What Are Boho Braids

Braiding your hair in summer is not only a relief from the heat but also a stylish way to glam up your look on all occasions.

If you’re looking for a loose braiding style for a date, office meeting, or a party with your friends, introducing to you – Boho Braids!

Few braid styles are as fuller, versatile, and perfect as the now-in-trend Boho braids. Haven’t you heard of them before?

Well, grab a seat if you want to know more about what Boho braids are and how to flaunt them in different styles.

The Look of Boho Braids

What Are Boho Braids

Boho braids are similar to French Braids, but just a little more asymmetrical; that’s it. Instead of the traditional way of braiding to the end from the top, Boho braids involve loose curly hairs left out of the Braid, giving off a more casual vibe.

This undone braiding style blends faux locs, crown braiding, and goddess locs, making your hair appear more voluminous and loose-fitting.

History of Boho Braids

History of Boho Braids

The first appearance of Boho braids can be traced back to the 1940s. Coming from African culture and rumored to be invented by the Namibian people, these braids today have an asymmetrical and loose layout.

In the past, it was not so messy but showed more of a roll-and-wave impression.

7 Boho Braids Every Girl Needs to Know

Boho braids can be styled diversely, varying in length, volume, and type of hair each person has. We have compiled the top 7 popular boho braids you’re guaranteed to fall in love with:

1. Simple Boho Braid

Simple Boho Braid

This is a classic take on loose curly braiding and is simple yet elegant, perfect for casual outings.

2. Stacked Boho Braids

Stacked Boho Braids

If you don’t wanna use hair extensions, you can try out this clever hack and stack 2 Boho braids on top of each other for a voluminous look.

3. Dual Braids with Attached Ends

Dual Braids with Attached Ends

The concept is similar to that of stacked-up Boho braids, just that instead of using 2 different rubber bands to tie each Braid towards the end, we use one single elastic band to tie both.

4. Half-up Half-down Messy Bun

Half-up Half-down Messy Bun

Tired of messy buns? Tired of half-up half-down braids? Why don’t you merge them and create a new hairstyle to flaunt!

5. Boho Rope Braid

Boho Rope Braid

No, no, you don’t braid your hair with ropes. Keep reading to know the steps!

6. Twisted Boho Braids

This twisted braiding style has side-to-side loops and almost looks similar to Boho Rope Braids.

7. 3D Braid

3D Braid

If you’re looking for something unique and thick with an adventurous vibe, 3D Boho braids will be perfect for you.

How Do I Do Boho Braids?

Before you start braiding, you must brush your hair to detangle them and make them curly. Here are the detailed steps for each braiding style:

1. Simple Braid

  • Divide all your hair into three parts.
  • Make 3 more parts again with the middle strand and weave a normal braid.
  • Make two more basic braids with the remaining hair strands.
  • Tie all the 3 braids with rubber bands.
  • Take the outer braids and cross-braid them with the middle one.
  • After a few times, secure it with a rubber band and gently pull out the edges.

2. Stacked Boho Braids

  • Divide your hair into 2 equal parts.
  • Following the previous steps, make two Boho braids.
  • Secure each Braid with an elastic band.
  • Pull out the edges and curl them up on one side.
  • Stack the braids on top of each other. And you’re done.

3. Attached Dual Braids

  • Follow the previous steps but use only one elastic band to tie the braids together.
  • Pull out a section of hair to wrap it around the band to hide it.

4. Half-up Half-down Bun

  • Keep some loose hair aside and make two hair sections with the remaining.
  • With one section, make a simple Boho braid.
  • Twist the other hair strand away from your face in a backward direction.
  • Combine the twisted strand and the Braid to form a messy bun.
  • Secure the bun with bobby pins.

5. Boho Rope Braid

  • Divide your hair into two sections
  • Twist the right strand over the left one.
  • Switch places and keep repeating till you reach the end.
  • Secure it with a band.

6. Twisted Boho Braids

  • Clip-in your extensions and divide them into two parts.
  • Twist both hair sections together around the back of your head.
  • Take out small sections and pinch and pull your way up and down the strands
  • Secure the two twisted braids with elastic bands when you get your desired thickness.

7. 3D Braid

  • Divide your hair into 3 strands.
  • Insert a finger in between the hair of the side strand.
  • Make an opening with your thumb and pull in the middle strand.
  • Similarly, pull the other strand through this opening.
  • Keep repeating the steps until you reach the end. Then secure it with a band.
  • Pull out the edges and, using a bobby pin, wrap around a thin strand of hair over the band.

How Long Do Bohemian Braids Take?

How Long Do Bohemian Braids Take

So, we tried out these Boho braiding styles, and this is the approximate time we took to finish each hairstyle:

TypeTime Needed
Simple Braid5 minutes
Stacked Braids With/Without Attached Ends7-8 minutes
Messy Bun Braid5 minutes
Boho Rope Braid3 minutes
Twisted Braids6-7 minutes
3D Braids5-6 minutes

How Long do Bohemian Braids Last?

With proper maintenance like moisturizing your scalp and wearing a satin/silk headscarf at night every day before hitting the sack – Boho braids are likely to last as long as five to six weeks.

Can Boho Braids Get Wet?

Yes, you can take showers, swim, and enjoy pool time with Boho braids. But remember to rinse your braids with clean tap water after stepping out of the pool.

Are Bohemian Braids Heavy?

It depends on your hair type, braiding style, and hair volume. Although your hair may appear much fuller and voluminous, Boho braids do not feel so heavy on the head.


1. Are Bohemian Braids and Goddess Braids the Same?

Unlike Boho braids, Goddess braids (also known as “Gypsy”) are thicker, chunkier and tightly-weaved closer to the scalp, with the braiding style being almost the same as large cornrows.

Boho braids, on the other hand, are more unconventional and disheveled with a loose-fitting look.

2. What can I do to avoid tension headaches when microbraiding my hair?

One of the main causes of tension headaches when microbraiding your hair is too much pressure on your hairline. The braids shouldn’t be too tight in order to avoid this. If they are, it can cause permanent hair fall.

Final Words

Whether summer or winter, Boho braids look chic on all hair types and lengths. But for an overall perfect fuller appearance, it’s recommended to use water wave or deep wave braiding hair extensions.

And don’t forget to moisturize the scalp with natural oils like peppermint, olive, jujube, before and after braiding.

By Cindy Mahlangu

Hey there! I'm Cindy Mahlangu, a pro hairstylist with a serious passion for natural hair care. My mission? To inspire and educate others on the beauty and benefits of protective hairstyles. Through my creative writing, aim to empower individuals to embrace their unique hair texture and confidently care for their locks. So, whether you're rocking locs, braids, or twists, join me on this hair journey and let's achieve healthy, fabulous tresses together!

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