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Goddess braids are one of the most popular protective styles. They are not new, though. If you look at some pictures from the past, you can undoubtedly see that women are wearing them for centuries. They date back to ancient Africa as a symbol of creativity and art.

Many women wonder how to do goddess braids. This article will describe the process and provide some tips helping to create this gorgeous style.

What Are Goddess Braids?

First of all, let’s start with the basic question – what are goddess braids? Many don’t know how to distinguish them from other types of braids. Goddess braids are feminine versions of box braids. They feature long, cornrow-style braids with curly ends.

These braids lay flat to the scalp. While some like to wear them big, others opt for smaller patterns and more braids. The most significant difference between cornrow and goddess braids is size and position on the head. The goddess braids are thicker and raised higher on the head.

What Do You Need?

You will need the following things to do perfect goddess braids:

  • Sulfate-free shampoo
  • Moisturizing conditioner
  • Edge control
  • Styling gel
  • Wide-tooth comb
  • Rat-tailed comb
  • Clips and rubber bands
  • Brush
  • Waving hair
  • Hair glue
  • Scissors for excess hair

How to Choose Right Extension Hair?

To make goddess braids, you will need two types of extension crochet hair. First, you will need braiding hair for the texture and waving hair for the curly ends.

Braiding Hair

The kanekalon hair is the best possible braiding hair that gives your braids the best texture. Many brands make great synthetic braiding hair. You just need to pick the one that suits you.

Wavy Hair

Wavy hair can be both synthetic and human. Wavy human hair costs more, but the results are better than if you are braiding with synthetic. 

How Much Braiding Hair Do You Need?

As a general rule, you will need 5 to 7 packs of braiding hair for your goddess braids. This all depends, of course, on the size of your head, braid size you want, and length of your hair.

On the other hand, you will need much less wavy hair. Only one or two packs will be more than enough for your goddess braids.

Preparing Your Hair

Before starting with any protective style, you need to make sure your natural hair is well prepared. Remember, some styles like goddess braids can stay for 4 to 6 weeks, so it is crucial to protect and prepare your natural hair so it can grow.


Cleaning your hair and scalp is an unavoidable step you should do before braiding. Many women wonder how to do goddess braids impeccably – good preparation of your natural hair is one of the key things.

Use a shampoo that is mild and without harsh ingredients. It should be sulfate and paraben-free. Wash your hair thoroughly, focusing not only on the length but also on your scalp. You won’t be able to clean your scalp as long as you wear your braids.


Conditioning your hair will not only restore moisture but also is a perfect time to detangle your hair. Whether you have oily or dry hair, make sure the conditioner is appropriate, with or without nourishing oils.

Once you have evenly distributed the conditioner on your hair (with a wide-tooth comb), you can rinse it off with lukewarm water.

Applying Leave-In Product

Many women opt for a leave-in product that comes after conditioner. These kinds of products will lock your hair’s moisture and keep your hair healthy while wearing goddess braids.

Apply the product using a wide-tooth comb and make sure all your strands are covered.

How to Do Goddess Braids?

Now, when your hair is prepared, you have chosen the braiding hair and got everything that you need, you can make goddess braids.

  • Start with parting your hair into smaller sections and braiding it. If this is your first time doing the braids, then opt for bigger ones. It won’t take too long to create the look.
  • This method consists of braiding about an inch of your natural hair and adding the braiding hair along the way. You should also add wavy hair.
  • When you have braid a wavy hair into the braid, use a clip to take it away from the rest of your goddess braid. This makes it stays out of the braid, loose and free.
  • This creates a style that is messy and cute.
  • When you come to the very end and want to secure the braid, use super glue. Take a strand of hair and create a knot.

3 Methods of Crocheting Goddess Braids

There are crochet and no-cornrow methods of braiding. The traditional way of braiding your goddess locs can take a while. That is why we share some other interesting techniques to try.

All these methods start with braiding your natural hair first, then adding more braiding hair.

  1. Pull Method – With this method, you insert the crochet needle into a loc and then pull the hair through it. This method is easy and suitable for women with curly locs.
  1. Braid-in Method – You put the crochet loc around the braid base of a single section of hair. You continue by splitting the hair in two, then use hair and loc to make your goddess braid.
  1. Knotless Method – This method consists of pulling your hair into two pieces and then putting one piece into a crochet loc loop. Continue braiding the hair to secure the loc.

How to Do Goddess Braids with Curly Ends

One of the main characteristics of goddess braids is their curly ends. This is one quick step-by-step guide on how you can create this style.

  • Prepare all the products you need – cream beeswax, shine hair jam, combs, and clips, and braiding hair.
  • Part and secure hair around your hairline.
  • Moisturize your hair with the beeswax gel before starting to braid.
  • Start braiding by looping braiding hair around your natural hair and then continue weaving.
  • You can add more hair as you braid, which will make your braids longer.
  • Once you come at the hair end, stop braiding and leave them loose and curly.
  • You can secure the ends with elastic bands or accessories or simply leave them like that.
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If These Photos Don't Convince You to Get Goddess Braids, Nothing Will

You might have seen a few gorgeous braid styles that resemble chunky cornrows on Instagram, but did you know that it has a particular name? They’re called goddess braids, and they’re one of the hottest hairstyles for natural and transitioning hair, thanks to their protective properties and pleasing visuals. However, it’s important to note that this style isn’t anything new. Goddess braids
date back to ancient Africa as a symbol of arts and creativity.

The most notable difference between goddess braids and regular cornrows is that the former is thicker in size and raised higher, which ultimately creates the goddess effect. Even better, they can be worn in a variety of ways. Up, down, sideways, and any other designs you can think of. The length of time it takes to get your goddess braids done ultimately depends on the skill of your braider and how elaborate you want to go. The install process can be as little as 30 minutes or take as long as two to three hours. The time trade-off is so worth it, though, since you can keep goddess braids in for up to six weeks.

If you need some inspiration before trying the style for yourself, check out these 40 goddess braid hairstyles that are wowing the Instagram crowd.

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Simple Ponytail

Ponytails are a style that might be old, but they’re also gold. Cornrow your entire head and follow through until you can’t braid anymore. Once your goddess braids are established, you can wrap a few around the rest to create this queenly look.

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Goddess Bun

Next up on the list, a regal top knot bun. Secure the braids with bobby pins or a color-matched elastic. For added dimension, alternate between braid sizes throughout.

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Double Buns

What’s better than one bun? Two buns, of course! This style is perfect for the goddess braids enthusiast who’s obsessed with symmetry.

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Pink Pony

Pink is a fun color. Why not put it in your hair? We particularly love it with this sky-high ponytail and Rapunzel length braids.

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Straight Back

For the lover of simplicity, straight-back braids are the answer. Sure, you can try to dress them up with fancy accessories, but you can also just wake up and go whenever you please. What’s better than that? 

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Most goddess braids are tight and neat, but it doesn’t have to be that way if it’s not your style. Looser braids tend to be better for your edges anyway, so kudos to you. Alicia Keys sported a carefree bohemian style that we’re still not over.

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Goddess Braids with Accessories

When you feel like a goddess, there’s no harm in adding a few accents to your braids. Metallic colors are a classic option, or if you're looking to make a bold statement, try white fabric tied around dark locks (or vice versa if you're rocking a lighter shade).

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Half-Up, Half-Down

Don’t know whether you like your hair in a bun or down? Don’t worry; you can have the best of both worlds. Just make sure to ask your braider to create a pattern that will let you pull part of your hair up when you need to.

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Symmetrical Part

They say beauty is found in symmetry, and you might as well apply that theory to goddess braids, too. For a touch of uniqueness, make sure to add an accent box braid on each side.

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Curly Ends

Braiding your hair could mean saying goodbye to your regular hair for a few weeks. If you feel like you’ll miss your locks, you don’t need to braid all the way down. Curly strands look extra stunning with this look.

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Partial Pigtails

Pigtails are always a fun hairstyle, but you can give them a modern twist if you don’t commit all the way. We love this half-pigtail, half-down style with tendrils left out in the front.

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Asymmetrical Blonde

Channel your inner Beyoncé with an asymmetrical braid style that screams Lemonade vibes. Make sure you get your braids done on your favorite selfie side, and bonus points if you opt for goddess braids in a light brown or blonde hue. 

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Skinny Goddess Braids

Chunky braids might be having a moment right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t don a few thin ones if that's the look you love. The other plus side? You can sport your hair sans extensions or save a few bucks by not needing so many.

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Whimsy Goddess

Take a break from tying your hair back and let your braids fall naturally. If you like a romantic look, curl your free ends. The texture is extra visible on blonde and other light shades.

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Double Braids

If you want to keep things simple, stick to two long braids. The sheer length and accompanying hoop earrings provide all the clean drama you need, though feel free to dress it up with thread or charms if you'd like.

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Regal Ponytail

Getting a goddess braid ponytail doesn’t mean you have to keep your plaits the same size. You can easily alternate between sizes and create a unique pattern. Make your actual ponytail voluminous If you like a dramatic, regal touch.

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Two-Tone Tribe

Love blonde and brunette? You can opt for both hues and create a dimensional style that resembles highlights and lowlights. Don’t forget to add your beads, of course!

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Elegant Updo

Sometimes, goddess braids look their most regal when sticking close to your head, leaving everyone to closely admire the intricacy. Loose pieces in front of the ears only elevate the romantic feel further.

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Short Embellishments

Long goddess braids are popular, but short- and medium-length styles need love too. Here’s what you can expect if you ask a braider for a shoulder-length ponytail with charms.

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Snowflake Part

Don’t forget, you can braid in a pattern with your goddess style. We love this eight-pointed snowflake (or star if that’s what you prefer to call it) pattern. The design serves as a fun peekaboo crown without having to shave.

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Loose Half-Up

To make the style a bit more loose, leave the ends of some of the goddess braids undone, and pile hair into a messy half-up style, with a few loose braids framing the face for good measure.

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Slicked-Back Look

A slicked-back look is always beautiful, and it looks even better at extreme lengths with a few beads at the end. The result is nothing short of majestic.

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Red Curly Updo

A short goddess braid hairstyle with curly ends will create a gorgeous updo, and pairing it with a vibrant red will make you look like a flame.

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Threaded Ponytail

If braid charms aren’t your style, you can always wrap a few braids with decorative thread. This goddess braid ponytail looks stunning, especially when it's paired with a few alternating cornrows.

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Braided Halo

Do you want to feel like an angel? Then try this halo goddess braid for a sent-from-heaven vibe. You can either keep it simple or add a few accent braids for a modern twist.

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Rainbow Goddess

Sometimes, you need a pop of color. Why not go for all of them while you’re at it? 

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Red Romance

Add a little romance to your everyday look with a crimson red hue that's sure to stand out no matter how you style your braids that day.

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Chunky Braids

What can we say? Chunky braids are just less fuss, and they look phenomenal. We recommend you give them a try when regular goddess braids just aren’t doing it for you.

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XL Braid

There’s beauty in simplicity, and this glamorous, extra-long goddess braid proves it. Don’t you agree?

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White Ombré

Going for goddess braids that are let down like box braids will give you the best of both worlds. Try enhancing the look with gray-to-white ombré highlights.

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Red Space Buns

Goddess braids don’t have to be “serious.” You can still dabble in fun, festival-ready styles like space buns.

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Goddess Braid Headband

Treat your goddess halo like an actual headband. Keep it simple with hoops, or you can even add in your favorite flowers as a natural accessory.

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Accent Beads

We’re in love with this shoulder-length goddess braid style. The multicolored beads take it up a notch, as well.

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Blue Goddess

If you dig fashion colors, you might want to embrace a nice cobalt blue. Try an updo if you like a little drama.

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Curly Pigtails

Add some texture to your braided goddess pigtails by leaving your hair in voluminous waterfall curls. If your curls could use a boost to be this bouncy, don’t be afraid to whip out a curling wand, iron, or roller.

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Goddess Box Braids

We’ve shown you a lot of goddess braid styles that resemble box braids, but here’s another one to capture your heart. 

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Purple-Gray Pony

Are you experimental with your colors? You’ll love this purple and gray goddess braid ponytail.

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Braided Fauxhawk

Fauxhawks always provide an edge, and this one is no different. Check out this intricate set of braids—we’re sure you’ll save this look for a future appointment.

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Goddess Pigtails

Instead of just sticking to individual pigtail braids, go for an elaborate set with numerous plaits. For a more fun look, position them up high and smooth over your baby hairs.

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Burgundy Braids

They say a deep shade like burgundy symbolizes wealth, power, and ambition. That’s why it pairs so well with adorned goddess braids.

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Goddess braids, which are sometimes called Granny Braids, are a soft, more feminine version of traditional box braids. They are a protective style featuring long, rope-like, cornrow-style braids with curly tendrils that usually lie flat along the scalp. 

Anyone who’s seen the style will agree that goddess box braids exude a rare, carefree beauty that’s impossible to ignore. 

Goddess braids are a great way to protect your hair while it grows and can be braided in many ways.

The typical way for braiding them is in large cornrows. The different styles come about by twisting large braids into a bun or knot in conjunction with smaller ones.

Goddess braids have been popular for a long time. They remain popular due to the number of hairstyles that you can create.

They are very popular because of the versatility that they offer in styling. You can have them look sleek, simple, and casual or styled up for a more elegant look.

If you want to try goddess braids but don’t know where to start, this is the article for you. We will share with you exactly how to do goddess braids step by step. 

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What Do I Need for Goddess Braids?

The first step in any styling session is to obtain your supplies. You’ll need the following supplies to do the goddess style: 

  • Styling gel
  • Edge control 
  • Sulfate-free shampoo 
  • Moisturizing conditioner 
  • Penetrating deep-conditioner (optional)
  • Wide-toothed comb
  • Rat-tailed comb
  • Butterfly clips 
  • Rubber bands (optional)
  • Denman brush
  • Braiding Hair
  • Wavy Hair 
  • Superglue
  • Scissors for hair 
  • Gold hair cuffs (optional)

The Type of Extension Hair Matters

Goddess braids require two types of extension hair: braiding hair and wavy hair. 

Braiding Hair 

The braiding hair should be 100% kanekalon hair, which has the perfect texture for braiding. You can choose from many extension hair brands, but X-Pressions brand braiding hair is known to be softer than the rest.

You also get more hair per pack with X-Pressions hair than any other brand. 

Here are some other synthetic braiding hair options: 

Wavy Hair 

When it comes to the wavy hair (which will hang loosely), you have multiple choices. You can choose synthetic hair or human hair.

Human hair costs more than synthetic hair because it’s of higher quality. Synthetic hair tends to get matted and look old after a short time.

On the other hand, human hair looks good throughout the life of the style and won’t get matted quickly. 

Here are some wavy synthetic hair options to consider: 

Here are some wavy human hair options to consider: 

How Much Hair to Buy for Extensions

Now that you know the types of hair you’ll need for your goddess braids let’s talk a bit about how much hair you’ll need to complete the style. 

Braiding Hair

You’ll need enough braiding hair to do box braids all over your head. The amount of hair you’ll need depends on your head size and how full you want your braids to be.

As a general rule, you’ll need anywhere from 5 to 7 packs of synthetic braiding hair. If you want your braids to be extra full (i.e., thick goddess braids) and you have a larger head, err on the higher end of the spectrum.

If you want your braids to be closer to a natural thickness, you can get by with fewer packs of hair. 

Wavy Hair

You’ll need much less wavy hair than braiding hair since you’ll only be adding a tiny portion of the wavy hair to the braids.

The amount you’ll need will depend on how much wavy hair you want to incorporate into the style. Most people can get by with just one or two packs of wavy hair

Get Your Natural Hair Ready for Styling

You may be excited to get into the braiding process, but it’s imperative not to neglect your natural hair. The information in the following sections will help you get your natural hair ready.


Shampooing your natural hair should not be optional when you are doing a protective style. Break out your favorite shampoo, provided that it isn’t loaded with synthetic ingredients, like sulfates and parabens. 

While you should focus the shampoo on all of your hair, ensure that you scrub your scalp thoroughly. You won’t be able to deep clean your scalp for months after installing your goddess braids. 


After your hair is free of product buildup, debris, and dust, you’re ready to replenish the moisture lost during the shampoo session.

Choose a conditioner that has moisturizing properties. Quality conditioners have oils and emollients to breathe life into dry hair. If you struggle with dry hair, you may need to deep condition your hair.

Take some time and apply a deep conditioner of your choice while your hair is still wet from the shampoo session. Use your wide-toothed comb to aid in product distribution. 

Whether you choose to condition or deep condition your hair, make sure that you detangle your hair during this step.


While your hair is still wet from rinsing the conditioner out, it’s time to apply your moisturizer. Apply it all over your hair and comb it through with your wide-toothed comb to ensure all of your strands are hydrated. 

Stretch Your Hair (Optional)

If your hair is very tightly coiled (4D hair) or kinky (4C hair), you will have difficulty getting it to blend in with the braiding hair. If you take an extra step and stretch your hair out, the braiding process will be much easier. 

Choose from one of the following stretching methods: 

Blow Dry

Perhaps, the easiest way to stretch your hair is with a blow dryer. Brush through your hair while blasting air on it. Keep in mind that you don’t necessarily have to use heat on your hair.

Most blow dryers come with a “cool” button, and you can stretch your hair just fine with the cool setting. But if you want to use heat, be sure to use a heat protectant beforehand. 

Elastic Bands


If you want to stretch your hair using a 100% heat-free method, the elastic band method may be for you. Follow the instructions below to stretch your hair with elastic bands: 

  • Separate your hair into four or more equal sections. 
  • Put a small elastic band on each of the sections. 
  • Work on one section at a time wrapping elastic bands around the length of the section to stretch it out. Start wrapping at your roots and stop wrapping when you get to the ends. 
  • Allow the sections to air-dry. They may need several hours to dry, so some people prefer to let their hair air-dry overnight. 
  • Remove all of the bands once your hair is dry. If you take the bands out before your hair is dry, it will revert. 

Braid It

If you don’t have a blow dryer or elastic bands, there’s no need to worry. You can simply braid your hair while it’s damp and allow it to dry.

If your hair is already dry, this method will still work, but the braiding process may be more painful on dry hair. 

Installing Your Goddess Braids

Your hair is washed, conditioned, moisturized, and stretched, and now it’s time to install your goddess braids. Follow the steps below to do your braids. 

Prepare Your Extensions

How To Prep Xpressions Braiding Hair for PERFECT Braids!

Synthetic braiding hair is often sold with blunt ends, which aren’t suitable for this particular style. So, before you begin braiding, you’ll need to feather the hair. Feathering synthetic hair is extremely easy; follow the steps below: 

  • Take the hair out of the package and remove the rubber bands or twist-ties holding the hair together. 
  • Hold the hair in one of your hands with the ends pointing upwards. 
  • Use your other hand to pull up small sections of hair repeatedly.  
  • Stop feathering when the ends are no longer blunt. 
  • Hold the hair at the halfway point and use the other hand to finger comb the hair. 

Once the ends have been feathered, it’s ready for installation.

The wavy hair, on the other hand, does not require much preparation. Just trim it to your desired length, and it’s ready to go! 

Section Your Hair and Part Out the First Section

Section your natural hair into four sections with your rat tail comb. Take your time while parting, as clean parts are necessary for this style. Then, secure three of the four sections with a rubber band, butterfly clip, or braid. 

Part out a small, medium, or large section; it will be your first goddess box braid. The size you make your sections will depend on your desired braid size. 

Create Cute Goddess Braids for Beginners


Now that your natural hair has been sectioned and you’ve parted out your first section, it’s time to get to braiding. Do the following to install your braids: 

  • Add some edge control around the borders of your first section.
  • Grab some braiding hair and hold it at the base of your natural hair. 
  • Using your natural hair as one of the three braiding sections, begin to three-strand plait (or braid) your hair in with the extension hair. 
  • After you’ve braided down about an inch, grab a small amount of the wavy hair and join it with two of your braiding sections. 
  • After braiding down about a half-inch, pull one of the wavy sections outside of the braid. You can use a clip to keep the wavy hair out of the way. 
  • Continue braiding the hair down.
  • When you get to where the extension hair meets the wavy hair, apply one drop of superglue there and allow it to dry. The glue will keep the braid in place while the wavy hair remains loose.
  • Cut off any scraggly ends if you desire a clean look. 
  • Repeat the process all over your head. 
  • Shape the ends of your hair with hair scissors (i.e., hair shears) if you’d like.

How Long Does Installation Take? 

Goddess box braid installation can take anywhere from 2 hours to a day or longer. The actual installation time for you will depend on: 

  • How quickly you can braid
  • Your desired braid length
  • The size of your head
  • How large you make your parts 

If you’ve never done goddess braids on yourself before, block off a considerable amount of time for the installation. You don’t want to have to go somewhere with half-braided hair. 

Maintaining the Goddess Braid Hairstyle

After going through all the trouble of installing goddess braids, we’re sure you want to make the style last. Use the tips below to help you properly maintain your braids: 

  • Wrap them up at night with a silk/satin bonnet or scarf. This helps to minimize frizz and extend the life of the style. If you don’t protect your hair at night, the style will not last. 
  • Oil your scalp as needed. If you plan on wearing the style for longer than a week or so, you may notice that your scalp gets dry or itchy. Use a light oil to hydrate your scalp whenever necessary. Jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, or sweet almond oil will work perfectly. 

Watch this video for a demonstration of how to maintain the style. 

Dos and Don’ts of Goddess Braids

Goddess braids have a potentially complicated installation process. To help you avoid issues with your braids, here are some dos and don’ts you should follow. 


  • Do have many clips on hand. It can be frustrating to keep those wavy hairs out of the way as you braid down to the ends. Use clips to help you keep the hair where you want it. 
  • Do be patient. Depending on your desired braid size, goddess braids can take a long time. But if you rush, the style may not last long or look clean. Be patient and take your time to get the best results. 


  • Don’t braid your hair too tight. Gripping your natural hair too tight can lead to breakage and hair loss. You don’t need to braid the hair extremely tight for the style to last. 
  • Don’t forget maintenance. The length of time your braids ultimately last will depend on how well you maintain them. 

Pros and Cons of Goddess Braids

Goddess braids come with a unique set of pros and cons, and we’ll reveal them to you in this section. 


  • Long-term protective style. Goddess braids are a long-term protective style that can last up to a couple of months. Once you reach the two-month mark, it’s time to take the style down. We usually recommend wearing the style up to six weeks.
  • Carefree beauty. Big Goddess braids are undeniably beautiful, giving off a bohemian vibe that’s on-trend right now. 
  • Easy maintenance. All you need to do to maintain the style is to oil it from time to time and cover it up at night. 


  • Difficult to install. Some may find goddess braids very difficult to install on themselves. 
  • Long installation time. Just like other braided styles, the installation time for goddess braids is relatively long. 
  • Heaviness. The extension hair used for the style has the potential to feel heavy and cause neck pain. It can also be damaging on your baby hairs and edges.
  • Super glue is part of the installation. Some may be against using super glue to seal the braids. 

The Definitive Guide to Creating Beautiful Goddess Hairstyles 

black women with crochet locs in black and white

Everywhere you look now, whether it’s on YouTube, Instagram, or at star-studded events like on the red carpet, there’s a good chance that you will see someone rocking goddess locs.

They are a trendy hairstyle right now. But what’s the difference between goddess locs and regular locs, you may ask?

Goddess locs are unique as they are usually styled with wavy or curly hair at the ends, often detailed with gold jewelry to give them a beautiful royal appearance.

The following tutorials demonstrate some of our favorite methods of wearing goddess locs:

The Traditional Method of How to Do Goddess Locs

Come With Me To Get Faux Goddess Locs

The traditional goddess locs installation method starts by first sectioning hair into a few sections then box braiding the hair. Loose, curly extensions are then added to the ends.

Then the braiding hair is wrapped around every box braid to create the goddess locs. This approach is time-consuming because, in addition to the box braiding, there are several steps to create the goddess locs.

We recommend having your stylist loosely wrap your hair right below the roots to ease the tension caused by tight locs and the combined weight of the hair. This is critical from a protective styling standpoint.

To create an even more unique look, you can garnish your locs with gold clasps and white yarn. Although, keep in mind that just like the install, taking down these locs will also be very time-consuming.

For this style, you need you will need approximately eight packs of Rast A Fri Freed’m silky braiding hair and two packs of Freetress braiding hair.

Looking for a Quicker Approach to Braiding Your Hair?

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If you want a much faster method than the traditional method of installing goddess locs, you can follow the technique used by Bre’Aunna Renee (“Bray”), also known as DOPEaxxPANA, on YouTube. Bre’Aunna is a self-taught stylist in the California Bay area.

Instead of braiding her client’s entire head, which takes longer, Bre’Aunna starts by plaiting the sectioned hair. This method creates a lot less tension on the hair and scalp, which is critical to avoid potential hair loss or breakage issues with tight braids.

Bre’Aunna pulls Freetress’s deep wave hair through the plait base using a crochet needle for the curly ends. She then wraps Cuban twist braiding hair tightly around the wavy hair.

Braids it into loc form, then uses nail glue to secure it while leaving the wavy hair hanging at the ends. This approach takes a lot less time to install and remove.

For this style, you need you will need approximately three packs of Cuban twist braiding hair, and for the ends, two packs of Freetress Deep Wave braiding hair.

Crochet Goddess Locs: A Quick Detailed Tutorial

Chunky Cornrows Only


Since the traditional method takes a long time, crochet goddess locs usually are much better for those in a hurry or those who want a hairstyle with less tension on the hair.

In this video, a vlogger known as Tastepink uses three types of braiding hair to achieve her look. She starts by cornrowing her hair towards the back, ensuring that the cornrows are smaller at the front for a neater look.

She then braids the faux locs beginning from the back of her neck to the top of her head. To conceal the gaps, she adds more locs to the center of her head.

Cornrows & No-Cornrows Crochet Method

6 Ways to Install Crochet Locs | New Individual Crochet Methods | Curly Goddess Locs ft Motown Tress

If you prefer the crochet method but you’re concerned about a “natural-looking” part appearing, you may use a combination of individual braids and cornrows to get the look you want.

In addition to the no-cornrows approach, Jazz Nicole shared six more interesting ways to install single locs. All the methods start with a single braid with no added hair, which then changes into a twist about one-third of the way down.

Here Are Her Goddess Loc Methods:

  1. Hug method: With the hug method, Jazz slightly opens up a crochet loc, then twists braided hair down that loc creating a goddess loc.
  2. Pull method: Using the pull method, Jazz inserts a crochet needle into a loc and then pulls the braid through the loc. According to Jazz, this method is great for ladies with curly locs.
  3. Braid-in Method: Interestingly, with the braid-in method, Jazz just puts the crochet loc loop around the base of a single section of her hair. Jazz proceeds to split the section into two, then uses the hair and a loc to make a braid. This results in one nice loc that started as a braid. According to Jazz, this approach is best suited for small locs and locs matching the color of your natural hair.
  4. The Knotless Method: The knotless method is one of our favorites, as it gives you a seamless base. Jazz starts by splitting a section of hair into two pieces, then puts a piece through the crotchet loc loop. She then braids the hair to secure the loc. She then applies the pull method hiding the braid completely. This method has a very natural-looking end result, which is why we particularly like this approach.
  5. The Wrap-in Method: Jazz starts the wrap-in method by following the knotless method (discussed above), then wraps the hair from an unraveled loc around her braid. This particular method also has a natural look, but it can be time-consuming.
  6. The Braided Wrap-in Technique: The braided wrap-in technique is most suitable for large locs. Jazz braids an unraveled loc into her hair then wraps the loc around her braid.

How to Take Down Goddess Locs

After a few weeks of looking fabulous in your goddess locs, it’s time to take them down. During this next section, we’re going to show you teach you how to take out goddess locs.

How to Take-Out Traditional Goddess Locs

2 [Detailed] Ways to Remove Goddess Faux Locs!! (+ Tips)| Natural Hair

There are two ways to do this; you can chop off the ends (often preferred because it’s quick) or separate them first (much safer) if you don’t want to risk cutting off your real hair.

If you have very long hair, we highly using the safer approach to prevent cutting your hair.

How to Take-Out Crochet Goddess Locs

How To: Safely Take Down Individual Faux Locs in 20 minutes

Start by pulling your natural hair out from the faux loc, then unloop your crochet loop, pulling out both the faux hair and your natural hair from under your crochet loop.

If you want to reuse your locs later, this is the best method to take them down.

Zoe Kravitz Boho Box Braids

Zoe Kravitz Boho Box Braids

In case you didn’t get the memo, Boho box braids, which are also referred to as goddess braids or gypsy box braids, are officially one of the most popular braiding styles nowadays.

You may have already seen a few of your favorite celebrities, such as Jhene Aiko, Eva Marcille, Alicia Keys, or Zoe Kravitz, rocking these new box braids, but if you are yet to, picture the style as a fantastic mesh between box braids and goddess locs.

If you are looking to achieve the Bohemian look without spending as much time as you normally have to with traditional box braids, Boho braids are a great option for you, as you don’t have to braid the hair and then wrap every single braid with thread.

Zoe Kravitz Boho Box Braids vs. Traditional Box Braids

Zoe Kravitz straight back braids tutorial

The difference that stands out between traditional box braids and Zoe Kravitz Box Braids is that Boho braids usually have a less uniform appearance, with wavy hair carefully added in select spots to create a wispy, carefree vibe.

The look is less polished from the ends to the parts. If you check some of her pictures, you will see Zoe Kravitz accessorizing her Boho box braids with embellishments such as hair jewelry or playing with colors, which spices up the hairstyle even more.

What Type of Hair Do You Need for Zoe Kravitz Braids?

actress Zoe Kravitz wearing a cute dress

As mentioned above, the main identifying feature for Boho box braids is that they are used to showcase two types of hair textures, as straight braided hair and wavy, textured hair is added to the ends of the box braids.

If you use regular Kanekalon braiding hair, you can expect it to be a challenge getting the signature wavy appearance of Boho box braids.

However, there are many techniques you can try to achieve this look:

Using Soft Synthetic Hair for Boho Braids


In this video, Shanice Crystal shares her hairdresser’s technique for creating a wavy look by using a few packs of X-Precision braiding hair. The hair can be found on Amazon as well as most beauty supplies stores.

X-Precision braiding hair is softer than Kanekalon hair, and you also get more X-Precision in the pack compared to most Kanekalon hair packs. You will first need to braid some of the braiding hair from the base to the tips leaving the ends unbraided.

Shanice Crystal’s hairdresser braids six sections of her braids into large braids before dipping them in hot water for the setting process. After some time, she unravels the large braids revealing a gorgeous wavy look.

DIY BOHO BRAIDS TUTORIAL A Box Braid and Goddess Locs Remix!

Another vlogger and beauty influencer known as LipsticknCurls also used synthetic hair for the braids. Unlike Shanice, she used Organique Mastermix braid hair, which can also be found on Amazon and local beauty shops.

While using softer hair can result in a more wavy and clean look, it also increases the chances of your Boho box braids unraveling. LipsticknCurls admitted that she was forced to redo some of the braids after they unraveled.

However, she also shared that she never dipped her hair in hot water. Some hairdressers use nail glue at the ends of each braid to prevent unraveling.

Using Kanekalon Hair for Quick Boho Box Braids

Zoe Kravitz quick wavy boho braids tutorial

If you’re in a hurry, Lynda Moyo shares how to get signature Boho waves by using a flat iron on Kanekalon braiding hair on low heat.

Her technique is similar to the others, and the primary difference is that she leaves the ends of her braids unbraided.

To make the hair sleeker, Lynda flat irons the ends of the braids on low heat. She then braids the individual braids into three large braids and runs her flatiron over the giant braids to set them.

The flat iron allows Lynda to skip waiting for her hair to dry. She then unravels the large, wavy braids.

Using Goddess Crochet Braids for Boho Box Braids


Most braiding styles take several hours to install, which can be extremely exhausting. Luckily, there’s a crochet version that will definitely save you a lot of installation time.

You can now find more companies selling Boho individual braids with curly ends already for those who don’t have much time to spare.

Adanna Madueke uses individual braids and synthetic crochet hair in the front to achieve a more realistic appearance. She used 24″ Crochet Zoey Braids from Model Model. These braids will have the ends looking more curly than wavy.

Cute Goddess Braid Hairstyles

African American women on the beach with a cute red swimsuit wearing black and blonde goddess braids

One of the most appealing aspects of goddess braids is the unique artwork that goes into every hairdo. By implementing goddess hairstyles into the design, you then incorporate a new dimension into the style.

How To Do Goddess Braids with Weave

Breanna Rutter takes you through a step-by-step demonstration of a gorgeous pinwheel low bun using Kanekalon hair.

Goddess Braids START TO FINISH In 7 Minutes!!!

The History of Cornrows

Braiding the hair in cornrows is a tradition that has been around for as long as there has been hair styling.

Cornrows are common in African American history and are depicted in sculptures found in Nigeria that go back as far as 500 BC.

Modern Cornrows

Cornrows are something African-Americans have worn since long before the Civil Rights movement. In modern times women of all races have embraced the style and made it their own.

Wearing cornrows is no longer exclusively fashionable for black women. Hairstylist Guido Palau even incorporated the look into Valentino’s 2015 Paris Fashion Week show by having the models all wear cornrows.

Guido Palau’s decision prompted several viral articles, including one asking if African Americans own cornrows. How do you feel about other races wearing cornrow hairstyles?

One of the more fashionable cornrow styles worn during the summer is the coily mohawk, which is a sexy hairstyle with the hair braided up on either side into a coiled mohawk on top.

There is also the twisted high bun where the hair is braided up to the top of the head and twisted in a braided bun for a very classy look. Use this technique to create a Goddess braids updo.

Kanekalon Braiding Hair

If you’re planning to create Goddess Braids with weave hair, we recommend using kanekalon braiding hair simply because we like the look and durability of this type of hair weave. Although, you may use any type of braiding hair that you prefer.

Protective Styling for Length Retention

Goddess braids are a great way to protect your hair from the wear and tear that is associated with constantly styling it.

They offer the added benefit of encouraging length retention because the braided hair will not be bothered by repeated manipulation.

Also, it will not come into contact with surfaces such as cotton pillowcases or cloth car seats. Goddess braids also protect your hair against harsh weather conditions.

It’s important to note that protecting your hair by twisting them into goddess braids is step one in protecting your hair. Once they have been twisted in you have to keep them moisturized regularly.

The “Bad” Hair Day: Protective Styling Natural Hair

Sometimes your style is several days old, or you’re not “feeling” your hair that particular day. London Rach conquers her bad hair day with these simple, chic goddess braids.

The Goddess Braid| Protective Style Natural Hair

Awesome Granny Braids on Straightened Hair

Granny braids are versatile and look good on all hair textures. In this video, Meg demonstrates a classy braided style on straightened natural hair.

Easy Spring Granny Braid Tutorial | Protective Style

Goddess Braids with a Marley Twist

Marley braiding hair used in a goddess braid style allows you to achieve a smooth and sleek look. Blending with natural textures, the Marley hair adds length to your braids.

Natural Hair | Grecian Goddess Braids (with Marley Braiding Hair)

By loosening the braids close to the scalp, a more textured, soft, and natural look is achieved with your goddess braids.

Double Sided Goddess Braids on short/medium length hair with Clip Ins

How Long Do Goddess Braids Last?

How long goddess braids last is really up to you. From our experience, some women wear the style for only a few weeks up to a couple of months.

The real key is to make sure that you continue to maintain your natural hair, especially if you’ve decided to utilize weaved hair also.

Are Goddess Braids for Me? 

Goddess braids may be for you if: (1) you have healthy hair without thinning or breakage, (2) you know how to braid and have the patience to install the braids, and (3) you don’t have a problem with super glue. There are great for versatility as you can create everything from straight back goddess braids to small goddess braids combined with a gorgeous updo.


Goddess braids are a beautiful protective style that is popular for many reasons. One of the main benefits of goddess braids is that they provide you with an opportunity to protect your hair while it grows, which can be done in various ways depending on your styling preferences and desired length.

Whether you choose to wear red goddess braids, double goddess braids with a high bun, or use braiding hair to create jumbo goddess braids, this chic style is a conversation starter.

So if you want an easy way to protect your hair from daily manipulation while encouraging length retention, we hope that this article has taught you all about how to create goddess braids hairstyles so that you can get started on creating yours today!


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 all the 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 superchic. 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 screenshot. 


Goddess braids curly

45 Trendy Goddess Box Braids Hairstyles

Goddess box braids are a very popular hairstyle. This is no surprise since these braids are just gorgeous and many celebrities have been seen rocking the look from Beyonce to Zoe Kravitz. Not only that, but box braids are a protective hairstyle so these braids will also protect your natural hair! You may have seen this look on Instagram, but if you haven’t, think of the style as a gorgeous mesh between box braids and curly hair.

For the loose curls, we recommend you use 100% human hair if you want this style to last. If you use synthetic curly hair it may get tangled and nappy. Also, you want to add the human hair in at different spots for each braid to achieve that messy, boho look. If you follow this tip, your goddess box braids may last for a month or more. For this protective style, we don’t recommend dipping the hair in hot water because the hair will loose its wavy pattern and curly texture. You will end up with flat and messy hair. Dip it in hot water only if you are using 100% human hair. Some hair companies blend human and synthetic hair and sell it as 100% human hair, so be careful!

If you don’t love these braids all ready, then you will after today because we have found 45 of the most beautiful goddess box braids. You will find bright colors, different lengths and more. There is something for everyone, so take a look before you book your next hair appointment.

1. Glam Goddess Box Braids

The first hairstyle we have to show you features glam goddess box braids. For this look the hair is very long with thick braids and lots of curls. Hair like this is perfect for the ladies who love long hair. Braids like these will make you look stylish for any occasion. You can recreate this look or you can choose braids and curls in a shorter length too.

2. Goddess Box Braid Bob

If you do prefer shorter hairstyles, then you need to see this next hair idea. Here we have a box braid bob. The bob has trendy triangle parts and it looks so chic. A bob like this would be perfect for the summer as it is easy to wear and manage. Recreate this longer length or go for an even shorter bob style. Either way, your hair will look gorgeous.

3. Bold Purple Box Braids

Next, we have bold box braids. These braids are very long and are a bright and beautiful purple color. Some braids are also accessorized with gold cuffs and cords too. Vibrant hair like this is fun, stylish and perfect for the summer. The gold accessories really jazz up the look. Try a similar style to this or you can use a different purple shade. Hair used: 4 packs of EZ Braid hair in the color Purple and 1 pack of Freetress Gogo Curls in color Purple 26″.

4. Cute Braided Hairstyles

The next hair idea we have features two different ways to wear goddess box braids. One look features a cute half up, half down style and the other one has hair that is styled up and accessorized with a scarf. Both hairstyles are gorgeous and pretty. The one with the scarf will be great for the summer season and it will make you look unique too, as you can use any scarf for your hair.

5. Blonde Goddess Box Braids

Blonde braids are a very popular hairstyle and this is no surprise when stunning hairstyles like this are being created! Here we have gorgeous goddess box braids that are a beautiful light blonde color. We love the blonde shade because it really glams up the braids. Hair like this will make you feel like a Queen everyday!

6. Goddess Box Braids with Tight Curls

This next hair idea features chic and elegant braids. Here we have mid length box braids with beautiful, tight curls. The braids are so neat and sleek and the curls give the braids a touch of glamour. Hair like this will suit everyone. You can recreate this or try longer braids and shorter curls.

7. Accessorized Goddess Box Braids

Next, we have beautiful goddess box braids. The hair is styled into long and sleek braids with gorgeous curls at the end. There are also gold cuffs and cords too. Hair like this easy to wear and looks effortlessly stylish. Recreate this look or you can keep it simple and wear similar braids without the accessories.

8. Long Braids with Trendy Triangle Parts

Looking for a trendy braided style? Then this could be perfect for you. Here we have stunning long box braids that have triangle parts. As you can see, the triangles look so stylish and gorgeous. You can recreate this long and accessorized look. If you want a bolder hairstyle, you could try the triangle part braids in a different color. Red would look amazing.

9. Gorgeous Thin Goddess Box Braids

If you prefer to wear thinner braids rather than the jumbo ones, then this hairstyle is for you. For this look the hair is styled into long and thin goddess box braids. These are just stunning and it is one of our favorite looks. You can check out a tutorial on how the hairstyle was created and see what hair was used on the YouTube tutorial down below.

10. Goddess Braids for the Summer

The next hair idea we have will be perfect for the summer! This hairstyle features long goddess box braids that are a stylish light brown color. There are also blonde braids too. The colors are gorgeous and similar colors will give you a bright and sun-kissed look for the summer season. Recreate this look or try the multi tone braids in a shorter length.

Super Easy Curly Goddess Box Braids Tutorial

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Now discussing:

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