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55 Trendy Stitch Braids Ideas (With Pictures)

by Sherri Owens

Stitch braids have recently grown in popularity. They include a range of hairstyles from ponytails and buns to the skinny goddess, top knots, and more. However, ponytails are my favorite! They are elegant, define facial features, and are great for any event.

As a certified hairstylist, I have worked on stitch braids for over a decade. In fact, I have become very good at braiding various styles.

For this reason, I have decided to compile some cool stitch braids ideas in this guide. Stay tuned to determine which style grabs your attention.

Let's get started!

1. Double Stitch Braids With Curls

Double stitching is a perfect way to add more length and volume to your hair. Instead of braiding hair down, pull out bouncy natural curls to create an elegant look.

stitch braids with curls

Image by @cicikiz1999 via Pinterest

2. High Ponytail Stitch Braids

This is the way to go if you're looking for a fierce look that is easy to recreate. Bomb-looking ponytail stitch braids match every outfit and occasion.

Stitch braid the hair upward and leave box braids of the same size hanging at the back.

stitch braids with high ponytail

Image by @shay_braidz_317 via Instagram

3. Honey Blonde Stitch Braids

You can't go wrong with this pretty look. Ebony women generally go for honey blonde stitch braids. Besides, you can pull this style during summer.

Employ blonde hair to create streaks into natural black hair and arrange them into a chic ponytail.

Stitch Braids in Honey Blonde

Image by @u_niqueflair via Instagram

4. Stitch Braids With Zigzag Parts

Here is a twist to the classic straight-back cornrows. For a perfect zigzag parting, you will need a skilled hairstylist. For an eye-catching finished look, this style does the trick.

Stitch Braids With Zigzag Parts

Image by @aishadhoskins via Pinterest

5. Ombre Stitch Braids

Ombre hair is a trending style for most women. A better way to achieve an ombre braid involves using two different colors. Get long braids, then feed in different color extensions at the bottom for a natural flow.

Ombre Stitch Braids

Image by @nique_lynn via Pinterest

6. Stitch Braided Mohawk

Give your hairstyle a funky twist and get creative with Mohawk styles. Creating Mohawk stitch braids would take about 1-2 packs of hair. However, this depends on your hair volume and preferred length.

Stitch Braided Mohawk

Image by @blackhairinfo via Pinterest

7. High Bun Stitch Braids

Buns don't always need much upkeep. Hair doesn't fall over your face and holds tight enough to get you through the day. Go ahead and gather the skinny ends of the cornrow stitch braids.

High Bun Stitch Braids

Image by @precisionbraids901 via Instagram

8. Super Long Stitch Braids

If you like very long stitch braids, this is a good option for you. You can finish with sleek edges using your baby hairs.

The style adds more drama to your appearance. See the photo above and note how mesmerizing the hairstyle is.

Super Long Stitch Braids

Image by @ghanabraidstyles via Instagram

9. Red Stitch Braids

Hairstylists achieve red stitch braids by braiding red synthetic hair into natural hair. Using bold colors goes hand in hand with a striking look. The color itself would make you look elegant and complement your outfits.

Red Stitch Braids

Image by @hairbyericalatrice via Instagram

10. Curved Stitch Braids

Using curves is an intricate technique of stitch braiding. This styling is the rage nowadays and would be amazing for any occasion. It gives you a cute and sporty appearance at the same time.

Curved Stitch Braids

Image by @thehairthreat via Instagram

11. Stitch Braids With Colored Ends

Consider adding a small pop of color to your ends. If you can't decide on a single color, add 2-3 complementary colors to create an ombre effect. You don't need brighter colors, as simple ones look better.

Stitch Braids With Colored Ends

Image by @tyquiesha71 via Pinterest

12. Criss Cross Stitch Braids

The crisscross stitch braid trend is taking over the fashion world. It is also popularly known as the double helix pattern. This overlapping pattern is another creative way to flaunt stitch braids. 

Criss Cross Stitch Braids

Image by @_braidsbydaja via Instagram

13. High Ponytail Stitch Box Braids

You can emulate this style for a gorgeous and reserved final look. A high ponytail stitch braiding with box braids makes you stand out.

High Ponytail Stitch Box Braids

Image by @daniieehb via Instagram

14. Stitch Braided Bangs

Create clean partings and braid at the front of your head. You can adorn the bangs with white cords and beads to give them that sexy appeal.

Stitch Braided Bangs

Image by @heatherikejiani via Pinterest

15. Curved Stitch Braided High Bun

Create this elegant style to give the classic braids a more striking look. Curvy braids with a bun are modern, playful, and look amazing.

Curved Stitch Braided High Bun

Image by @MONEYISPRETTY via Pinterest

16. Zigzag Stitch Braids

These zigzag patterned cornrows will make your stitch braids creative and sharp. Also, it does not tighten your scalp. The styling is practical, neat, and very comfortable.

Zigzag Stitch Braids

Image by @braidedbycarolina via Instagram

17. Chunky Straight Back Style Stitch Braids

To create this beautiful style, you can make two chunky stitch braids. The stitch parts end up looking even more prominent with the large-sized braids.

Chunky Straight Back Style Stitch Braids

Image by @daniieehb via Instagram

18. Top Knot Stitch Braids

The style makes a statement, so it would be best if you stay low-key on your hair accessories and color. Complete your carefree look with a graphic tee and fancy earrings.

Top Knot Stitch Braids

Image by @naturallycurly via Pinterest

19. Stitch Braids With Beads

This is an attractive way to design stitch braids. You can use beads to style thin-to-medium plaited braids.

Beads look good on extensions of all lengths. You can mix up the bead colors for a brighter look.

Stitch Braids With Beads

Image by @laidbylanaaa via Instagram

20. Curly Half Ponytail

Sometimes, we want a hairstyle that adds volume to our hair. Curly half ponytail stitch braids are a wonderful option if you are not into buns.

Curly Half Ponytail

Image by @daniieehb via Instagram

21. Pink Appeal

These stitch braids are amazing because they go with every casual event. If you have never tried bold colors, go for a light pink shade. You can combine a natural color with pink extensions.

pink stitch braids

Image by @mlmccloe via Pinterest

22. Multi-Size Stitch Braids

You can braid uneven large to thin stitch braids. Use long braids to let them fall to your back or shoulder. Set the braids and hold them using a clip.

Multi-Size Stitch Braids

Image by @precisionbraids901 via Instagram

23. Low Messy Bun With Sleek Edges

It's a good choice when enhancing your appearance using baby hair. If not, you can wear this style without them. Rest assured that the outcome will flatter your skin, leaving it looking flawless.

Low Messy Bun With Sleek Edges

Image by @feleshasycospy via Pinterest

24. Skinny Goddess Stitch Braids

Skinny goddess stitch braids are more durable than traditional cornrows. What makes this hairstyle a must-try is the precise stitch braids parts.

Skinny Goddess Stitch Braids

Image by @braidedbycarolina via Instagram

25. Braided Half Up Ponytail Stitch Braids

With this approach, you can be creative with your partings and plaits. This style requires you to pull half of the braids into a ponytail and then add hair extensions.

Braided Half Up Ponytail Stitch Braids

Image by @amourrejanae via Pinterest

26. Straight Back Zigzags

Straight-back zigzags rely on accurate partings. They are pretty with intricate designs and would make any lady stand out in a crowd.

Straight Back Zigzags

Image by @mikasstyles via Pinterest

27. Curly Ponytail Stitch Braids

This style is suitable for ladies of all age groups. Curly ponytail stitch braids keep your look simple and sophisticated. Go ahead and braid the strands in diagonal lines rather than straight ones.

Curly Ponytail Stitch Braids

Image by @brsennas via Pinterest

28. Blonde Feed in Braids

Think of blonde hues to add life to your style. The resulting streaks will make everything chic, seamless, and savvy!

Add blonde extension into natural black hair to have more natural-looking braids.

Blonde Feed in Braids

Image by @braidedbycarolina via Instagram

29. Stitch Braided Low Buns

Arrange the braids into a chic low bun for a polished look. You will end up looking sexy and elegant for any event. Just style the braids into a simple, low bun.

Stitch Braided Low Buns

Image by @finestbeautyhairco via Instagram

30. Two-Toned Stitch Braids

This combination gives a more subtle pop of color. This style is best incorporated in bun stitch braids, as seen in this photo.

Two-Toned Stitch Braids

Image by @Halibeautie via Pinterest

31. Stitch Braids With Designed Baby Hairs

Edge styling can add a more dramatic or elegance to your stitch braids. As shown in this picture, you can sculpt or swoop the baby hairs into curlicues. Apply edge control gel to lay down the hair for a cute detail.

Stitch Braids With Designed Baby Hairs

Image by @__gorrjussstyles via Instagram

32. Side-Parted Stitch Braids

Explore this stunning style if you want more noticeable stitch braids. The hairstyle involves stitch braiding hair towards the nape. The sectioning is precise to get clean parts.

Side-Parted Stitch Braids

Image by @Rayniece93 via Pinterest

33. Small Arrow Parts

Stitch braids allow hairstylists to perfect their artistic skills and creativity. Creating these fantastic small arrow parts is an excellent way to show off. These stitch braids are incredibly stylish with edgy outfits.

stitch braids with small arrow parts

Image by @braidedbycarolina via Instagram

34. Reverse Braid Bun

This style might look complex, but it's quite simple once you know how to braid it. The final look is bold and unique.

Reverse Braid Bun

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35. Red Stitch Braids With Bun Box Braids

Consider adding red color strands for a whimsy style. A combination of dark hair and red appeal is captivating. You can allow them to fall back for an even more dramatic effect.

Red Stitch Braids With Bun Box Braids

Image by @slim6878 via Instagram

36. Uneven Part Stitch Braids

You don't have to keep the partings precise and uniform all the time. Using the alternating braiding technique on straight back rows can be eye-catching.

They can be zigzag, classic straight backs, slightly curved, or cross stitch braids.

Uneven Part Stitch Braids

Image by @braidedbycarolina via Instagram

37. Stitch Braids Updo

This is one of the hottest stitch braid hairstyles for women. Braid the hair to the crown of the head, then secure the ends with black rubber bands.

Stitch Braids Updo

Image by @2iceE1996 via Pinterest

38. Straight Cornrow Stitch Braids

If you want luscious length for your natural hair, go for long braiding hair. Begin by making precise partings. Then weave hair and watch it grow from a thin start to a full and natural-looking braid.

Straight Cornrow Stitch Braids

Image by @haydenbraids via Instagram

39. Small Bun Stitch Braids

Keep your stitch braids straightforward for a romantic approach. Making a small bun adds glamour and elegance to the look. It is a classic hairstyle you can rock for events, night outs, and dinner parties.

Small Bun Stitch Braids

Image by @getbraidedby_jess via Instagram

40. Stitch Braids With Curved Parts

Opt for a curved line pattern instead of a straight one to give your stitch braids an unusual turn. The curves distinctively combine the look of braids with vertical and horizontal lines.

Stitch Braids With Curved Parts

Image by @shay__styles__ via Instagram

41. Chunky Low Bun Stitch Braids

This hairstyle works with long, thick, and curly natural hair. The stylist divides the hair into large sections and braids them to the nape of the neck. The style fits any occasion.

Chunky Low Bun Stitch Braids

Image by @beautybytammy_ via Instagram

42. Purple Straight Backs

Purple is a color that has recently grown in popularity. The vibrant purple hue takes the straight-back braids to the next level. Creating these stitch braids involves the feed in braiding technique.

Purple Straight Backs Stitch Braid

Image by @braidedbycarolina via Instagram

43. Stitch Braided Heart Design

This style requires accuracy, so you will need a skillful stylist. It adds an eccentric and flamboyant look.

The heart design is classy and adds a twist to boring regular stitch braids. It helps to create horizontal lines for a brighter look.

Stitch Braided Heart Design

Image by @_touchedbyjae via Instagram

44. Half Up Double Bun Stitch Braids

Achieve this style by sectioning your hair into two parts. Create cornrow stitch braids and gather them into two buns. They can be messy or clean. That's your choice!

Half Up Double Bun Stitch Braids

Image by @fantasia0138 via Pinterest

45. Stitch Braided Star Part

Young women love these star shapes on the parting. This hairstyle relies on precision and sharp lines for a more artistic look. Just stay away from those bold colors.

Stitch Braided Star Part

Image by @SavvyRebel via Pinterest

46. Side Swept Stitch Braids

Unlike traditional straight backs, these dramatic-sided braids are great for outgoing women. Consider using an extension to add some volume.

Side Swept Stitch Braids

Image by @teri2552 via Pinterest

47. Double Bun Stitch Braids

Double bun stitch braids are sporty and suitable for various events. After braiding hair, split the ends of the braids into two and then wrap each to create double buns.

Double Bun Stitch Braids

Image by @stitchedbydrea_ via Instagram

48. Curly High Bun

Lofty buns are trendy ways to wear stitch braids. The hairstyle enhances facial features by taking the hair away from your face. 

Curly High Bun with stitch braids

Image by @paaris18 via Pinterest

49. Half Up High Bun Stitch Braids

Want a style that provides length? This look can be pulled off by women of all ages. Go ahead and cornrow from the front towards the crown of the head. 

Half Up High Bun Stitch Braids

Image by @mcrbraids via Instagram

50. Double Buns With Curved Parts

This is an ideal protective style for any time of the year. The result is incredibly sleek, clean, and beautiful. Make curved partings, create braids, and set them into double buns.

Double Buns With Curved Parts

Image by @larondaellison via Pinterest

51. A Hint of Gold Stitch Braids

This is a great style for different outfits or occasions. Stitch braids with a gold appeal will do the trick for you. Make your hair stand out by adding a few touches like golden cuffs and rings.

A Hint of Gold Stitch Braids

Image by @bela_vl_01 via Pinterest

52. Thick and Thin Stitch Braids

You can create this hairstyle by alternating between chunky and thin stitch braids. Adding thinner cornrow stitch braids between larger ones gives it a sporty look.

Thick and Thin Stitch Braids

Image by @j_and_a_bbq_ via Instagram

53. Updo Ponytail Stitch Braids With Curls

This is a cool stitch braids idea for natural hair enthusiasts. You can use perm rods or flexible rods to add curls. Consider using a short weave for more defined details.

Updo Ponytail Stitch Braids With Curls

Image by @ebonysalaamnjc via Pinterest

54. Half Up Half Down Stitch Braids

This hairstyle is both relaxed and carefree. It offers the advantage of protecting the shorter hair from damage. They make you appear fierce and sleek at the same time.

Half Up Half Down Stitch Braids

Image by @cbymimi via Instagram

55. Triangle Part Stitch Braids

Switch up the usual straight line to triangles and take your style to the next level. The pattern is not that complex, and any hairdresser can do it.

The precise parting adds more detail to your look.

Triangle Part Stitch Braids

Image by @tyeshiaspikes1 via Pinterest

FAQs

What Is a Stitch Braid?

Stitch braids are created by sectioning the hair into horizontal lines. A thin line of hair is then cut out and used to braid parallel to the major one.

What's the Difference Between Stitch Braids and Traditional Cornrows?

Stitch braids require precise partings. You will have to use your fingers to create a stitch-like appearance. With traditional cornrows, you braid the hair in an underhand, upward motion to make a raised row.

How Long Do Stitch Braids Last?

Stitch braids can last anywhere between 1-2 months. The period depends on your hair texture, maintenance routine, and how fast your hair grows out.

What's the Difference Between Stitch Braids and Feed in Braids?

Stitch braid requires using your fingers to create lines and a stitch-like appearance, while feed-in braids require using your index and middle fingers. Use them to apply hair extension to your natural hair gradually.

Final Thoughts

Finding the right stitch braid idea is not as hard as you may think. The hairstyle offers a wide scope of styles to suit everyone's options. However, if you want more details, consider going to an experienced hairstylist.

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