Tutorial: How to Make a Box Braids Ponytail

Serena Norr | 05 July 2016
young woman posing with high box braids ponytail style

Rock this high ponytail on your box braids all summer long. No hair ties needed!

As summer comes around, many of us are faced with having to find hair ideas that will beat the heat and still look stylish at the same time. One of our favorite protective hairstyles for summer is box braids. It’s a style that will help you protect your own hair during the summer heat and can be styled in numerous ways. Don’t believe us? Take this high box braids ponytail for instance. The look is an ode to the ’80s, can be done in just five minutes or less, it’s a cool summer hairstyle, and it allows you to showcase your gorgeous face.  A box briads ponytial is a style you can wear all summer long, right?

Ponytail box braids styles like these are also great hair hack ideas. What do we mean by this? This look doesn’t require any hair ties thanks to your braids! So if you ever find yourself wondering how to update your hair on the go, opt for this easy box briads ponytail. Want to learn how to create the style on your box braids? Read on as we unfold the steps to getting a super high ponytail on your box braids.

 How to Make a High Ponytail Box Braids Updo

woman wears braids and starts with clean hair for high ponytail

Start clean.

Start off with your hair down. Refresh your box braids with dry shampoo like the Dove Refresh + Care Volume and Fullness Dry Shampoo. Spray the dry shampoo at the roots of your hair and gently massage it through.


women wearing braids gathers hair for a high ponytail

Gather hair to your preferred side.

Gather all of your hair to your preferred side, or you can simply place it right at the center of your crown. Be gentle as you create your high ponytail. You want to prevent tugging your hair at the root which can cause breakage. If you have a fresh set of box braids, we suggest creating a loose ponytail to prevent tension. Hold your hair in place, then proceed to the next step.

a woman with high ponytail braided hair tightening up her hair

Loop braids around the base of ponytail.

Take two to three stands of your braids and loop it around the base of your ponytail. Take the ends of your strand and lace it through the base to lock your ponytail in place without any hair ties needed. If you’re after a much tighter hold, you can insert bobby pins.

woman wearing box braids in a high ponytail style

Final ponytail box braids style.

There you have it! Your cute box braids high ponytail style. If you want to wear this look all week long, we don’t blame you. Consider alternating the position of your ponytail if you want a simple update. And, if you rather a bun, simply wrap your braids around the base of your ponytail and use bobby pins to set in place.


Loved this box braids ponytail style and looking for more high ponytail hairstyle ideas to try on your hair this season? Check out how to make you can create even more braided styles like this on our Braids page. 

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