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10 Swoon-Worthy Braids for African American Women

You don't need a team of celebrity stylists to pull of these plaited styles
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Highlight 'Em Up
Add a little extra oomph to box braids by adding blonde highlights underneath.

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Take Sides
A side braid is the perfect way to show off a floral ensemble.

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Cutting it Close
A side shave looks extra fierce when combined with a braided faux-hawk and hoop earrings.

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Curved Accents
Scalloped braids keep this twisty look soft and pretty.

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Zipped Up
A braided topknot feels fresh when combined with a braid that runs up along the back of your head.

Everyone may be buzzing about lobs and pixies, but one hairstyle that's perpetually trendy? Braids. From pretty, plaited buns to structural cornrows to fabulous box braids, we've rounded up our favorite braided African American hairstyles. We scoured Pinterest and Instagram to find the trendiest, most-liked ways to braid your hair. Check out the swoon-worthy braids you need to try this season. Bonus: Some of these braids you can leave in for weeks to give your hair a break from damaging heat styling.
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