44 Best Box Braids Hairstyles for Natural Hair in 2020

Dress up your hair with these cool box braids hairstyles.

One of the hottest looks to hit the scene each time the weather turns up is a set of box braids. And although we love the practicality of this style during warmer weather, this protective hairstyle is perfect for just about any season, and its versatility allows it to be styled in just about any way you want.

Whether you feel like letting them loose or popping them into a top knot bun, your box braids add detail, texture and overall coolness to even your fuss-free, most get-up-and-go of looks. You definitely don’t want to skip out on this eternally trending ‘do, so give one of our top 47 refreshing box braid styles a try to see why everyone is loving this protective look.

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box braid styles ombre
Create a head-turning look with this ombré style.

1. Ombré Box Braids

Give your box braids a glowing look by creating an ombré look. Whether you want your hair to have a natural color gradient with blonde box braids or choose cool pastel-colored ends, this dip-dyed vibe is perfect for giving your braids a pop of color.

box braids styles medium
Let your box braids hang free.

2. Medium Box Braids

Your braids are already in an amazing style, so why hide them by putting them up? Just spritz your hair with Dove Refresh+Care Fresh and Floral Dry Shampoo to control any excess oil, and you’re ready to step out.

box braids side bun
Create a voluminous, avant-garde style.

3. Box Braids in a Bun

One of the major reasons why we love box braids is because they give an added punch to any look, as seen on this side bun. This simple hairstyle gets a fun, flirty and texturized revamp with the help of some cool braids.

box braids mini top knot bun
Switch up your regular half-up styles with this mini top knot bun.

4. Box Braids Half-Updo

Dress up any classic style with this cute mini half-bun.

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Play with color.

5. Blue Box Braids

Need a little splash of color in your life? Then try out a fresh and soothing blue hue.

We know that hair dye can suck the luster out of your strands, so make sure you replenish any dry, locks with Suave Professionals Honey Infusion 10-in-1 Leave-In Conditioner. You can also opt for some colored extensions to avoid any dye damage altogether.

box braids top knot bun
This effortless style is chic and fun.

6. Top Knot Bun

If you want a style that’s as low-maintenance as you (or, you know, as we all aim to be!), then try out this easy top knot bun.

wavy box braids high ponytail
A high ponytail with subtle wavy box braids is the perfect any-day hairstyle.

7. Box Braids Ponytail

Even the classic ponytail gets an amped-up feel when styled with box braids.

box braids low bun
This low-swinging bun gives your style some boho vibes.

8. Thick Box Braids

Let your bun swing low with this style to create a laid-back, bohemian look.

box braids beanie
Top off any of your street style looks with a beanie.

9. Light Brown Box Braids

If it’s a particularly bad hair day for you and your hair, there’s always one style you can always rely on: box braids paired with a beanie. It’s effortlessly chic, and looks totally Insta-worthy… and is especially clutch when navigating these unpredictable spring showers and flurries!

micro braid hairstyles: the ponytail
Small but big in impact!

10. Micro Box Braids

This simple switch up to the classic ponytail is perfect for any occasion.

box braids African half up
Nothing beats this classic style.

11. African Box Braids

No matter where you’re headed to, this is one of the classic box braid hairstyles that will always look cute.

box braids bob
Short hair is always a fun, chic look.

12. Box Braids on Short Hair

Whoever said that box braids were only for long hair? Short-haired girls can rock these braids just as well, especially in a bobbed look, as above. It’s one of our favorite ways to wear shorter braids.

box braids multi-toned braids
Get the rocker look with these multi-toned braids.

13. Purple Box Braids

Create a cosmic fusion of color with these jewel-toned plaits.

natural hairstyles Crochet Braids
Make your braids longer with crochet braids!

14. Crochet Box Braids

Crochet box braids are latched onto cornrows for a completely customizable style of every color and length.

long box braids
A hands-down classic for a reason.

15. Long Box Braids

Add some easy length to your style with long box braids.

twist box braids
Twist box braids bring new texture into a classic style.

16. Twist Box Braids

Add some texture to this classic style with twist box braids.

shoulder length box braids

This shoulder-brushing style is a classic option.

17. Shoulder Length Box Braids

We love this shoulder-brushing length, as it’s both chic and unique.

short box braids
Short box braids are a cool and easy-to-care-for option.

18. Short Box Braids

This is your chance to test out shorter hair without making too much of a commitment!

pink box braids
Add a pop of color!

19. Pink Box Braids

Make a bold statement with your braids by opting for hot pink braiding hair.

medium knotless box braids
This mid-length style is one of our favorite lengths.

20. Medium Knotless Box Braids

This mid-length style is both chic and unexpected.

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Play with both color and size!

21. Large Box Braids

Believe it or not, larger box braids don’t take as long to create. Because your stylist uses larger sections to create the braid, the entire process goes much faster!

honey blonde box braids
We can’t get enough of this honey blonde hue.

22. Honey Blonde Box Braids

Try this honey blonde hue and go a little lighter with your box braids.

goddess box braids
Goddess box braids are an easy way to add more dimension and texture to your style.

23. Goddess Box Braids

Consider goddess box braids if you’re looking for something a little different.

bob box braids
Opt for a shorter and chicer length.

24. Bob Box Braids

You can customize just about every aspect of your box braids from color to length to thickness. Try this bob box braids length for something a little different!

black and blonde box braids
Consider a multi-colored option.

25. Black and Blonde Box Braids

This ombré transition from black to blonde is a beautiful option.

big box braids
Make a statement with big box braids.

26. Big Box Braids

Big box braids allow you to make a statement with your style.

waist length box braids
The great thing about protective styles is how easily you can opt for longer strands.

27. Waist Length Box Braids

Why hold back with the length of your braids? We love these waist-length plaits!

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Switch up your sectioning by opting for triangles. Photo credit: @beautycreationsinsta

28. Triangle Box Braids

Triangle box braids consist of a unique structure that lends to a triangle-shaped base of your braid.

small box braids
Smaller braids offer up a more delicate look.

29. Small Box Braids

Small box braids can be worn up, down or in any style in between.

rubber band box braids
Add some detail to your style with rubber bands!

30. Rubber Band Box Braids

Add some detail to your style by accessorizing your braids with rubber bands.

red box braids
Make a statement with red box braids.

31. Red Box Braids

This fiery red hue is another beautiful option for your braids.

red and black box braids
Transition from black to red with these multi-colored braids.

32. Red and Black Box Braids

Mix that fiery red with darker roots and opt for this red and black look.

rainbow box braids
Opt for a truly multi-colored option with rainbow box braids.

33. Rainbow Box Braids

Why stop at just one or two colors when you can go for a rainbow of braids?

knotless box braids
Knotless box braids will lay flatter on your head than their counterparts.

34. Knotless Box Braids

Knotless box braids are ideal for those who are looking for a flatter base to their braids and a style that sits closer to their scalps.

jumbo box braids
Jumbo box braids are a lower time investment for a bigger impact.

35. Jumbo Box Braids

Make a statement with jumbo box braids!

grey box braids
Transition your protective style as you age.

36. Grey Box Braids

We are big fans of every shade of grey hair over here and we love this grey box braids style for more mature women.

feed in box braids
This style blends two of our favorite trends: cornrows and box braids.

37. Feed-In Box Braids

Feed-in box braids combine two of our favorite styles: cornrows and box braids.

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DIY-ing your own braids may take a while, but it isn’t impossible!

38. DIY Box Braids

DIY box braids can be quite time-consuming and they definitely take some time to perfect but the outcome is definitely worth it!

cornrow box braids
This style is both low maintenance and protective!

39. Cornrow Box Braids

Cornrow box braids are perfect for the girl who wants her hair out of her face without sacrificing style!

brown box braids
We love this classic hue.

40. Brown Box Braids

Go a little lighter than your classic back braids and opt for brown box braids instead.

shaved hairstyles for women box braids
Pair your freshly shaved look with box braids.

41. Box Braids with Shaved Sides

Double dip into two trends at the same time with this box braids and shaved sides style.

box braids with color
Add some color to your braids.

42. Box Braids with Color

Add a touch of color to your braids by asking your stylist to weave lighter strands into your braids.

box braids with accessories
Shine on with beads.

43. Box Braids with Accessories

Accessorize your braids with unique beads or metallic clamp-on gems!

blonde box braids
This golden blonde hue is beautiful and eye-catching.

44. Blonde Box Braids

Go lighter than you’ve gone before with blonde box braids that have a bit of a golden hue!

Although it can be time-consuming and feel a bit complicated at first, you can do your own box braids! This process can be broken down into a few easy steps: Sectioning off your hair into layers, grabbing even smaller sections with each larger area and creating braids using braiding hair that extend farther than the length of your actual hair. This is just one way to achieve box braids and there are actually many different techniques used to create protective styles. 

Most stylists will recommend using synthetic braiding hair to create box braids. Some women are allergic to the materials used to create synthetic hair and will instead opt to use human hair!

1. Use a clarifying shampoo.

Grab a bottle of clarifying shampoo like Suave Sulfate-Free Cleansing Shampoo and gently massage your roots with the shampoo.

2. Condition, condition, condition!

Moisture is essential to maintaining your braids. Follow up with Suave Moisturizing Curl Conditioner. Smooth the conditioner through your braids starting from the top and moving in a downwards motion. Let it sit for 3-5 minutes and then rinse thoroughly!

3. Towel dry and go!

Gently towel-dry your braids and go!

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