Box braids: 6 looks we’re totally in love with!

Jeanette | 05 July 2016
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Want to stay protected and pretty with box braids? Then you’ll definitely want to check out these 6 practical hairstyles for box braids. 

We’ll level with you: we love box braids styles (AKA Poetic Justice braids). Not only are they a pretty and long-term styling option, they also protect your hair from daily manipulation and handling – making them an overall winner in our eyes.

But what do we love most about box braids? Their versatility, of course – which makes them an ideal choice for anyone who gets easily bored of protective ‘dos. Discover how practical they can be by trying out some of our favourite box braid hairstyles below.

Looking for box braid styles? 6 looks to try now

 

hairstyles for box braids: laughing young black woman with box braids in a high bun
High bun with box braids.

1. High bun

Ah, the bun… It’s perfect (and cute!) for keeping your tresses out of your face. And when it comes to creating box braid styles, this ‘do is super easy!

All you need to do is put your braids into a high ponytail and secure with a large hairband. Then, twist it to create your bun, gently wrapping it around itself and using bobby pins to hold it in place. Easy-peasy!

hairstyles for box braids: black and white image of a young black woman with a box braids plaited into an updo
A sophisticated braided updo.

2. Braided pompadour

Looking for unusual styles for box braids? Then ladies, meet the braided pompadour!

To create the look, simply gather your box braids into a high ponytail and secure with a hairband. Section your ponytail into 3 equal parts and create 3 braids by weaving each section into a standard plait.

Now create your quiff by taking the farthest braid and pinning it to the opposite side of your head, sweeping it across your hairline and behind your ear. Pin it at the back of your head with bobby pins. Take the middle braid, and secure it snugly behind the first one, before repeating the process with the last braid – and you’re done!

Pin it at the back of your head with bobby pins. Take the middle braid, and secure it snugly behind the first one, before repeating the process with the last braid – and you’re done!

Styles for box braids: young black woman wearing a shirt with box braids put into a high ponytail
The high ponytail.

3. High ponytail

No roster of box braid hairstyles would be complete without the high ponytail. And just because this style is a classic, it doesn’t mean it should be overlooked (in fact, this ‘do is the basis of so many hairstyles!).

All you need to create it is a simple hairband! Just make sure you get one that’s large and box braid-friendly. Then simply gather your plaits high on your head and wrap your hairband around them a couple of times to hold your ponytail. The result? A pretty and practical updo, perfect for all occasions.

box braid hairstyles: young black woman with box braids in a half-up bun
Top knot for box braids.

4. Half-up bun

Can’t decide whether you want to an updo or to leave your hair down? Well, you don’t have to choose. This half-up, half-down hairstyle lets you have the best of both worlds!

Divide your box braids horizontally on the crown, making sure you have more hair in the lower section. Tie the top section into a high ponytail using a hairband, then twist and wrap your ponytail to create your bun before tucking the ends under, using bobby pins to secure.

box braid styles: '90s-inspired half-up half-down box braid hairstyle
Looking for a fun and protective ‘do? ’90s-inspired buns!

5. Mini space buns

We love buns at All Things Hair. That’s why we couldn’t miss any opportunity to include another bun-tastic look to our box braid hairstyles rundown.

And if you’re wondering what hairstyle you should rock at all those festivals and summer parties? These ’90s-inspired mini space buns are just the trick.

To create the style, start by dividing your box braids horizontally at the temples, making sure you have more hair in the lower section. Then split the top section into 2 equal parts vertically, and tie them into 2 high ponytails.

Gently twist and wrap the ponytail around itself and secure with bobby pins. Repeat the process on the other side, and you’re done!

box braids: young black woman with box braids wearing a patterned headscraf
Wrap it up with a head scarf.

6. Head-wrap

Looking for an easy way to add a bohemian touch to your hairstyles for box braids? Why not try a headscarf? It’s a really easy way to jazz up box braid hairstyles – and all you have to do is pick out a pretty scarf or piece of fabric to achieve the look.

Take a square scarf, fold it in half, and tie it at the front your head. Twist the ends of the scarf together as if you were doing a two-strand twist. Then wrap the scarf around itself to create a bun-like shape, tucking in its ends to secure.

Editor’s tip: Want to keep your hair hydrated while looking pretty? Try a silk scarf for your tresses – it’s much softer and won’t absorb any of your precious moisture!

 

Enjoyed discovering our cool styles for box braids? Well, don’t forget to share your favourite hairstyles for box braids with us on Twitter and to check out our Braids page, will you?

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