2018 Braided Hairstyle Ideas for Black Women. Looking for some new ways to braid your mane? 2018 revamps tired old tresses with traditional African influences to modern braiding techniques. From the use of mixing in golden accents, to beads and shells, 2018 is all about embracing our culture and making it new again. Check out some of the most popular braiding hairstyles that can be spotted in 2018!