Fulani Tribal Braids – How to style them and make them last

Fulani tribal braids are making a comeback but there is more to this style than you may think.

Here are 3 quick ways to style them with a side part, worn high in a regal up-do or in this thick jumbo rainbow look.

Where does the name Fulani mean?

The Fulani people, also called the Fulbe or Peul, are a West African tribe prehistorically known for nomadic cattle herding. 

This tribe is known for its rich cultural heritage, and it’s no surprise that their tribal braids have stood the test of time. That may also be why so many women choose this popular hairstyle.

Fulani braid styles

What are Fulani tribal braids?

Fulani braids are a hairstyle that originated from women of the Fulani tribe. It consists of a cornrow that runs from the forehead to the nape of the neck. 

The other lines go in opposite directions, with some braids hanging in front of or behind the ears. Adorn these braids with beads and other trinkets to add flare.

Origin of Fulani braids

In African society, hair was symbolic, defining family background, social standing, spirituality, tribe, and marital status. 

Among the Fulani tribe, the braids were passed down from generation to generation as a symbol of tribal identity. 

Young girls attached their family coins and amber on the braids as a heritage symbol.

This unique style of intricately woven cornrows was adopted by stylists from different parts of the world and named after the tribe from which it originated.

woman with fulani braids with a side part

A modern-day take on Fulani braids

Alicia Keys made these braids popular after she wore them in the early 2000s. Ever since then, people have often referred to them as the Alicia Keys braids. Many celebrities have gone on to don the style, gaining it significant pop-culture status.

Fulani braids have also become popular as a protective style that prevents damage to certain hair types.

How long do Fulani braids last?

As this is a low manipulation hairstyle, it can last between three and five weeks, depending on your hair type and maintenance routine. Wearing a satin or silk bonnet or scarf when sleeping can increase the longevity of your braids.

Regular moisturizing while you have the hairstyle, will also help it keep looking good for longer. 

A well-moisturized scalp will reduce scratching and other irritations, keeping your braids looking on point for much longer. 

Who can get Fulani braids done?

The braids are versatile and work for plenty of different hair types. Ideally, Fulani braids will hold well on hair between the 3C and 4C hair types.

This hairstyle might not suit you if you have a sensitive scalp as tension is applied during the braiding process. You can opt for a wig if you want the look but have a sensitive scalp and fragile hair.

This look is a perfect side-part style with added length. For a colorful and fun summer look, this wig will brighten up any day. If you want a sophisticated look that will turn heads, an updo goddess look is an ideal selection.


How to style Fulani braids

Style these braids any way you like. Braid the parts using different designs, wear them in high buns, space buns, crown braids, pigtail style and multi-directional lines. 

However, once braided, there isn’t much you can do to style them apart from adding beads, coins, and other trinkets you can use to accessorize your braids.

Final word

Fulani tribal braids make for a great summer hairstyle, a fresh vacation look, or your everyday protective style. There is a whole catalog to choose from that will suit any style or occasion. Shop the look and be a head-turning trendsetter.