How to Do Box Braids: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Box Braids Yourself

Learn how to create beautiful box braids at home.

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If you’re looking for a tutorial on how to do box braids, then you’ve come to the right place. A box braid style is one of our favorite protective hairstyles. Apart from the fact that it’s a cool braided style, box braids also have the extra advantage of being both practical and versatile.

If you learn how to do box braids yourself you’ll be glad to know that you are saving yourself a ton of money as this still can be quite expensive when done by a professional. Read on as we show you how to do Insta-worthy box braids on your own hair right at home:

How to Do Box Braids Step by Step


Section your hair.

Begin by detangling your hair with a brush or wide-tooth comb. After detangling your hair, use your comb to part hair horizontally at the back and clip the top half of hair away. This will be the first section for your box braids. 

begin sectioning your hair

Coat hair with a strong-hold gel.

Take one of the small sections of hair and coat it from the root to mid-section with a strong hold gel. We love SheaMoisture Papaya & Neroli All Day Frizz Control Styling Gel because it helps smooth your hair before braiding.


coat hair with a strong gel

Secure with an elastic band.

Add an elastic band to each section of hair (as if you’re creating a mini ponytail). This step can make the braiding process so much easier.

add mini elastics to each section of hair

Add hair extensions.

Next, grab your braiding extensions and comb through it to remove any tangles before you begin braiding it with your section of hair.


add hair extensions

Begin braiding.

Add the extensions to your hair on top of the hair elastic you applied to the section and begin braiding as you normally would.

begin creating a braid

Continue braiding.

Braid your hair all the way down to the ends. 

continue braiding the section of hair

Repeat steps 1-6.

Continue braiding your hair using the steps you’ve learned above.

part hair and repeat braiding

Dip your braids in hot water.

Please proceed with caution when performing this step! Boil water and then dip your braids into it. This may sound crazy, but the hot water helps set the braids in place. This is how to do box braids yourself just like a professional!

set braids with hot water

Brush your edges.

Next, it’s time to groom your edges! Use Bed Head by TIGI Stick and a toothbrush to help you with this process. Brush your edges into the shape you desire. 

taming edges

Final look!

Now you’re practically a pro at box braiding your own hair.  Makw sure to finish off with a light hairspray like Suave Professionals Natural Smooth Micro Mist Hairspray for hold if desired, and then you’re all set!


completed look

Are you thinking about trying this style? Be sure to snap a picture and tag us @AllThingsHairUS!

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