Box braids are always a fun, hip hairstyle. But, the style may look a little too complicated for some hair minimalists out there to D.I.Y. Many people opt for extensions to create a box braid look, but if you want to keep your natural locks intact, we have news for you: you can easily create box braids on natural hair, too!
Want to learn how to do box braids on natural hair? Then check out our steps and tips below, and make sure to also take a look at the amazing styles we hand-picked just for you to try out with your new natural box braids.
How to Create Box Braids On Natural Hair
Step 1. Start with clean hair.
First off, you’re going to want to start with clean hair. Wash your hair with any shampoo and conditioner of your choosing. We recommend SheaMoisture Papaya & Neroli All Day Frizz Control Shampoo and Conditioner to keep frizz and flyaways tamed.
Step 2. Section your hair.
Once your hair is dry, section it into four separate parts. Make sure that your sections are four equal and straight squares. Have clips on hand to hold your separate sections in.
Step 3. Create your parts.
Take a small part of the first section, and part your section with it. The parted piece should be no thicker than a pinch, and make sure your parts are of equal size.
Step 4. Braid each parted section.
Braid each parted section from root to tip. Make sure to secure each braid with a small elastic hair tie. When you run out of hair from your section, braid the pinched part and create a new one from the unbraided hair. Make sure all of your sections are perfectly parted, looking like little squares or “boxes.”
Step 5. Braid every other section.
Braid the rest of your sections, and your head should be filled with a bunch of tiny box braids!
Now that you know how to create box braids with natural hair, check out these hot styles that we’re completely obsessed over.
26 Styles To Try With Box Braids On Natural Hair
1. Low Bun
Let your buns hang low with these box braids on natural hair. Give your braids a glossy look by using Emerge Glow Off Oil Serum when styling.
2. Messy Crown Braid
Take the average crown braid to a whole other level with a messy look created by natural box braids.
3. Fishtail Braid
This classic braid style is getting a major twist with these tiny box braids.
4. Side Swept Bangs
Create some side swept bangs for a sultry look.
5. Top Knot Bun
This big bun looks so funky and playful with the box braid details. Make sure to control any fly-aways and loose hair with Dove Style+Care Flexible Hold Hairspray.
6. Pulled Back
Skipped the shower? Then just control oil with a quick spray of dry shampoo.
7. Wavy Braids
Spice up your box braids with some waves.
Have some fun with your hair by adding a pop of fun color.
9. Halo Braid
This classic style is a major staple for any event. From a major gala to brunch with the gal pals, this style will give your look a kick of chicness.
10. High Updo
If you decided against braiding your ends, then this style is perfect for you! Simply throw your hair up and you’ve got the perfect high updo.
11. Loose Side Ponytail
Get an effortlessly stylish look with this loose side ponytail.
Light up your box braids on natural hair with a little color! Whether you want to stay on the natural-toned path or go with some eye-catching neons and pastels, your colored box braids will definitely make you stand out from the crowd.
13. High Ponytail
A sleek high ponytail is always one of our go-to choices. If you want to create a slicked back look, then smoothen your tied up box braids with TRESemmé Tres Two Mega Firm Control Gel.
14. Side Part
Try a deep side part to show off your edges and try a change of perspective. Changing up your part is a simple change that has a big impact.
This classic bob with oversized braids is one of the chic styles in this collection.
16. Oversized Braids
These larger supersized plaits make a major statement.
17. Blue Braids
Get in on the neon color trend and try this beautiful blue hue.
18. Half Top Knot
Pull your braids up into a cute half-up style.
19. Pulled Over
Add some volume to your style by trying this pulled over style.
20. Pink Ombré
Not quite ready for a full head of bright hair? Try this easy ombré style.
The lob is here to stay and we love this braided iteration.
22. Loose Half-Updo
Ease the tension on your braids while still nailing a pulled-up hairstyle with this loose half-up look.
23. Chic Updo
Does it get any chicer than this beautiful braided updo?
24. Bright Pink Bun
Pull off a pop of bold pink hair color and twist your strands up into this loose bun.
25. Bleach Blonde
Go lighter than you’ve gone before with this ultra-vibrant bleach-blonde hue.
26. Colorful Braids
Sure, these pink and blue colored 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.
Give it a go at home creating your own box braids on natural hair. Learning how to do it on your own can save time and money, plus it can be relaxing!