10 Stylish Ways to Wear Block Braids

Upgrade your braided 'do with some 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 to see which we’ve rounded up as our most sought-after looks:

1. Large Block Braids

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The jumbo look.

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

2. Medium Block Parts

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Low jumbo bun.

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.

3. Loose Ponytail

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Loose and easy.

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

4. Rectangle Blocks

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Mix it with rectangle shaped parts.

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

5. Mini Block Braids

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Teeny 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 the 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.

6. Long Block Braided Style

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Popular block braid 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.

7. Small Block Sections

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Keep things small.

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

8. The Block Braid Top Knot

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Everyone’s favorite bun.

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

9. Braids with Rubber Band Ends

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Secure the ends with rubber bands.

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.

10. Diagonal Box

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Play around with the shape.

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