20 Best Box braids Bob Styles to Try in 2020

Box braids in a bob? Nope, we're not pulling your leg, because this is hottest new protective style trend around!  

If you’ve been paying attention to the runways and red carpets this season, you’ll know the two things that have been ruling the hair world: box braids and bobs. And if you’re torn between rocking a protective style and enjoying the convenience of a shorter look, you can have both with a box braids bob.

Ahead, we’ve put together an inspiring gallery that features the best short bob box braids styles from Instagram, to inspire you to take the plunge.

Chin-Length Box Braids

Box braids bob: Woman with caramel brown short bob box braids hairstyle, wearing a grey top
You can go shorter, don’t you know? Credit: Instagram.com/olajarel

Minimal, classic and ultra-stylish; these are all words we would use to describe these laid-back box braids bob. Don’t you agree?

This chin-length cut is equal parts cute and sassy, making it the perfect for first-timers who want to dip into the trend, yet don’t want to go for anything too dramatic. Credit: @olajarel

Cute Short Braids

Woman with very short box braids bob
Credit: Instagram.com/melviee

This cute look is a must-try for ladies who want to frame their face shape. Credit: @melviee

Short Bob Braid With Side Bangs

Woman with side swept short box braids hairstyle
Credit: Instagram.com/thelondoncurls

Some side-swept bangs are a great way to make a statement with short bob braids. Credit: @thelondoncurls

Braided Bob With Undercut

Amandla Stenberg with short bob braids with side shaved hair
Credit: Instagram.com/amandlasponsored

What makes these short braids even cooler is the unique shaved hair design this beauty has teamed with them. Credit: @amandlasponsored

Wavy Short Box Braids

Short wavy box braids hairstyle
Credit: Instagram.com/braidedbytee

For a classic beachy vibe, opt for a mix of done and undone short box braids as this beauty has done.Credit: @braidedbytee

Short Dookie Braids

Box braids bob: Woman with dark brown thick, short dookie braids with hair cuffs in them, wearing a black top and posing against a brick wall
The thicker the box braids, the better the style game. Credit: Instagram.com/jemiomusic

Prefer thick box braids? Bob styles, like these dookie braids, will allow you to fulfil your mane fantasies while making sure you nail those ’90s vibes. Credit: @jemiomusic

’90s-Inspired Box Braids in a Bob

Box braids bob: Woman with dark brown short bob box braids smiling
Jada Pinkett Smith is that you?! Credit: Instagram.com/kersti.pitre

This Jada Pinkett Smith-inspired asymmetric bob (circa The Nutty Professor) is another ‘do you can try if you love all things ’90s.

But aside from being gorgeous, the best thing about this side-parted asymmetrical cut is it can work for all face shapes. Credit: @kersti.pitre

Editor’s tip: Whichever box braids bob style you decide to go for, be sure to protect your tresses with a leave-in conditioner spray, like the TRESemmé Botanique Nourish & Replenish Hydrating Mist. This will help to keep your strands hydrated and leave them with a lustrous sheen.

Modern Braided Bob

Woman with short braided asymmetrical bob with hair accessories
Credit: Instagram.com/jenylucena

With short hair, accessories are everything! Give your favourite bob box braids a sparkly makeover with some gold hair threading and hair cuffs. Credit: @jenylucena

Short Blonde Box Braids

close up shot of woman with blonde box braids bob style, wearing white shirt and blue jeans
Platinum ambition? Take note of this look. Credit: Instagram.com/maryzzle_

Love platinum hair? This Khaleesi-inspired hue has been spotted on some of the best-tressed stars around (we’re looking at you Kim K-W and Solange!).

Give your box braids bob a modern update with this sparkling, platinum colour and you’ll be feeling like a celeb in no time. Credit: @maryzzle_

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Rose Gold Short Braids

Bob braids bob: Woman with rose gold short box braids, wearing cherry earrings with grey blazer and pink top, posing outside
Box braids bob styles look magical in this colour! Credit: Instagram.com/sol_noturno

The coolest way to go pink? By getting rose gold hair (a la this trendsetter). These pretty coloured braids are all you need to take your short hair to the next level. Credit: @sol_noturno

Short Red Cornrow Box Braids

Woman with red cornrow braided box braids
Credit: Instagram.com/nneunfiltered

Short, sassy red box braids are always gorgeous. Credit: @nneunfiltered

Short Purple Braids

Woman with purple long box braids bob
Credit: Instagram.com/tropicalboxbraids

Go full-on purple with these neat and small box braids. It is the perfect, protective Holiday hairstyle for naturals! Credit: @tropicalboxbraids

Boho Box Braids

Box braids bob: Woman with dark brown box braid bob hairstyle, wearing boho hat and sunglasses
Kick up those boho vibes with hat and you’ll be good to go! Credit: Instagram.com/brosiaaa

With your box braids in a bob, you can add carefree, boho vibes to your everyday look  all with minimal effort. Credit: @brosiaaa

Up next: 11 beautiful boho box braids hairstyles you’ll want to try now.

Asymmetrical Short Braided Bob

Woman with angled short box braids
Credit: Instagram.com/braidedbytee

This simple, striking bob hairstyle has a gorgeous fashionable edge to it. Credit: @braidedbytee

Medium Box Braids

Box braids bob: Woman with dark brown box braids in a bob style smiling, wearing floral dress
Can’t bear to part with long lengths? Try rocking a medium bob! Credit: Instagram.com/mercredie

Just because you want short bob box braids, that doesn’t mean you have to completely part with your long hair. In fact, you can get the best of both worlds with medium or even lob-length box braids.

Just look at how this mega-babe rocks medium bob box braids and then you’ll understand what we mean — pretty neat, right? Credit: @mercredie

Editor’s tip: Finish off this playful look with a healthy spritz of the TONI&GUY Illuminating Hair PerfumeNot only will this help add some shine to your look, but it’ll also make your hair smell absolutely divine!

Half-Up Short Braids

Box braids bob: Woman with dark brown half up half down short bob box braids, with yellow background
You’ve got to try this hun, hun! Credit: Instagram.com/kalkidan_

The hun (AKA half-up bun) is the hairstyle of the season, so earn yourself some extra sartorial points by rocking the style with your short bob box braids. Credit: @kalkidan_

Half-Up, Half-Down Space Buns

Bob braids bob: Woman with dark brown short box braids styled into half-up, half-down space buns, wearing round sunglasses and beige turtleneck top
Space buns for days. Credit: Instagram.com/zhaanaay

Double the buns, double the fun, right? If you’ve got a party coming up, you can’t go wrong with styling your bob box braids into this space buns half-up style. Credit: @zhaanaay

Cornrow Braided Bob

Bob braids bob: Woman with caramel brown short fulani braided bob hairstyle with bead detailing at the ends, wearing a yellow top and posing in a bathroom setting
Solange would seriously approve of this look! Credit: Instagram.com/solange_hair

Not all box braids bob styles have to be the same. In fact, you can give this classic hairstyle a modern update by adding a stunning Fulani effect at the front. Don’t forget the beads, will you? Credit: @solange_hair

Short Box Braids Updo

Box braids bob: Woman with dark brown box braids styled into a scarf updo, posing against some green plants
Everyone loves a good updo. Credit: Instagram.com/naturalbabe10.11_pro

Never underestimate the power of a hair scarf. Pair it with an updo of your choice and you’ve seriously got yourself a no-fail fashion combo. Credit: @naturalbabe10.11_pro

Fun Braided Bob Hairstyle

Box braids bob: Woman with dark brown box braids bob hairstyle, with accessories in it
Adding accessories to your bob box braids will make your mane look like work of art. Credit: Instagram.com/tarnde

From ribbon to hair cuffs, giving your short hair a fresh feel will be as easy as 1-2-3 Credit: @tarnde

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