18 Ways To Style Your Long Box Braids

Jennifer Hussein | 27 November 2017
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These long box braids hairstyles will inspire you to let your creative side run wild.

Box braids are inarguably the most versatile protective style you can wear. They’re fun, playful and add extra detail and texture to your locks. Whether you want to let your braided locks flow down, or put them in a sassy updo, box braids are the perfect way to give you style and sass. If you need some help styling your new box braids for longer hair, have no fear: We picked out some of the hottest long box braids hairstyles for you to try out this season.

How To Style Long Box Braids in 18 Ways

long box braids half up
If you’re going to work, school, or just running around and don’t have time to style your hair, put your long box braids in a half-up style.

1. Half-Up

When you’re on the run, you don’t have many hairstyles for long box braids to choose from that can be ready in a flash. That’s when the half-up hairstyle comes in: It’s as easy as grabbing a clip and pulling some braids back! If some strands are popping out of your braids, control and pat them down with a hairspray like Dove Style+Care Extra Hold Hairspray.

DOVE STYLE+CARE COMPRESSED EXTRA HOLD HAIRSPRAY
long box braids bow tie
This cute and quirky style looks great on long box braids.

2. Bow Tie

If you same some spare time and few hair pins, then this adorable box braids bow tie is a cute way to dress up your box braids. Click here for a tutorial.

long box braids middle part
Let your hair down in this simple middle part.

3. Middle Part

A basic style that can go a long way with long box braids is a middle part. One of the best things about having box braids is that it’s a lot easier to change your part without any annoying frizz or flyaways messing with your flow.

long box braids multi-colored
Multi-colored box braids are a funky and vibrant way to dress up your style.

4. Multi-Colored Braids

Make your hair a unique waterfall of color with these vibrant, beautiful braids! They’re oozing with personality, and add an extra boost of color to just about any style.

long box braids crown braid
What’s one way to style box braids? Putting them in one giant crown braid, of course.

5. Crown Braid

Just because your hair is already in braids doesn’t mean you can’t put it in an even bigger braid. A half-crown braid is the best style that’s truly fit for a princess, and can easily be achieved with long box braids.

long box braids braided bunIf you’re going anywhere formal, this style is the perfect up-do for your braids.

6. Braided Bun

We’re all about big, chunky braids made out of smaller box braids (so meta!). The look adds texture and detail to an already classic updo, and it’s very simple to recreate: Just simply braid your set of long box braids into a bigger, fatter braid, and wrap them in a bun style. Tip: To keep your edges smooth and sleek, use TRESemmé TRES Two Mega Firm Control Gel.

TRESemmé TRES TWO MEGA FIRM CONTROL GEL
long box braid styles simple bun
If you’re going anywhere formal, this style is the perfect up-do for your braids.

7. Simple Bun

This is one of the simpler long box braid styles on this list, yet it still looks so chic. Wrapping your braids in a big, voluminous bun is one of the easiest (and most popular) box braids styles there is.

long box braids half twist bun
Twisting your hair into this intricate half bun is great for a night out.

8. Half Twist Bun

We’re really all about the bun style with long box braids. A half twist bun is a fun play on a regular half-up style, and looks great for any occasion: Whether you’re going to the club or heading to brunch, this style steps up to any event.

long box braids two tones
Play with your braided locks by adding splashes of color to your hair. Photo credit: Allyson Allapont

9. Two Tones

Go all out with your box braids by adding some pops of color. Whether you want some neon blues or more subtle blonde, adding more hues into your weave gives off a more vibrant, unique appearance.

long box braids top knot bun
A top knot bun keeps braids out of your face while adding extra volume.

10. Top Knot Bun

A top knot bun, done in a half-up style, is another simple long box braid hairstyle for you to try out. To keep your braids in place, try using some hair pins and Nexxus Exxtra Hold Sculpting Gel.

NEXXUS EXXTRA HOLD SCULPTING GEL
long box braids scarf
Haven’t gotten to wash your hair, or just having a bad hair day? Then tie a scarf around your head for a bohemian look.

11. Scarf

If your roots are looking a little greasy, there’s nothing a whimsical scarf can’t fix! Just spritz your hair with some Nexxus Dry Shampoo Refreshing Mist to suck out excess oil, and wrap any scarf of your choosing around your crown.

NEXXUS DRY SHAMPOO REFRESHING MIST
long box braids wrapped ponytail
A high ponytail wrapped with one of your braids adds fun detail to a simple style.

12. Wrapped Ponytail

Want to really upgrade your ponytail’s style? Then this simple tip will do the trick: just wrap one of your box braids around the base of your ponytail, pin it to secure and voilà: You have the perfect wrapped high ponytail.

long box braids side bun
This side bun is big and bold.

13. Side Bun

This side bun stands out from the rest because of it’s fullness. It’s truly large and in charge, and gives a fun new twist on a regular updo.

long box braids messy bun
A messy bun is the easiest way to add body to your hair while doing minimal effort.

14. Messy Bun

The messy bun is truly a girl’s best friend. It adds a sexy edge to your look while requiring practically little to no effort; just simply toss your hair up, wrap it and off you go.

long box braids large top knot bun
A large top knot bun is key to showing off the detail in your long box braids. Photo credit: Allyson Allapont

15. Large Top Knot Bun

A large top knot bun can look sleek, styled, and chic with large box braids. If you have multi-toned braids, this is a great way to show off those funky colors!

long box braids pinned back bangs
Pin back your bangs for a simple and styled look

16. Pinned Back Bangs

Are you tried of your braids whipping around on your face? Then pin them back with some hair pins or a large hair clip. To make sure your fringe flyaways (and those hairpins!) stay put, spritz hair lightly with Dove Style+Care Extra Hold Non-Aerosol Hairspray.

DOVE EXTRA HOLD NON-AEROSOL HAIRSPRAY
beaded pigtails long box braids
Embellish these pigtails with some fun beads. Photo credit: Instagram.com/braidsnation.

17. Beaded Pigtails

This was a major style in the ’90s, and now we think it’s finally time to bring this chic look back. Beaded pigtails look adorable on long box braids, and add a sexy finish to a basic hair style.

long box braids thin side braid
If your box braids are on the thinner side, then putting them in a smaller braid is a great choice of style.

18. Thin Side Braid

If you have thinner box braids, you can incorporate a fishtail braid or regular 3-part side braid into your daily look. Smaller braids add detail and texture to these, and can be easily maintained with just a hair tie.

To find out more on how to style long box braids, check out our step-by-step guide on how to create them.

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