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.
- Head-Turning Braid Hairstyles
- How to Do Box Braids
- Best Type of Hair for Box Braids
- How to Wash Box Braids
Head-Turning Box Braid Hairstyles
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.
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.
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.
4. Box Braids Half-Updo
Dress up any classic style with this cute mini half-bun.
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.
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.
7. Box Braids Ponytail
Even the classic ponytail gets an amped-up feel when styled with box braids.
8. Thick Box Braids
Let your bun swing low with this style to create a laid-back, bohemian look.
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!
10. Micro Box Braids
This simple switch up to the classic ponytail is perfect for any occasion.
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.
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.
13. Purple Box Braids
Create a cosmic fusion of color with these jewel-toned plaits.
14. Crochet Box Braids
Crochet box braids are latched onto cornrows for a completely customizable style of every color and length.
15. Long Box Braids
Add some easy length to your style with long box braids.
16. Twist Box Braids
Add some texture to this classic style with twist 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.
18. Short Box Braids
This is your chance to test out shorter hair without making too much of a commitment!
19. Pink Box Braids
Make a bold statement with your braids by opting for hot pink braiding hair.
20. Medium Knotless Box Braids
This mid-length style is both chic and unexpected.
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!
22. Honey Blonde Box Braids
Try this honey blonde hue and go a little lighter with your box braids.
23. Goddess Box Braids
Consider goddess box braids if you’re looking for something a little different.
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!
25. Black and Blonde Box Braids
This ombré transition from black to blonde is a beautiful option.
26. Big Box Braids
Big box braids allow you to make a statement with your style.
27. Waist Length Box Braids
Why hold back with the length of your braids? We love these waist-length plaits!
28. Triangle Box Braids
Triangle box braids consist of a unique structure that lends to a triangle-shaped base of your braid.
29. Small Box Braids
Small box braids can be worn up, down or in any style in between.
30. Rubber Band Box Braids
Add some detail to your style by accessorizing your braids with rubber bands.
31. Red Box Braids
This fiery red hue is another beautiful option for your braids.
32. Red and Black Box Braids
Mix that fiery red with darker roots and opt for this red and black look.
33. Rainbow Box Braids
Why stop at just one or two colors when you can go for a rainbow of braids?
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.
35. Jumbo Box Braids
Make a statement with jumbo box braids!
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.
37. Feed-In Box Braids
Feed-in box braids combine two of our favorite styles: cornrows and box braids.
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!
39. Cornrow Box Braids
Cornrow box braids are perfect for the girl who wants her hair out of her face without sacrificing style!
40. Brown Box Braids
Go a little lighter than your classic back braids and opt for brown box braids instead.
41. Box Braids with Shaved Sides
Double dip into two trends at the same time with this box braids and shaved sides style.
42. Box Braids with Color
Add a touch of color to your braids by asking your stylist to weave lighter strands into your braids.
43. Box Braids with Accessories
Accessorize your braids with unique beads or metallic clamp-on gems!
44. Blonde Box Braids
Go lighter than you’ve gone before with blonde box braids that have a bit of a golden hue!
How to Do and Style Box Braids
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.
What Is the Best Type of Hair for Box Braids?
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!
How to Wash Box Braids
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!