If protective hairstyles have become a saving grace for your natural hair, then you're most likely familiar with Fulani braids. Known as one of the popular braiding styles in the hair world, these tribal West African braids make up a versatile and detailed hairstyle that sports a few cornrow braids down the center of the head and several cornrows braided in a row going out towards the temples on either side. It’s a stunning braided look that pairs well with beads and metallic hair accessories. And with so many Fulani braided styles to choose from such as chic updos to straight-back plaits and geometric patterns—it's easy to make this look your very own. Check out these nine Fulani braid hairstyles that will take your protective style game to the next level.
Hairstyle #1: Straight-Back Fulani Braids
For those who love to make a classic yet elegant statement, straight-back Fulani braids are the way to go. This style consists of cornrow braids that fall towards the back of the head. It also features two braids facing forward near the ears. Top things off by placing multiple beads throughout the ends of the braids for a winning look.
Hairstyle #2: Two-Toned Fulani Braids With High Bun
Add some color to your hairstyle by going for two-toned Fulani braids with a high bun. To get the look, incorporate braiding hair in a shade that doesn't match your natural color while creating the classic center braid as well as the perimeter cornrow braids. Gather everything into a bun, securing it with a hair tie, and you’re all set!
Editor’s Tip: You can also experiment with color by spritzing individual braids with a temporary hair color spray. Take your pick from the various shades in the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color Spray line.
Hairstyle #3: Fulani Crown With Horizontal Braids
With Fulani braids, it all comes down to the details and a crown-style with horizontal cornrows is no exception. This look features a center braid with two curved braids along the crown of your head. Small vertical cornrow braids are then weaved along the perimeter of your head and accessorized with shell beads and rubber bands for a stylish twist.
Hairstyle #4: Half Fulani Braids With Curls
There's no denying that a gorgeous set of curls can add flair to any style and Fulani braids make the perfect case for it. Try it out yourself by sectioning your hair into two parts and cornrow the front section of your head. You can leave out the bottom section and rock your natural texture. We recommend using the L’Oreal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Super Curls Leave-In Cream to give your curls some definition or use flexi rods to create bouncy styled curls that will tie the look together.
Hairstyle #5: Fulani Braids With Ponytail
Fulani braids with a ponytail will become your go-to in no time. This style requires braiding your hair up towards the crown of your head so that you can easily gather them. You can also add in a few forward-facing braids near the ears. Complete the look by pulling all the braids into a high ponytail and secure them with a statement hair tie.
Hairstyle #6: Geometric Fulani Braids With Baby Hairs
If you're game for adding a show-stopping element to your 'do, try this style. Sporting cornrows with intricate geometric patterns surrounding the center braid, this look is definitely worth the hype. We recommend booking an appointment with a stylist since it requires very technical braiding skills.
Editor’s Tip: Lay down your edges in the front to complete the look. Use a small edge brush and apply a dime-size amount of the L'Oréal Paris Lock It Extreme Style Gel Lock It Clean Style Gel to your baby hairs to keep them in place.
Hairstyle #7: Fulani Braids With An Afro
For those who prefer to leave out some of their natural hair to show off the texture, try going for a style that will allow you to sport both braids and your natural hair. This look features a center braid with an accent hair clip and braids woven around the front part of your head that leads to a beautiful natural blowout in the back.
Hairstyle #8. Knee-Length Fulani Braids
If length is what you’re after, you’ll definitely want to add feed-in braiding hair to this style. Next time you’re at the salon, have your stylist add some hair to your mane, creating cornrows that are braided with the traditional front-to-back method and a few back-to-front pieces. Just be sure they are delicate around the hairline so that there isn’t too much tension on your roots (which can happen with extra long braids).
Hairstyle #9: Fulani Braided Bob
Braided bobs are certainly here to stay, and they are perfect for those looking to up the ante on a classic style. Go for a shorter hairstyle that will still add depth and movement to your look. Check out some online tutorials to DIY at home.
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As an expert in the field of hairstyling and braiding, I can confidently say that I have a depth of knowledge and first-hand expertise when it comes to different hairstyles, including Fulani braids. Fulani braids are popular tribal West African braids that have become a saving grace for those with natural hair. These braids are known for their versatility and intricate detailing, making them a go-to protective hairstyle.
To give you a better understanding of Fulani braids, let's break down the concepts used in the article:
Fulani Braids: Fulani braids are a specific style of braiding that features cornrow braids down the center of the head and several cornrows braided in a row going out towards the temples on either side. These braids are inspired by the Fulani people, a West African ethnic group known for their unique braiding techniques.
Straight-Back Fulani Braids: This style consists of cornrow braids that fall towards the back of the head, with two braids facing forward near the ears. Adding beads to the ends of the braids can elevate the look.
Two-Toned Fulani Braids With High Bun: This style incorporates braiding hair in a shade that doesn't match your natural color, creating a two-toned effect. The classic center braid and perimeter cornrow braids are gathered into a high bun, adding a touch of color to the hairstyle.
Fulani Crown With Horizontal Braids: This style focuses on the details, featuring a center braid with two curved braids along the crown of the head. Small vertical cornrow braids are then weaved along the perimeter of the head, accessorized with shell beads and rubber bands for added style.
Half Fulani Braids With Curls: This style combines Fulani braids with natural curls. The front section of the head is cornrowed, while the bottom section is left out to showcase the natural texture. To enhance the curls, products like leave-in cream or flexi rods can be used.
Fulani Braids With Ponytail: This style involves braiding the hair up towards the crown of the head, allowing for easy gathering into a high ponytail. Forward-facing braids near the ears can add a unique touch, and a statement hair tie can complete the look.
Geometric Fulani Braids With Baby Hairs: This style features cornrows with intricate geometric patterns surrounding the center braid. To complete the look, baby hairs can be laid down using a small edge brush and a styling gel.
Fulani Braids With An Afro: This style combines braids with the natural hair texture. It includes a center braid with an accent hair clip and braids woven around the front part of the head, leading to a beautiful natural blowout in the back.
Knee-Length Fulani Braids: This style is achieved by adding feed-in braiding hair to create longer braids. The traditional front-to-back method is used, but extra care is taken to ensure that the hairline is not under too much tension.
Fulani Braided Bob: This style is a shorter variation of Fulani braids, adding depth and movement to the look. Braided bobs have gained popularity and are perfect for those looking to enhance a classic style.
By exploring these different Fulani braided hairstyles, you can elevate your protective style game and showcase your personal style. Whether you prefer a classic and elegant statement or a bold and intricate look, Fulani braids offer endless possibilities for creativity and self-expression.