How to Wear the Box Braids Updo in 25 Ways

Alyssa François | 09 April 2019
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Your ultimate gallery of box braids updo hairstyles. 

Women all over the world that favor box braid styles have proven there’s nothing that you can’t do with the look. Whether you’re looking to try box braids to celebrate the culture, need a new protective hairstyle or simply looking for box braids updo ideas, we have a gallery full of 25 hairstyles for you. Scroll through, get inspired and try your favorite box braid updo styles out on your own hair.

1. Box Braid Ponytail on XL Extensions

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Pull your box braids up into a loose ponytail for workouts.

Hitting the gym? Pull your braids up into a ponytail to keep them out of the way.

2. Workout Ponytail

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Protect your hairline with a headband while you work out.

Pull your braids up into a loose ponytail style while working out! Use a headband to protect and prevent your edges from frizzing up.

3. Yoga Pony

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Get your om on without having your braids getting in the way

Yoga is all about centering the mind, and relaxation. Gather your box braids into this loose and relaxed updo while you chant your mantras.

4. Coiled Bun Half Up Style

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This coiled bun is perfect for casual or formal events.

This pretty coiled bun idea can be dressed up or down. For formal events, opt for styling it with fancy hair accessories.

5. Simple Half-Up Bun

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Cute way to pull your braids out of your face.

If you’re just looking for a simple bun style idea for the summer or during your vacation, this hairstyle is ideal.

6. Mid Half-Up Bun

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Pull your hair back into this mid half up bun style while you’re out and about.

You know those times in the day when you just want to pull your hair up and out of your face? This is the style to go for when you’re feeling like that with your box braids.

7. Mid Half-Up

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Try your hand at the mid half up trend. Photo credit: Allyson Allapoint

If you still want the majority of your braids to frame your face, consider tying just the mid-section of your hair up into a neat top knot. Give your look some extra shine by adding some Suave Professionals Sleek Anti-Frizz Smooth & Shine Cream.

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8. Half-Updo for Short Box Braids

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Proof that short box braids can be styled into an updo.

Want an updo idea for short box braids? Here’s a simple idea. Be sure to use a hair tie that ensures your braids won’t slip out due to the length.

9. Space Bun Box Braids Updo

a smiling woman with two braided buns in front of a brick wall
Double the fun with two buns.

Want a style that’s trendy and fun? Go for this space bun style. Read our tutorial to learn how you can create the look on box braids.

10. Front-Facing Ponytail

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Allow your braids to cascade along your face with a cute high ponytail.

The ponytail hairstyle always comes to the rescue! If you’re all about styles that cascade along your face, try your hand at this funky box braid ponytail hairstyle.

11. Side Ponytail Box Braid Updo

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High side ponytail style to channel the ’90s.

Turn a blast from the past style into a modern day style. Back then, it was all about the bright and chunky scrunchies. Today, use your own hair (or braid extensions in this case) as your hair tie.

12. Loose Bun

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Pull braids up into a loose top knot to prevent tension at the roots.

After getting your box braids installed, this will probably be the only box braid updo hairstyle you will be able to do for a while. If your braids are tight and you really want to wear it up, a loose bun is the way to go.

13. Chunky Low Bun

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Huge bun idea for chunky box braid styles

Sometimes, when it comes to buns, the bigger the better! Wrap your jumbo box braids into a low and chunky bun hairstyle.

14. Undone Box Braid Updo

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Undone buns are having a moment and it looks pretty good on any hair type or style.

No, this look isn’t just for the lazy gals out there. It’s actually a trend at the moment and we are all for it. Loosely wind your braids into a bun and don’t worry about it being neat.

15. Crimped Updo

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Create this look using crimp textured extensions.

Want the messy look on a curly or crimpy style? The only difference here is the extensions used to create the look. Opt for wet and wavy extensions to get this effect.

16. Jumbo Bun Updo

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Thick bun updo.

To recreate this look, it’s all about the size of your braids. If you’re after full buns, ask your stylist for medium to jumbo box braids.

17. Curly Bun Updo

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Use curly textured hair extensions to create this pretty updo.

Create this curly bun updo by either using extensions that can be curled with a curling iron, or opt for hair that’s sold in a curly state.

18. Side High Bun

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Super hip side bun style.

Your bun doesn’t have to be at the center of your head. Gather your hair to the side to create this funky style.

19. Loose Low Ponytail

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Simple and easy low ponytail style.

Whatever your reason, you can’t ever go wrong with a loose low ponytail on box braided hair.

20. Pulled-Back Pony

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The perfect hairstyle for allowing your statement earrings to stand out.

When wearing bold accessories that often become hidden due to your hairstyle, opt for box braid updo styles that allow jewelry like statement earrings to stand out. Keep the ends of your braids hydrated and healthy with some nourishing hair oil like The Good Stuff Frizz Control Oil.

THE GOOD STUFF FRIZZ CONTROL OIL

21. Braided Ponytail

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Need a quick hairstyle change mid-day? Opt for this braided ponytail

This versatile hairstyle is ideal for any occasion but we especially love it for the office no matter your occupation.

22. Micro Braids Ponytail

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Micro braids are extremely fragile. Loose and low is the way to go.

If you have or plan on getting micro braids, style with caution. Micro braids are fragile so it’s best to stick with loose updos like this one.

23. Weekend Box Braid Ponytail

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Pull your hair up for weekend fun.

Need an easy-breezy look for the weekend? This chic mid ponytail is perfection!

24. Bow Bun Box Braid

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Pretty, girly and super creative.

When it comes to styling your braids, feel free to let go and have fun for a change! This bow bun idea is super girly and cute. Give this style extra volume and a delicious floral scent with Dove Fresh & Floral Dry Shampoo

DOVE FRESH & FLORAL DRY SHAMPOO

25. Neon Box Braids

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Add pops of color to add interest to your updo styles.

A pop of color can do wonders! In this case, a pop of many colors turns a basic box braids updo into something more fun, interesting and unique.

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