Top 24 Irresistible French Braid Hairstyles for Black Hair

In the world of everyday fashion, the French Braid hairstyles for black hair sit around the top. Why, you ask? Well, there are times when you look for styles that turn heads at every opportunity. And then there are moments when you need something practical. This is where French Braids come in.

People used to think that you can either look fashionable or be practical. But there is always a middle ground. French Braids occupy this territory. It is as glamorous as it’s efficient and versatile. And this easy-to-pull-off style belongs in the top category for these reasons.

In this article, we are focusing on the different French Braid styles for natural hair. There is also a DIY section to help you get accustomed to the technical sides of French Braids. After going through all the information here, you’ll start braiding your hair in no time!

Let’s get into this!

A Quick Glance: What is a French Braid?

What is a French Braid

French braid is a classic braided hairstyle. As explained on Marie Claire, it’s a three-strand braiding style that usually starts at the top of one’s head. A new strand is added in every crossing over of this braiding process and it ends at the nape of the neck.

The difference between a traditional three-strand braid and a French braid is simple. It is the addition of new strands at every turn in French braids. Doing it may seem intimidating at first. But with proper instructions, mastering it is an effortless task.

And historically, a French braid has no French origin! It is a more than six thousand years old style. As per Wikipedia, the term “French braid” first appeared in an issue of Arthur’s Home Magazine (1871). It got wind from there.

DIY: How to do a French Braid for Black Hair?

There are 4 easy steps to follow for a French braid. These precise steps work like building a wall with Lego bricks.

Step 1: Preparation

Washing hair with good shampoo is the goal here. Using a good conditioner afterward makes the experience smooth. Detangle with a comb by combing towards the back.

Step 2: Sectioning [Optional]

[Skip this step if your selected style requires doing a single braid]

This second step is only applicable if a style has more than one braid. In that case, section the hair according to the style.

Step 3: Separating

Separate the sectioned hair into three distinctive and equal strands. If it’s a style without more than one section, begin at the top of the head and split the picked hair into three strands.

Step 4: Braiding

Hold the top distinguished hair in its three separate strands. Now start doing a traditional braid. Bring the right strand over the center one and then take the left strand over what now is the center strand. Next, you are going to turn this traditional braid into a French braid.

Before the next crossing over of a strand to the center, incorporate some hair from the area next to that strand. Now do the cross-over. Follow the same process with the opposite strand. Continue until you have worked your way to the end.

And there you have it! See, it wasn’t hard at all. For a more visual tutorial, watch the video below.

24 Finest French Braid Styles for Natural Hair

Now that you have got what French Braids are all about, it’s time to get down to business. We are going to discuss 24 gorgeous French braid styles for black hair with you. You will discover what makes French braids an excellent choice among all types of braids.

You can pick any style from the ones that are going to be discussed below. It will work wonders for you. These styles have been tried out by many of our clients and received good reviews. So we can say with confidence that you don’t want to miss any of these.

Let’s explore!

Easy French Braid

Easy French Braid

Followed the DIY part of our article and learned how to do a French braid? You are done. This easy French braid is a straightforward French braid. If anyone ever utters “French Braid” in front of you, this is the one they will always mean.

Now, if the basic style looks this good then imagine the surprises that await you!

Sparky Short Braid

Sparky Short Braid

This is a short and sweet French braid for someone who might not have Aphrodite’s long hair. However, medium or medium-long hair can dance with the French braid too. This style attests to this idea.

If you are growing your hair but think it’s not long enough, this sparky short braid should motivate you to try it.

Zig-Zag French Braids into Ponytail

Zig Zag Frensh Braids into Ponytail

 

Time to bring some fun into the French braid hairstyles for black hair! This is a paired braids style with a twist. While doing the braids, new strands for the French style are added in an angular motion. It creates a zig-zag appearance.

Upon reaching the neck, close those two braids in a ponytail. And it’s done! Our clients of all ages love this style so much.

Twin Pony Braids

Twin Pony Braids

 

Twin ponytails are an all-time popular style. And French braids take it to the next level. Moreover, if the hair is thick, this twin pony is always a good option. To get this style, separate hair down the middle and braid both parts in French braid styles till the end.

To add something extra, use colorful hair bands to tie the end. This is how easy it is!

Symmetrical French Rosette Braid

Symmetrical French Rosette Braid

This may seem a complex style at a first glance but it’s not. You need to do three braids for this style. Section the hair down the middle. Then, create a triangular section at the top and keep those hairs for the flower braid. Complete the braiding process.

The middle braid will be in an upper position. Leave it for the last. End the lower side braids into two ponytails. Now turn the middle braid into a rosette braid. You may watch this video for an easy tutorial on rosette braids.

Asymmetrical French Rosette Braid

Asymmetrical French Rosette Braid

A huge French braid ponytail in the back with some hair reserved for the rosette braid is all this style needs. After detangling hair, prepare it for the braiding process. Keep some hair just behind the temple for the rosette braid.

Complete the French braid ponytail. Now do the rosette braid just beside where the ponytail started. Watch the video on the rosette braid linked in the Symmetrical variation discussed above.

Improvised Wildness

Improvised Wildness

This variation follows a fast method. For this quick French braid style, start doing some mini French braids on both temples. Use them as separate strands when they get close to the neck.

Now start grabbing strands from the sides and include them in the braiding process. Work your way to the end. It won’t take more than five minutes to complete.

French Ladder

French Ladder

This is a mixture of the French braid and the unique ladder braid. For this, start braiding a twin pony. Instead of adding more strands to the adjacent strands, stretch them to the braids on the other side.

Include the strands in those braids and keep on with the braiding process. It will create the ladder effect. Close those ponytails into one near the neck, and it’s done!

Glorious Duotone

Glorious Duotone

Tired of seeing French braids for only black natural hair? Try this style. It’s done in two steps. First off, apply the hair color you want to the lower part of your hair. Next, start doing the French braid as you normally would.

You only need to follow the DIY guide for braiding. The final result will surprise you with an excellent gradient!

Giga Braid

Giga Braid

When the hair is too thick and silky, a gigantic French braid is the best option. The wavy illusion of motion it creates is second to none. If you have the hair but not getting this style, you are committing a crime against beauty.

You will need to do the braids in the basic French braid procedure. Separate strands into big chunks for this Giga braid effect. Now see the beauty with your own eyes.

Loopy French Braid

Loopy French Braid

Loop braids say hi to French braids here. The main braiding process follows the easy French braiding technique. After some rounds of interlacing, start separating mini strands for the loops.

Add in the loops in every other cycle of French braid’s interlacing. For visual guidance on the loop braiding part, you may watch this video.

Double Braids into Top Bun

Double Braids into Top Bun

A French braid with twists. Two important things happen here. First, double braiding begins at the nape of the neck and goes upward from there. Second, the process stops after reaching the top and ends in one unified top bun.

Braiding has to be done here without leaving any hair loose.

Snappy Side-Swept Tilt

Snappy Side Swept Tilt

This snappy tilt style is a godsend for people who like to bring their braids to the front. A slightly angled position of this braid helps with the look. Managing the top hair is important since it comes at an angle.

This wonderful style is loved by many for its uniqueness.

Viking Medley

Viking Medley

Combining a Viking style with a French braid is not an everyday occurrence. This is why this is an extraordinary style. At heart, this is a Viking braids style where everything except for the braid is following a Viking look.

The braid follows the French braiding process. For natural hair, this offers an exceptional look.

French Braids into Victorian Bun

French Braids into Victorian Bun

We are taking it to the Victorian era. A Victorian bun is a good and easy-on-hair option. An original Victorian bun has the side hair coming in loose twists. But here, French braids are replacing them to a great effect.

Mixing these two styles gives birth to a new top style. Our clients keep coming back for this one.

Ideally Massive

Ideally Massive

Hardly anything gets more practical than this traditional French braid style where thick strands make up the braid. For this, separate all hair into three big strands. From there, follow the process for a basic French braid.

Managing big strands while braiding may prove troublesome. But that’s all the heavy work here (no pun intended).

French Fishtail

French Fishtail

Let’s meet another hybrid braiding style. The fishtail braid takes the middle part while twin French braids build the look. Prepare for a double French braids ponytail setup. While doing it, extend one braid’s strand to the other side to create the fishtail.

It is time-consuming but offers a tremendous look!

French Braid with Ears

French Braid With Ears

This is a favorite among children. First, section hair by making a line from one ear to the other. Keep the front part for creating the ears. Now separate the back part into two for double braids. Complete it till reaching the end.

Finally, grab hair from the front section and separate into two parts. Make each part into a bear ear by folding them and end with a hair clip to keep them in place.

French Crown

French Crown

The royalty is here! For this glorious beauty, braiding takes place differently. Section hair into a left side part. From the right section, start braiding towards the right. Incorporate hair strands from the top of the head.

Follow the round path around the head and finish where you began. Tuck the tail behind the French Crown braid. And done!

Meekly Messy

Meekly Messy

This is a messy version of the Ideally Massive variation discussed above. Huge strands of hair create the French braid. The messiness comes from not separating the strands with care. It’s also a style one does at home or when in a hurry.

Sideways Mohawk

Sideways Mohawk

Not everyone’s favorite style. Still, the ones who love edgy hairstyles will love this one. And this is simple to do. Shave the sides and the back for a Mohawk look. Begin braiding in the French braid procedure from the front.

Follow a curved path for the sideways ending.

French Ponyhawk with Side Braids

French Ponyhawk with Side Braids

This edgy and fashionable style has many tricks up its sleeve. It requires hair to be sectioned in three parts with the middle part being bigger than others. It creates the Mohawk into a ponytail look through the French braiding technique.

For side braids, a butterfly braid is a good option..

French Braid into Sporty Bun

French Braid into Sporty Bun

No one says no to a sporty bun! And we are combining French braids into the mix. Like the previous style, it needs hair to be sectioned into three parts. The middle one will create the French braid. The side hairs will join the French braid in the back.

The final result is an exquisite French braid into a sporty bun that every young girl loves to wear!

Megahawk

Megahawk

We are finishing it off with another huge style that requires sectioning hair into three parts. Go for it if you have thick and heavy hair. Among the three sectioned parts, the middle one should have 70% of the hair.

Separate the middle part into three big strands and complete braiding in a French braid. Include the side hairs when your braiding process reaches the neck. And done!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

We have reached the penultimate part of this article. Some questions need answers. We are going to give answers to them for good measure.

Q: How long does a French braid last?

A: A French braid lasts around 3 days. If you maintain it properly, it will last one more day or two.

Q: What is the difference between a French braid and a Dutch braid?

A: When braiding, the hair strands go one over the other in a French braid. In the case of a Dutch braid a.k.a. Reverse French braid, strands go underneath one another.

Q: Are French braids a protective style?

A: Yes, it is an excellent protective style. French braids don’t put extra stress on your hair.

Q: Can French braids cause hair loss?

A: Not really. French braids require putting hardly any force while braiding. Therefore, the scalp is free from unnecessary stress and will not cause any hair loss.

Final Words

We have reached the end. From what French Braids are to a DIY section to 24 outstanding styles, we have discussed it all. And we handpicked these 24 styles based on not only how they performed on the scale of fashionable looks, but also how they were accepted by our clients.

All the styles we have discussed here are great for you. For highly fashionable styles, it’s hard to top Zig-Zag French Braids into Ponytail and the French Ponyhawk with Side Braids. And for something clear-cut, French Braids into Victorian Bun and Sparky Short Braid take the top two spots.

We hope you have found your new favorite style today from the ones we have discussed. Whatever you have chosen, make it your own, and wear it like a queen!

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