Looking for an alternative to box braids? Box twists (AKA rope twists or Senegalese twists), are your next best option. They’re similar to box braids in the sense that your hair is sectioned off into squares before braiding. But, as they’re twisted, the finished result is different and they’re much quicker to do.
In case you couldn’t tell, we’re big fans. Have a look through the gallery above or keep scrolling for a selection of covetable box twist braids you can choose from.
The #1 reason we love twist box braids? They give you a stylish break from your natural hair, protect it from all sorts of weather extremes and styling damage, while also giving you the freedom to try out lots of different hairstyles. Credit: @shinestruck
Not-so-basic Box Twists
Medium Box Twists
Channel your inner Janet Jackson (circa 1993) with these Poetic Justice–inspired twist box braids, and it’ll be the perfect cherry on top of your mom-jeans-and-crop combo. It’s what your look’s been missing! Credit: @ashaloraine
Small Box Twists
Beachy Box Twists
Editor’s tip: You might think that because your hair is in box twist braids that it is protected enough, not needing any extra care, but it definitely does.
We recommend using a spray leave-in conditioner, like the TRESemmé Botanique Nourish & Replenish Hydrating Mist, to nourish and condition your hair.
Not only is this the easiest way to protect your strands, but it will keep your braids looking shiny and well-kept, too.
Glossy Twist Box Braids
The type of hair used to create your braids can make all the difference. Some styles of marley hair will leave you with a more matte, natural-looking texture, whereas this Instagrammer has gone for more glossy Senegalese twists, for a look with extra shine. Credit: @ehbonito
The best thing about twist box braids? As the lengths aren’t your own hair, you can play around with whatever hair colour trends you like (golden blonde, anyone?), without having to worry about damaging your own hair.
You get all the fun of dyeing, just with none of the commitment! Credit: @j_rockii
Silver Grey Twists
Add a pretty burst of colour to classic box twist braids by weaving in a few coloured pieces into your ‘do. Keep the coloured sections of hair underneath for a hidden surprise and your chosen hue will just peek through! Credit: @ugoegenti
Oversized Havana twists
To create bigger twists you’ll need to divide the hair into fewer, larger squares of hair at a time and then twist as normal. Credit: @twistsdaily
Editor’s tip: Wondering what to do with the baby hairs around your hairline? Use a gel, like the VO5 Wet Look Styling Gel, to lay your edges into your favourite shape.
Bob Box Twists