Changing seasons can wreak havoc on delicate hair textures, particularly as it gets colder. That makes cool, crisp Autumn the perfect time to whip out some fabulous protective styles. Braids, twists, wigs, weaves - we love them all.
Antidote Street is always here with hair inspiration and tips - and this Autumn Digest post is all about the Braid Styles that we LOVE for this season. Whether you're a more conservative braider or love to go extra funky, check out the amazing looks below. And don't forget to check out our post on "5 Top Tips for Autumn-Ready Hair" - Tip Four is all about maintaining your hair health while protective styling.
1. WAIST-LENGTH MICRO BRAIDS
Inspired by Queen Bey, of course.
This style is packed with all the WOW factor, but it's not for the faint of heart - it can be punishing on your neck with the weight of all that hair! On the plus side, it's long enough that you can wrap it as a scarf when it's chilly!
2. SHORT AND SWEET BOB
Such a chic length!
Bobs and lobs have been very popular hair cuts this year, and that's sure to translate into braid styles as well. We adore how these braids frame your face!
3. BRAIDED BANTU KNOTS
We're always looking for new ways to rock this staple style
You can really never go wrong with Bantu Knots, and we are in love with this braided variation! These would look great in any colour.
4. SUNSHINE YELLOW
We're here for any way to keep that summer vibe strong.
Black, brown, blonde or even grey braids - you've probably tried them. But have you ever gone as bright as sunshine yellow? This look brings warmth with you wherever you go.
5. POPS OF COLOUR
A more subtle way to brighten up your look - and day.
If you're tired of monochrome braids not looking for a super-bold style, try incorporating a few coloured braids - bonus points for multiple colours!
6. EDGY UNDERCUT
Not your average braided look!
For the beauties who aren't afraid of a close shave, pairing braids with an undercut achieves a FIRE look that we can't get enough of.
7. GET STRUCTURAL
Hair is art, after all.
Channel an architectural vibe into your look by opting for a structural style - the sky is the limit!
8. TURBANISTA FASHIONISTA
Cute and a great way to hide those fly-aways
A gorgeous headwrap or scarf can transform your braids into a whole new look - and it's especially useful when you haven't had time to lay those edges.
Issa romantic mood
Get the best of both worlds by doing a half-braided, half-out style like our fave, Issa Rae. This is such a fab date night look!
10. SOFT PASTELS & SOFTER TEXTURES
So pretty, so fab
If you're looking to spice up your braided style, take a cue from Amandla Stenberg - she incorporated soft colours and soft textures by wrapping her braids in luxe pastel yarn.
11. HOTLINE BLING
Red carpet ready
Diamonds (conflict-free please!) are a tried and true accessory - and we love the statement it makes when you add some bling to your braided look.