Block Braids: The Trending Box Braid Style You Need to Give a Shot

Alyssa François | 05 December 2017
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Build your braided style with blocks.

Block braids are just another way of describing box braids that have visible square-shaped sections for each braid. It’s important to know this terminology as it makes it easier to show and explain to your stylist the exact style you’re after. The size of your block sections, whether it be big or small, can help determine the size of your braids as well.

There are so many block braid styles to choose from, and of course, endless ways to wear the look. If you’re looking for ideas, you have come to the right place! Read on below as we’ve rounded up some of the most sought-after looks:

Block Braids: 10 Stylish Ways to Wear this Popular Style

 

 

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The jumbo look.

1. Large Block Braids

The bigger your blocks, the bigger your braids will be. Try this fun take on the block braid with colorful braiding hair.

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Low jumbo bun.

2. Medium Block Parts

If jumbo box braids aren’t your thing, you can go down a size or two. We love the idea of medium block braids with a low bun.

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Loose and easy.

3. Loose Ponytail

Try block braids with looser root to avoid tension. Style your hair into loose ponytails and buns.

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Mix it with rectangle shaped parts.

4. Rectangle Blocks

You don’t have to settle for square blocks; you can also try rectangles or mix it up with both.

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Teeny block braids.

5. Mini Block Braids

The only part about mini block braids is that it takes a while to install and a while to remove. Commit to this look if you have patience to sit while getting your hair done, as well as a healthy amount of patience for the removal process. To maintain this look, keep hair intact and frizz-free with an oil like Nexxus Oil Infinite Hair Oil.

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Popular block braid style.

6. Long Block Braided Style

This is one of the most popular looks when it comes to box braids with block-shaped parts. If you want something that’s in style, you can’t go wrong with this version.

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Keep things small.

7. Small Block Sections

Keep things small and simple with small blocks of braids. You can wear this style for months. To wash, opt for using a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner like Suave Professionals Coconut Milk Infusion Deep Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner.

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Everyone’s favorite bun.

8. The Block Braid Top Knot

Looking for ways to style your new block braids? No matter what size block braids you settled for, a top knot works for all.

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Secure the ends with rubber bands.

9. Braids with Rubber Band Ends

To prevent your braids from loosening at the ends you can use a rubber band to fasten the ends. As an alternative, you can opt for not getting blunt ends, and instead have your stylist leave your ends loose and backcomb to fasten in place.

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Play around with the shape.

10. Diagonal Box

If you want to get a little more creative with your look, you can also try a diagonal block shape.

Want more box braid hairstyle ideas? Here are some of the most coveted medium box braided looks of the season.