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40 Butterfly Passion Braids Hairstyles With a Full Guide

(Last Updated On: August 12, 2022)

One of the greatest things about braids and protective styles in the black community is that they are always evolving with new variants and fun styles popping up all the time. And butterfly or passion braids are a new style having a major moment these days. These fluffy butterfly-shaped braids are like the fun and equally stunning sister to passion twists and if you’re the type that like wearing creative and trending styles (AKA all of us), then you’ll love passion braids due to their unique look.

In this post, I’ve put together the best passion braids styles you can try and a complete guide to all things passion braids.

What are passion braids?

Passion braids are variations of box braids that look similar to passion twists. They are typically braided into thick curly braids with a free water wave braiding hair incorporated into the strands to give it a  distressed and fluffy look. These cute and trendy box braids are also called butterfly braids or distressed braids

What Type Of Hair Is Used For Passion Braids

To make passion braids, you’ll need a combination of pre-stretched expression braiding hair and freetress water wave hair.

How Long Do Passion Braids Last?

Passion braids can last anywhere from 4-8 weeks, depending on how well you care for them. It is best to keep them in for no longer than 6-8 weeks though, as your natural hair will need some TLC and proper care by that point.

How Can I Maintain My Natural Hair While It’s In Passion Braids?

It is critical to keep your natural hair properly taken care of while it’s in passion braids to reduce breakage and ensure your hair remains healthy when you eventually take down the style. To maintain your braids in this style, you’ll need to do the following:

  • Apply a moisturizing spray or leave-in conditioner to the hair 1-2 times a week to keep the hair moisturized.
  • Massage a hair oil into the scalp a few times a week to keep the hair shiny and seal in the moisture from your moisturizing spray
  • Cover the hair with a bonnet before going to bed

How Many Packs Of Hair Do I Need For Passion Braids?

The amount of braiding hair you’ll need for passion braids depends on the volume and length of the style you choose. For most styles though, you’ll need about 3-4 packs of pre-stretched braiding hair and 4-5 packs of freetress water wave hair. If your braids are long and full, you’ll need more.

How Much Do Butterfly Passion Braids Cost?

Depending on the length and style you choose, passion braids can cost between $150-$200. In some cities, the price may be a bit higher but it should cost no more than $300. If you find a stylist who’s charging over $300 for passion braids, girl, run.

How Do I Keep My Passion Braids From Getting Frizzy Quickly?

Since they have a naturally distressed and fluffy look after installation, passion braids can get frizzy very quickly if you’re not doing your best to take care of them. So, if you want to get long wear out of your braids and keep them from getting frizzy ensure to avoid over-styling them. Not only will this prevent the water wave braiding hair used from getting frizzy and dull, but it will also protect your natural hair since you’ll be avoiding excess manipulation and tugging.  It is also important to always wrap your passion braids in a bonnet before going to bed to prevent them from rubbing against your beddings and developing frizz.

Once you notice your passion braids are getting frizzy, you can also refresh them by applying a hair mousse on the full length of the hair and sleek down the edges with a gel.

How to make passion braids    

Passion braids are one of the easiest styles to DIY because they naturally have a loose look, so even if you are not a pro at braiding hair you can still do them. To make passion braids follow the steps below:

  1. Starting on freshly washed hair, part the hair into clean even sections and secure each one with a hair band.
  2. Apply a braiding gel or pomade to the root of your natural hair and start braiding in a three-stand plait method.
  3. As you get a bit away from the root, feed in the pre-stretched braiding hair and continue to braid down the length of the hair. While doing this, add in the freetress water wave hair as you move along the length of the hair.
  4. Secure the ends of each braid with a rubber band to hold it in place.
  5. After braiding, use your fingers to lightly pull the braiding hair to create the loose and slightly messy look of the passion braid.
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In this post, I will share how to get this hairstyle done, what type of hair to use, how many packs of hair to use and how to maintain your hair while in this protective style. 

1. Half-Up Half-Down

Butterfly Passion Braids

If you want a gorgeous style that keeps your hair out of your face while allowing you to show off the fullness and fun shape of your braids, this half-up half-down passion braid style is perfect for you.

What you’ll need: freetress waterwave hair   and  Xpression braiding hair

2. Waist Length Passion Braids

Butterfly Passion Braids

If you want a hairstyle with some length that is sure to gain you some compliments, then opt for these waist-length passion braids.

What you’ll need: Long freetress water-wave Hair and Pre-stretched braiding hair

3. Medium Passion Braids

Butterfly Passion Braids

@donebybethany

Passion braids can sometimes look very bulky because of their chunky size and added fluff, but if you’d like something more minimalist, then these medium passion braids would be great for you. They’re also made in a lovely shade of brown that will look good on anyone.

What you’ll need: light brown freetress waterwave hair 

4. Full With Accessories

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@donebybethany

Want a braid style with some drama and flair? Then these full passion braids with cowries are honestly going to up your hair game.


What you’ll need:cowry shells

5. Fluffy White Passion Braids

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@donebybethany

If you want a fun style you can wear in the summer, these fluffy passion braids with their white color will have you looking like a chic and fluffy cloud.

What you’ll need: Pre-stretched braiding hair

6. Wine Passion Braids

Butterfly Passion Braids

@donebybethany

If you’ve been looking to don red hair but are not a fan of the super bright shades. These wine passion braids have a toned down yet eye-catching look that will satisfy all your red hair desires.

What you’ll need: wine braiding hair

7. Side Part Passion Braids

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@donebybethany

This style is great for those with a square or heart-shaped face as the side parting will give the braids a flowy balance to soften your facial features.
What you’ll need: black freetress braiding hairXpression pre-stretched braiding hair

8. Copper Passion Braids

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@funky_signature

Want brightly colored style with a rich shade that will compliment your medium-dark skin tone flawlessly? Opt for these copper passion braids

What you’ll need: copper braiding hair

9. Color Mix Passion Braids

Butterfly Passion Braids

@hair.by.tajle

This style is a great way to combine two very different shades while still looking stunning. The deep shade of gold hair used helps to add a nice contrast to pair with the dark natural hair at the base.


What you’ll need: : golden braiding hair

10. Deep Brown Passion Braids

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These deep brown passion braids are the perfect look to go for if you want a style with earthy tones that can be paired with different outfits.


What you’ll need: : dark brown freetress water wave hair

11. Bright Red Passion Braids

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@larry_beautyglam

If you’re a fan of bright shades of hair then these red passion braids with their somewhat pastel undertones are a perfect style. To up the ante, you can even lightly dye the roots of your hair a matching shade of red.

What you’ll need: red braiding hair  pre-stretched braiding hair

12. Simple Black Passion Braids

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@larry_beautyglam

Passion braids with their butterfly structure are already super dramatic, so if you’re looking for a way to rock them in a simple yet cute look, this style is perfect for you.


What you’ll need: black braiding hair

13. Gold Passion Braids With Cornrows

Butterfly Passion Braids

@larry_beautyglam

If you’re a fan of cornrow and are looking to create a love contrast with your passion braids, then these gold passion braids with their cornrowed front section will make you fall in love.

What you’ll need: Golden pre-streched braiding hair and gold freetress water wave hair

14. Jumbo Straight Back Passion Braids

Butterfly Passion Braids

@passionbraidsja

This is a simple and chic style you can try if you’re looking to spend less time getting your braids done.

What you’ll need: Long freetress water wave braiding hair

15. Stitch Cornrows Passion Braids

Butterfly Passion Braids

@passionbraidsja

A stitch braid-passion twists combo that will look stunning on anyone, this style is great to try if you can’t decide between straight back cornrows or a full box braids style.

What you’ll need: Black pre-streched braiding hair

16. Sleek Middle Part Passion Braids

Butterfly Passion Braids

@slaybyvee_

If you want a style that will balance out your features and draw attention to the center of your face, these sleek middle part passion braids are the perfect style for you.

What you’ll need: A few packs of freetress water wave hair

17. Chunky Passion Braids With Color Mix

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@slaybyvee_

This style is great if you’re the type that like a bit of color but do not want to look too dramatic.

What you’ll need: colored braiding hair and black freetress water wave hair

18. Frizzy Passion Braids

Butterfly Passion Braids

@touchedbysidnie

Want your passion braids to look extra distressed and fluffy? Try this frizzy look. The braids are lightly combed and pulled widely to create an extra loose pattern.

What you’ll need: prestreched braiding hair

19. Cherry Red Passion Braids

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@d_braid_link

These cherry red passion twists have a deep and rich shade of red that will look great on medium to dark skin tones.

What you’ll need: Cherry red pre-streched braiding hair

20. Crotchet Passion Braids

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@dadouhair

A crotchet version of passion braids is the way to go if you don’t want the tension of having your roots braided the normal way.
What you’ll need: : crotchet hair

21. Kinky Braided Black Passion Braids

Butterfly Passion Braids

@dadouklmt_hairstyle

This style has a somewhat kinky texture that blends seamlessly with the real hair underneath making it the perfect passion braid style to choose if you want something that’ll look very natural

What you’ll need: marley hair and freetress water wave hair

22. Highlights Passion Braids

Butterfly Passion Braids

@hair_avi.nue

This style features golden highlights that add some depth to the shape of each braid and it is a great way to rock a mix of colors.

What you’ll need: Gold prestreched braiding hair and color 1b freetress water wave hair

23. Curly Red Passion Braids

Butterfly Passion Braids

@hairbymarloe

These red passion braids are another great way to rock the butterfly braids trend in a bright color. The curled ends of this style also add a feminine volume to the entire look.

What you’ll need: Dark red pre-stretched braiding hair

24. Grey Updo Passion Braids

Butterfly Passion Braids

@janies_hair_styles

This look features a bright shade of grey that will look amazing on any occasion. It is also pulled into a lovely updo that’s great for pairing with dressed-up outfits.

What you’ll need: grey freetress waterwave hair

25. Passion Braids Curled Ends

Butterfly Passion Braids

@madebymojola

A great way to add a beautiful flowy structure to compliment the fluffed look of passion braids is the include curled ends. The easiest way to do this is to incorporate more freetress water wave braiding hair towards the ends of your braids and leave them unbraided.

What you’ll need: a few packs of freetress water wave hair

26. Ombre Passion Braids

Butterfly Passion Braids

@iamnovaetresor

Opt for ombre style passion braids if you’d like to add a touch of color towards the ends of your braids.

What you’ll need: Ombre pre-stretched braiding hair

27. Black Defined Passion Braids

Butterfly Passion Braids

@dadouhair

 

These black passion braids have a seamless defined curl pattern that creates a nice frame for the box braid in the middle and they’re a great style to dress up with a pastel tone make-up  for a romantic look

What you’ll need: X-presssion braiding hair and freetress water wave hair

28. Scanty Passion Braids

Butterfly Passion Braids

@keeyskrowns

If you dread the time you’ll need to spend getting your hair braided; these scanty passion braids are the perfect style for you. They are chunky and made with large sections of hair, so the installation won’t take much time.

What you’ll need: A few packs of color 1b X-pression hair

29. Distressed Curls Passion Braids

Butterfly Passion Braids

These passion braids have a more fluffed structure to the curly edges and they’re the perfect style to try if you want a simple look with a boho vibe.
What you’ll need: freetress water wave hair

30. Bob Length Passion Braids

mandy_jacobz

If you prefer a short style, then you can rock these bob-length passion braids while looking flawless.

What you’ll need: black freetress waterwave hair

31. Curled Blonde Passion Braids

jasitup_xo

These curled passion braids with their bight shade of blonde and loose ringlet curls at the ends are a stunning style you can pair with both casual and dressy outfits.
What you’ll need: freetress water wave hair

32. Jumbo Blonde Passion Braids

davi.dollz

These jumbo blonde passion braids are another great way to incorporate blonde into your hairdo. They are fun and create a nice contrast with the black color of the natural hair at the base.

What you’ll need: blonde braiding hair 

33. Passion Braids With Butterfly Accessories

slayyedbysea

If you want to add a chic and colorful design to your passion braids, accessorize them with butterfly clips to match the butterfly vibe of the entire look.

What you’ll need: butterfly hair clips 

34. Color Sectioned Passion Braids

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If you want a bold style with a stark yet alluring color contrast, then opt for these color-sectioned passion braids. With one side braided black and the other half in a rich chocolate brown, you’ll be the envy of everyone.

What you’ll need: brown and black braiding hair

35. Two Cornrow Passion Braids

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This two cornrow style passion braid is a quick and easy style that’s perfect for those days when you need a low-effort style. They’re also going to be easy to take down.

What you’ll need: a few packs of black braiding hair and freetress waterwave hair

36. Pink And Black Passion Braids

karma.honey

These pink and black passion braids are a fun style you can wear with different outfits.

What you’ll need: pink braiding hair and a few packs of black braiding hair

37. Fluffy Top Bun Passion Braids

lociana5o4

Opt for top bun style when making passion braids to give the face a lovely lift. Be sure to make them in a fun color combo like pink and black.

What you’ll need: pink water wave hair black braiding hair 

38. Braided ponytail Passion Braids

justbraidsinfo

A great way to give your passion braids a unique look is to opt for a combination of cornrows ponytail with the ends made into short passion braids that fall just below the collar bone. It is another great way to rock passion braids in a short style.
What you’ll need: Xpression braiding hairfreetress water wave braiding hair

39. Sleek high ponytail With Passion Braids

sowigs

Everything about this look just oozes drama and it is the perfect look to choose if you have a fancy occasion coming up.

What you’ll need: freetress waterwave hair

40. Dark Ombre Passion Braids

ma.oirstylez

Try these brown ombre passion braids if you’re looking for a style with deep shades of color combinations.

What you’ll need: Ombre braiding hair

Conclusion

Passion braids are a beautiful trendy hairstyle that gives a nice volume and unique structure to your mane, and with numerous styles, colors, and braid patterns, they are the perfect style to rock no matter your preferences. So, if you’re thinking about what protective braid style to wear next, be sure to opt for some of the stunning passion braids hairstyles on this list.

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