Single braids are back in style. Natural, sexy and comfortable, they’ve become a favorite for those looking for a stylish option in a low-maintenance hairdo. The popularity of this sexy braided hairstyle has surpassed race. It’s being sported by people from all corners of the globe. Ranging from box braids to cornrows, this hairdo provides you with lots of options to experiment with. Below we can look at 55 inspirational ideas for single braids.
# 1 Glitter Cornrows
This is a great idea for blondes with long hair. The locks are first prepped and separated into sections running parallel to each other. Each section is braided starting from the front towards the back to create a sweet cornrow hairstyle. The ends are secured with hair bands and the tips left loose for that classic finish. And in case your hair sits short for this style, you’ve got the option of using hair extensions to get that extra length.
# 2 Purple and Grey Box Braids
Go for an extra long African hair and give it that cool grey tone. Add some vibrant purple streaks to it for that classic combination. Separate the locks into multiple sections and twist them into box braids. Sweep the sides back over the shoulders and let the back flip over to the front for a cool classic twist. You can add more swag with a cap to the head.
# 3 Black Box Braids with Accessories
Prep your black hair and add some shine to it with a matte cream. Create a center part then part the locks into different bundles and comb to keep them straight and easier to style. Twists the bundles into box braids that sport that tight look. Flip them to the sides and sweep to the front for that sexy look. Slip in some sparkling hair accessories to create that beautiful glow in the dark shade.
# 4 Faded Box Braids
To achieve this cool faded look, you need to incorporate balayage highlights of grey in your dark hair. Comb the hair to perfection and make a center part. Hold each side into multiple bundles that are twisted into box braids. Give them a sweep to the front in such a way that they rest over the chest area. This hairstyle looks great on those with chocolate skin.
# 5 Double Side-Part Braids
Prep your hair by brushing into that sleek look. Make two side parts using a comb to isolate the top from the sides. Style the top and sides into multiple bundles and pull off those sweet box braids. Pull the top to the back starting from the front. Let the sides sweep to the front to rest gracefully on the chest area.
# 6 Knotted Box Braids
Separate the front from the top and create multiple bundles that are twisted into box braids. Let the separated front section flip to one side and pull back the rest ensuring that the sides are swept over the ears. Grab them into a braided ponytail positioned at the nape. Tie the ponytail into that cool braided knot and let the extra length fall gracefully over the back.
# 7 Box and Cornrows Combo
Start with some texture to your dark hair and give it vibrant balayage highlights of red. Create a part line to separate the front followed by a classic part to the center. Style the front locks into box braided style. Pull off sexy cornrows on the rest of the locks and ensure that they don’t stretch to the back. Let the extra loose braided length fall towards the back and give it a sweep to the front for a flirty finish.
# 8 Candy Box Braids
Settle for blonde and pink highlights in your dark textured hair and twist them into box braids. Pull up the front and the back and tie them into a braided knot. Flip each side over the top to the opposite side ensuring that they lie between the two knots. Add some candy hair accessories to this sweet double-humped hairstyle to make it stand out.
# 9 Two-Tone Curvy Cornrows
Instead of creating straight parts in the hair, go for curvy parts that originate from a single sport on the side. Give your locks the sweet look of an ombre that sports a dark shade melting into rustic blonde. Twist the parted sections into cornrows starting from the point of origin towards the back. Merge the extra braided length by pinning them up into one voluptuous bundle that’s given a side sweep to rest over the chest.
# 10 Classic Face Frame
This style is ideal for those with natural African hair. Start by parting the front into two bundles that are twisted into braids. Let them fall on each side of the front to create cool face-framing pieces. Give the rest of the locks that soft braided look and secure them into a knot that lies low on the nape.
# 11 Black and White Combo
Sometimes, a dark braided hair can’t give you the immediate attention you want. The solution is to add a white tone to it creating that sexy glamour. Settle for a center part to display the depth of the dark shade and style each side into shoulder-length box braids. Finish with a white lipstick to add extra glamour to your looks.
# 12 Side Part Cornrows
Settle for a side part in your natural hair. Pull the sides and top into sleek cornrows. Give the sides a twist to rest over the chest. Tease the top to flip to one side and let the back fall down naturally. This style looks great with balayage highlights of light brown added to the dark shade.
# 13 Braided Bob
Go for a braided shoulder-length bob. Pull it into sweet box braids that are flipped to the sides to create the illusion of a center part at the top. Ensure the braided lengths are secure by gluing the tips.
# 14 Box Braids with Soft Ends
You can upgrade your braided hairstyle by adding that soft look. Begin by pulling your natural hair into box braids and let them flip to the sides. Starting pulling loose the strands from mid shaft to the bottom. What you get is a soft look that has a feathery touch to it. Finish by sweeping the locks to the front to rest over the chest.
# 15 Marley Cornrows
Let your little angel stand out in a classic cornrow hairstyle that sports that angled look at the top. Give it the elegant look of a Marley twist that falls naturally from the crown to hug the back in style. Complete the hairstyle with some texture at the front to eliminate the loose strands.
# 16 Braided Pigtails
Drive your admirers crazy with a cool pigtail hairstyle that’s braided for that classic look. It’s achieved by adding grey highlights to your dark long hair. The locks are then styled into box braids and flipped to the sides. Each side is grabbed into a ponytail with the based wrapped around to create that classic bun-style knot. The extra length is swept in style towards the front for that cool finish.
# 17 Box Braided Rastas
Go for some hair extensions and pull the locks into sweet rastas that sport that tightly woven look. Give the top a slight side sweep towards the back where it’s tied into a knot. Let the sides slip through the wrap and give them a sweep to the front to rest over the chest. This hairstyle looks great on those with brown hair.
# 18 Crowned Box Braids
This hairstyle looks cool on those with natural African hair. However, you need to sport long waist-length locks. Begin by styling the locks into a cool box braided look. Pull them back with the exception of the sides that are made to wrap around the head. Secure the wrap with a hair band and let the extra length rest over the back. Finish by teasing the bottom into a soft look by pulling loose some strands.
# 19 Dark to Silver Ombre
Settle for some extensions to pull off that sweet and long braided hairstyle in your long locks. Go for the neat look of rastas that sport a box-braided look. Create a perfect ombre by painting the lower half in a silver tone to provide that cool contrast. Sweep the locks to the sides for that trendy look.
# 20 Braided Bliss
Stand out in tight-woven box braids and pull them back starting from the front. Ensure that the locks sweep over the ears. Hold the locks into three different bundles that are made to intertwine at the back. Let one bundle rest over the back and give the other two a sweep to the front ensuring they rest gracefully over the chest area. What you get is a beautiful style that looks sexy.
# 21 Braided Balayage
Settle for balayage blonde highlights in your dark African locks. Elevate its look a notch higher by styling into rastas box braids. Ensure to braid the locks to the very end and keep the twists tight for that pretty cool finish. The hairstyle looks great with a few front braids flipped to the back for a flirty look.
# 22 Tousled Box Braids
Creating that tousled look can play an important role in upgrading your beauty even further. Begin by styling your long African hair into jumbo braids ensuring to make every twist tight for long-lasting hold. Pull back the box braided locks and give them that tousled look that lays over the shoulders in style. You can choose to sweep the locks to one side for that classic twist.
# 23 Back-Twisted Three-Tone
This style sports that multi-colored look that is as sexy as it is cool. It involves pulling off the hair into jumbo box braids. Blonde tone and grey streaks are added to the dark shade to create that extra flair. The locks are pulled back and given a twist to one direction. The style is finished by securing the twisted locks into a knot.
# 24 Braided Ponytail
Most of us are used to experimenting with sleek ponytails. But you can stand out by giving yours that sweet braided look. Settle for a box braided jumbo style and pull up the locks to position into a ponytail at the crown. Tie the base and sweep the ponytail to one side where it’s secured with pins. The result is a sexy hairstyle that looks pretty cool even without any makeup.
# 25 Pastel Blue
Have a fascination for vibrant tones? There are many shades that you can choose from. However, the vibrant look provided by the blue tone can only be matched by a few. Embrace your day in style by giving your box braids that sexy pastel blue look. Add to the sexiness of the style by flipping the top over to one side for that cool unbalanced volume.
# 26 Cool Contrast
Create that cool contrast that will make heads turn wherever you go. Go simple in a center part and style the dark brown locks into sexy box braids. Retain that dark shade on one side and add silvery highlights to the other side for that cool half ombre. Tease the front into two face-framing pieces that creates a flirty finish. You can add to your cool look with a pair of dark sunglasses.
# 27 Creative Twist
Give the hair a blow dry and style into box braids. Pull back the top letting it sweep slightly to one side. Grab the sides and let them wrap over the pulled back top. Give them that flawless sweep to the opposite sides to create that flirty style that will drive your admirers crazy.
# 28 Brown Braided Bun
Settle for a brown tone on the hair ensuring to retain the dark shade on the roots. Give the locks the classic look of box braids. Pull up the locks holding them into two separate bundles and wrap around each other to create that cool braided bun that sits at the top. Flip the extra length to each side for a more flirty finish.
# 29 Towering Braided Bun
This style requires that you first give the hair some texture. Pull the locks into box braids and plait them tight to ensure greater hold. Pull up the sides and top and hold them into a ponytail at the center of the top. Secure the base and wrap around in one direction to create that sexy towering bun. Leave the back to drop naturally creating neat and fresh box plaits.
# 30 Crotchet Braids with Voluptuous Bun
Pull off those sexy crotchet braids and sport a part line that separates the front from the top. Add some silver hair accessories to create more sparkle. Pull back the braided locks and hold them into a ponytail that’s positioned at the crown. Wrap the ponytail into one voluptuous braided bun that looks sweet and flawless.
# 31 Crowned Three-Tone
A multi-tonal hairstyle is a great way of giving your single braids the most attention without looking too much sophisticated. Give your box braids the elegant look of brown and mint green tones that blend harmoniously with the dark shade. Pull back the top giving it a slight side sweep. Sweep the rest of the locks to one side and finish by crowning them in a sparkling hair accessory for extra flair.
# 32 Chunky Box Braids
Go for voluptuous box braids that sport that glossy look. Give them that fabulous look by pulling up the braided locks into a ponytail positioned at the top of the head. Secure the base with a hair band and part the locks sideways to flip to the sides. Add some light texture to the loose strands at the front to create one sweet hairstyle that will make you stand out.
# 33 Medium Box Braids
Give your chocolate skin that sweet blend – medium box braided locks that sports the classic look of a side part. Let the top flip to one side and allow the rest of the locks to fall down naturally. Flip some strands to the front and tease the front to create one flirty look that complements your chocolate skin.
# 34 Tropical Bun Style
What’s the coolest way to embrace the tropical weather in style? Well, there are many ways to achieve that. However, one simple and sexy way to do that is by sporting medium box braided locks. Pull back the locks and twist them into one sweet bun that sits at the top side of the head. Let the extra length fall down naturally to upgrade your natural beauty a notch higher.
# 35 Flirty Highlighted Box Braids
Go for sexy patterned box braids that sport that chunky look. Tease the front to flip over the face for that flirty look. Add some flair to the dark shade by highlighting one braid in a light brown tone. Let the locks fall to the sides for that flawless look. Go an extra mile by arranging the locks into that tousled look for a creative finish.
# 36 Extra-Long Side Braids
This hairstyle requires you to have extra long hair. This can be compensated with hair extensions. However, ensure to go for a tone that sits flush with the natural dark shade in the locks. Pull the locks into sweet side braids that hug tightly on the scalp. Let the extra length fall down naturally to create one cool knee-length hairstyle that looks simply amazing.
# 37 Classic High-Top Bun
Hold your head high as you walk the streets in this classic high-top bun. Start by prepping the locks by brushing and texturing. Pull the locks into tight and neat plaits that sport a glossy touch. Pull up the braided locks and twist them into a folded bun that towers high on the top of the head. Pull back the extra length to fall and hug the back in style.
# 38 Humped Braids
Sweet single braids don’t always have to look that even. You can go outside the box and pull off a style that sports that humped look. Start the conventional way by styling into box braids. Give them a lift at the roots to expose the beautiful intricate patterns that sit cool on the scalp. Hold the bundled locks secure with bobby pins and sweep the extra length at the sides towards the front
# 39 Heart-Shaped
This chic hairstyle can be pulled off easily by those that sport extra long curly hair that has that bouncy look to it. Give it that classic two-tone look that sports that extra dark shade and a blue tone. Style the locks into chunky braids that create that sexy roped braided look. Part the hair in two holding each side into a huge braided bundle. Pull up each bundle and tease them into that heart-shaped look with the ends held together with bobby pins.
# 40 Dark Brown Glamour
There’s a way that you can give your dark brown locks that sexy glamour. Start by brushing them and apply some hair shine products to give them that glossy look. Style the hair into box braids and tease the top to flip to one side for that classic twist. Let the locks rest over the chest and finish with a golden glam to the eyelids.
# 41 Senegalese Twist
Get that sophisticated and beautiful look of a Senegalese twist. Start by styling your natural hair into sweet three-strand plaits. Grab the plaits into two separate bundles and twist them together at the back leaving the extra length to slip through and fall over the chest area. Add rustic brown streaks to create some flair in the hair.
# 42 Chunky Side-Flipped Crotchet Braids
Settle for chunky crotchet braids that create some good vibes in your style. Give them that classic Senegalese twist to add some beauty to the volume. Flip the braided locks to the sides including the top that’s made to overlap one side.
# 43 Crocheted Havana Twist
A crotchet braided hair is a perfect way to getting that timeless style that looks simply beautiful. Give your hair the taste of the Havana twist that sports that chunky yet tight look. You can create some shine in it by starting with some texture. Let the top flip to one side and give one side a sweep to the back. Secure it with bobby pins and texture the loose strands along the temple.
# 44 Rising Bun
Pull your Senegalese twists into a rising bun. Achieve that by pulling back the braided locks starting from the front. Hold into a ponytail positioned at the crown and tie the base with a hair band. Wrap the ponytail around the base in one direction and secure with bobby pins. Slip down the extra length to fall over the shoulders.
# 45 Silver and Rose
Go for a cool color combination that will make your box braids stand out. Paint them in silver and rose tones for a perfect balance of cool and warm tones. Pull back the braided locks and let them fall gracefully on the back to create that classic pastel hairstyle that looks simply sweet. You can give the locks that tousled look for extra coolness.
# 46 Faux Locks
Single braids come in many different styles. And to stand out, you need to go for something that’s uncommon in the world of braids – faux locks. This is a great style for those with kinky locks. Here, the locks are twisted in one direction and secured at the ends to prevent then from unraveling. The locks are let to fall on the back creating one sweet hairstyle.
# 47 Captivating Black Queen
Becoming the ultimate black queen in the world of braided hair can be achieved by sporting this sexy style. Here, the locks are twisted into box braids and the ends left unbraided to compensate for the monochromatic look. The braided locks are flipped sideways and swept to the front creating a flirty finish that looks more captivating.
# 48 Side Part Crotchet Braids
You don’t need to have extra-long hair to get this style right. Just sport one that goes a bit below the shoulders. The hair is first prepped and given that reddish tone that blends well with chocolate skin tones. A side part is made and the locks pulled into sexy crotchet braids that are flipped to the sides. One side is given a slight lift at the roots to add more swag.
# 49 Red Rasta Queen
Transform your hair into the ultimate eye-catcher. Go for sexy rastas sporting that cool box braided look. Wear them long and tight and create a more flirty look by sweeping them to the front. But then, that’s not all there is to make it the ultimate eye-catcher. Go a step further and paint it in a red tone to make your locks more vibrant. Leave some dark spots to create a sexy color pattern.
# 50 Sexy Summerlook
Give your long curly locks a classic transformation that will draw attention your way. Give them that sexy box braided look and add some sophistication by flipping the top to one side. Give the other side a nice back sweep to expose the loose strands along the front edges. And there you have it – a cool hairstyle that provides a perfect wear for the summer season.
# 51 Cool Twist
Settle for the cool look of twist hairstyle. Braid the locks starting from the front towards the back eliminating the loose strands along the front edge. Fold the braided locks and twist them to create that sexy multi-directional flow. Leave the ends unbraided to create that soft touch. Add some little brown patches on the hair for extra flair.
# 52 Shiny Chunky Vibes
In case volume is what you need to get the most attention from your admirers, then this braided hairstyle might just be what you’re looking. But it needs you to have long textured hair that’s got some glossy look to it. Grab the locks and twist them into chunky crotchet braids. You can secure the ends by burning or holding together with pins. Finish with a multi-directional flow by flipping the top to one side and letting the rest of the hair fall down naturally.
# 53 Sweet Havana Twist
The sweet look of Havana twist is hard to go unnoticed. And in case you want to be the center of attention, then this is the right hairstyle for you. Start with some texture and style the locks into chunky crotchet braids. Let the top flip to one side and give the other side a nice sweep to the beck letting it wrap around the braided back.
# 54 The Twisted Bun
There are many ways to style a bun and the twist style is one sexy way to do it. Start with sweet Senegalese twist and pull it up into a ponytail that sits at the crown. Secure the ponytail and let it wrap once around the base. Secure with bobby pins and allow the remaining length to fall on the back for one sexy bun style.
# 55 Rose Red Granny Hair
Settle for box braids and give them the perfect granny look by sporting a silver tone. Add some more vibrant and fun in this braided hair by giving some of the braided locks that rose red tone. Pull back the locks to create a perfect display of the sweet tones in them.
Single braids are a great way of getting that chic and trendy look. They’re are quite simple and versatile enough for formal and casual wear. In case you’re a fan of this hairstyle, it’s high time that you try to give one of these cool ideas a try. You’ll surely love it!