Zoë Kravitz, Serayah McNeill & Co. are making a case for curly box braids

Haven't you heard? Box braids with curly ends are in!  

When you’re constantly wearing your long or short box braids down, it’s easy to get bored. But instead of putting off getting them or taking them out, we suggest you try out the latest trend we’ve been seeing everywhere: curly box braids.

These types of box braids are either left undone and curly at the ends, or have been weaved in with wet and wavy braiding hair, creating the illusion of curly locks (cool, right?). And if you’re dying to know more, here are 5 reasons you should give the trend a go.


close up shot of selah marley with curly box braids styled into space buns in the FROW at Paris Fashion Week
Selah Marley is all about that curly box braids life! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

1. Because it’s It girl-approved

We predicted that Selah Marley would soon be on everyone’s radars, so when we spotted her at Paris Fashion Week with curly box braids (look closely at her ends!), we knew we were witnessing mane history in the making.

Her box braids with curly ends add extra charm to her otherwise simple space buns hairstyle, giving her overall look a fresh boho vibe. Now, who wouldn’t want that?

close up shot of zoe kravitz with blonde micro box braids with curly ends, wearing all black on the the oscars 2017 red carpet
Zoë Kravitz serving up major Marilyn Monroe vibes with her box braids + curly ends. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

2. And red carpet-approved, too!

If you prefer to look at the red carpet for mane inspiration, Zoë Kravitz will gladly show you how to slay box braids with curly ends (after all, she practically invented this trend!).

With her platinum micro box braids, curly ends and bold undercut, the star is seriously killing in the hair department by evoking modern Marilyn vibes.

Editor’s tip: Want to make your curly box braids look red carpet-worthy? All you have to do is apply a few drops of the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shine Oil through them to tame any flyaways and make your mane glisten.

close up shot of amandla stenberg with grey crimped curly box braids, wearing all black on the red carpet
Crimped hair, don’t care! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

3. You can get in on the crimped hair trend

Where do we even begin? From the striking grey hair colour to the ’90s-approved curly crimps, Amandla Stenberg really knows how to capture our attention with her short ‘do. So, are you ready to do the same?

Why crimped hair is back for good.

close up shot of mimi elashiry with colourful box braids with curly ends, wearing all black and posing backstage at the Diane Von Furstenberg show
What colours will you go for? Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

4. You can play around with colours

Everyone knows that box braids and curly ends are made for those who adore experimenting hair colours (without having to take the real plunge, ofc).

Just look at how Mimi Elashiry pairs a mix of hues with her colourful curly box braids and then you’ll see how amazing the combo looks! Warning: friends and family may feel mane envy at the sight of you.

These are the hair colour trends you need to try this year.

close up shot of Serayah McNeill with high ponytail box braids with curly ends, wearing denim dungarees and a bikini top, with sunglasses and posing outside in the sun
#Hairgoals! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

5. No matter how you style it, you’ll look on-point

This could be you this spring – that is if you do decide to get box braids with curly ends weaved in! And if you ask us, the best thing about this trend is the fact it’ll finesse any hairstyle you decide to slay.

Whether you’re going to copy Seryah Neville and rock your curly box braids in a ponytail or try a box braids updo, you’ll be beating hair boredom every day of the week.

Editor’s tip: Curly box braids hairstyles look their best when they are well taken care of! So, make sure you’ve got a conditioning spray at hand, like the TIGI S Factor Papaya Leave-In Moisture Spray.

This will help keep your box braids looking and feeling fresh, more hydrated, all while making them look shinier. Yes, please!