The art of braiding is nothing new, but with new hairstylists emerging everyday on social media the game is ever-changing. Even the most seasoned braiders can take inspiration from the new social-fluent young guns. GuinGui has been braiding for over fifteen years but still turns to the new wave of talent on Instagram and YouTube to spark her own creativity. "There are some people who are taking braids to a whole other level," says GuinGui, who has seen braids that turn into full sculptures and cornrow mohawks on a few of her favorite accounts like @braidzillasheffield and @efidavies. With endless creative energy flowing, it's hard for GuinGui to pick just a few cornrow trends she loves. Currently, GuinGui is all about the baby hairs, but she also recommends a few styles— like cartwheel cornrows and unicorn braids—from a few other talented braiders.
1@guin_gui's Baby Hair Party
As mentioned, ELLE.com's resident braiding queen (she's the woman behind our Braid Star video series) is all about the baby hairs. They add a nice leave out contrast to the two braids.
2@braidzillasheffield's Braided Updo
BraidZilla's bio reads: "here to create the crowns and kings and queens deserve." Her timeless hairstyles include intricate details and designs and her latest post put a premium on updos.
firstname.lastname@example.org's Unicorn Braids
Kersti Pitre is here to convince you to try unicorn braids. The colorful box braids are the ultimate statement and stand out amidst her feed full of other unique and colorful braiding patterns.
4@feedin_braids' Front Feed Fulani
This page offers the best feed-in braids in the game. This center braid is highlighted with a nice jewel for a very royal vibe.
5@efidavies' Cartwheel Braids
You've probably seen Efi Davies' braids on the runway or the pages of your favorite editorial. Her impressive designs are always so unique, like these one-of-a-kind cartwheel cornrows.
6@braidsgang's Space Buns
This page focuses on box braid inspiration, but they do also spotlight a few out-of-this-world looks, like this Space Bun extravaganza. The small cornrows isolate the buns while the beaded accents make this style serious #braidgoals.
7@soglossy's Inverted Braids
These inverted braids feature both big and small braid techniques. The feed-in red hair also makes this look really smolder on @soglossy's page.
8@protectivestyle's Rapunzel Braid
Rapunzel, Rapunzel let down your hair. Actually, please don't! This long braid is fit for all princesses alike. It's no wonder @protectivestyle is a go-to destination for the best styles in the game.
9@mimibraids' Golden Straight Backs
Melek Ustunluk, aka @mimisbraids, upgrades classic straight backs with an added gold detail. Ustunluk is a celebrity braider who works with the likes of Travis Scott and Allen Iverson and updates the page daily.
10@crowezilla's Beaded Braids
Artist Shani Crowe is behind the @crowezilla account that spotlights cultural beauty in relation to the African diaspora. You've seen her beaded wonders, like on many famous heads. She's also famously responsible for Solange's iconic SNL performance hair