According to Trendinghairstyles.com, the top three African hair braiding styles are Havana Twists, Micro/Mini Braids and Box/Janet Braids. Havana twists are usually thicker twists, whereas micro/mini braids are smaller single braids, typically only braided halfway and letting the rest of the hair flow free. Box braids are considered "boho chic."
Some other popular braiding hairstyles include French braids, cornrows, herringbone/fish braids, Dutch braids, fishtail braids, lace braids and yarn braids. The difference between herringbone/fish braids and fishtail braids is that the latter are much looser.
Braids can be a good way to protect hair because they last for several months and help retain the length of hair.