40 Gorgeous Butterfly Braids Every Black Girl Should Wear

One thing about African braids is their versatility. Just when you think you’ve had enough of cornrows and box braids, you realize there’s a lot more you haven’t tried out. And most of the time, these new ones are variations of basic braids. Take butterfly braids, for instance.

lady wearing butterfly braids at a shop

This hairstyle is an offshoot of box braids. Most times, it’s a combo of another variation of box braids—knotless braids.

So, you see they’re all intertwined. But you know what makes them special? It’s the fact that each variant has distinct features that make them unique.

lady wearing black butterfly braids in double buns

Butterfly braids are one of the braids ruling the hair scene. Its curly look that transforms regular braids makes it a must-wear this season (or any other).

If the time has come for you to wear a new hairdo, give these braids a shot. You already decided to do that? Great!

Now let’s learn more about this hairdo and see some style inspiration for you to choose from.

What are Butterfly Braids?

back view of a lady wearing butterfly braids

Otherwise known as passion braids, butterfly passion braids, knotless butterfly braids, or passion butterfly braids, this hairdo looks like the usual box braids. The major difference is that it comes with more effects—small curves or curls around each braid. 

This is how it works:

Your hairstylist uses any color of attachment hair extension to braid your hair into thick curly braids. They incorporate a free water wave braiding hair into the strands to give it a fluffy look. 

shy lady with butterfly braids

Butterfly passion braids are beautiful attachment hairstyles. They’re protective hairstyles that require little maintenance too. 

And if you don’t want the braid options, you can go for butterfly locs. You’ll still look as beautiful as you intend to be.

What Kind of Hair is Suitable for Passion Braids?

lady on a chair wearing butterfly braids

Any type of hair can achieve this coiffure. It doesn’t matter if yours is relaxed or natural hair. It doesn’t also matter the type of kinky hair you have. 

Once you shampoo and prep your hair before your appointment, your hairstylist would give you a beautiful hairdo.

How Long Do Passion Butterfly Braids Last?

lady with butterfly braids wearing face masks

These braids can last up to about four to six weeks. It all depends on how well you take care of them.

What Type of Hair Extension is Used for Butterfly Passion Braids?

back view of a lady with red butterfly braids

The best extensions for butterfly braids hairstyles are attachments. You can use any color of attachment to achieve them. And if you don’t wanna spend time stretching the attachment, go for pre-stretched extensions.

They’re ready to use once detached from the pack.

lady wearing orange butterfly braids

Besides attachment extensions, you’ll also need freetress water wave hair to achieve the curls around your butterfly box braids.

How Many Packs Of Extensions Do I Need For Passion Butterfly Braids?

side view of lady with butterfly braids

This depends on the length and size of passion braids hairstyles you want to achieve. 

If you need something long and dense, you’ll have to use two packs of hair. But if your hair isn’t full and you need thin, long braids, a pack of pre-stretched extensions could work.

How to Take Care of Your Knotless Butterfly Braids Once Installed

pretty lady wearing long black butterfly braids

1. Wear a Satin Bonnet to Bed

pretty lady wearing bonnet on her butterfly braids

A satin or silk bonnet helps to retain moisture in your head. It also prevents your hairdo from getting rough while you toss and turn on your bed.

Wear one before you sleep to ensure your braids last long.

2. Oil Your Scalp

pretty lady wearing butterfly braids with colorful nails

To prevent your scalp from getting dry and itchy, apply hair cream or any of the natural oils for hair growth.

This helps to moisturize your hair and maintain its sheen as you rock your hairdo.

3. Don’t Over-style

smiling lady wearing black butterfly braids

Doing this can lead to hair breakage. It can also weaken the hairline of your natural hair, thereby resulting in loss around your edges. Furthermore, it also gets your braids old and rough faster.

So, let your braids rest. Manipulate them into ponytails, half up half down, double buns, donuts, updos, etc. But don’t do that too often lest you should suffer the consequences.

4. Use Hair Spray

lady wearing butterfly braids in buns

Hair sprays add shine to your braids. Use them to maintain your braid’s sheen especially when they no longer look new.

But don’t overdo this lest you should clog your scalp pores with product buildups.

Types of Butterfly Braids Hairstyles

Jumbo Butterfly Braids

smiling lady wearing jumbo butterfly braids

These braids are chunky or fat in size.

lady wearing red jumbo butterfly braids

Though they may consume more extensions, they’re super stylish as they add more volume to your hair.

Long Butterfly Braids

lady in red top wearing long butterfly braids

Do you want braids that dangle around your back down to your waist or bum? If yes, go for long passion braids.

lady wearing long brown butterfly braids

But be ready to sit for long and invest in enough attachment especially if you want the braids thick and full on your head.

Short or Medium Passion Braids

lady wearing medium length butterfly braids

These ones stay around or slightly below your shoulders. 

lady wearing short butterfly braids in buns

They’re not long. And as such, they’re comfortable and won’t take much time especially if you don’t like your hair stressing you.

Colorful Butterfly Braids Hairstyles

lady wearing red butterfly braids

How about you mix two colors of hair extensions together? Or maybe you use a bright-colored one people seldom use?

girl wearing blue butterfly braids

Colorful butterfly box braids are a quick way to make a style statement with your hair. Go for this if you love to look different and don’t mind some attention.

Cornrows Butterfly Passion Braids 

lady wearing cornrows butterfly braids

To achieve this hairstyle your hairstylist would have to braid your hair into shuku or all-back cornrows before adding the curls towards the end of the cornrows. 

lady wearing butterfly braids in cornrows

This type of passion braids hairstyle can be stitch braids or regular cornrows. Anyone works.

Knotless Butterfly Braids

smiling lady wearing knotless butterfly braids

This style is achieved using the feed-in technique. That is, instead of installing your braids right to your scalp, your hairstylist first braids your natural hair before attaching the extension and keeps feeding in more extensions as they braid on.

lady wearing knotless butterfly braids

Most passion braids are knotless.

Accessorized Passion Braids

lady wearing blue butterfly braids with accessories

Done braiding your hair? Don’t get up from your seat yet. Ask your stylist to adorn the braids with hair accessories such as cowries, beads, gold/silver cuffs, scrunchies, headbands, etc.

smiling lady wearing butterfly braids with hair accessories

Accessories beautify your hair and come in handy when it’s time to restyle your braids.

Side or Centre Part Butterfly Braids

lady wearing center part butterfly braids

Your stylist will most likely part your braids by the side or in the middle to frame your face better.

lady wearing side part butterfly braids

Whichever one you go for is beautiful and worth the time.

soft lady wearing butterfly braids

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Victoria B. Willie

Writing has always been a part of me. From writing stories as a young child to studying Communication Arts in the university, it has always been more than a medium of expression to me.

And then one day, I found myself toeing the path of an entrepreneur and becoming a fashion enthusiast. This made me develop an interest in content marketing and copywriting which I've been chasing alongside my fashion career.

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