Braided Hairstyles: Beautiful, Low Maintenance and Protective

Try braided hairstyles for a low-maintenance, protective option.

photo by: Pink Sherbet Photography

Have you ever considered trying braided hairstyles? There are so many different types of braids and you can find hair braiding styles to suit any taste.

Braids offer a ton of benefits for hair that’s dry and very curly or kinky. They’re an excellent option if you want to forget about having to style your hair every day – they can last for several months! Plus, they’re a protective style, meaning they slick down your ends and help prevent breakage, and you won’t need to heat style your hair regularly which gives you hair a nice rest and can help improve its condition.

If you’re thinking of trying one of the many braided hairstyles out there, the experienced hair stylists in our Yorkville hair salon can help you find a look that’s right for you. We’ve got almost a decade of braiding experience, so you’re in good hands at Studio 86! And braiding doesn’t just apply to hairstyles for black women–anyone can rock some beautiful braids for a unique look, no matter your hair type, and men can wear braids, too!

A few hair braiding styles you might consider trying:

Box Braids

Box braids are a braided hairstyle

photo by: Marco Alexandre

Box braids get their name from the square base of the braid at the scalp. They’re long and not braided against the head like cornrows, so they can be shaped into a variety of styles, including fun up-dos!


cornrow braids by Studio 96 Salon Toronto

cornrows by Studio 86 Salon Toronto

Cornrows are braided close to the scalp, and can be shaped into a variety of patterns, like this one we recently did for one of our male clients.

French Braids

Braided hairstyles: a unique french braid

photo by: Maegan Tintari

This braiding style originated in France, and features one or a few large braids that incorporate your full head of hair. French braids can also be styled into elegant up-dos for special occasions.

Tree Braids

Braided hairstyles include tree braids like these.

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Tree braids involve braiding hair extensions into your natural hair with cornrows. They’re a great option if you want to give your hair a rest and protect if from damage while providing plenty of hairstyle options.

Try Something Different!

The possibilities with braided hairstyles are virtually endless! You can even try combinations of the above braid types for a totally unique look. Our stylists at Studio 86 can walk you through your options and find a braided style that suits you.

To book your consultation, contact us today!


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