Box braids: Hairstyles to inspire your next look

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Love box braids? Hairstyles a bit hard to come by? Well, there’s no need to suffer in silence. Just take a look at our images of box braids for instant inspo!

Now, you may think that hairstyles with box braids are limited but in reality, these woven miracles open up a world of new possibilities for your mane! Seriously, we’re talking space buns, bow buns, half-up, half-down styles – plus loads more. 

So to see just how versatile these braids can be, simply scroll down. Or click through our box braids gallery for our favourite hairstyles with box braids. 

8 pictures of box braids to inspire your next hairstyle!


Cute box braids: Young black woman with half-up, half-down bow bun
Half-up, half-down bow bun.

1. Half-up, half-down bow bun

Want super cute box braids? Well, we’re totally obsessed with this half-up, half-down bow bun, which looks super chic on box braided hair.

To achieve this look, start by tying the top section of your hair into a half-up, half-down top knot. Then separate the top knot in half, and bring the tail of the top knot forward. so that it sits in between the separated top knot, creating a bow shape; secure at the back with a clip.

Finally, wrap the rest of the tail around the base of the topknot, and secure with bobby pins.

Box braids hairstyles: Young black woman with high side ponytail
High side ponytail.

2. High side ponytail

Keep cool while you party by wearing your hair up in a stylish high, side ponytail.

To create this ponytail, try tipping your head upside down, before gathering your hair into a high ponytail that sits on whichever side you want. Flip your head back up, and secure your ponytail with a strong-hold hair band.

Then take 2-3 box braids from the tail of your pony, and wrap them around the base to form a makeshift hairband. And there you have it: a sleek-looking ponytail that will let you boogie all night long!

Images of box braids: Young black woman with half-up, half-down knotted crown
Half-up, half-down knotted crown.

3. Half-up, half-down plaited crown

Whether you’re rocking a dress or bomber jacket to a party, know that this box braid hairstyle looks good with almost any outfit. Why? Because the combination of the playful plait with the sophisticated, loose, flowing box braids underneath make for a hairdo that’s super versatile, not to mention utterly stunning.

Box braids gallery: Young black woman with half-up, half-down space buns
Half-up, half-down space buns.

4. Half-up, half-down space buns

Can you tell that we’re huge fans of half-up, half-down hairstyles here at All Things Hair HQ? We’re especially in love with this one, seeing as space buns are super hot this summer. The size of your space buns and where you position them is completely up to you. If you want to be bold, then place them near the front and make them super-sized!


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Box braids gallery: Tia Mowry with box braids to the side
The side swept ‘do. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

5. Rock them side swept

If having your hair down is your preferred style, but you still want to jazz things up, sweep your braids to the side in a similar way to Tia Mowry. This pretty box braid style is casual, understated, and looks great with any outfit. Plus, the slightly undone ends bring an edgy, Rock ‘n’ Roll vibe to this otherwise simple style!

Also, you might want to consider inserting some hair cuffs your braids, too, as they’re an easy to way to earn yourself some extra style points (not to mention being super pretty!).

Box braids hairstyles: Keke Palmer with box braids updo hairstyle
The bun. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

6. Wear them up

If having your hair up is more your thing, then styling your box braids in a giant top knot a la Keke Palmer should be right up your street! Not only does styling box braids like this mean your hair is out of your face, but it’s also a great way to take your mane to new heights, while showing off each intricate braid.

Whether you have thin or chunky box braids, simply pull your mane up into a high ponytail, twist into a bun shape and pin in place. Yep, that’s really all it takes! 

Pictures of box braids: FKA Twigs double bun box braids hairstyle
Styling box braids: Pair them with buns. Credit: David Fisher for Rex by Shutterstock

7. Try some buns

One look we’re totally in love with, is the this cute half-up, half-down double bun hairstyle, which we recently spotted FKA Twigs rocking on the red carpet. This gorgeous ’90s-inspired look is practical, creative, and great for the gym and formal events alike. So, if you’re looking to make a stylish impact with your box braids, consider pairing them with a set of cute space buns!

Hairstyles with box braids: Jade Avia with coloured purple box braids styling box braids to the side
Styling box braids: Add some colour. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

8. Add a touch of colour

Want to make your cute box braids really pop? Then why not try experimenting with some bold hair colours? Go for vibrant highlights, or be brave a rock all over dye job, as shown by Jade Avia. Box braids are really versatile and look great in practically any colour, so don’t be scared to opt for some funky hues to help you really stand out from the crowd!


When it comes to hairstyles with box braids there are no wrong or right ways to go about it. In fact, box braids look best when they are styled with your personality in mind. And if you’re a dab hand at braiding, how about saving yourself some cash and taking a look at our easy step-by-step guide to creating box braids yourself?

30 March 2017