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50 in 50: Some Of The Best Hair Braiders In The Country

By Rachel George

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Braids are no longer seen as just a summer protective style. Now, the ladies and gents are wearing them year-round in a variety of styles, designs, and colors. Prices can range from between $80 to $350 and upwards depending on the stylist’s experience. You can get cornrows, box braids, feed-ins, tribal braids, individuals, lemonade braids, and more.

If you’re searching for your next braids look, take some inspiration from some of the best upcoming and celebrity hair braiders in the country.

Alabama

If you’re in Lowndes County, book with Toni Tolliver ASAP before prices go up. She’s recently been featured in various hair braiding blogs on Instagram and Facebook taking her brand beyond Alabama. Book now before you miss out. 

Arizona 

Phoenix-based hair braider Mone’t travels back and forth between her hometown in Chicago and Arizona blessing heads with her unique stitched braid technique. Hair comes included with each style from her own hair company. So who Want Mo Styles? 

Arkansas

Clients will drive up to two hours to be Touched By JReneã. Take a seat in her chair if you’re looking for a protective style or looking to add a little bounce and vibrancy to your natural hair. Check out this adorable braided crown. 

California

Celebrity stylist and hair braider A. Mari is known for her dope braiding styles and for having celebrity clients like Iggy Azalea, India Love, Chris Brown, Tyga and more. Taste the rainbow in her infamous knotless rapunzel inspired ombre braids on singer Serayah.

Colorado

Get you some braids by stylist Exie Davis. She plays no games when it comes to her intricate, detailed, unisex braid designs. 

Connecticut

Licensed cosmetologist Dominique Foreman, loves posting photos of her clients wearing faux locs, boho, and goddess braids. According to her bio, she’s what your hair needs, so book now. 

Delaware

Since moving to a new location last year, Lyss has upped her clientele and features more styles, more colors, and classic straight backs to finish out the summer. She’s currently located in Wilmington. 

Florida

Empowering individuals to feel as beautiful as possible, Beauty by Lau specializes in hair care, makeup, sew-ins, and braids. CEO Launise Jean-Baptise fell in love with the idea of making people feel good after getting their hair and makeup done. Fulani braids, plaits, waist length and mid-backs and braid bonnets keep your braids nice and neat. 

Georgia

Rae Mycheal’s braiding style is unmatched. Women drive from all over to Downtown Atlanta just to sit in her chair for knee-length Eva braids or jumbo knotless braids. She also travels to Los Angeles.

Hawaii

Your friends will be asking who did your braids after sitting in hairstylist De’Annah’s chair in Honolulu. She specializes in box braids, feed ins, cornrows, individuals, and Senegalese twists. 

Illinois

Next month, Ol Scott, traveling stylist and owner of Scottie’s Hair Gallery in Zion, is overjoyed to be able to showcase her braiding techniques in Atlanta at her upcoming pop-up shop.  She also hosts hands-on braiding classes on feed-in braids, parting techniques, and essentially how to build your brand. 

Indiana

Alexis Touch offers the best braiding experience in Indianapolis. Most days she does knotless braids but switches it up adding Goddess curls on the ends. Her clients praised her for her quick, yet gentle braiding and professionalism. 

Iowa

Monica Sanders has been in the hair game almost 10 years, offering natural hair maintenance, styling, and protectives styles in Davenport

Kansas

Healthy hair is how stylist Delia King shows she cares as the owner of Sunshine’s Braids & Beauty LLC in Overland Park. One client said she’s one of the best stylists to ever touch their head, so you know her skills have got to be amazing. 

Kentucky

Traveling stylist Kelly’s work speaks for itself. The self-proclaimed “Tuck Queen’ is known for crisp clean parts and loves to play with different styles, colors, and patterns. 

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TUCKED TO THE GODS ‼️‼️🔥

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Louisiana

New Orleans native Delisa Alexander uses her creativity and 15 years of experience to help individuals grow healthy hair and protect it while in various braid styles. In doing so, she created her own line of hair care products for braids that also treats your scalp. 

Maryland

The Braiding House is regarded as one of the best hair braiding salons in Maryland. Don’t worry about making an appointment, they take walk-ins all day long. 

Massachusetts

Get the full braid experience with licensed cosmetologist Kiki at Salvage Roots Hair and Beauty Salon in Boston. She rocked this neatly detailed zig-zag updo braid style. 

Michigan

No braid style by the Hair Boss of Detroit Shauwny is complete with fleeked out baby hairs and neatly crafted edges. Want edges like this, purchase her Foreign Edges Edge Control here for $12.00. 

Minnesota

For braids and natural hair services, visit Melanin Braiding Services in Minneapolis. Cornrows, Individuals, box braids kids’ styles, they do it all. Check out their current refer-a-friend specials and mobile services. 

Mississippi

Come get these fire triangle knotless braids from Fula Beauty on Old Canton Rd. I love triangle roots because they’re unique add a little edge to your style.  

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Triangle Knotless 🔥🔥🔥

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Missouri

You’ve got to have great hands to pull off this Ace of Spades braid freestyle like Jolienne, 15-year hair braiding vet and owner of Blush n Braids Beauty Bar in St. Louis, Jo. Any length, any style, she can do it.

Nebraska

Ohama-based stylist Kejana Gaines’ styles are so exquisite she’s already booked for the entire month of September. She also does adorable, detailed natural hair braid styles for kids. 

Nevada

Vegas stylist Cozmodiva is most known for her knotless braids. They looking like they’re coming right out of your scalp. Use the discount code “knotless10” before you book your next style. 

New Hampshire

Jamaican hair braider Nicola Williams’ received rave compliments on her consistent quality work, professionalism and fair prices. Clients have driven from as far as Chicago to sit in her chair for–French braids, box braids, individuals, twists, and sew-ins. 

New Jersey 

Clifton-based hair braider Nastacia battled amongst the best of the best and showed out winning 1st place in a #StitchesGetRiches hair braiding battle in May. As you can see, she does this. 

New Mexico

Although the black population in New Mexico is small, Bryanna McGhee is the hairstylist to see in Albuquerque. Aside from images of her work (tribal braids, feed-ins, cornrows) and motivational posts, she humbly sends Thank you messages to her clients.  

New York

Nana’s African Hair Braiding in Queens has been taking care of me and my family’s hair since I was a little girl. They hooked me up with these waist-length braids for $150 before my trip to the Dominican Republic. Their prices are reasonable and you’ll spend less than five hours in their shop, no matter what style with hair included. Yes, hair included.

North Carolina

Get slayed by licensed cosmetologist ShawtStyles in Greenville. Throughout her Instagram, you can see the growth in her technique, her braiding style, and her brand. She also gives advice and tips on how to maintain your protecting styles at home. Checkout this feed-in braids she did on herself. 

Ohio

Stylist Tierra Scott does it all for women and men–dreads, cornrows, lemonade braids, knotless, crochets, and man bun freestyles in Cleveland Heights. Check out this collage of some of her most recent client selfies. 

Oklahoma

Licensed natural hairstylist Kris Koffee has a vision to uplift and empower women to embrace the beauty within their hair with her natural hair care line. Looking for someone to braid your hair down, before you apply your own wig, Kris is your girl. She also does feed-in braids for $65+, depending on size. 

Oregon

Gersham-based braid stylist Briana Noble can create just about any style you request. Check out these long custom 3-tone ombre box braids.

Pennsylvania

God bless stylist Leshia Tai and her hands as she gets the kids ready to go back to school with colorful, vibrant braid styles. Her clients praised her hand made ombre braids. “To you, this may “Just be braids,” but to me this is ART. This is my baby, my life and I thank God for blessing me with my beautiful mind,” she said in a post. 

Rhode Island

Don’t get played, only slayed by celebrity stylist Jocelyn in Pawtucket. Her specialties include unisex locs, using her own slick pomade, cornrows and more. Who said Allen Iverson braids went out of style? 

South Carolina

Applying pressure all over South Carolina is award-winning stylist Antwanique La’Shay. Step into her diva den for her 3-layer tribal braids, neat cornrows, and beautiful bob braids, I think I might get me some. 

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BOB SO BEAUTIFUL 😍 🔥❤️

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Tennessee

Licensed cosmetologist Nicole Harris is one of the most booked stylists this week on styleseat.com. Her clients commend her professionalism, neat work and gentleness. Her business name “Passionate Hands” fits to a T!,” one reviewer said.

Texas

Hailed as the Braid King by his clients, stylist Jerrell’s braid creations are precise, yet quick, with his braiding style. He’s a beast when it comes to ombre colors, cornrows, box braids, and sew-ins. Book now for Braids by the Beau Jerrell in Dallas. 

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Today’s Work is……

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Vermont

Taking style to the next level with box braids, Crotchet braids, and kinky twists. Despite their small presence online, Diversity Hair Salon, owned by hairstylist Jacquline Gibson, is very much still open for business in Burlington. 

Virginia

Experience Duchess Braids & Beauty Bar, a black-owned salon catered towards enhancing beauty through makeup and hair near Virginia Beach. Guests consistently compliment their welcoming atmosphere and appreciate their outstanding customer service from owner Nicole B. and her team of hair braiders.  

Washington

Iesha Janaye does Posh & Pretty Braids at Glamo Lush Beauty Bar in Tacoma, Washington, and her work speaks for itself. She specializes in a variety of styles, whether you want boho braids, jumbo twists, or box braids.

Washington, D.C. 

Beauty influencer Ebony Curls loves her knotless braids by celebrity stylist Neisheika Wallace a so much she could not stop touching her hair. She’s also responsible for Real Housewives of Potomac star Monique Samuels and her many braid hairstyles. 

West Virginia

Giving you a style to last a lifetime is stylist/salon owner Kita Lowe. The knowledgeable stylist loves to do it all–small-jumbo size braids, lemonade braids at the Hair Queen Salon and Barbershop in Bluefield. 

Wisconsin

Hair braider Junko Holley-Burgess is the self-proclaimed creator of puzzle box braids. Skillful at various styles, the celebrity stylist loves being able to express her creative side with braids. 

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