Twists, Dreadlocks and Box Braids with Shaved Sides to Love

Creative style ideas ahead!

Are you thinking of updating a protective style like box braids, twists or even dreadlocks with something a bit on the wild side? We’re all for it! Adding a shaved side, whether it’s inspired by a mohawk or a cool undercut design, gives any look an edgy twist. We have a ton of favorites but narrowed it down to wearable looks you’ll love. Read on to discover 10 twist, dreadlocks and box braids with shaved sides styles:

1. Black and White Twists

box braids with shaved sides: black and white braids
Shaved sides with an edgy modern twist.</p> <p>

Add a bit of color play into your look with black and white hair extensions.

2. Box Braid Bun

box braids shaved sides bun
Secure the bun.</p> <p>

Gather your hair up into a bun to put your shaved sides on full display.

3. Crochet Braids

box braids: shaved sides crochet
Unicorn hair of our dreams. Photo credit: Allyson Allapont</p> <p>

Want to give protective styles like crochet braids an update? Shave the sides of your hair and add a fun color combo.

4. Curly Dreads

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Wavy dreads.</p> <p>

Dress up dreadlocks with shaved sides by adding waves to your locs. After curling your hair using flexi rods, set your style with a firm hold hairspray like Suave Professionals Firm Control Finishing Hairspray.

5. Shaved with Designs

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Up the ante with designs.</p> <p>

Thinking of ways to refresh your shaved side? Add in a design to make your look pop!

6. Shaved Side with Low Pony

box braids with shaved sides: low ponytail dreads
Keep it casual with a low pony.</p> <p>

You can’t ever go wrong with a low ponytail on your shaved side style.

7. Grown Out Sides

box braids with shaved sides: grown out
Embrace the new growth.</p> <p>

There’s beauty in every iteration of the box braids with shaved sides look. We love the lived-in feel of this grown-out side shave style.

8. The Subtle Shave

box braids with shaved sides: subtle shave
Long hair, don’t care.

A subtle side shave adds an edgy finish to your style. Keep the sides down with a fingertip amount of Bed Head by TIGI Wax Stick.

9. Side Swept Braids

box braids with shaved sides: side swept
Who can sport the look better than you? Own your style!</p> <p>

There’s something so effortless about the side swept look. Sweep your braids on over to create this chic style with a side shave. Define your curls on your shaved side with Dove Quench Absolute Supreme Creme Serum.

10. Senegalese Twist with Side Shave

box braids with shaved sides: twists
When your protective style is #goals.</p> <p>

Not into box braids? You can pair up the side shaven look with Senegalese twists, too. Keep your hairline and baby hair in check with Nexxus Exxtra Hold Sculpting Gel.