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

All Things Hair | 28 June 2018
how to do box braids
30mins Style Easy

Discover how to start a box braid and create beautiful box braids at home. 

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 you can box braid your own hair right at home:



How to Do Box Braids Step by Step



how to do box braids
1

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 your first section for your braids. 

how to do box braids: coat hair with gel
2

Coat hair with a strong hold gel.

Take one subsection and coat the hair from root to mid-section with a strong hold gel to help smoothen before braiding. Use Nexxus Extra Hold Sculpting Gel to help you with this step. 

how to do box braids: elastic band
3

Secure with an elastic band.

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

how to do box braids: add extensions
4

Add hair extensions.

Grab your braiding extensions and comb through it to remove any tangles before you begin braiding it onto your section of hair. 

how to do box braids: create braid
5

Begin braiding.

Applying the section that is folded in half, add the extensions to your hair on top of the hair elastic you applied to the section and begin braiding as you normally would. 

how to do box braids: braid hair
6

Continue braiding.

Braid your hair all the way down to the ends. 

how to do box braids: part and repeat braiding
7

Repeat steps 1-6.

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

how to do box braids: apply hot water
8

Dip your braids in hot water.

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

how to do box braids: tame edges
9

Brush your edges.

Now 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. 

how to do box braids: final look
10

Final look!

There you have it! Now you know how to box braid your own hair using braiding hair for box braids. Apply a shine spray like Catwalk by TIGI Camera Ready Shine Spray if you want to finish your look with a healthy sheen. Finish off with a light hairspray like TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Hairspray Texture Hold Level 1 for hold if desired.

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