Goddess braids, the reigning coiffure of African queens, mythological deities and Daenerys Targaryen, are having a major resurgence. Gorgeous and feminine in design, the magnificent plaits are a great way of keeping your crowning glory looking resplendent in hot, humid weather. The majestic braids may be similar to the common cornrow but are larger in size and more regal in nature. The masterful craftsmanship that goes into the designs is befitting any queen. From simple updos to more intricate creations, here are 22 royally cool variations on goddess braids to distinguish your mane from the common set.
Joane Amay was born in New York City but raised in New Jersey and considers herself a Jersey girl through and through. She is currently the contributing beauty editor at Uptown magazine but has worked as an editor at Lucky, Harper's Bazaar and Marie Claire. A lover of shoes and bags, she owns way too many and plans on adding more to her considerable collection.