Loose box braids are a type of individual braids that end partway down the hair, leaving the ends of the hair unbraided. Fast becoming the hottest protective hairstyle to rock, many members of the glitterati have already been spotted wearing box braids with loose ends, giving us major mane envy.
Whether you’re obsessed with Poetic Justice braids or are contemplating giving them a go (or maybe you’re wondering what loose box braids even look like?), take some style notes from these celebrities who are slaying box braids + loose ends, below.
Curly Loose Box Braids
It’s no secret we’re huge fans of fun coloured box braids, but there is a way to make them look even more enchanting. How? When paired with curly ends, of course. Just look at how Chanel Iman rocks the trend and you’ll understand what we mean.
Her box braids ends are undone, curly and perfectly complete the boho look she’s going for. Oh Chanel, we wish we had your mane!
Loose Box Braids + High Ponytail
Another hairstyle that’ll stylishly show off box braids ends? A high ponytail — isn’t that right, Serayah McNeill?
Next read: Box braids ponytail hairstyles you’ll love.
Zoe Kravitz Braids
Let’s face it, Zoë Kravitz‘ braid game is always on-point – and this showstopping example is certainly no exception.
We love how she has paired her baby box braids (AKA micro braids) with wavy ends, which help add a beachy touch to this otherwise simple style.
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Loose Box Braids Bun
Crimped Box Braids Ends
As you can see, she’s undone her medium box braids from nearer the top, showing off some crimp-tastic waves (sorry, not sorry!).
Psst: Grey is the colour of the season, so earn yourself some extra sartorial points and get the hue in your box braids, too.
Side-Swept Box Braids with Loose Ends
Have you always wanted to channel your inner silver screen siren? If so, you need to take mane notes from Amber Dixon Brenner, who’s giving us all a lesson in natural hair styling.
As you can see, her side-swept micro box braids ends have elegant, classic curls incorporated into them, giving an effortlessly romantic vibe to her overall look. Honestly, you’ll be the belle of any ball with a ‘do this fab!
Feathery Loose Box Braids
Ease yourself into the box braids + loose ends trend by copying Tia Mowry’s feminine feathery look. As you can see, her long box braids ends are subtly undone, which she cleverly shows off with this side-swept hairstyle.
Accessorised Box Braids Ends
Notice how her box braids ends have faceted crystal beads attached to them, creating a sparking chandelier effect? Now that’s what we call creative!
Mermaid Box Braids with Wavy Ends
Getting long box braids has its pluses! Just like Tessa Thompson, you can channel serious mermaid vibes with these long braids and wavy ends.
Completing the look with pearls will make your look extra runway-worthy.
’90s Box Braids with Loose Ends
Our goal for a night out is to feel as chic as a ’90s babe. This TLC-inspired hairstyle will let us do just that. See you on the dance floor!
Edgy box braids
If curly loose box braids aren’t enough, you can take the edge up a notch by teaming your hairstyle with a fierce undercut, like Mary J. Blige has done.
We also love how she’s fashioned her mane into a half-up, half-down ponytail hairstyle — how about you?