a protective style by a Black woman
IG: @kitagirl921

Different from the subtle gradient you get with ombre hair, combining black and blonde is a great way to make super long straight-back braids stand out even more; or you can super size them like the Ghana braids below.

19. Long Straight-Back Ghana Braids

Long straight-back Ghana braids worn as a protective style by a Black woman
IG: @beingglowri

20. Crimson Red Straight-Back Braids

Crimson red straight-back braids worn as a protective style by a Black woman
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For those who aren’t afraid of color, or attention, these crimson red straight-back braids are lit.

21. Six Thigh-Length Straight-Back Braids

Six thigh length straight-back braids worn as a protective style by a Black woman
IG: @erica_letstalkhair

Sexy yet subtle, a minimum number of braids can still deliver maximum impact.

22. Side-Swept Straight-Back Braids

Side-swept straight-back braids worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @diamondalicia_

On the smaller side, these chic straight-back braids are a happy medium.

23. Black and Blonde Ombre Straight-Backs with Curly Ends

Black and blonde ombre straight-back braids worn as a protective style by a Black woman
IG: @front_paije

Color and curls are a killer combo with straight-back braids , whether it’s just the ends, or actual ponytails.

24. Brown and Ginger Straight-Backs in Two Low Ponytails

Side view of a woman wearing brown and ginger straight-back braids in two low ponytails
IG: @aminamarie

25. 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 features crossover braids and star designs that truly sparkle.

26. Small Straight-Back Braids

Small straight-back braids worn as a protective style by a Black woman
IG: @braideme._

No accessories, color or variety of sizes needed. These small straight back braids are truly simplicity at its finest.

27. Mixed-Size Straight-Back Cornrows

Multi-size straight-back cornrows worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
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Shake up your straight-back style, and lean a little more boho, by incorporating multi-size cornrows and gold cuffs.

28. Four Straight-Back Braids

Four straight-back braids worn as a protective style by a Black woman
IG: @curlyideia

This pretty look proves that a handful of straight-back braids can be just as fierce as a head full.

29. Six Side-Swept Straight-Back Stitch Braids

Six side-swept straight-back braids worn as a protective style by a Black woman
IG: @tropixbraids

Side-swept and stunning, these six straight-back stitch braids are…chef’s kiss.

30. Jumbo Straight-Back Cornrows

Jumbo straight-back cornrows worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @nymatang

These juicy, jumbo straight-back cornrows are just as big on style.

31. Straight-Back Braids into Two Low Buns

Straight-back braids in two low buns worn as a protective style by a Black woman
IG: @iamkrissylewis

This straight-back braided look lets you double your pleasure with two, lovely low buns.

32. Butt Length Straight-Backs with Micro Cornrows

Butt length straight-back braids with micro cornrows worn as a protective style by a Black woman
IG: @jalynbaiden

Micro cornrows can make a straightforward straight-back style more visually interesting, but adding blue, like in the look below, is an unexpected but effective approach.

33. Multi-Size Straight-Back Braids with Blue Tips

Multi-size straight-back braids with blue tips worn as a protective style by a Black woman
IG: @braided__

34. Eight Feed-In Stitch Braids

Eight feed-in stitch braids worn as a protective style by a Black woman
IG: @braidplugldn

Edgy, without harming your edges, this look features eight feed-in stitch braids for the win.

35. Straight-Back Cornrows Chignon

Black woman wearing a straight-back cornrows hairstyle in a chignon
IG: @petite.jhen

As you can see, there’s no wrong way to style straight-backs. These braids started as cornrows and ended with twists, which were then wrapped into a chignon, all without adding extensions. And needless to say, they’re exquisite.

36. Straight-Back Feed-In Freestyle Braids

Rear view of straight-back feed-in braids worn as a protective style by a Black woman
IG: @braids_by_twosisters

Taking a little creative license with the straight-back style, these freestyle braids are fire.

37. Nine Gold Straight-Back Stitch Braids

Nine gold straight-back stitch braids worn as a protective style by a Black woman
IG: @erica_letstalkhair

Daring and dazzling, these gold straight-back stitch braids are absolutely gorgeous.

38. Medium Length Straight-Back Braids with Gold Cuffs

Medium length straight-back braids with gold cuffs worn as a protective style by a Black woman
IG: @euphoricstylez

While straight-back styles tend to lean toward the longer side, this look proves that medium length braids can be just as lovely.

39. Four Straight-Back Braids in a Low Bun

Tia Mowry wearing her natural hair in four straight-back braids with a low bun
IG @tiamowry

An easy natural hairstyle to copy, Tia Mowry’s four straight-back braids, finished with a bun, are flawless.

40. Honey Blonde Feed-In Cornrows

Straight-back honey blonde feed-in cornrows worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @roxannevanessa

It’s no secret that we adore blonde braided hairstyles, and these honey blonde feed-ins are absolutely fabulous.

As promised, we came through with this must-see mix of straight-back styles. But if you’re still in search of even more banging braided looks, we’ve got you covered there too.