Curly Box Braids: 7 Stylish Looks for All Ages

Alyssa François | 01 November 2017

We’re simply obsessed!

How do you make your box braids curly or wavy? This is probably a question many may have as they are noticing that the curly box braid trend is currently having a moment. Short answer: It all depends on the type of hair you get.

Not all extensions can create a curly finish, and not all extensions should be styled using a heat styling tool (as some extensions can burn). If you want to achieve curly box braids, it all starts with buying the right hair. During your hunt, you can search for wet and wavy braiding hair, braiding hair that can withstand heat or hair that becomes curly when wet. Using any of these options will help you achieve the curly box braid style. If you need any style inspiration, look no further than the gallery below:

Curly Box Braids: 7 Cute Styles to Try On Your Braids

curly box braids: drop curls
Chunky loose curls.

1. Drop Curled Box Braids

This loose curl look is done on tree braids. To recreate the curls, you can use a medium-sized curling iron or set your hair with rollers after washing your braids. Once you’re done with creating the curls, separate with your fingers for volume.

curly box braids: half up micro
Add a curly look to micro braids.

2. Mini Box Braids with Curls

Although the look is beautiful whether its worn straight or not, there’s just something about neat and defined curls on a micro braid style. Use small flexi-rods at night to help maintain the curl on your hair.

curly box braids: short gray hair
A style for all ages.

3. Faux Box Braid Bob with Curls

This box braid style works for everyone! Fake the look of a shorter style by creating tight curls. We love how these curls were used to create a faux bob style.

curly box braids: tree braids
Tree braids offer a natural look.

4. Curly Box Tree Braids

When it comes to choosing braids that create a more natural look, women often tend to go for tree braids. Try a tree braid style with kinky curly hair to mimic the look of your natural curl pattern.

loose wave curly box braids
A loose wave to add body to your braids.

5. Loose Wave Curly Box Braids

If you’re looking for creating a curl pattern just to achieve a loose wave effect for body, opt for this style. To achieve the look you can try coiling sections of your hair into bantu knots overnight, then release them in the morning. For hold, spray hair with a strong hold hairspray like Dove Style+Care Extra Hold Hairspray.

long curly box braids
The crimped curl effect.

6. Long Curly Box Braids

Into a crimped look? Try braiding your hair into chunky plaits to create the crimped effect. You can braid just the ends to create a curly ends look, or begin the crimps from the roots of your hair.

curly box braids red streaks
Curly red box braid streaks pop nicely against dark skin tones.

7. Red and Black Curly Box Braids

We love how this red hair color pops against dark skin tones. Make your hair color stand out even more with a set of coily and defined curls on your box braids.

The box braid styles doesn’t stop here! Check out a list of big box braid styles we’re currently obsessed with.