Andrea Payme
Updated on January 11, 2021

When you’re looking for a fantastic new hairstyle for your curly hair, why not try some different braid options to give it an extra special touch? Stylish cornrows, French, goddess, and lemonade braids — the list of braids for curly hair goes on and on. Pick a style that suits your hair texture, and you’ll look great at your next big event!

Curly Braids – How They Can Work for You

Most braids do a good job of embracing the unruliness of the curly goodness. Depending on the type of braid you choose and your hair’s length and texture, you may decide to leave the hair slightly loose or braid it tautly. Whether keeping it curly and loose, or sleek and tight, the method you select will certainly affect the final appearance you are shooting for. Whatever you decide, your curly locks are sure to look great and stay protected when you choose one (or more!) of these fancy, curly braided hairstyles.

1. Curly Crochet Braids with Burgundy Highlights

Crochet braids are one of the most popular curly braided hairstyles for black hair, especially for women who like to have a natural look with loose curls at the ends. Accented with bright red pieces, they´re an eye-catching option.

Shoulder Length Wavy Tree Braids

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2. Chignon with Curly French Braids

A loose French braid with a low-set chignon is among the easiest braid styles to experiment with if you have an abundance of natural curls that you want to keep tame and controlled.

3. Long Kinky Twist Braids

Curly crochet braids are a simple solution for those who want a cute hairstyle that looks natural in downdos. Done here in the box style and jet-black color, it’s a classic, feminine look that’s flattering for many women.

Black Curly Twists

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4. Crown Braid with Low Bun for Curly Hair

This crown braid brings elegance and femininity to long, golden blonde curly hair. The low bun with a braid is an excellent option if you are searching for some unique braid hairstyles that help to control unruly curls.

Curly Bun with a Braid

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5. Flower Girl’s Crown French Braids

An easy half updo, these chunky French braids for curly hair are wrapped around the head in a “Flower Girl” style that is youthful and pretty.

6. Lemonade Braids with Geometric Patterns

If you’re on the hunt for cute braided hairstyles with a twist, look no further than these unique lemonade braids, done here with an intricate geometric pattern and long spiral curls at the ends.

Creative Asymmetrical Black Braids

Instagram / @mimisbraids

7. Braided Updo with Curly Top

Different updos with loose curls at the top have a regal appeal. The two curly braids that frame the rusty-auburn crown provide a high-fashion touch that offers an elegant silhouette.

Elegant Curly Updo for Shorter Hair

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8. Long Black Box Braids with Curly Ends

The little squared off sections of these curly box braids are what makes it such a trim and neat hairstyle, and the loose curly ends add in fun and youthfulness. The string wraps accent a few of the many tiny braids.

Box Braids with String Wraps

Instagram / @glamorousbraids

9. Creative Mohawk Updo with Bobby Pins

When you are in the mood for a perfect mixed hairstyle that’s half braided half curly, try one that lets your curls spring forth from a set of classic cornrows. Adorn with gold-toned bobby pins.

Updo with Cornrows and Curly Top

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10. Braided Chignon with String Wraps

With an asymmetrical part and a chignon bun at the nape, this hairstyle looks like a modern update of the classic updo. The golden string elevates it and makes it a go-to hairstyle choice for thick curly hair.

Low Braided Bun with Asymmetrical Part

Instagram / @londonsbeautii

11. Mohawk Style Cornrows with Bantu Knots

The Mohawk updo with Bantu knots makes a bold statement of femininity, particularly when you are aimed at modern and trendy braided hairstyles for curly hair.

Natural Curly Mohawk Updo

Instagram / @alex_haircraft

12. Deconstructed Blonde Fishtail Braid

If you have long, thick, and beautifully highlighted blonde curly hair, you can make no better choice than showing it off in one of these wispy, deconstructed French braids.

13. Wrap-Around Braid for Natural Hair

Want to make sure that your naturally curly hair stays healthy and tangle-free while you are sleeping? Put them in overnight braids. In the morning you can do one of these quick and pretty updos like this cute halo braid.

Natural Halo Braid Updo

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14. Fishtail Side Braids with Loose Bun

Curly braided hairstyles are often designed to protect the hair from breakage and frizz. Joining two fishtail braids at the back of the head and adding a loose bun builds a great daytime look that does the trick.

Loose Curly Updo with Braids and Bun

Instagram / @hairwithcat

15. Box Braids with Curls and Laid Edges

As a fan of curly hair with braids, you certainly want to diversify your hairstyles while choosing something that looks good on you. A full-bodied set of box braids can be complemented with curls at the ends.

Black Braids and Curls Downdo

Instagram / @qthebraider

16. Small Individual Braids with Metallic Highlights

Keep your hair protected by putting it into curly micro braids, shown here with metallic blonde extensions that end in loose curly ends.

Side Swept Half Braids Half Curls

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17. Waterfall Braid for Long Curly Hair

Hairstyles with curly braids manage frizzy wavy hair. Try out a diagonal waterfall braid that gives a neat crown and a natural bottom, which looks particularly spectacular on long hair.

Diagonal Waterfall Braid Half Updo

Instagram / @jojo.curls

18. Curved Cornrows with Twisted Top

Cornrows with colored twists are a wonderful option that will keep your hair healthy, protected and looking great. When you need a hairstyle for short curly hair that’s also kinky and hard to manage, this is the one to consider.

Mohawk Braid with Cornrows and Top Twists

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19. Fishtail Braid for Curly Hair

By far, a braid is your best bet for an easy hairstyle that pulls hair back and tames it while showing off your natural texture. You can even combine a French twist updo with a fishtail braid.

20. Cornrows to Twists to Curls

Want to keep your short hair with braids looking cool and feeling comfortable? Go for a “combover” cornrow style with bright curlicue ends.

Cornrows and Twists for Short Hair

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Many of the braids for curly hair on our list are easy to do on your own, but occasionally they can be more difficult, because they involve intricate designs or your curly hair texture is tough to work with. With a little bit of patience and a good set of mirrors, you can play around and practice until you achieve the curly braid style you want. You might even decide to find a professional to do the whole job for you! Whatever you choose, trust us, a lovely single braid or a whole head of braids are worth the effort.

Shoulder Length Wavy Tree BraidsCurly Chignon Updo with BraidsBlack Curly TwistsCurly Bun with a BraidBraided Half Updo for Curly HairCreative Asymmetrical Black BraidsElegant Curly Updo for Shorter HairBox Braids with String WrapsUpdo with Cornrows and Curly TopLow Braided Bun with Asymmetrical PartNatural Curly Mohawk UpdoMessy Braided Downdo for Long Wavy HairNatural Halo Braid UpdoLoose Curly Updo with Braids and BunBlack Braids and Curls DowndoSide Swept Half Braids Half CurlsDiagonal Waterfall Braid Half UpdoMohawk Braid with Cornrows and Top TwistsWavy French Twist with Fishtail HairstyleCornrows and Twists for Short Hair