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Feel Beautiful in These Stunning Stitch Braids Cornrows

(Last Updated On: October 30, 2021)

Gone are the days of traditional cornrows where everyone’s hairstyle looked similar. Now, thanks to the creativity of Black hairstylists across the globe, Black women can now proudly wear a new cornrow style called “Stitch Braids”. 

This hairstyle is more intricate and takes an elevated braiding skill to achieve. 

You may need to work with a hairstylist that’s experienced with this hairstyling technique if you want your hairstyle to turn out exactly like the picture. Otherwise, you may end up posting a “what I ordered vs. what I got” social media post. Beginners can do stitch braids, but it takes a whole lot of practice. Make sure you have the patience and determination for this style because it is not a 5-minute easy style to do. It will pay off and feel so good once you finally get it down. 

How do you make stitch braids? 

Like any other cornrow hairstyle, you will need kanekalon hair which will be fed into the hair as the hairstylist braids along the hair track.

To achieve a smooth look, you will need a hair gel to define the edges and a holding mousse to tame flyaways and get a smooth and shiny look. 

How long do stitch braids last? 

These hairstyles can last anywhere from two weeks to 6 weeks, depending on how you maintain your hair at night. Covering your hair with a bonnet and scarf is essential to making your style last longer. If your hair grows fast, the stitch braids may not last as long and will need to be taken out sooner. New growth can make stitch braids frizz and look sloppy, so once your new growth starts coming in, you know soon it’s going to be time to take them down. 

What is the difference between stitch braids and traditional cornrows? 

Stitch braids and traditional cornrows look very similar to each other. The stitch braid requires you to use more of your fingers to create the “stitch” look and it requires a more precise part. The difference is very subtle, but the stitch braids have a more distinct look to them and require more work of your fingers and more product to keep the style from frizzing. 

Ponytail Stitch Braids Hairstyles

 

Mohawk Stitch Braids Ponytail

@precisionbraids901

stitch braids cornrows

Mohawk styles are all the rage, and you can get so creative with them. 

You can create this mohawk stitch braid style by using 1-2 packs of hair depending on your preferred length. 

Red Stitch Braids 

red stitch braids with bun

Ask your hairdresser to braid red hair into your stitch braids to get a look like this.

High Bun Stitch Braids 

@_goldngripp_

chunky stitch braids in a bun

Sometimes you just want a low-key look that doesn’t require much upkeep. Wrapping your hair into a bun is the best way to get a cute style, that you can just unwrap your scarf and go. 

High Ponytail Stitch Box Braids

@_j.kimble

stitch braids in a bun with defined edges

Sometimes you want something dramatic that grabs attention. This style is meant to do the trick. 

Stitch Braids Updo

stitch braids without extensions with bangs

This style is classy and perfect for a wedding or work event.

Half up Half down with Crochet

Make sure to have crochet hair to create this half up half down bun style. 

@pearlthestylist_

High Pony Stitch Braids

stitch braids in a pony tail

Thicker stitch braids go so well with a high ponytail and box braids. 

Stitch Braids with a Curly Ponytail

stitch braids in a ponytail with curly ends

To get the gorgeous curls for this style, ask your hairstylist to feed crochet hair into the braids. 

Half Up Bun Stitch Braids

half up half down stitch braids

Make sure to have a pack of blonde braiding hair, and brown to complete this half and half look.

Curly Half Ponytail 

Half up stitch braids with single braids

Some styles just look better with a little curl in them! 

@precisionbraids901

Two-toned stitch braids

two tone half-up half-down stitch braids

Braid this hair into your natural hair, then wrap it into a bun for a bright look. 

Star Part Stitch Braids

Stitch braids in a mega bun

Add a little style and creativity to your style by getting creative with the parts and creating stars

Zigzag Stitch Braids

zig zag stitch braids in a bun

Yes, you can do stitch braids in a straight line, but this is so much more fun! 

Thick and Thin Stitch Braids

Shelly Afrik Hair Stitch Braids

You can even get creative with the size of the braids and have multiple sizes at once. 

Stitch braids with designed baby hair 

Stitch braids ponytail

Use an edge brush to create elaborate baby hairs in front of your stitch braids. 

Stitch Braids with Curls

Jumbo goddess stitch braid in a bun

To add curls to your braids, make sure to grab some of this crochet curly hair and have the hairstylist include them in with the braids

Topknot and High Pony

small stitch braids in a bun

There is, of course, more than one way to wear your stitch braids in a high ponytail.

Stitch braids with reverse braid

@braidsby_trina

Fulani stitch braids in a ponytail

Nope, your braids do not have to all be facing one direction. This is so much cuter! 

Reverse Braid high bun 

@braidsbychinia

jumbo and mini stitch braids in a bun

Adding a reverse braid to this hairstyle gives it such a regal look.

Honey brown Stitch Braids

@erica_letstalkhair

Brown stitch braids

This may seem like a simple color, but with the right hairstyle, it can turn into something extra special. 

Beaded Stitch Braids

Stitch braids with beads

Is your style not loud enough for you? Add some beads at the end and no one will be able to ignore it. 

Zigzag Part stitch braids 

6 stitch braids in a ponytail with curly ends

For the curls, you’ll need the right hair. For the zigzag part, you’ll need the right hairstylist. 

@erica_letstalkhair

Curly high bun

zig zag stitch braids in a bun

For this special bun, you’ll need special hair to create the curls. 

@erica_letstalkhair

Triangle Part Stitch Braids

Custom stitch braids in a bun

A part like this requires a lot of precision, a steady hand, and tons of talent. If your hairstylist can do this, make sure to tip them well! 

@erica_letstalkhair

Red Bun and Box braids

Half-up Half-down stitch braids in a bun

Braid in some red braiding hair to create this colorful style if you’re not ready to dye your natural hair

@getstitchedin

Curly Ponytail

Stitch braids with jerry curl hair

All you need for this style is the perfect ponytail

@iam.royaltee_

Geometric Part Stitch Braids

Custom stitch braids in a bun

Get creative with your parts when you get stitxh braids done! 

@jadaaslaymyway

Jumbo and Micro stitch braids

feed in stitch braids

There’s no need to choose between micro stitch braids and jumbo braids. Just get both! 

@nisaraye

Pretty in Pink braids

red stitch braids

burgundy stitch braids in a bun with beads

Add some wooden beads to the end of your pretty pink hair just for something extra special. 

@ken_kanekalon

Stitch braids with a wrap ponytail

tailbone length stitch braids in ponytail

To achieve this look. just take one or two braids, wrap them around your ponytail, and secure with bobby pins. 

@ken_kanekalon

Double Bun stitch braids 

Accessorized stitch braids in a double bun

A style like this will keep your hair in place, and it works for any occasion. 

@kitoko_ladies

Mini Triangle Parts

Honey blonde stitch braids in a bun

You don’t have to part your whole head in the same fashion. You can do something like this, and only part one or two sections of your hair differently. 

@pearlthestylist_

Criss Cross Stitch Braids 

overlapping stitch braids ponytail

Criss cross braids can only be created from the hands of a seriously talented hairstylist. 

@magicfingersstudio

Curved Stitch Braids 

Curved stitch braids ponytail

Curvy braids are all the rage these days as hairstylists grow and get better with their work. 

@memphisbraider_kt

Medium Braids with High Bun

Simple feed in stitch braids cornrows

There’s nothing wrong with going with a simple stitch braid style once in a while. 

@stacysbraids

Stitch Braids with Oversized Bun

Copper colored stitch braids bun

Don’t forget to secure your bun with bobby pins to get this full look. 

@thetorijtouch

 

Swirled Stitch Braids

lemonade stitch braids bun

This is such a fun and gorgeous way to style stitch braids 

@precisionbraids901]

Peek of Pink stitch braids

stitch cornrow braids ponytail

Add some subtle touches of pink to your stitch braids with braiding hair that is fun enough to create a look like this. 

@precisionbraids901

Micro and Medium Stitch braids 

stitch braids bun on women over 50

Your stitch braids do not all have to be the same size for them to be cute. 

@precisionbraids901

Curly Pony Stitch Braids 

Bohemian stitch braids in a bun

Use both braiding hair and crochet hair to make this dreamy curly ponytail style. 

@precisionbraids901

Blonde Streaks and Bun

Lemonade stitch braids in a bun

Use some blonde braiding hair and braid it into your natural hair to create the streaks in the stitch braids. 

@precisionbraids901

All-Back Stitch Braids Hairstyles

 

Blue Ended Braids

pop smoke stitch braids cornrows

Navy blue is a great color to add to a braided style. 

@precisionbraids901

Micro and Medium Straight Back Braids 

Tribal pop smoke stitch braids

This is a great style because you can also put them into two ponytails or buns to switch it up. 

@shaina_aldridge

Blonde Ends

stitch pop smoke braids with blonde ends

This whole style is a look from top to bottom. 

Braided Half Up Ponytail

Pop smoke stitch braids with curly ends

Just because the braids are braided onto the scalp doesn’t mean you can’t still do a half up half down style

Jumbo Straight Back 

Tribal pop smoke stitch braids

Jumbo braids look so well as a straight-back style and they look good on everyone. 

@precisionbraids901

Small Arrow Parts

Tribal all-back stitch braids

It’s the skill for me! It’s not often you see parts in the shape of arrows.

@precisionbraids901

Mini Connecting Braids

customized all-back stitch braids cornrows

Connect your jumbo braids and your microbraids instead of having them separate. They both look great, but this is so much more fun. 

@precisionbraids901

Swirly Mini Braids

Straight back stitch braids cornrows

Our hair can sometimes tell a story. What are these swirly braids telling us?

Zig Zag Mini Braids 

zig zag all back stitch braids cornrows

Braids are amazing because there are so many things we can do with them because of their versatility. 

@braidenvy_

Mixed Sized Stitch Braids

Wavy all-back stitch braids cornrows

Technically we can call these straight-back braids, but they have a mind of their own. 

@precisionbraids901

Medium zig-zag part

6 zig zag all-back cornrows

This looks amazing with the zigzags large, and the braids small. It works so perfectly. 

@precisionbraids901

Straight back Zigzags

six zig zag straight back stitch braids cornrows

Zigzag parts are really popular with stitch braids because they are easier to do and they’re simply fun to create.

Multiple Part Style Stitch Braids 

side zig zag all back stitch braids

Some styles can also have multiple styled parts and still look fantastic. 

Stitch Braids with Colored Ends

5 zig zag all back ombre stitch braids

Adding a small pop of color doesn’t always have to mean using the brightest pinks and blues you can find. A simple brown can still add a pop of color and personality.

Large Zigzag Part

5 chunky zig zag all back cornrows

Your braids can go straight back but your parts don’t have to! 

Uneven Part Stitch Braids 

Checkered all back stitch braids

There’s something about a not so simple part that really ties a hairstyle together. It takes really skilled hands to create this. 

Asymmetrical Part 

puzzle style all back stitch braids

The best part of natural hair is the many of ways we can create new things with our hair. 

Curved straight back braids 

Curved all-back stitch braids

If you want to add some flair to your style but also keep it simple, you can simply curve the braids but let them hang straight back. 

@braidenvy_

Half Stitch Braids 

Stitch braids with weave at the back

You can choose to do a half stitch braid style such as this and let your natural curls hang loose. It’s like the best of both worlds. 

Flowing Stitch Braids

stitch braids cornrows with water wave weave

There are so many beautiful ponytail styles for these braids, but they look just as gorgeous when you let them flow down your back. 

Stitch Braids with hair chopsticks

4 stitch braids with defined edges

Accessorize your stitch braids by adding some hair chopsticks and hoop earrings. 

Large Stitch Braids 

4 all-back stitch braids

Not all braided styles have to have braiding hair blended into them. There’s nothing wrong with just rocking your natural hair. 

@pearlthestylist_

 

Double ‘X’ Braids 

criss-cross stitch braids with curly ends

There’s nothing simple at all about this elaborate style. It’s perfect for the outgoing extroverts. 

@thetouchofnature_

Straight Backs and a Bun

6 all back stitch cornrows for women

It’s sometimes a hassle to fix your hair up in the morning, but with your stitch braids ending in a low bun, you won’t have to do much to touch it up. 

@trurootsbraids

Simple Straight Back Stitch Braids 

all back stitch braids cornrows

Stick to the classics and enjoy medium stitch braids that go straight back 

Side Bun Stitch Braids

Jumbo straight back stitch braids in a bun

Side buns never go out of style, and they look good on everyone!

Curly Ends Stitch Braids

large and small all-back goddess stitch braidsWith a style like this, you definitely want to make sure to cover your hair at night to make it last as long as possible.

 

Blonde bun

6 all back stitch braids with blonde ends

There’s always a creative way to add a new color to your hairdo. Blonde is a very popular color because it works for everyone. 

 

Colored Ends

8 all back stitch braids with burgundy ends

Just adding color to your ends is sometimes the best way to introduce yourself to adding color to your hair. Work your way up to having a full head of color by doing the ends first. 

One streak of color stitch braids

4 jumbo stitch braids feed-in cornrows

Once in a while, you only need a tiny streak of color in your look to show your personality. 

Subtle color Stitch Braids

burgundy curvy all back stitch braids

Sometimes a subtle pop of color is all you need!

Burgundy Stitch Braids

Jumbo feed-in stitch braids

This is a great color for people whose jobs don’t allow “unnatural” hair colors, but still want to add some color to their look.

Pink stitch braids

pink all back stitch braids

Grab some pink braiding hair and you can create these gorgeous braids yourself. Make sure to ask the stylist to braid the pink in with your natural hair. 

Medium straight back stitch braids

Simple all-back stitch braids cornrows

This size of braids is one of the most common but it’s a classic.

@neshae_ro

Knee-length Stitch braids

6 all back stitch braids with defined edges

It’s the length for me! There’s nothing wrong with braids that almost touch your toes. 

Six Straight back stitch braids

Chunky stitch braids on natural hair

Six straight back is such a simple style, but it always looks good no matter what. 

Straight back mini bun

All back stitch braids with blonde extensions

Simply have your stitch braids tied up into a small bun, and add a little pop of color as well. 

 

Multi-size straight back stitch braids

curvy all-back stitch braids cornrows

We’ve seen so many gorgeous ponytails, buns, and more stitch braids, but there’s nothing wrong with braiding them straight back once in a while. 

@precisionbraids901

X-design Stitch braids

heart shaped blonde stitch braids

This style is definitely a treasure and X marks the spot!

@precisionbraids901

 

 

 

 

 

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