20 Fulani Braid Ideas and Examples for Women

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Woman with black and red fulani braids (long hair)Welcome to our fulani braids ideas, photos and examples for women. While not a huge gallery, the examples showcased below offer a great deal of variety in fulani braid styles including various hair lengths and women’s ages.


With respect to mainstream use of this type of braid, it’s relatively young. Searches online for this type of braid didn’t begin until early 2017. See the trend chart below the gallery.

Alicia Keys’ Fulani Braids

One of the very first celebs to embrace the beautiful traditional hairstyle of the Fulani people was Alicia Keys. The “Girl on Fire” singer has been ornamenting her hair with the long, thin, beaded braids for decades now; however, the look has hit the mainstream masses just a couple of years ago. Here, Keys is sporting chest-length Fulani braids that terminate into red, black, and gold beads. A single red bead also dangles on the middle of the forehead. The look is truly inspiring and a homage to the Fulani people.

One of the very first celebs to embrace the beautiful traditional hairstyle of the Fulani people was Alicia Keys. The “Girl on Fire” singer has been ornamenting her hair with the long, thin, beaded braids for decades now; however, the look has hit the mainstream masses just a couple of years ago. Here, Keys is sporting chest-length Fulani braids that terminate into red, black, and gold beads. A single red bead also dangles on the middle of the forehead. The look is truly inspiring and a homage to the Fulani people.

Sonequa Martin-Green’s Dual-Toned Style

Another beautiful celebrity, Sonequa Martin-Green, was seen rocking Fulani braids at the 2019 Paley Fest. The actress styled her Fulani braids in a minimalistic way. Half her locks remained dark brown while the other half was colored a beautiful burnished gold. The “Star Trek: Discovery” actress chose to forego the traditional shells, beads, and thread decorations in her cascading hair, preferring to show off the beautifully two-toned dangling length of her hair.

Another beautiful celebrity, Sonequa Martin-Green, was seen rocking Fulani braids at the 2019 Paley Fest. The actress styled her Fulani braids in a minimalistic way. Half her locks remained dark brown while the other half was colored a beautiful burnished gold. The “Star Trek: Discovery” actress chose to forego the traditional shells, beads, and thread decorations in her cascading hair, preferring to show off the beautifully two-toned dangling length of her hair.

Kelly Rowland’s Purple and Blue Braids

Kelly Rowland paired her colorfully-printed silk dress with Fulani braids at the 5th Annual Beautycon Festival in 2017. The former member of “Destiny’s Child” kept her long hair pushed back from her face with the help of multitudes of braids. Most of her braids remained unadorned but she wrapped lilac and blue threads around a few of her side braids for some beautiful accent in contrasting color. This style of braid looks perfect on her.

Kelly Rowland paired her colorfully-printed silk dress with Fulani braids at the 5th Annual Beautycon Festival in 2017. The former member of “Destiny’s Child” kept her long hair pushed back from her face with the help of multitudes of braids. Most of her braids remained unadorned but she wrapped lilac and blue threads around a few of her side braids for some beautiful accent in contrasting color. This style of braid looks perfect on her.

Kim Kardashian’s Minimal Fulani Braids

When Kim Kardashian first jumped on the Fulani braid bandwagon, she received a lot of criticism from the African-American community for appropriating their culture. However, it didn’t stop Kim from flaunting the traditional braid style. Kim’s most famous (or infamous) look came when she appeared at the 2018 MTV Awards with her hair in tight Fulani braids. Even though she was not well-received, the traditional hairstyle certainly looked stunning. Kim did not use any colored beads or shell but let the hair speak for itself.

When Kim Kardashian first jumped on the Fulani braid bandwagon, she received a lot of criticism from the African-American community for appropriating their culture. However, it didn’t stop Kim from flaunting the traditional braid style. Kim’s most famous (or infamous) look came when she appeared at the 2018 MTV Awards with her hair in tight Fulani braids. Even though she was not well-received, the traditional hairstyle certainly looked stunning. Kim did not use any colored beads or shell but let the hair speak for itself.

Teyonah Parris’ Hybrid Fulani Bouffant Bun

Beautiful actress, Teyonah Parris, debut this stunning look at the 2018 New York Film Festival. The “Survivor’s Remorse” actress styled her hair in a very elegant way, opting for only a few strands of Fulani braids at the front of her head, weaved in geometric patterns. The rest of the actress’ thick, natural hair was twisted in a thick braid, curled up and turned into a stunning bouffant bun at the top of her head.

Beautiful actress, Teyonah Parris, debut this stunning look at the 2018 New York Film Festival. The “Survivor’s Remorse” actress styled her hair in a very elegant way, opting for only a few strands of Fulani braids at the front of her head, weaved in geometric patterns. The rest of the actress’ thick, natural hair was twisted in a thick braid, curled up and turned into a stunning bouffant bun at the top of her head.

Red-on-Black Beehive Braids

This Fulani braid style looks extremely stunning and eye-catching. The model has incorporated the traditional Fulani braids with a lot of red thread, making her hair the statement. She has also pulled back her braids in a half up-style, forming a subtle bouffant on her head. This style is sure to make heads turn.  

This Fulani braid style looks extremely stunning and eye-catching. The model has incorporated the traditional Fulani braids with a lot of red thread, making her hair the statement. She has also pulled back her braids in a half up-style, forming a subtle bouffant on her head. This style is sure to make heads turn.

Rainbow-Threaded Fulani Braids

Why go with just one or two colors of thread when you can style your hair with a dozen! Here, this model is donning the Fulani style of braids and her pigtails are especially thin. She decorated each braid with different colored threads, including red, orange, blue, brown and purple. This brightly colorful look is a great style for spring and summer.

Why go with just one or two colors of thread when you can style your hair with a dozen! Here, this model is donning the Fulani style of braids and her pigtails are especially thin. She decorated each braid with different colored threads, including red, orange, blue, brown and purple. This brightly colorful look is a great style for spring and summer.

Embellished Fulani Braids

Although some people like to go without ornamenting their Fulani braids with anything, embellishment is one of the major characteristics of this traditional style. You can either cover your braids from roots to tips with beads, threads, ribbons, and shells or you can opt for just minimum ornaments. In the above style, this lady has chosen to decorate a braid on the side of the head with plain silver hoop and a single silver hoop with a leaf-shaped pendant. This look is very fun and cool.

Although some people like to go without ornamenting their Fulani braids with anything, embellishment is one of the major characteristics of this traditional style. You can either cover your braids from roots to tips with beads, threads, ribbons, and shells or you can opt for just minimum ornaments. In the above style, this lady has chosen to decorate a braid on the side of the head with plain silver hoop and a single silver hoop with a leaf-shaped pendant. This look is very fun and cool.

Fulani Braids in a Bun

As the lady in the picture shows, you don’t need to keep your long braids dangling all the time. She looped her long, dangling braids into a twisted bun onto the back and top of her head. To make the look even more dramatic, she incorporated brown-auburn, pale gold, and candy-pink threads into her hair to make her look stand out.

As the lady in the picture shows, you don’t need to keep your long braids dangling all the time. She looped her long, dangling braids into a twisted bun onto the back and top of her head. To make the look even more dramatic, she incorporated brown-auburn, pale gold, and candy-pink threads into her hair to make her look stand out.

Fulani Braid Crown with Gold Jewelry

Another style inspired by the Fulani braids is the ponytail style. You do not need to twist your hair into braids from the roots to the end. As this model demonstrates, you can just add corn braids to the crown of your head.  The look works best if the braids are styled in a traditional pattern. Tie the hair into a high ponytail and let the hair from the back of your head flow free. Embellish the style with beautiful gold jewelry rings and your hair is ready for a wedding.

Another style inspired by the Fulani braids is the ponytail style. You do not need to twist your hair into braids from the roots to the end. As this model demonstrates, you can just add corn braids to the crown of your head.  The look works best if the braids are styled in a traditional pattern. Tie the hair into a high ponytail and let the hair from the back of your head flow free. Embellish the style with beautiful gold jewelry rings and your hair is ready for a wedding.

Smurf-Colored Fulani Braids with Twin Buns

For some extra edgy and hipster vibes, try this fun style. Ask your stylist to twist your hair into Fulani braids and weave it together with Smurf-blue threads and tassels. These tassels can be much longer than the actual length of your hair. However, if you feel that all the extra length is cumbersome, just part your braids into two sections and wrap it into twin buns on the side of your hair, Princess Leia style.

For some extra edgy and hipster vibes, try this fun style. Ask your stylist to twist your hair into Fulani braids and weave it together with Smurf-blue threads and tassels. These tassels can be much longer than the actual length of your hair. However, if you feel that all the extra length is cumbersome, just part your braids into two sections and wrap it into twin buns on the side of your hair, Princess Leia style.

Cheekbone Length Front Half Fulani Braids

You don’t necessarily need to have long hair or add extensions to get the Fulani braid look. Do as this young girl did. Simply add a few locks of cornrows on the front and side of your head and embellish them with pink and white beads. Leave the back part of your hair loose and natural. This style is very quirky and age-appropriate for young girls.

You don’t necessarily need to have long hair or add extensions to get the Fulani braid look. Do as this young girl did. Simply add a few locks of cornrows on the front and side of your head and embellish them with pink and white beads. Leave the back part of your hair loose and natural. This style is very quirky and age-appropriate for young girls.

Asymmetrical Monochromatic Fulani Braids

Why only style your Fulani braids one way when you can style them in two different ways! Simply part your hair in the middle and use one side to create braids that are running from the front to the back and the other side to weave braids that are running to the side and down. To add some extra oomph to the style, add some white yarn thread to your dark hair for a very cool and urban monochromatic look.

Why only style your Fulani braids one way when you can style them in two different ways! Simply part your hair in the middle and use one side to create braids that are running from the front to the back and the other side to weave braids that are running to the side and down. To add some extra oomph to the style, add some white yarn thread to your dark hair for a very cool and urban monochromatic look.

Half up Style Fulani Braids

To achieve this stunning blue-and-gold Fulani hairstyle, incorporate multi-colored threads into your braids. Ask your stylist to make very thin plaits in your hair and incorporate them with pale gold, royal blue, and earthy-brown threads. Then pull the braids back from your side and crown and knot them at the back of your head to create a half-up, half-down style.

To achieve this stunning blue-and-gold Fulani hairstyle, incorporate multi-colored threads into your braids. Ask your stylist to make very thin plaits in your hair and incorporate them with pale gold, royal blue, and earthy-brown threads. Then pull the braids back from your side and crown and knot them at the back of your head to create a half-up, half-down style.

Millennium Pink Top-Knotted Fulani Braids

Pink is the color of the Millennials so why not incorporate it into your hair as well? For a more statement look, ask your stylist to paint your hair in various hues of pink instead of just one shade. Then add more pink thread and weave your hair into simple Fulani braids. To keep your dangling locks away from your face, twist them into a cool topknot.

Pink is the color of the Millennials so why not incorporate it into your hair as well? For a more statement look, ask your stylist to paint your hair in various hues of pink instead of just one shade. Then add more pink thread and weave your hair into simple Fulani braids. To keep your dangling locks away from your face, twist them into a cool topknot.

Geometric Tribal Patterned Fulani Braid

Fulani braids are extremely creative and versatile and incorporate innumerable elaborate tribal patterns. This model is sporting a geometric, maze-like pattern, formed from braids, on the sides of her head. To give some more dimension to her hair, she has added antique gold-colored yarn.  You can keep your braids down for this style or wrap it up in a ballerina bun like this model.

Fulani braids are extremely creative and versatile and incorporate innumerable elaborate tribal patterns. This model is sporting a geometric, maze-like pattern, formed from braids, on the sides of her head. To give some more dimension to her hair, she has added antique gold-colored yarn.  You can keep your braids down for this style or wrap it up in a ballerina bun like this model.

Beaded Pigtail Style Fulani Braids

This is one of the favorite looks among young girls. Although the braid patterns are not as elaborate as some other styles, adding lots of colorful beads in varying shapes make this Fulani hairstyle very fun. Just section your hair into two parts from the middle and then weave the hair into Fulani braids. Add cute plastic beads at the end.

This is one of the favorite looks among young girls. Although the braid patterns are not as elaborate as some other styles, adding lots of colorful beads in varying shapes make this Fulani hairstyle very fun. Just section your hair into two parts from the middle and then weave the hair into Fulani braids. Add cute plastic beads at the end.

Ribbon-Wrapped Patterned Fulani Braids

Here is yet another example of the beautiful and intricate hairstyles of the Fulani. The pattern looks so complex and stunning that it doesn’t need any further embellishments with yarn, beads, jewelry, or shells. The braids are once again pulled back in a twisted bun. The model, however, has chosen to drape a beautiful royal purple ribbon on top of her head to make the look pop out.

Here is yet another example of the beautiful and intricate hairstyles of the Fulani. The pattern looks so complex and stunning that it doesn’t need any further embellishments with yarn, beads, jewelry, or shells. The braids are once again pulled back in a twisted bun. The model, however, has chosen to drape a beautiful royal purple ribbon on top of her head to make the look pop out.

Crowned Fulani Braids

This is a gorgeous style for both young girls and adult females. To get the look, ask your stylist to create cornrows that run from the front to the back of your head. Get your braids embellished with large round blue beads and then make a crown of your locks around your head, as shown in the picture.

This is a gorgeous style for both young girls and adult females. To get the look, ask your stylist to create cornrows that run from the front to the back of your head. Get your braids embellished with large round blue beads and then make a crown of your locks around your head, as shown in the picture.

Full-Glam Ornamental Fulani Braids

This look is the opposite of the minimal Fulani braid look. Instead, it encourages you to do as much as you want to achieve a fully glamorous look. Here, the model has weaved her Fulani braids with burnished reddish-brown yarn. She has also added numerous silver beads, charms, and dangling

This look is the opposite of the minimal Fulani braid look. Instead, it encourages you to do as much as you want to achieve a fully glamorous look. Here, the model has weaved her Fulani braids with burnished reddish-brown yarn. She has also added numerous silver beads, charms, and dangling

One quirky way to enjoy your Fulani braids is to use some colorful hair extensions. In this hairstyle, long and pink extensions were used to enhance the overall look. The braids are then arranged into a high ponytail to arrive with a playful and fun output.

Fulani-style, cornrow braids with geometeric patterns may sometimes look way too strong and edgy. Some curly wisps may be added to make the finish softer and sweeter.

Cornrow braids arranged into a high ponytail and styled with cuff, beads and other decorative adornments. A playful ponytail works as a great option for active women who are usually busy the whole day.

Achieve a tribal vibe on your thin cornrows by arranging in into a high top-knot and enhancing it with decorative beads and other embellishments.

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Long, auburn hair arranged into Fulani-style cornrow braids and embellished with contrasting white, Ivory beads.

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Minimalistic yet versatile Fulani Braids with a Geometric Crown. This patter provides more dimension and edge to the whole look.

Long, dark auburn hair arranged into tribal braids and then wrapped into a high ponytail. This kind of hairstyle works well on long and thick hair.

A Cleopatra-inspired, braided hairstyle for long to medium length natural hair. The look is enhanced with golden embellishment to add little bit of ancient Egyptian vibe.

Long, black hair styled with center-parted Fulani braids and a trendy forehead bead.

Extra long Fulani braids with shell adornments and an interesting pattern. This artistic hairstyle is collaborates a tribal style with a fun and quirky finish.

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Extra-long Fulani braids arranged into a high ponytail and wrapped in copper wires and wooden beads to enhance the look.

Loose curls with beaded Fulani braids. This hairstyle looks extra stylish with its uniquely embellished finish.

Cornrows with a Fulani type of style and some horizontal braids. The hairstyle is enhanced with some tribal embellishments and beads.

Classic cornrow braids with a cascading finish. This hairstyle has light brown extensions that can perfectly match any type and color of outfit you want to wear.

Fulani hairstyle with extra long cornrow braids in a bright and bold shade of blue. This head-turner creates a strong statement to the overall look.

Two-toned cornrows arranged into a chunky, high bun and enhanced with decorative beads and cuffs. This look is creative yet appropriate for formal get-ups.

Long, black hair styles with cornrow braids and arranged into a half-up bun. The look is enhanced with some tribal embellishments with different details.

Long hair in dark plum arranged into this neat-looking cornrow braids styled with some gold cuffs and embellishments.

Cornrows arranged into a tight, pullback style with a vertical braid at the center part. This Fulani hairstyle looks conservative and neat enough to wear on formal events.

Cornrow braids with extra long and blonde hair extensions wrapped into a high ponytail.

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As you can see below, this is a fairly new style of braiding… at least the name is or it’s relatively recent when it became mainstream.


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