Lacking styling inspiration for your long box braids? We’ve got you sorted!
Long box braids are by far one of the most loved black hairstyles around and really, it’s not hard to see why. They’re one of the best protective styles you can rock while trying to grow your natural hair as once installed, it’s incredibly low maintenance (lasting between 1-2 months!).
However, once you’ve had your hair braided, you’ll probably be wondering what you can do to change up your look from day to day, right?
So, whether you’re a long-term box braid wearer looking to jazz up your mane or you’re new to the world of long box braids hairstyles and need some style advice, there are plenty of cute and creative ways to wear them — and the proof is in our inspiration gallery.
17 of our favourite go-to long box braids styles
1. Half-up hair
Don’t be afraid to start simple. Every day looks call for something that’s quick and easy but still makes an impact – and this half-up hairdo does just that.
Editor’s tip: Looking for a way to lay down your baby hairs? We find the easiest way is to use a toothbrush and some gel to work the hairs into place. The VO5 Wet Look Styling Gel is a favourite of ours as it gives a slick, shiny finish that really completes the look.
2. Hair wraps
Headbands of all kinds are having a moment right now and this is the best news for girls with long box braids.
Headbands and hair wraps can be used in a variety of different ways like wrapped around a bun as seen here. Once you get one, you’ll honestly wonder what you ever did before! Credit: @_zazzooo
3. Half-up bun
The hun (AKA a half-up, half-down bun) is undeniably in the running for the cutest style around. But did you also know it’s one of the easiest hairstyles for long box braids?
Simply divide your hair into 2 layers (top and bottom) and twist the top section around on itself to form a neat little bun. Et voila: instantly cool hair without even having to try!
Editor’s tip: The size of your hun will vary depending on the thickness of your braids, so if your bun is too big or small for your liking, simply add or take away hair from your top section until you achieve your perfect result.
4. High bun
A high bun is a fail-safe way to bring some elegance to your daily hair routine. Professional enough to wear to work but also glam enough for a night out with the girls, it’s versatility is what makes us love it so much.
5. Half-up ponytail
Our main concern when choosing the day’s hairstyle is how much extra time it’ll let us spend in bed. Anyone else? That’s why this easy as pie half-up pony is one we find ourselves going back to time and time again. Credit: @seyi.ebiesuwa
6. Braided bow
Who needs accessories when you can make your own hair bow with your hair. Get the look in a cinch with our bow hair tutorial!
7. Space buns
We’re firm believers that space buns are for life and not just for festivals. Essentially the same as a half-up bun, but with two instead of one! After all, double the buns = double the fun, making this the perfect way to show off your bubbly personality through your hair.
Who said you can’t rock long box braids styles and still slay the latest hair trends, right? Credit: @meet_the_stylist
8. Braided braid
A braided braid, who knew? This gorgeously intricate side braid is the perfect way to show off your long box braids and keep them looking neat.
Editor’s tip: Whichever long box braids hairstyles you fall in love with, remember to keep your hair well hydrated using a leave-in conditioner, like the TRESemmé Botanique Nourish & Replenish Hydrating Mist.
This convenient spray-on formula is a quick and easy way to make sure your hair is getting the nourishment it needs. Plus, it leaves your locks smelling like a tropical island.
9. Headband braid
Have you spent ages searching how to style long box braids yet find that all of the looks you’re coming across are too complicated? This romantic headband braid may look intricate but is actually super simple.
All you need to do is take the front section of your hair and weave it into a basic 3-strand braid, tucking it into the back of your head using a clip. And that’s it — perfectly polished princess hair without the stress, phew! Credit: @keepingupwiththekinks
10. Side braided ponytail
Super fun but also a practical way to keep your long box braids in check (ideal for work or even the gym when you want them out of your way), your only trouble will be deciding which side to put it on.Credit: @nakittahannah
11. Top knot
12. Retro pompadour
If vintage hairstyles are your jam, first, us too! and second, the pompadour is surely the ‘do for you. Loved by stars like Janelle Monae and Keke Palmer, this classically androgynous style has had a feminine reincarnation on the red carpet.
As hairstyles for long box braids go, this is the perfect way to dress up your mane for a special occasion or night out. It may take a little practice if you’re a beginner, but we think you’ll agree it’s well worth the effort. Credit: @msaliciajames
13. Coloured braids
Sure, these pink and blue coloured braids might not be for the faint of heart – but we say if you’re going to do colour, why not go all out? Plus, with such head-turning hues, you can afford to keep your actual style super simple – just a basic low pony will do.
14. Box braid with undercut
If standard long box braids styles aren’t your cup of tea and you’re looking for something a bit more out there, try adding a punky edge to your look with a shaved undercut.
Incorporating traditional long box braids hairstyles with a more daring shaved section, it’s the ultimate contrast between girly and tough, because newsflash: it’s 2018 and you can be both. Credit: @sararose.official
15. Half-up flower braid
17. Fishtail braid
Who says having box braids means you can’t rock those envy-inducing braids we see all over Pinterest? This dreamy side-swept fishtail braid is the stuff of any Pinner’s dreams and looks totally mermaid-worthy. Credit: @naturally_candace