Goddess braids (aka boho braids, aka Zoe Kravitz braids) are cute, but there’s something all the heavily hearted pictures on Instagram don’t show you. They TANGLE.
So much so that @JustLostJC on YouTube asked “are they giving or are they taking” 😅😆.
We and our mobile stylists have tried to tackle this through various types of synthetic hair. When this style first came on the scene a lot of vloggers recommended using water wave hair for the fly-aways (the parts of the hair that stick out of the braids) and the ends. But this is often the result (click play):
Others, like a friend of mine (and some in the comments of the above post), have tried human hair… and still… tangles…
Some say a blend of synthetic and human hair works. I can’t speak to that from personal or second-hand experience, so it might be worth trying. But I can offer ONE great solution: BOHO CROCHET BRAIDS! I’ve been doing these on myself for a while now and have never experienced a tangle. I use Freetress Boho Hippie Braid, 22”. You can get it on Amazon or in your local beauty shop. (Note: I don’t use edge control when I do my own hair because it can contribute to thinning edges; I free my frizz!)
Here’s how they look nine days in (again no edge control 💪🏿). And they basically stay looking this way. They may lose a bit of luster over time but tangling certainly doesn’t become an issue.
For those who prefer individuals, a solution might be to skip the fly-aways and just do wavy ends with human or a soft synthetic hair, like my friend suggested in our group chat.
I’m still a huge fan of this look! But I’m equally a huge proponent for going into it (or any style) with the right expectations. If you’re doing individual boho braids with fly-aways vs crochets, just be prepared for some level of tangling and thus detangling. Or take the easy (and faster) route out and get crochets ;-).