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Box Braids – Trends, Styles, Advice & More!

Box braids are one of the most popular hairstyles among African Americans, and it’s no wonder why. They’re stylish, easy to maintain, and can be worn in various styles. Check out what the pros say about this hairstyle.

  • Twisted Box Braids

    box braids

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    Q&A with Style Creator Deidra
    Hairstylist in Houston, TX


    How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

    These are braids that are long, lightweight, and offer many variations of styling. They have the ability to last up to four to six weeks.

    What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

    Start with freshly washed and detangled hair (at least three inches of hair is required). I used six packs of Xpressions braiding hair, a parting comb, Shine n’ Jam Extra Hold), hair clamps or hair ties, scissors and an electric water boiler. You will dip ends into the boiler once finished to seal the ends.

    To maintain these braids, you can use an oil of your choice such as jojoba, olive oil, Argon, black castor oil, or even coconut oil. An oil should be applied two to three times per week. You can also use dry shampoo to clean the scalp. Hair should be tied down at night with scarf.

    What type of client would you recommend this look for?

    I have clients with all hair types from extremely fine to extremely coarse. Absolutely any hair type can try out this style. This style would best fit the person who wants a break from styling their hair daily. It’s a great style if you work out, are about to deliver a baby, traveling, transitioning to natural, or if you would simply like to try something new. Go for it!

  • Goddess Braids

    yellow and black colored box braids

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    Q&A with Style Creator Victoria Davis
    Hairstylist @ Cut Creaters Salon Suites in Atlanta, GA


    How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

    This look is referred to as “Goddess Braids”. It is unique in its difference from a traditional scalp braid where you braid underhand because you actually braid overhand, causing the hair to bulge out.

    What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

    You can use any holding substance like edge control, gel or jam. I like to use Loc n’ Gel by Cut Creators Salon Suites. Mousse is a great maintaining molder for this style to last a bit longer.

    What type of client would you recommend this look for?

    I’d recommend this style to women of all ages and lifestyles. It looks great for any occasion. The uniqueness of this particular braid makes it suitable for classy and elegant events.

  • Ombre Box Braids

    ombre box braids

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    Q&A with Style Creator Raneisha Blanson
    Independent Hairstylist in Sacramento, CA


    How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

    Box braids are larger individual braids with parts that are box shaped. My favorite thing about this look is its versatility. It’s able to be worn in many different styles like half up half down, a ponytail, flipped over to one side, and anything else one can think of.

    What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

    To maintain this look you would need to wrap your hair up while sleeping with a scarf. You would also need to put a bonnet on your head with all of the braids inside the bonnet as well. Remember to use some type of oil as needed on the scalp.

    The braids were also dipped in boiling hot water to give them a more natural appearance and this may need to be done again in about three weeks or so. The products I used to create this look were Rastafri brand braiding hair (Freed’m-Silky-Braid) and Shine N’ Jam which is made by Ampro Pro Style.

    What type of client would you recommend this look for?

    Anyone who is willing to commit to the proper care and maintenance of these braids.

  • Symmetry

    beautiful box braids for African women

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    Q&A with Style Creator Fabiola Fung
    Independant African Hairstylist in Montreal, Canada


    How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

    Symmetry. That’s the word that comes to mind when I describe this classically known, single braids style. What makes it so pleasing to the eyes are the all the calculations behind each braid. The three strands need to be weighted evenly, otherwise you get bumps. The partings must be clean to avoid painful hair tension. And, most importantly, you need to tuck in all of your client’s real hair for frizz camouflage, smoothness and sheen. All of these factors come together to create this perfectly symmetrical gathering of hair.

    What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

    For someone looking to recreate this, the first thing I would recommend is to locate me and make an immediate appointment. Otherwise, your local beauty supply store has everything you will need to do it at home. Kanekalon synthetic braiding hair is the type of extension I used. I prefer the brand X-pressions because it has a good density and proper texture to give you sleek braids that don’t feel like cheap plastic. You will also need a good hair oil to properly hydrate your real hair before starting, as well as an edge control conditioning gel for flyaway prevention. With patience and a couple of tutorials, practice makes perfect.

    When it comes to making your new look last, this is one of the most low maintenance styles in the braiding world. It only requires that you remember to hydrate your hair at least every other day. I’m a big fan of mixing some water and a hair oil of your choice (such as castor oil) in a spray bottle and spritzing your hair and scalp before walking out the door.

    What type of client would you recommend this look for?

    I honestly feel that this is a universal style. I have done it on the kinkiest of hair types to the straightest. It can be a great look for children, students, busy moms, or even your lovely grandmother. The key is to find a stylist who knows what they are doing and does not braid too tightly. My clients are always surprised at the pain free braiding experience I offer because most don’t know that braids are not supposed to be painful.

    This is a great protective style to help grow your hair by keeping it shielded from too much manipulation for a period of six to eight weeks at most, so it must be done gently. Whether you have a rounder face or finer features, it does not discriminate. Since this look allows for so much versatility, there is a single braid length and width to suit anyone.