19 Best ways to Style Butterfly Braids

You know the best thing about braids and protective styles in the black community? They keep evolving!

A new style of braids could be trending and before you say jack there’s an even better variant!

While butterfly braids is not the newest kid on the block, it’s still among the top 5 and it’s not number 5 trust me.

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They are typically made by adding extensions to your natural hair then pulling out parts of the extensions on both sides as the braids progresses giving it a butterfly-shaped look. I’ll be dropping a full guide below so keep scrolling.

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This style of braids is like an almost-identical twin sister to passion braids. They have the same extension drag-out feature.

Although stylish and fancy, this style of braids takes a longer time to be made ( but then nothing good comes easy!)

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An added advantage of this style is that they can be styled in multiple ways so you don’t have to look one particular way for the duration you’re carrying the braids. You can style into a ponytail, gather them at the back, split in two sections, you name it!

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In this article, I’ll walk you through the braiding, styling and maintenance process of butterfly braids so stay with me.

How to make Butterfly Braids

Here’s a full guide to achieving this look.

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19 Different ways to style Butterfly Braids

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How to care for Butterfly Braids

These braids are not really a high maintenance hairstyle. They don’t require much to be properly maintained.

Here’s how to care for your braids.

Wash with Shampoo and Conditioner

To keep your braids clean, wash with shampoo and conditioner. Ensure you do this as gently as possible so you don’t end up breaking your hair at the root or making your braids rough.

Wash with shampoo first, then go in with the conditioner after which you rinse thoroughly.

Also note that this should not be done frequently as over-washing can make yourbriads look frizzy.

Oil Your Scalp

Do NOT neglect your scalp. I know it’s a protective hairstyle, but you still need to keep your scalp moisturized at all times.

Oil your scalp bi-weekly or whenever it feels dry.

Try as much as possible not to itch your scalp. If you have an itchy scalp, you can get an anti-itch scalp oil to help soothe the itching.

Do not Over Style

Inasmuch as your braids can be made into different styles, avoid over styling. Keep your hands out of your hair as much as you can to avoid damaging the hairstyle.

It’s advisable to change styles only once or twice a week.

Use a Satin Bonnet/Scarf

Wrap your briads in a satin bonnet or scarf before you retire for the night.

As opposed to hair net, this will keep your braids in place and ensure your hair lasts longer.


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