13 Best Long Box Braids for Protective Hairstyles

Gorgeous long box braids

Long box braids are a protective braiding hairstyle that has box-shaped divisions at the roots and is typically from chest to waist length. You have to agree that this traditional African women’s braiding hairstyle couldn’t look any hotter without added length!

Celebrity fashion figures Zoe Kravitz, Kehlani, and Jordyn Woods all sported various dramatic box braid looks from jumbo braids to beaded center-part styles to cutesy rainbow-dyed box braids and had us dreaming about them! Beads, metallic cuffs, and fashion colors are only a few iterations to make your braids extra fashionable and one-of-a-kind.

Natural hair specialist and braid artist Angela Perrantes displays her different takes on this really versatile hairstyle. From updos to side braids to half-up-half-downs, the styles you can do every day are just endless!

You don’t need to worry about maintaining it, as there are only a few steps that need to be done – protecting your hair at night when you sleep, keeping your scalp moisturized, and washing your hair a few times every week. If you get these things right, these sexy braids can be yours for about 6-8 weeks.

With this updated collection of the prettiest long box braids hairstyles, it’s certain that you’ll never run out of ideas. Scroll down below to check them out now!

Chunky Box Braids

Chunky Box Braids
Instagram @reformedhair

Looking like a snack like our lovely lady Rihanna! You better work, work, work those box braids in, honey!

Braids with Curly Ends

Long box braids with curly ends
Instagram @betty_bella_braids

After going for a tidied-up braid, add some pizzazz at the end by leaving it all frizzly and fabulous.

Braids with Shaved Sides

Long box braids with shaved sides
Instagram @nafisthebarber

Everything you need- and more- to perk up your look! Leave it to the braids and the hair tattoos to make you shine.

Blonde Box Braids

Long blonde box braids
Instagram @queenofbraids_leslie

Take those dark roots and twist them into fine golden blonde box braids. Add beads and strings for the ultimate boho look.

Long Box Braids Bob

Long bob with box braids
Instagram @hair_nails_by_ashanty

A braided lob with golden cuffs and string? That is surely on the list of must-try hot hairstyles!

Small Box Braids

Small box braids for long hair
Instagram @hairbysteph_1

A detailed pattern such these little box braids deserve a long canvas, don’t you think?

Big Box Braids

Long hair with big box braids
Instagram @bellahairstyler

The angels must be smiling upon you because of that heavenly hair! Long, thick, and braided, what more can you ask for?

Jumbo Box Braids

Jumbo box braids on long hair
Instagram @kiss_and_makeupgh

To add to the party, you can add extensions, beads, or strings for the ultimate box braided look.

Long Medium Box Braids

Long medium box box braids
Instagram @_b.rad__

To achieve this look, you can pancake your box braids. Flatten them out to make them wider, thus a little bit bigger.

Crochet Box Braids

Crochet Box Braids
Instagram @magesticbraids

The fellas would want to get in line with those gorgeous locks of yours! A little braiding goes a long way for you when you combine box braids and crochet braids.

Triangle Braids

Get creative with some tri-pointed design! The more patterns, the better, right?

Q&A with style creator, Yaki
Yaki Hair Braiding @ in Windsor Mill, MD

How would you describe this look?

This look is what we would call ou triangle part box braids. They are waist length and range in pricing from $160 to $200 depending on size and length.

Our favorite thing about this look is for one, it doesn’t take long to do like most of our other styles such as the regular box braids and cornrows. This is good for both the client and stylist saving time in the seat. Second, they are lightweight. This is excellent for the summertime weather if you are a person who doesn’t like too much hair making you hot all the time.

You can wear it in any style from a ponytail to a bun, or just leave it hanging. Third, it’s just a fun style to have. The triangle parts make it differ and stand out from regular box braids!

Any advice for someone considering it?

Come on in into Yaki Hair Braiding and give it a try. It looks amazing on all hair types, from 1 to 4c hair. It eliminates having to wake up every morning and having to struggle with the hassle of getting your hair ready for the day.

This style can last for up to 2 months depending on your routine of maintaining the style, meaning wrapping your hair at night with a scarf can definitely help keep it looking fresh. It’s a fun style that anyone can rock, from children to adults. If you haven’t tried it already, give us a call and book your next appointment. We are guaranteed to give excellent customer service. If you aren’t satisfied with your hair, no worry we offer a full refund for up to a week after getting your hair styled by us.

Long Braids with Beads

Long Braids with Beads
Instagram @cheveuxbelle01

Q&A with style creator, Jenny Mpanzu
Hairdresser @ Hair By Jenny Mpanzu in Bellevue East, JHB


How would you describe this look?

They are three-stranded box braids which start from being thick to having small fine strands at the ends to bring out that gorgeous shape. My favorite thing about box braids is the way the shape of the boxes turn out to look and the fact that the braids are flexible right from day one and, with an additional touch of beads on the braids, look so goddess! I also love the joy it brings to my clients. It’s always a good thing to see your clients walk out with smiles on their faces.

Any advice for someone considering it?

When it comes to braids, I personally think that one should always consider their hair type first. As soon as you know your hair type, then you can take the next step. An example for black girls with natural hair – heat does not work with natural hair, as we all know, therefore they need to consider to use heat-protector on their hair before hair drying. In this way, the heat doesn’t damage the hair.

You don’t have to pay a whole lot of money to buy hair products. There are actually affordable ones that can be used to moisturize your hair as the hairdresser will be braiding. I advise you to choose the best hair products that will work hand-in-hand with your hair type to avoid any hair breakage.

You need to learn how to play around with your braids, have fun with it, style it as you would imagine the look on your mind. It’s always amazing to try out something new by yourself. It’s a little exercise you can try out at any time! I dare you! Styling is one important part. Styles like up-ties (ponytails), lazy buns, or just simple buns are must-do stylings. They save you so much time. Simplicity is always beautiful.

Let’s slay those braids! Let’s protect the hair and take care of the hair, always.

Braids with Red Color

Braids with Red Color
Instagram @braidme_tt

Q&A with style creator, Natalia Moses
Braiding Stylist @ Hair By Natalia in Trinidad and Tobago


How would you describe this look?

This look is what we know as a protective style. It can be done on any hair type. Dressed down or dressed up, it’s suited for all occasions. It’s the perfect vacation hair. My favorite thing about this style is its flexibility in styling and its longevity. It also promotes hair growth.

Any advice for someone considering it?

When styling, refrain from pulling on your edges (hairline) too tightly as this can cause hair loss. If you have a very active lifestyle, I would suggest getting them lightweight, as it can be heavy depending on how it’s done.

The maintenance of this style is pretty easy, as it does not need much aftercare or products. It’s full of personality and sass, and it’s a classic that never goes out of style. I say go for it!