The most beautiful thick box braids to inspire your next style

We don't often think sizes matters, but when it comes to thick box braid hairstyles, bigger is always better!  

Now that we’ve finally crawled out of the throes of Winter, we bet that you’re on the hunt for a fresh new look to kick off Springtime in style, right? Then how about trying thick box braids? We know this might not sound like the light and breezy hairdo you had imagined for warmer weather, but the popular ’90s hairstyle is having a major revival!

As a protective ‘do, thick box braid hairstyles have long been a go-to look for naturalistas. And since they’re relatively low maintenance (not to mention stars like Zoe Kravitz, Solange and FKA Twigs having rocked the look), box braid hairstyles are in seriously high demand.

However, don’t worry if you don’t know how to style thick braids like these A-list celebs, because we’ve rounded up the best looks from Instagram to inspire you!

Instagram ideas about thick box braids


Blonde thick box braid hairstyles - Instagram
Lighten up ladies! This blonde thick box braids hairstyle is great for a spring update.

Lighten up

Want to find out if blondes really do have more fun? Then there’s only one way to know for sure – brighten your mane with a stunning blonde hue! Thick box braids might already be a bold look to rock alone, but with the addition of a light hair colour, each woven strands will earn you that many more style points.

For some super on-trend hair inspo, just look at the above Instagrammer! The contrast between black roots and blonde braids make a big statement, yet somehow give off a subtly elegant vibe, too. Credit: @indianaifill 

Half shaven half thick box braids hairstyle - Instagram
Shave it off! Work two hairstyles at once with this half shaved half thick box braid hairstyle. Credit:

Shaved sides

With every hairstyle, there comes a point where you’re simply bored of the same look day-in-day-out. So if you’re ready to break free from repetitive styling, we think this half shaved box braid hairstyle will be perfect for you.

Thick box braid hairstyles lend themselves amazingly well to so many looks – and with this ‘do, you’ll be giving your thick box braids a hot 2-in-1 style update! Credit: @cruzaretha 

Turn heads with stunning grey thick box braid hairstyles
Grey thick box braids is the perfect head turner. Credit:

Ageless style

Grey hair has been one of the biggest hair trends over the last few months, being splashed all over the runways and fashionable city streets. So why not join the styling elite and adopt this age-defying hue in your braided mane?

Learning how to style thick box braids is a piece of cake when rocking grey strands, because you can let the steely tones do all the heavy lifting! Just leave your braids down and free to move, and watch as every head turns your way. Credit: @crystalannrod

Lob length thick box braids hairstyle - Instagram
Prefer your locks shorter? Than this lob length thick box braids is simply stunning. Credit:

Lob braids

Ideas about thick box braids are not limited to Rapunzel-length locks, don’t you know? This mid-length lob looks stunning and can be worked into many great hairstyles, just like longer braids.

We know that cropping your hair isn’t something to be taken lightly, with many aspects to consider before making a commitment. However, if you have made your mind up to the plunge, don’t forget to check out our top tips on picking the right haircut for you. Credit: @kersti.pitre

Rapunzel length green thick box braids - Instagram
We’re green with envy at this Rapunzel length thick box braids hairstyle. Credit:

Green with envy

We’ve seen how well blonde and grey hues work for woven locks, so now it’s time to take a turn on the dark side. Green hair is one of the latest colour trends taking the celebrity world by storm, and is definitely one you should make a note of!

From Hilary Duff to Kylie Jenner, and then Rihanna (have you seen her Lady Liberty look for Paper magazine?), 2017 is fast becoming the year of green hair!  Credit: @nstaytler

Ideas about thick box braids: triangle pattern braids - Instagram
Switch it up with triangle box braids. Credit:

Triangle braids

Triangle braids are the perfect alternative to traditional thick box braid hairstyles. And to really show off your triangle braids, work your strands into a chunky half-up, half-down top knot hairstyle, which will make your unique parting shape a key feature of your ‘do! Credit: @beautycreationsinsta 

how to style thick box braids: use some hair jewellery - Instagram
Why not jazz up your thick box braids with some hair jewellery? Credit:

Get jazzy with jewels

Low on funds but need a way to up your style in an instant? Then raid your jewellery box in search of super fun and edgy accessories to work into your thick box braids. Simply do like the above Instagrammer and add a range of different hair jewellery to your braids for a bohemian, festival-ready look. Credit: @zolee_g 


Did you love our round up of the best thick box braid styles? Then check out our Black Hairstyles page for major #hairinspo. From celebrity inspiration and how-to video tutorials, you’re sure to be tempted to rock new tresses every day of the week!

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