Break out the pumpkin spice lattes and warm apple cider—fall is here! There’s a chill in the air, the leaves are red and gold, and everyone is getting dressed for the season in cozy knits, heeled boots and comfy loafers.
Of course, no fall fashion look is complete without a chic hairstyle. Beautiful braids elevate your look, whether worn down or in elaborate updos. What’s more, braids hairstyles can help protect your hair from the harsh elements, they can help make hair less prone to split ends and breakage and lock in moisture for healthier, nourished tresses.
If the cool weather is calling for a little longer in the morning, braided hairstyles will come to your rescue. Instead of spending half an hour or more battling with a hair iron and styling products before heading off to work or school, you can just wear your braids as they are. No fuss, no stress.
Read on for five braided hairstyles to rock this autumn.
Hair Braiding Inspiration for Fall
Celebrate the turning of the leaves with beautiful, autumn-appropriate hairstyles for any length. Whether for special occasions or every day, these pretty braids, updos and twists are sure to impress.
1. Goddess Braids
A version of box braids, this protective style features curly strands at the ends or soft tendrils interspersed throughout the braids. Hair is braided close to the scalp, like cornrows, but the braids are bigger and raised higher.
Goddess braids are highly versatile. They can be worn down for a carefree fall look or twisted into a bun, knot or updo that exudes effortless elegance. Can’t choose between wearing them down or up? You can try fun top knot braids hairstyles for a cute and funky Y2K vibe. If you prefer to wear your braids short, try goddess braid bobs in warm, fall-inspired colors, like golden browns, wine reds and deep oranges.
2. Lemonade Braids
The hairstyle formerly known as side braids were brought back into the limelight by none other than Beyonce herself, who wore them in her music video for “Formation.” As braids hairstyles go, lemonade braids are uncomplicated: they can be achieved easily by most hair braiding shops.
This hairstyle features traditional cornrows on one side of the head, creating a side part and allowing the braids to flow down the other side. It can be achieved with natural hair, if yours is long and thick enough, or with extensions.
Lemonade braids come in various sizes, from mini braids like what Beyonce often wears to jumbo braids that are sure to turn heads. You can further amp up the style by incorporating beads, hair cuffs, metallic hair string, hair spirals and other accessories into your braids. Or, you can take it up a notch and rock bright fashion colors, like Nicki Minaj with her “pink lemonade” braids.
3. Senegalese Twists
Senegalese twists are created by wrapping two stands around each other for each section. The resulting braids look similar to rope, which is why Senegalese twists are often referred to as “rope twists.” They’re safe for natural and relaxed hair and provide the same benefits as other protective styles, making them a great choice for damaged, long or color-treated hair.
There are countless ways to style Senegalese twists for fall. You can wear them up in a top knot, down to your shoulders or even your waist, in a sleek ponytail or in a cute bob. Can’t make up your mind whether to wear them up or down? Try a half-up, half-down look. As far as color goes, the sky’s the limit: ombre and multicolored braids are perfect if you’re feeling adventurous.
4. Passion Twists
This gorgeous protective style isn’t just for summer—passion twists are also perfect for fall. The love child of Senegalese twists and goddess braids, passion twists are glamorous yet easy to maintain.
Invented by celebrity hairstylist Kailyn Rogers, passion twists are done using synthetic hair. Hair braiding shops install passion twists either by crocheting them into box braids or cornrows or by installing braiding hair into natural hair.
You can go with any color under the sun, from fall-appropriate browns and golds to bold and bright hues like red and purple. This style lasts for up to eight weeks with proper maintenance. What’s more, they hold up well even after hours of doing your favorite fall activities or working out.
5. Knotless Box Braids
Sleek, stylish and effortlessly sexy, knotless box braids have been around for a long time but are still a popular request at hair braiding shops across the country. They’re a common sight on red carpets, with celebrities like Zoe Kravitz, Keke Palmer, Rihanna and Zendaya rocking them on a regular basis.
What makes knotless box braids different from conventional box braids is how they’re installed. There are no knots—instead, braids are secured to natural hair using the feed-in technique. This helps reduce tension on the scalp and creates a sleeker look at the roots—you won’t have to worry about bumps from knots or too-tight braids.
Explore Fun Fall Looks With the Help of Hair Braiding Experts
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Our services include all the hairstyles mentioned in this article as well as many others, such as spring twists, butterfly braids and loc extensions.
Our staff is dedicated to giving clients an exceptional hair braiding experience so they can leave the salon feeling completely satisfied with the service and happy with the final look.
Check out our portfolio to see some of our work, and contact us to schedule your appointment.