17 Lit Short Box Braids You Have to See

Pictures of the best short box braids for black women

Short box braids are a type of hair-braiding protective style where the braids appear “boxy” or have square-shaped sections. Typically in long lengths, this African-originated hairstyle also takes form in short, easy-to-wear versions.

The saying that short hairstyles lack versatility when it comes to styling is a total myth! You could go for cropped extensions for jumbo braids, accessorize with metal cuffs and cute beads, put them up into a fresh updo, or have it in vivids.

If your goal is to minimize the time it takes to style your hair in the morning, short box braids are a definite go. They’re super easy to maintain and style – the answer to a real woke-up-like-this look!

Hairstylist and braid expert Tekeira Atkins rounds up her quick-and-easy short box braids creations on her feed, and we’re getting serious edgy vibes!

If you still demand to be convinced more about donning these magnificent braids then head down below for the trendiest short box braids today!

Crochet Braids

Short crochet box braids
Instagram @janiehairs04

Sew in some extensions to achieve that perfect box braids. Frames the face and refreshes your look, all for the price of one!

Jumbo Braids

Short jumbo box braids
Instagram @sherikhair

Have a go at these short and chunky braids! You can accessorize them with beads, strings, and whole other pieces of jewelry.

Blonde Bob Braids

Short blonde box braids
Instagram @hair_byify

To accentuate your face shape, especially the jaw area, try this braided bob. The blonde makes it all the more exciting.

With Loose Ends

Short box braids with loose ends
Instagram @bunnybraids

A pattern this imaginative can only be thought of by a genius! The braids meet to form a loose braid that highlights the curled fro up top.

Triangle Braids

Short triangle box braids
Instagram @jessieebeauty.photography

This looks difficult but in reality, is very, very easy to do. Give it a try and you’ll see a different you that you’ll like!

Small Braids

Short small box braids
Instagram @mish_gogetter_rice

Detailed braids with beads is a different but brilliant approach to wearing a long bob.

Short Bob

Short bob box braids
Instagram @simplysetaparthair

Getting medium braids are great for creating a bodied bob. It keeps form and style which gives you a wonderful curtain of crowning glory.

Burgundy Braids

Short burgundy box braids
Instagram @b.r.a.i.d.e.r

A must try for black women, red braids are a beginner’s first step to trying out a new color.

With Curly Ends

Short box braids with curly ends
Instagram @booklilcharles

Getting creative is the key to spicing up your box braids! This one kept it quite loose towards the ends which made for an interesting frilled look.

Brown Braids

Short brown box braids
Instagram @afri.coiffure

Caramel braids show luscious locks in a protective manner. Plus, golden undertones stand out inconspicuously, showing off a bronzed look.

Rubber Band Box Braids

Short Rubber Band Box Braids
Instagram @jazzed.hair

An easier way of doing box braids, this one’s a time saver! Not only is it a pretty look, but it also is a friendlier way of having patterned locks.

With Loose Ends

With Loose Ends
Instagram @moni_blessit1

Q&A with style creator, La Trece Ward
Cosmetologist @ J’adore Hair and Nails Studio in Las Vegas, NV

How would you describe this look?

These are small feed-ins with a curly top. I love this look because this style is versatile: business look, going out, or even daily wear. It has a classy, elegant, graceful look because of the soft curls at the top.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I do believe anyone would be able to wear this style. It’s a get-up-and-go style with little maintenance. I inform my clients to make sure the scalp have proper moisture, so it won’t get dry and irritating. Products recommended are light oils (example: wild growth oil, unrefined: coconut oil or avocado oil, whatever light oil to your liking but not hair grease).

Any hair type can do this look – long or short hair. You can even use added hair as a protective style. If you have short hair like the model, all you have to do is buy the braided hair and the curly or wavy hair then install.

Curly Box Braids

Q&A with style creator, Chiamaka Onwualor
Stylist @ Oma Beaute Parlour in Owerri, Nigeria


How would you describe this look?

This look is short, smart, and sassy. It can be worn for any event, to work and for parties. My favorite thing about this look is the length because it can be worn for a cooperate event. The color makes you the center of attraction in parties! It was made with a mixture of 2 attachments, white and gold Darling attachments/extensions

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look is suitable for a light-skinned female, so if someone dark-skinned comes for this look I will advise against it because it might look a bit extra or scary in my opinion.

It can be styled in different ways, like half-up, pigtail, and both center and side parts.

Purple Braids

Q&A with style creator, Kel Rawls
Licensed Braider @ QueenK’z braids by Kel in Mendenhall, MS


How would you describe this look?

This look is very stylish yet bold! My favorite thing about this style is my client’s choice of color that definitely catches anyone’s attention!

Any advice for someone considering it?

The only advice I’d give to other clients considering this look is that the burnt ends can be very irritating against your neck.

Silver Braids

Q&A with style creator, Moikouyah Kamara
Hairstylist @ Braid Perfection in Brooklyn, NY


How would you describe this look?

I would say that it speaks for itself. It’s one of the looks that outshine a personality, so you really can’t miss it. I would compare it to that little red coat in your closet that pops out every time you open your closet door.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Anyone can do this style – you just have to have confidence up to 1000. Any hair type can do this style, but if your hair is short I would recommend to get the braids a little smaller. I would recommend this style to a shy, timid person because once you have this hairstyle it would bring out your inner diva. Silver braids are the best!

With Bangs

With Bangs
Instagram @curlzofglory

Q&A with style creator, Aramide Dada
Hair Braider @ Curlz of Glory in Madison, WI


How would you describe this look?

This hairstyle features a box-braids bob with bangs. My favorite thing about it is the bangs. Although her real hair is longer than the bangs, I was able to install it without compromising her real hair.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Oil your scalp every 2 to 3 days during the first 2 weeks of getting the braids. Getting your hair braided exposes your scalp and can cause it to become dry and itchy. Oiling the scalp can help relieve the scalp of the dryness and itchiness.

Always wear a headscarf or bonnet when going to sleep with this hairstyle. It will help the hairstyle remain neat for a longer period of time.

Thick Braids

Q&A with style creator, Tyler Janae
Hairstylist @ Tyler Janae Styles in Wilmington, DE


How would you describe this look?

This particular look is a classy protective style that gives a chic look without cutting your own natural hair. You can go from the boardroom to the beach with its versatility.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Anyone can pull this look off. It’s very classy yet edgy, very low maintenance. Tie it up with a silk scarf at night, put light oil in the morning, add some hair jewelry, and you’re ready to go.