Craving a versatile new look? Learn how to do box braids with our video tutorial.
Don’t worry about booking that salon appointment, ATH is here to teach you how to do box braids yourself in just 10 simple steps. Apart from the fact that they are one of the prettiest protective hairstyles, this technique also has the added advantage of being practical and versatile. However you choose to wear them, you’ll never regret learning how to do box braids.
There’s so much you can do with box braids. I love this protective style – Uche
One of the biggest selling points of learning how to box braid your own hair is that, when looked after, they can be a long-lasting protective hairstyle.
Ready to learn how to box braid? Follow our easy step-by-step tutorial to find out just how simple this technique really is.
How to do box braids in 10 easy steps
Section the hair.
Clip the top half up so it doesn’t get your way when you start plaiting. Then, divide the loose section of hair vertically into two equal sections.
Use a wax.
This will make the hair easier to braid and help reduce frizz at the scalp.
Tie to secure.
This will help to prevent tension on the roots and keep the hair flat against the scalp.
Style your extensions.
This will separate them and make them slightly uneven, giving you a tapered effect that’s more natural.
This will help keep the braid as close as possible to your scalp. Then, start a regular three strand braid by weaving the outer extensions under the middle strand.
Plait from root to tip.
Then, separate the remaining two sections of hair (the extensions) into three and continue weaving the hair until you reach the bottom.
Repeat the process.
It’s essential to use the same size and length extension for each braid so that the style looks seamless.
Dip the ends in hot water.
You can also press a hot towel all over your entire head to flatten any flyaway hairs so each braid looks perfectly polished.
Style your edges.
Place a small amount of the VO5 Mega Hold Styling Gel onto a spare dry toothbrush and use it to seal any stray hairs around your hairline into place.
Now you’ve mastered your box braids, experiment with how you’re going to style them by scrolling through our handy inspo gallery.