Box braids are a hair style which is traditionally associated with African textured hair, however anyone can give this amazing look a go. It is possible to create these braids by hand but hair tools are also available that will speed up the braiding process. It is also possible to buy hair extensions which are already plaited for you. These extensions are a great choice because they are very easy to weave into your hair.
Bold and Beautiful Box Braids
Although box braids are great for everyday wear, they can also be fashioned into stunning styles which are suitable for glamourous events or evenings out. The versatility of this hairstyle is just one of the things that make box braids so popular among black girls.
#1: Chunky Plait
Extra long box braids look fantastic when they are styled in a funky chunky plait. Throw your plait over to one side and pin it in place for a particularly contemporary look.
#2: Ombre Braids
These braids go from dark to light as the hair tumbles down. Although these purple-pink braids look great, you can choose an ombre look in any colour that you want!
#3: Knotted Head Scarf
Wrap your box braids up with a colourful piece of fabric. This is a traditional hair style and will take you back to your African roots.
#4: Crowning Glory
Twist and plait your braids around across the front of your head to create an off-centre crown of hair. You can leave the rest of your hair down or pin it up.
#5: Punky Purple
If you are having extensions put in your hair, then you do not have to choose a “natural” colour. These punky purple braids are eye-catching, fun and vibrant.
#6: Shaven Sides
Keep your box braids long in the middle, but shave the sides of your head for a striking look. Keep it plain shaven or shave a pattern into your hair.
#7: Bandana and Big Braid
Take a large section of hair from one side and sweep it around your head like a bandana. Hold the bandana section in place by styling it into a chunky braid at the rear centre of your head.
#8: Go Wild
If you are going to go wild with green hair, you can add another twist by accessorising your hair with a crown of flowers. Bright white and pink flowers offer the perfect contrast.
#9: Alpine Plaits
Put your box braids into two classic alpine plaits. These plaits only take a few minutes to complete and they will help to keep your hair away from your face and eyes.
#10: Chunky Braids
Rather than getting tiny braids put into your hair, choose a chunkier option. It is often easier to do chunky braids with natural hair than it is to do smaller braids.
Choose a colour which completely contrasts your own natural shade. You will only see the contrast at your roots, but the effect will be striking.
12: Knotted Chignon
This beautiful take on classic chignon looks really good with thick box braids. Sweep over the top section of your hair to give the style a contemporary look.
13: Plait Crown
Separate the front section of your hair from the back section. Leave the back section of your hair down. Use the front section of your hair to make a plaited from that follows the natural curves of your head.
#14: High Bun with Shaved Sides
If the underside of your hair is shaven, you can put your hair up into a high bun on the top of your head to emphasise all of your features. If you have really long hair, you can leave a section down coming out of your bun.
#15: Chunky Braids with a Top Knot
If you have chosen a medium length haircut you can add to the style by pulling your hair up into a high top knot close to the front of your head.
#16: Space Buns with Pig Tails
Separate your hair into two sections and bring each section up onto the very top of your head in a bun style. Rather than using all of your hair to create thick buns, let some of your hair flow down instead.
#17: Simple Side Sweep
This hair style is super simple but it looks great. Bring your hair up into a top pony tail, and then allow your hair to fall freely over to one side of your hair.
#18: Bouffant Bun with Shaven Sides
Create a bun style with a cinched middle to give a classic bouffant look, but then give your bouffant style a contemporary twist by wearing it with shaven sides.
#19: Bob with Side Fringe
Box braids do not have to go all the way down to the floor. A bob is a classic hairstyle which is low maintenance but also the height of fashion. Mix it up a little bit with a side fringe.
#20: Jacob’s Ladder
Keep most of your hair flowing freely but take three strands from each side. Pull individual strands round from each side and pin them together in the middle. Allow them to waterfall at the back.
#21: Top Pony Tail
Pull your hair into a top pony tail and then fan out your hair so that it falls evenly around your head. Some people achieve a better top pony tail by hanging their head upside down.
#22: Mid Chunky Braid
A lot of styles look great with slightly chunkier braids. Try a half up and half down hairstyle if you are looking for a style which is suitable for work and for everyday.
#23: Down ‘Do
Let your box braids do all of the talking by choosing a simple down do style. All that you will require to create a style like this is a few pins to keep your hair out of your eyes.
#24: Chocolate and Caramel
Create gorgeous box braids by braiding two different colours of hair together in one. Mixing two colours will help to enhance the textured appearance of the braids.
#25: Dread Effect
Some rough braids look like dreadlocks. Keep these braids as fine as possible for a rough but delicate look.