Keepin’ It Wavy: How To Create Wavy Box Braids + 13 Styles to Try!

We're making waves with this look.

Box braids has always been on our list of top hairstyles, but sometimes you can feel stuck in your styling routine. Sometimes to style your box braids, you need to think outside of the box. One of our favorite box braid looks has always been the wavy box braids. This box braid style gives braided hair gorgeous body and fullness, while adding extra texture and detail to your locks. But, how exactly do you create wavy box braids? No, you don’t need to go to the salon to make them, you can easily create a wavy box braid look in the comfort of your own home! Check out our tips for creating the stylish look in just a few simple steps:

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Find out how to make these wavy box braids!

Making wavy box braids has never been easier than with these tips. Check out these steps to creating the biggest and boldest waves in your box braids.

Before we begin, let’s state the obvious: do not use heated tools if your box braids are made with hair extensions. Instead of taking the risk of frying your hair, try out braiding your box braids into bigger braided sections to create a wavy or curled effect.

Step 1:  Simply separate your braids into sections based on how big you want your curls to be. If you want big, loose waves, then create large sections. If you want ringlet curls, create small sections.

Step 2: Wet your braided sections with water to allow your hair to take a waved shape. Make sure the water is not too hot, or it may cause damage and frizziness to your box braids.

Step 3: Sleep with your braided sections in overnight. To keep your hair from frizzing, smooth out your roots with Nexxus Humectress Encapsulate Serum and place a silk or satin scarf over them.

Step 4: The next morning, take your braids out of their braided sections, and voilà! You have perfectly wavy box braids.

To make sure your waves and curls stay in place all day long, we recommend using a gel to keep them perfectly held all day long. One of our favorite hair gels to use is TRESemmé TRES Two Ultra Firm Control Gel because of it’s mega firm hold that tames any frizz and unruly hairs, while keeping them smooth and crunch-free.

Making these wavy box braids has never been easier, so make sure to test this cute style out. Check out these hot box braid and twist styles that we’re officially obsessing over this season!

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Small wavy box braids are a classic.

1. Thin Twists

The most common wavy twists are usually thin like the ones above. These twists hold their wavy shape for longer, and have a strand-like look to them. If you want an extra-tight hold on your waves, then use Dove Style+Care Flexible Hold Hairspray.

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Loosen your look up.

2. Loose Ponytail

Let your wavy box braids breathe in a loose ponytail. This style gives your average messy pony a voluminous and full look.

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Let a few braids out of your bun to create a messy, effortless banged look.

3. Messy Bun

Messy buns are always our go-to styles for a boho fun look with minimal effort.

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Give your wavy box braids a voluminous look with a side part.

4. Side Part

Many people don’t even realize how much of a difference parting your hair can make to your style. Switching up your part to the side will give it an illusion of body and volume. To get an extra boost of volume while taming fly-aways and unruly hairs, spritz some TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Hair Maximizer to your roots.

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Nothing beats the classic half up style.

5. Half Up

At All Things Hair, we’re obsessed with the classic half up look. Its so simple to create, yet adds height and fullness to your hair in an instant. You can also play it up with a funky mini bun!

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If you have loose, unbraided ends, put them up in an extreme pineapple updo.

6. Pineapple Updo

If your wavy box braids aren’t fully braided, then let your loose ends have some fun with this look.

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Are your wavy box braids getting a little out of control? Pin them back!

7. Pinned Back

If you’re in a time pinch, or if your braids are just hitting your face a little too much, then simply pin a few strands back to create a sophisticated, professional look.

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Make a statement with braided roots and loose, wavy ends!

8. Braided Roots

Not fully convinced to braid your whole head into box braids? Then try out this cute style! Keep your roots braided and let your natural waves flow in this chic style. Keep your waves in place all day long without a crunchy texture by using Nexxus Exxtra Hold Sculpting Gel.

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Make a subtle switch to your part.

9. Subtle Parted Twists

If you’re not into extremes, a subtle part is perfect for your style. It’s simple and posh, just like you!

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Give your hair some bounce with tight curls.

10. Tight Curls

Want to give your hair some extreme body? Then go for some extra-tight curls!

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A high ponytail with subtle wavy box braids is the perfect any-day hairstyle.

11. High Ponytail

Reach new levels of fabulousness with a high ponytail! A slicked back ponytail with a wavy box braid mane is always a posh and polished look that we love. To get a slick and sleek look, use Bed Head By TIGI After Party Smoothing Cream.


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Who said box braids get all of the wavy fun?

12. Tight Twist Waves

These tightly twisted waves are all you need for the ultimate style.

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This is a combo we can get on.

13. Box Braid-Twists

Can’t decide what protective style you want to do to your hair? Then get a unique, detailed look with box braids and twists! This funky style gives your hair the perfect combination of gradual texture and detail change. Adding some waves will make this the ultimate braided style of the century.