Can you tell me the name of the queen of braids? BOX BRAIDS may be the most relevant answer to this question. Braids hairstyles are being worn by women and men since 3,500 BCE for their protective and bewitching nature. Among all other braided hairstyles, box braids provide us with the ultimate flexibility, smartness, confidence, and glamour. Besides, these hairstyles have been ornated in numerous ways during its 5000 years of journey. Today we will take the chance to present the superb braids from different angles like length, color, trend, style, etc. I Hope, you have never seen box braided styles explained and presented this way before.
What are box braids?
The African American people are gifted, I mean especially the women. We have plenty of options to decorate and flourish ourselves. And numerous types of hairstyles are one of the options. But whatever hairstyle we use, one thing we have in common is the very beginning of styling hair. Yes, that’s braids and as we have mentioned earlier, box braids hairstyle is actually the queen of all other braided hairstyles. Before you go further you need to know what the braids actually are.
Box Braids are actually a braided hairstyle. The process is simple. Section your natural hair, add the extension hair and braid it. The section we are talking about is of box shape (although sometimes the shapes look like a triangle, snowflakes, etc.). And that is the reason these hairstyles are named after the box-shaped braided hairstyles. These braids may be thick or thin, lengthy or short, black or multicolored. But one thing in common, they make you look like a real angle. In short, these braids are the only thing that can make you gain heavenly charm.
Braids Hairstyles by Length
The length has been an influential factor of all kinds of hairstyles ever innovated. In terms of braids, length matters. Moreover, the preference for length is also another factor. There are huge differences among us regarding the length of the braiding hairstyles. However, we have divided the braids hairstyles into three parts. And each of them will be described with their rightful definition and suitable picture. Keep scrolling.
Medium box braids
Tiny and Short Box Braids for Modern Women
Shortness in hair has become a necessity for women working out or who simply do not want to carry a heavy hairstyle. On the other hand, some think that short hairstyles are the most beautiful and effective ones. But whatever the reason is, the demand for short braids have emerged long ago. In the case of Box-shaped Braided hairstyles, the short version always rock. Let’s consider the following short braids hairstyle. It’s cool and playful. Moreover, it looks like the bob hairstyle which is surely good news for bob lovers.
Mid-Length Braided Hairstyles for Women
There is no universal rule of hair length. Additionally, the length of short length and medium versions vary in different hairstyles. We can simply assume that the medium-length braids are long enough to touch the upper portion of the back. But there should be some plus or minus respective of region, race, and ethnicity. Mid-length braids are the most used hairstyles among braids hairstyles. They are stylish, trendy, easy to maintain, and sexy enough to put you at the center of attraction. Moreover, these braided hairstyles are formal enough to let you pass the school gate. For you, the following picture of a hairstyle containing medium braids is presented below to be considered.
The Longer Your Braids, The More Attractive They Are
When the length of braids is lengthy enough to touch the waist, we call it a long or large box-shaped braided hairstyle. These braids are immensely popular among youngsters. Any kind of color and thickness is absolutely suitable for these types of braids. The study says the long braid hairstyles are one of the hairstyles the women crave for most. So, when you have got the long thick, and colorful braids with you, you have the glamour to rule the world of beauty. Below there, a picture of a large braided hairstyle is presented only for your consideration.
Braids Hairstyles by Shape
Like the length, shapes do matter with braided hairstyles. Here, the shape is a little bit technical. We are actually talking about the shapes which originate on the scalp with box-shaped braided hairstyles. With these hairstyles, you have the option to get various shapes drawn on your scalp. Among them, we have found three which are mostly used and popular. Now it’s time to discuss and place an example of all those three shapes of braided hairstyles. Stay tuned.
These are the braided hairstyles we normally call the box-shaped square braids. Now go to the image below and carefully notice the shapes marked on the scalp. I think you have got it. It’s a beautiful square shape. And to be more precise, these braiding hairstyles have been named after these squares. The square boxes on the scalp are one of the main parts of the hairstyles we call box braids. These boxes are made with natural hair and the extension hair is added with it to get the length. I know, you all already know very well about the square-shaped braids, but this is just a reminder.
Triangular Box Braids, The Modern Outlook
The square boxes of the braided hairstyles are the main reason to name these braided hairstyles box shape braided hairstyles. But there are exceptions too. Braids have gone through a long journey since their invention in west Africa. And today these braiding hairstyles have been modified to a large extent. In continual to that, the shapes of the scalp have been modified to triangles too. These tringles have made these braided hairstyles named triangle-shaped braided hairstyles or triangular braids. Below there, you will find a lovely triangle braided hairstyle which you can try as your next hairdo.
Snowflakes Braids Styles
Like the triangles, you can try different shapes with the box-shaped braided hairstyles. The snowflake shape is one of the shapes you can try. These shapes create an extraordinary effect on your hairstyle and appearance. Here, the shapes on the scalp change from boxes to snowflakes but the other features of these braided hairstyles remain the same. You can have different colors, thicknesses, and lengths just like the square braids with this version. What you will get extra from this, is the new design and charm with your hairstyle. Look at the following hairstyle and understand the beauty and effect of the snowflake-shaped braided hairstyles.
Colorize Your Braids
For every hairstyle, colors play a vital role. The color of the hairstyle represents and reflects the personality and taste of the person. Moreover, colors add life to your hairstyles. So, color is an important part of the hairstyle. To be honest, most women today are in love with colorful hairstyles. However, we are now to talk about the colorful braiding hairstyles, I mean the colorful braided hairstyles. For that, we have pointed 6 braided hairstyles with color to discuss. For each of the categories, we will be providing you with the details as well as the relevant picture of respective hairstyles. So, let’s start.
Red Box Braids, Young Women
Hey, do you know my favorite hair color? Surprise! It’s red. But do you love red hairstyles, especially the red box braids? If yes, this one will definitely satisfy you. The below image contains a red braided hairstyle. As you can see, only the braid color is red and the residual features are the same as the box-shaped braided hairstyles. Now you understand what color can do. The red color on the braids creates a charming effect along with divine glamour for you. Moreover, women wear them to get notably noticed by the people around them. So, the decision is all yours.
Burgundy Color on Box Braids
This one is another color we often confuse with the red color. Keep in mind that the burgundy color is reddish but not red. When this dark reddish color is applied to the box braids, magic happens. And you can see the magi in the below image. Burgundy box braids are used by millions of African American women as they can not but fall in love with them. From my point of view, it’s great for you if you are going for a date or party in the night town. Trust me, you will have the capacity to steal the mind of him for sure with these lovely braids.
Blonde Braided Hairstyles
Among the colorful braided hairstyles, the blonde box braids hairstyle is the most used, most popular, and tremendously enchanting one. This color suits every face shape, every hair length, and every hair type. That’s why the blonde box braids have reached this popularity. These braids allow you to make stunning buns, ponytails, updos, and other styles that can actually take your breath away. On the other hand, these braided hairstyles are a great choice if you are getting yourself ready for a party, tour, outing or social get-together. Always remember that the blonde color is the best choice when you got stuck choosing the right hair color.
Pink and purple are two favorite colors of women worldwide. But in the case of hairstyles, women prefer purple to pink. That’s why you will see more and plenty of box braids with purple colors than the pink box braids. It’s a highly recommended hairstyle for you if you are of the age range from 15 to 35. This is because the purple box braids suit best and mostly used by young African American women. Some of you might like a mixture of purple and pink braids. For them, the below paragraph will be worth reading.
Natural Colored Braids
Black and beauty are the two sides of the same coin. That’s why black-colored o natural colored hairstyles are ruling the world of hairstyles. It is still tremendously popular and the most used hair color by women all over the world. Still now, almost 90% of the colors of hairstyles are black. Maybe you love colorful hairstyles but most probably your first choice is black. So, box braids with natural color are still the best even in the eye of women like you and me. So, if you are a black box braids hairstyle lover, we have a gift in the form of an image for you below.
Multicolored / Highlighted Box Braids
There are so many colors used in box braids. We have discussed the most used ones and moved on to the multicolored or highlighted braids. When you have multiple color preferences or you can not pick the exact color at all, you have multi-colored hairstyles. Here, you can use braids of different colors or highlights like the images below. Multiple colors draw the attention of others too quickly. Moreover, these braids create a dazzling effect on your hairstyle and appearance. So, if you are an attention seeker, ask your stylist to get it done right now.
Most Used Hairstyles with Braids
In African American society, women wear a lot of hairstyles which consist of braids, curls, straight hair, etc. Each of the hairstyles has different subversions or styles. In the case of box braids hairstyles, there are certain variations. Some of them are immensely popular, some are not. In this step, we are going to discuss some of the popular hairstyles made with braids. For each of the hairstyles, we will provide some relevant information along with a nice and trendy image of the respective hairstyle. So, let’s see which ones are the most popular hairstyles with the braids.
Box Braids Updo
Updo versions are exceedingly popular in almost every hairstyle worn by African American women. These hairstyles are mainly seen during the wedding or social get-together. On the other hand, updo hairstyles are greatly comfortable during the summer seasons. In these hairstyles, the locks, braids, curls, or natural hair is pulled upward to give you a hassle-free hairstyle. They are comfortable, enchanting, and gorgeous. Box braids are also a great option for making updo hairstyles. With the braided updo hairstyles, you will gain both beauty and comfort at the same time.
Box Braids with Beads
Among the most glamorous accessories used with the hairstyles by women, the beads are the prime ones. A hairstyle with beads creates a perpetual impression on the hairstyle and appearance. On the other hand, the braids are the best fit for using the beads in your hairstyles. You will see the beads are used mostly with a hairstyle with the beads. Although the braids with beads hairstyles are mainly worn by the children, the adult has the equal right to wear them. A lovely braids hairstyle with the glazing beads can make anyone look like a real queen. Below there a picture of braids with beads hairstyle is unleashed for your consideration.
Shoulder length box braids
Braids and Ponytails: Great Combination
When you have very little time to take care of your hairstyle or you love the hairstyles of low maintenance, ponytails are the hairstyles you should try. The ponytail is a 5-minute hairstyle with different types of locks, braids, curls, and natural hair. These hairstyles are one of the most used ones by women all over the world. However, you have the opportunity to decorate and design your pony in various ways here. But the general rule of ponytail hair is almost the same for all hair types. With box-shaped braided hairstyles, you are allowed to make lovely ponytails with almost no effort. Moreover, the ponytail hairstyle is greatly comfortable during the summer seasons like the updo hairstyles.
Goddess Box Braids Bun: Serenity Lives Here
As a protective hairstyle, the box-shaped braided hairstyle is flexible and bouncy enough to let you play around with these braids. Like updo, ponytails, the bun hairstyles with braids are immensely popular among women. Especially young women love them the most. A bun is a hairstyle used universally by both men and women with different hair types. On the other hand, the definition, design, pattern of the bun hairstyles vary from country to country, region to region, gender to gender, and ethnicity to ethnicity. But one thing is common, the braided bun is the most gorgeous and glamorous of them all. We have got the following lovely braided bun hairstyle picture for you.
Braids with Curls; Crochet Box Braids
Curls and Braids have been two inseparable parts of the hairstyles of the black ethnicity since the dawn of human civilization. To be frank, curls and braids also have the most suitable combinations in terms of hairstyles. Some of you might like a blended hairstyle with braids and curls. For you, we have come up with the hairstyle below where the braids are blended with lovely natural curls. The mixture of braids and curls is, of course, a revolutionary change in the history of hairstyles for people. And the braids serve this purpose best. Now let’s consider the following hairstyle for your next hairdo.
Crochets and Braids
As we do care for you, we have got 4 crochet box-shaped braided hairstyles for you. The crochet braids will help you to have a sharp look along with immense elegance. Check these out-
Take Care of Your Braids
Caring for the hairstyles is actually keeping the beauty and stun alive. So, after installing the braids we all need to take good care of the braids. This will help your braids remain alive and charming. On the other hand, good care for braided hairstyles prevents hair breakage and damage. Moreover, you can save your scalp from infection. So, let’s discuss some points regarding the care of braids hairstyles. If you follow them, you will enjoy the braiding for maximum time.
How to Take Care of Braids at Night
Before sleeping what, you need to do with your braids is an important thing. The night-time care for the braids can keep your braids shiny, and long-lasting. So here are some steps you need to know if you are a beginner in braids hairstyles.
- It is recommended that you should avoid braiding during sleep. It’s the best way to protect, save or care for your lovely braids. But f you are unable to do that just follow the following points mentioned below.
- Keep your braids and scalp moisture with moisturizing products.
- Wrap your braids to let the moisture not leave your hair.
- Cover up your braids so that the braids do not get damaged whilst you sleep.
Can I Wash My Braids?
Experts do not recommend washing your braids frequently. Once or twice a week is enough washing for braids. This is actually a herculean task to wash and cleanse the braids. Moreover, the wet braids gain tons of weight to carry. However, you can use conventional hair cleansing shampoos and conditioners to wash your braids.
How Can I Keep My Braids Away from Frizzing?
There are some certain tips by following which you can prevent the braids from frizzing. Just follow the following points.
- Keep your braids and scalp moisture.
- Undo the braids while sleeping.
- Wear a headscarf whilst you sleep.
- Do not wear the braids for more than 8-10 weeks.
- Do not get your braids wet frequently.
- Undo and redo the braids at least thrice in a week.
Recommended Products for Braids Care
- It’s A 10 Dry Oil Spray
- Carol’s Daughter Mimosa Hair Honey Calming Tension Spray
- Shea Moisture Jojoba Oil & Ucuuba Butter No-Rinse Foam Cleanser
- Alikay Naturals Lemongrass Leave-In Conditioner
- Girl + Hair Under Hair Care Clarifying ACV Rinse
Brown Jumbo Box Braids
Simple Box Braids
Pure Black Hair Bun
Crochet box braids
Box braids are hair braids that are characterized by “boxy” or square-shaped hair divisions. They can also be created by adding in synthetic braiding hair. The conventional box braiding hairstyles are normally made with artificial hair like kanekalon hair. These braids are named after the square-shaped or box-shaped divisions on the head while making it happen.
Box Braid with Two Bun Hair
Availability of Box Braids
The elements of box braids are available throughout the whole world. You can find them in any beauty shops and salons. Moreover, you can find ready-made box braids also in those shops. Most of the time, you will get your braids done by the saloon experts.
How much does the Box Braids cost?
It is a common question about pricing. And so far, I know everyone is familiar with the price ranges of box braids. For beginners, depending on your stylist, it can take anywhere from four to eight hours to complete the process. Prices vary according to the style and desired length of your box braids, most stylists charge between $150 and $200 for this style
How to Make Box Braids?
With a little training and experience, you can do your braids at home. For your convenience, we will discuss 10 small steps by completing which you will discover stunning box braids on your head. So let’s get started.
Step 1: Cut and Tether Hair. Cut your locks to the chosen length. Tether and brush the locks out to stop dull ends. This averts the hair for coming slack.
Step 2: Partition Synthetic Hair. Get a small unit of your artificial hair for your first braid. Partition that section into two, cross them over and grab the opposite ends.
Step 3: Prepare Your Normal Hair. Part a small unit of your hair. Divide that section into 3 parts.
Step 4: Formulate Artificial Hair. Attach two of the four pieces of artificial hair together and hold the other strands together.
Step 5: Lay the three strands of artificial hair against your real hair parted in those three sections.
Blue box braids
Waist-length red box braids
Step 6: Attach Synthetic Hair to Root of Natural Hair. Grab the synthetic hair along with your real hair and begin to weave it in.
Step 7: Begin Braiding Down. Weave synthetic hair and natural hair all the way down.
Step 8: Remove Excess Hair. Cut off excess synthetic hair making sure to avoid natural hair.
Step 9: Finish the Ends. Burn ends or dip ends in hot water to further thin out ends.
Step 10. Smile ?
Big box braids
Big box braids with beads
Simple Blonde Braids
Box Braids may be of a variety of sizes. There are different types of demands in African American women regarding the box braids. For this, this braiding hairstyle is available in every size. You can use it short, medium and long as per your desire.
Like size, color is also an important fact for box braids. Box braids are available in a wide range of colors. They may be black, blue, purple, blonde, red and whatever you like. So, it’s your right to choose the perfect color of the braids.
The box braids are different in thickness too. You can make ultra-thick goddess braids with box braids patterns. At the same time, you can make pixie braids with box braids. The pixie braids are thin and small in nature where the goddess braids are thick and long in nature.
End loose braids
Why Box Braids?
There are thousands of hairstyles introduced and used by the African American people. But why would you style box braids? Yes, there are some certain reasons which make women wear lovely box braids.
- It gives you the ultimate charm and enchantment with your hairstyle.
- Fit for every season and weather
- Fir for any kind of party, gathering, or wedding.
- Suitable during tour travels, and
- Creates a passion in your hair and attracts others to bow down in front of your beauty.
Durability and Drawbacks
Every hairstyle has a common period of activeness. After the period, the hairstyle goes messy and harmful for the scalp. Like all other braiding hairstyles, the box braids can be used a maximum of 2 months after their introduction. But try to remove it within 6 weeks. In the meantime, you have to take care of the hairstyle too. You need to regularly undo and redo the whole hairstyle usually after 2 weeks. This will prevent hair damage and breakage. Moreover, excessive use after the life period of this hairstyle can cause you scalp infection.
Bohemian box braids blonde
Box Braids With Black Brown Mixed Hair:
This one is a pure box braid hairstyle. The hair length is very long and totally straight. The best thing is the mixing of hair. You can clearly see that there are two types of hair used in this hairstyle. One is natural black and another one is brown in color. You can use any other color but be careful about the suit and combination.
Braid It with Your Natural Hair
This box braid is in natural form or we can say cute box braids with natural hair. Hair length is medium and density is high. We also see a feed-in braid in the upper head. But the end part is in end loose form.
Colorization Do Mean a Lot
This box braid hairstyle is very much stylish. An interesting fact is that here two types of hair are being used. One is natural, and the second one is artificial. Natural hair is in a natural black color that is under that colorful hair. And artificial hair belongs to gray color. You can choose any color as your own choice.
Longer Braids, Cuter Look
Long box braid with African hairstyle is very much tough to make and shape perfectly. If you look at the picture you can clearly understand or feel the hardness of this hairstyle. Your natural black hair should be shaved and also you can use a feed-in braid in that shaved hair. And then you use that purple color box braid hair, which is very long in length. You have to put that box braid hair very carefully. Otherwise, it will damage all the work. So all the best for it.
Medium Length Braids And Beads:
This is the simplest hairstyle in the box braid category. You just don’t need any artificial or heavy things to arrange. You can use some beads for controlling the hair like this picture if you want to. The growth and color of hair are natural. And lastly not to forget to make it a box braid.
Long Length Braiding Hairstyles
This box braid hairstyle belongs to long-length hair holders. As you can see in the following picture, the hair is very much long and straight perfectly. Some beads are also there. Not to manage or control the hair, but for the better look, we can say. Don’t put any extra things in this hairstyle. Just be simple to look well.
Braids For Kids
Box braid is in best form when it’s in a child’s head. As you can see in this picture, this little girl is looking very cute and beautiful having with box braid hairstyle. Children, are simply beautiful in nature. So don’t need to use any extra things for their hairstyle.
Red with Blonde Highlights
This is a colorful as well as very joyful box braid hairstyle. Anyone who sees this style will be happy for sure. But this light red color hair sham. Under that, the black hair is natural and real. So you have to maintain this strategy carefully for getting a perfect light red color box braid hairstyle.
Fresh Box Braid Hairstyles
Fresh box braid hairstyles are very much simple to do. First of all, you need long and dense hair for achieving this hairstyle perfectly. The whole hair is natural and is in box braid form. One tie we can see in the middle of the hair. That’s up to you. If it suits your face shape then do it otherwise don’t panic to do it.
Feed-in Braid, Great and Simple
This hairstyle is covering the two hairstyles. Box braids with feed-in braids. The two most difficult hairstyles to do. So be cautious when you attempt to do it. Firstly, you need very long hair in length. As you can see your upper head hair is totally in feed-in braid style. And if it’s in a feed-in braid then definitely the rest of the hair belongs to the box braid.
Pure Box Braid Hairstyles:
This is a pure box braid hairstyle. No hanky panky or other extra materials should be used. Just grow your natural hair in a natural way and then just give your hair the taste of box braid. As simple as that.
Hairstyles With Sharp End
This is similar to the other box braid category hairstyles. But one major difference is there. And that is the end loose or sharp end part. Whenever we heard the name of box braid, hard, thick, and dense type hair comes to our mind. But in this box braid style, the ending point of the hair is totally sharp like a sword.
Braids With Middle Feed-in Braid:
Colorize Your Braids with Multiple Colors
This hairstyle belongs to the whole box braid hair category. If you look at the picture, you can notice that all the hair from top to bottom addresses the box braid hairstyle. And the amazing fact is that this hairstyle reminds you of the rainbow whenever you see this style. Now, what is the main fact? Yes, it’s the color. The variation and combination of color in this style will amaze you for sure. Black, purple, white, brown, red whichever you want, just use that and be a model.
White Highlights Black Braids
Star-Shape Feed-in Braid
You all are aware of stars, right? And the stars are in the sky. No one can touch or feel it. Now imagine you bring stars in your head. Excited? you should be. You divide your hair just like this picture. Then turn into a box braid. When you build box braids, make sure that there should be a gap exactly in the middle of the head. Now after finishing the box braid, you feed your middle hair with a star shape. Expertise and consultants’ advice are most important to make this hairstyle perfectly.
Braids With Black-Brown Mix Hair
Braids in Black & Blue Mix Hair
Long Brown Braided Hair
Full Blonde Braids Hairstyles:
Till now you saw the box braid on natural hair, mix color, with feed-in braid, etc. But when it comes to blonde hair, then it would be a blast. Why? because the combination of box braids with blonde hair matches most. By observing the following picture you can surely get your answer. Long blonde hair with pure box braid. This hairstyle suits every person whatever their face or figure shape is.
Fun with Braided Bun
This box braid style contains natural hair as well as artificial hair. Artificial hair is the upper or visible one which in blonde. The natural black hair is under that blonde hair. Now the combination is a box braid with a blonde bun. The two bun’s you can see beside the head is perfectly looking killer. 30+ age women are mostly desired about this hairstyle.
Crib In Back
Cute Braided Bob
Box braid bob haircut is very much popular whole over the world. Now, this picture contains a child with this hairstyle, it doesn’t mean that only children can apply this hairstyle. It opens for all ages of women. The specialty of this hairstyle is it not only contains the box braid but also includes the curly hair at the end of the hair. That looks very, very much pretty and uncommon as well. So make it and grab the attention now.
Over the whole discussion, we have tried to find the best box braids hairstyles for African American black women. Apart from these, these braids can be applicable to women of white, Asian, and Indian ethnicity. Our aim is to let you introduce the newest styles of box braids and choose the right one for you. If you like these hairstyles, you can say our thanks in the comment box. Additionally, if you want to connect yourself through social media, you can follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter to get regular updates about our new posts.
- Now, pick the best one in your eye for you or your close one and ask your stylist to get it done for you. And of course, do not forget to let us know about your feedback, experience, and other related information through the comment box below.
In one article, we have tried our utmost to serve you several purposes. We have categorized the braided hairstyles, we have provided you with the pictures of the best box braids hairstyles, we have discussed various ways to protect and care for your braided hairstyles and we also have recommended some quality products for taking care of the braid styles. And now it’s your turn. You have the pick the right hairstyle and get it done. Besides, you have the ultimate guide to care for the braids you are going to install. If you like our effort, you can share this article on social media so that others can access this information.
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