Box braids are traditionally associated with African textured hair, however, any woman can give this amazing hairstyle a go. It is possible to create these braids by hand but hair tools are also available that will speed up the braiding process.
What Are Box Braids?
Box braids are loose and synthetic braids made with wool, kanekalon or jumbo that are braided in natural hair. You can find box braids in various colors and sizes. In addition to transforming your look completely, there are some advantages too like healthy hair growth, help in hair transition etc.
Advantages of Box Braids
Here are some of the advantages of box braided hairstyles.
- In box braids, the hair is well guarded against external environmental effects like climate change, techniques that damage hair (Babyliss, dryer, flat iron etc). It helps in growing a healthy hair, prevents hair damage and makes the hair more moisturized.
- Box braids can change the look for women who are tired of the boring hairstyles.
- Those women who wear Box Braids are always ready to go out. They don’t spend hours tidying their hair or waking up desperately with the creepy strands.
Disadvantages of Box Braids
- Hair can become hotter than normal because of the synthetic material used when making the braids.
- The hair can get a little heavier depending on the size of the box braids. Many women complain about this after they get such braids.
- Box braids can cause damage to the scalp. The capillary bulb may suffer a little while placing the box braids (because of the tightening of the braids).
- The scalp can get more oily over time.
- One should take appropriate care and maintain the box braids within the recommended period. Otherwise, it can damage/cause breakage of the hair. It can also weaken the hair roots.
Frequently Asked Questions on Box Braids
Does it hurt to put on the Box Braids?
That will depend. If the squeeze is too much on your scalp to tighten the braids, the process will definitely hurt. Otherwise, the box braiding procedure should be smooth and without any pain.
You can take a pain reliever if you have a headache. Wait for some time after the braiding is done. If the headache continues and you feel they are tightened too much, ask the professional to loosen the braids.
How much does Box Braiding procedure costs?
It’ll depend on the material you want to buy, the number and size of the box braids. There are 2 types of costs involved in box braiding. On average, synthetic fibers costs from 15$-100$ depending on what brand you want to use. The professional hairstylist will charge from 100$-350$ depending on his expertise and popularity. Though the well-known professionals will cost high, it’s always better to go to an expert professional.
How long does box braiding procedure take?
It can take from 5 to 10 hours depending on the size, thickness and number of braids.
Why do people complain about too much hair loss while removing the Box Braid strands?
People generally lose 100-150 hairs every single day. For women with box braids, these loosen hairs are attached to the braids and fall at once when the braids are dismantled. That’s why some people get it wrong.
Can I Do Box Braids with short hair?
Yes, as long as your hair is 5 centimeters long, you can.
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 glamorous 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.