14 Red Box Braids Black Girls Can Slay

Cindy Marcus
Cindy Marcus Hairstylist, Editor-in-Chief

Red box braids are a type of braiding style that divides the hair into “boxy” or square-shaped divisions. These hairstyles protect natural hair from the harsh sun and make its wearer look fiery glamorous, and attention-grabbing!

A vibrant hairstyle for energetic and confident women, trendsetting celebs such as Keke Palmer and Rihanna have worn red box braids to destroy stereotypes and inspire women all over.

We all know the countless, diverse world of red. From burgundy to copper to fire engine red – it’s up to your skin tone to decide which shade you should choose. Bright coppers pair stunningly with deep tans, while vivid reds and cool burgundy look amazing on darker complexions.

Talking about upkeep, box braids are relatively easy and can last up to three months if maintained well. What’s crucial is the process of braiding itself because you’ll need a trusted braid expert to create these pieces without being too tight and according to your style preference.

With a powerful hairstyle like this, you’re sure to go places! Keep reading for the trendiest red box braids this year!


#1: Burgundy Red

Big box braids in burgundy red with hints of black. What a mouthful but a sure win from all angles! These huge red and black box braids give your locks fullness and an edgy look.

Black and red box braids
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#2: Black and Red Braids

The level of effort you can give to styling red and black braids must not go unnoticed. This black-to-red ombre on long box braids is seriously giving life and versatility!

Long red box braids
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#3: Long Braids

When you’ve got this magnificent hair, growing it to make these gorgeous red box braids is the way to go!

Red box braids bob
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#4: Red Bob

Yep. All the goodness of a sleek bob but with red hair in box braids. How much cooler can you get?

Red crochet box braids
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#5: Red Crochet Braids

From the braid styles to the cut to the color, this whole red box braid bun is a work of art. The back area must be best for such red box braids hairstyles.

Dark to light red ombre box braids
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#6: Dark to Light Red Ombre

Like a fire slowly creeping up a canvas of deep, dark night. The whole box braid red hue look deserves a second look.

#7: Copper Red Jumbo Box Braids

Protectively stylish, these keep the color and moisture in. In this manner, the color lasts longer because of added protection. See our latest pictures of jumbo box braids here.

#8: Bright Red

Scarlet red box braids are a powerful statement piece that you can wear. Show them who’s the boss!

Maroon red box braids
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#9: Maroon Red

Get creative while preserving your hair’s health! A rusty red color on box braids is a shade you must try. Red braiding hair looks great with any length, either short or long.

Auburn Medium red box braids
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#10: Auburn Red Medium Length Braids

The right amount of auburn red with box braids helps create a glowing flush, especially for maidens rich in melanin. Box braids with red tones go well with gold or yellow accessories for a little contrast.

#11: Blonde and Red

A great conversation starter or a neat closing statement, this kind of box braid with red hair can be all sorts of things. Perk up any room and carry that friendly vibe anywhere you go.

Hot and spicy! This is for blondes who love a little pop of color. With this, you can still have blonde with a little bit more fun. The box braids are trendy, and adding red makes it hotter.

Anyone looking for a little adventure should give the box braids a try. However, I wouldn’t recommend it to a person with fine baby hair as it would pull a lot. I highly recommend it to the ladies living on the edge full of raw wildness. This is a style that you can wear many times and could last 3-6 months. Washing and maintenance are very easy.

Red and Brown
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#12: Red and Brown

This box braid hairstyle is not considered to be elegant. It has rather an ethnic touch and fits an energetic personality with the soul of a wild girl. I like the small wooden beads that accentuate the overall impression and create an original wild style.

Lifestyle, as well as a fashion style, is crucial. Hair color is not very important. The ethnic effect may be conjured on any head when using the natural shades of Kanekalon Hair.

Big Box Braids
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#13: Big Box Braids

These red big box braids are a protective style that would be great for a woman on vacation. It is easy maintenance and gives you a goddess casual look with a pop of color and curls.

What I like about this style is its versatility. You can wear it all down, up into a bun with a few curls hanging, or pull a few braids up into a ponytail with the back down, and it would go with any attire!

These red braids on black hair normally last about three months without the curls. Otherwise, there would last about 1-2 months. Use Kanekalon braiding hair to braid the hair and Free Tress crochet hair for the curls so that you can cut the curls out. The triangle parts are very hot and unique; therefore, edge control is used to define the parting. This is the most popular style for this upcoming summer!

Dark Red Braids
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#14: Dark Red Braids

It’s a side part triangle box braid perfectly tucked to give the full burgundy effects. The triangle part is perfectly parted and neatly and tightly braided to keep the tucked hair to make the style last longer. It’s a protective hairstyle for all women to prevent their hair from being exposed to harsh weather and prevent damage to the hair. The style lasts at least 1-2 months, depending on how the hair is managed.

Before going to a stylist, having your hair washed and dried without any oil/cream in it is preferable. Also, it’s important to ensure the stylist you are going to won’t pull too tightly and won’t use a lot of hair extensions, so it doesn’t put too much strain on your scalp or pull out your edges. Overall it is a very good box braid hairstyle – less painful and beautiful if done correctly.