Word on the street is that box braids are one of the hottest hairstyles of this decade. So you better brush up your knowledge on this hair trend.
Box braids have long been a part of the African American culture. This isn’t surprising considering the fact that they’ve always been particular about hair care. And the boxy braids just happen to be one of the most effective protective hairstyles.
So without further ado, let’s tell you everything you should know about box braids.
The Basics: What Are Box Braids?
Box braids are the kind of braid style that has square-shaped partings in between the braids. But these days, braids with triangle/ diamond-shaped partings are also considered as a box braid. The basic idea is to get a nice neat and uniform look.
What if your hair is too thin?
That’s perfectly fine. Most women use additional synthetic hair extensions (preferably kanekalon extensions) to create their beautiful box braids. The extra hair adds more thickness and length to your braids. In most cases, hairstylists will seal the synthetic additions by slightly burning the ends. This improves the integrated look.
The Styling Options: How Do You Style Box Braids?
Box braids whether they are made from natural hair or braid units remain to be the most versatile hairstyle. That’s because you can actually style them in any way you want. The most common hairstyles include cornrows, buns, twists and ponytails. Even if you leave the braids as they are, you’ll still look like a million bucks.
Want some flawless box braids?
Here are a few styling tips to help you get that perfect look:
- Ensure that there are no bumps in the braid
- Brush your hair thoroughly before starting the braiding process
- Never use too many hair extensions because the extra weight can hurt your scalp
- Always make sure that your braids aren’t too tight
The Maintenance: How Do You Care for Box Braids?
Box braids are pretty low-maintenance. They don’t require any long brushing or combing sessions. Neither do the braids get tangled up that often. But this doesn’t mean that you skip a proper hair care ritual too.
- Regularly washing and conditioning your hair
- Oiling them once in a while to provide nourishment ( use plant-based oils like coconut and jojoba oil)
- Using a braid spray to prevent dryness and itchiness
Pro tip: Replace your braid extensions after 10 weeks to give your scalp a break.
On the whole, the hype around box braids means that you’ll be donning a protective do without dampening your hairstyle. Plus, with all those styling options, a box braid never feels boring. So just remember every tip we’ve shared with you and rock that hairstyle.
So what are you waiting for?
Let the braiding begin!