Box twists, otherwise known simply as two-strand twist hairstyles, are one of the most popular and stylish protective styles out there. Like box braids, this style has quickly become one of our favorite looks because of its versatility. Wear it to work, for a formal event or out to drinks with your gal pals, as you can rest assured that there isn’t a destination where box twists aren’t appropriate.
There are a couple of different styles you can choose from to make the look unique and tailor it the way you want. You can try a chunky twist, skinny twists or colored twists—the options are endless! And since there are so many different looks out there, we know how overwhelming the process of choosing the right style for you can be. Below, we’ve narrowed it down to five box twist styles.
Scroll through to see which look is best for you:
Best Box Twists for Natural Hair
1. The Braided Root Twist
The box twist braids style is a great option if you’re looking for something you can keep in your hair long-term. It starts off with a braid and ends with a twist. While the twists are in your hair, you can wash and condition your tresses as you would with your normal hair. However, sometimes the twists unravel during the process of wash and wear; this is where braided roots come in. When the roots are braided it’s much harder for your style to come undone, so if you want longevity, opt for this style. To cut down on washing, you can use a dry shampoo, like Dove Refresh+Care Detox & Purify Dry Shampoo to refresh your hair in between washes.
2. The Super Skinny Box Twist
We certainly love the look of this skinny twist style, but keep in mind this look takes a longer time to be installed and has a long removal time as well. Is it worth it? Yes, absolutely. Skinnier twists tend to feel much lighter on your head than chunkier braid sizes do. If your goal is a box twist hairstyle without the heavy feeling, this style is ideal.
3. Small Box Twists
If you’re in the mood for a size right in between skinny twists and medium, go for this small size. Like skinny twists, they don’t feel as heavy as chunky twists and are super easy to style. Try different looks like buns, braided twists and half-undos with this look. To maintain the neat look, set hair with a hairspray, like TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Hairspray Extend Hold Level 4 after twisting.
4. Textured Box Twists
For fuller and more textured box twists, the key is the type of hair you’re using and the size of your twists. This yarn braided look has a gorgeous thick texture to it. Change up the look by wearing half-up styles, thick ponytails and low thick buns.
5. Senegalese Style Twists
The only difference in this style is the way in which the hair is twisted. For Senegalese-style twists, the hair is twisted in a way that gives it a rope-like effect. Keep this look sleek and shiny with a hair serum, like TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shine Serum.