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The Best Hair Braiding Accounts To Follow On Instagram for Major Inspiration 

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By Jennifer Ford · June 29, 2018

Braids are an integral part of Black culture, yet African plaits continue to be misappropriated hairstyle — a la boxer braids and more recently Bo Derick Braids.

Appropriation has long been an issue and credit for our influence on today’s beauty trends is not always acknowledged. To this point, it’s critical to pay homage to our roots and we’ve rounded up a few Instagram accounts that do just that.

Here’s a list of the best IG accounts to follow for African hair braiding inspiration. Keep scrolling to see who made the cut!

Best Box Braids

This account offers a buffet of styling options for box braid devotees.

Kersti Pitre

Kersti is one our favorite hair chameleons to follow for fierce styling inspiration. We’re pretty sure she’s tried every hairstyle imaginable, so if you’re looking for something fresh then consider her muse.

Protective Styles

Here you’ll find a variety of braided styles to bookmark for your next visit to the braiding salon.

Mimis Braids

For unique hair braiding inspiration like undercuts and feed-in braids, this account is a must follow.

Ancestral Strands

This Brooklyn based braiding salon’s page is filled to the brim with intricate hairstyles inspired by those who’ve come before us.


Shain Crowe is an interdisciplinary artist who uses her Instagram account to showcase braided hairstyles that tell stories of the African diaspora.

Briads Gang

This Instagram page is a digital sanctuary for women like us, who are obsessed with #blackgirlmagic and braids.

The Braid Bar

This account provides an endless array of hair styling options to pull you out of your style rut.

Best Brading Hair

Scroll through beautiful hair inspiration and shop a bevy of cool hair braiding colors and textures.

Braids Beauties

A stunning array of braided beauties.


A gallery of gorgeous braiding inspiration from New York Hairstylist, Su Ling.

Feedin Braids

Follow this account for the best feed in braids on the gram.