Box Braid Hairstyles We Adore!
Box braids have been in every magazine, every blog, and on every runway. While they’re far from new, this braided style has recently resurfaced and is soaring in popularity. A great protective style, box braids are versatile in terms of length and color, and something that everyone should experience at some point in her life. We’ve gathered 60 box braided styles that can help you decide on your first box braid look, or give you ideas on new ways to style your braids each day. Whether you’re taking vintage inspiration from Janet Jackson in Poetic Justice or current hair icons like Beyonce and Solange, you’ll look fabulous and trendy while protecting your natural hair.
1Ultra Long Box Braids
These crazy long braids that go past the waist were popular in the ’90s and are back in a big way this year. Although it takes a longer time commitment to have these braids installed, you’re rewarded with an incredible head-turning look that can last for weeks if properly cared for.
2Ombre Crochet Box Braids
If you looking for a box braided style that’s easier to install yourself, a crochet version offers up the same look in a fraction of the time. Like with any crochet style, braid your natural hair into cornrows, then attach pre-braided hair using the crochet hook method. You’ll love how much quicker this style is to take out compared to regular box braids, and it’s a good choice for anyone with delicate edges that need a break.
3Half Up Double Buns
Another ’90s inspired style, this look jumps in on the double bun craze that’s been big across all hair types. If your braids feel too heavy to completely pile up on your head, these little half-up buns offer up the perfect compromise.
4Gradient Box Braids
Transitioning from black to blue to white, this tri-color style brings a DIY color aesthetic to these chic, fashion-forward braids. One of the best parts about this protective style is that it allows you infinite freedom to experiment with color palettes.
5Metallic Accessories Box Braids
Using braid rings and wraps in metallic shades from silver to bronze to gold, this box braids style has an antique chic look that’s both trendy and rustic.
6Silvery White Box Braids
Trailing past the waist, these silvery white braids are a huge statement style for ladies who like to stand out in as many ways as possible.
7Braided Space Buns
Go full-on magical space princess with the double bun hairstyle that everyone is wearing this year. Although it looks good with any long box braids, we love this style when combined with braids that have a few different colors playing throughout their lengths.
8Jumbo Box Braids
These jumbo braids are much thicker than your typical box braid style, meaning they’ll take less time to install and remove. Although this look won’t present you with as many options for updos, it comes with tons of retro texture and a lot more edge.
9Box Braid Lob
If you’re worried about ultra long box braids making your face look thinner or you just love a collarbone length cut, this look shows how pretty your favorite lob can look when built out of braids. When this style is parted at the side it creates volume at the sides of the face that can help widen the appearance of a longer or thin face.
10Buttercup Yellow Bun Box Braids
Want to choose a braid color that’s unique but surprisingly flattering? This warm, bright yellow will create a beautiful pop of color against pink, purple and coral hues in your wardrobe and makeup, making your head a statement piece wherever you go.
11Aqua Blue Box Braids
If you’re looking for a box braided style that’s perfect for a tropical vacation or summer spent at home, this blue-green aqua hue hits all the right notes.
12Mixed Braids Pony
Although most box braided styles feature uniform sized braids, switching it up with braids of varying thickness can create a look that’s fun and stands out from other similar hairstyles.
13Neon Box Braids
Famous for her braids for years, Alicia Keys recently debuted these dramatically neon box braids, making all other color choices look subtle by comparison.
14Triangle Part Box Braids
If you’re looking to add a different texture to your box braided style, these triangle shaped parts can slightly alter your look without changing the essence of the style.
15Cornrow Box Braids
With some skinny cornrows that run both down the middle and sides of the hair, this braided look puts a chic and elegant spin on the classic box braided style. For ladies who love braids but don’t want theirs falling into their face, this look offers the perfect way to showcase your face and your hair.
16Fuchsia Box Braids
If you’ve been looking for a color style that looks amazing with olive or golden toned skin, deep reds in the fuchsia and maroon family are a go-to choice.
17Centre Parted Box Braids
With braids that begin outwards from a center part and are attached to the scalp before extending outward, this box braided style will have you feeling plenty of vintage vibes. This look is also super easy to wear for busy women, as braids stay out of your face.
18Jumbo Box Braids Bob
If you’re looking for a braided bob that’s a little bit different, try this jumbo braided bob wth braid jewel accessories. Not only does this style have tons of ’90s charm, but it’s an easygoing style that isn’t difficult to install or remove.
19One Side Box Braids
Sometimes referred to as “tribal braids” this kind of braided style was brought into modern popularity with the help of Alicia Keys, but has existed for centuries. In this particular style, braids are patterned so that they’re attached to the head and directed over to one side, creating a dynamic and elegant look.
20Jumbo Box Braids
If you’re looking for a box braided style that’s got lots of presence and edge, and you’re not as interested in wearing your braids in updos or jumbo buns, try this jumbo braided style.
21Micro Box Braids
These crazy skinny micro braids might take a long time to install, but you’ll be rewarded with braids so fine you can style them in almost the same way you would treat long, loose hair.
22Box Braid Side Ponytail
If you’re trying to style thicker box braids so that they’re out of the way, a nice low side pony is often easier to accomplish than something like a bun that piles all of that hair on top of your head. For anyone concerned about pulling on their edges or with new braids that are fairly tight this is an easy way to secure your long braids without too much pulling.
23Platinum Box Braids Bob
Leave it to Zoë Kravitz to wear her box braids in the most avant-garde style imaginable. While platinum braids will always be a head turner, she makes use of ultra skinny braids to style them into a chic faux bob.
24Jumbo Box Braid Double Buns
Proving that jumbo braids still leave you with options for trendy and creative updos, these thicker strands have been styled into a fun half up look.
25Boho Box Braids
These waist length braids that have a bit of messy texture and have been braided into a larger side braid, creating a boho look that’s perfect for any time of year.
26Rainbow Spectrum Box Braids
A rainbow hair trend has been sweeping through just about every hairstyle imaginable, but box braids definitely offer up the lowest commitment way to wear this trend. How you wear your rainbow pattern is up to you, but we’re loving how this look creates a spectrum from one side of the head to the other.
27Box Braid Blunt Cut
Box braided bobs tend to be on the longer side, making this blunt bob look all the more edgy and fun. These medium thickness braids allow you plenty of styling options that all look ultra chic.
28Side Braided Style
Pull your box braids into this side braided style if you’re looking to keep them out of the way and secured during a special event or just a busy day running errands.
29Beaded Box Braids
Braid accessories this year have had tons of variety, and we’ve seen this traditional beaded style popping up on women in ultra modern outfits.
30Edgy Braids Updo
With a bold side shave that covers almost half of the head, this box braided look creates an intense contrast that edgy women will adore. On the box braided side, hair has been artfully styled into a side bun, while some longer pieces are twisted around each other. Nothing is out of place in this box braided style that’s more of a work of art than a hairstyle.
31Rainbow Yarn Box Braids
Using acrylic yarn instead of typical braiding hair can give you these beautifully textured braids in almost any color palette imaginable. These braids usually don’t last as long as regular box braids, but make for a very low maintenance and inexpensive style when they’re installed.
32Half Up Box Braids
Looking for a low-key way to wear your box braids? This half up style only takes a second to secure, and keeps you looking cute all day.
33Low Bun Updo Box Braids
Looking to keep things chic and sophisticated? This low updo is the perfect way to style your box braids for a wedding or other special occasion when you want your hair beautifully secured.
The loose ends in these box braids add another texture to the style, bringing some softness into the look that sets the style apart from other braided looks.
35Beaded Box Braids with Bangs
This might not be your everyday braided style, but we’re loving the royal silhouette created by these beaded and banged braids.
36Triangle Box Braids
Another gorgeous triangle shaped box braids! This style is so simple yet looks super sexy and is great for daytime, a night out or even a wedding.
37Half Up Bun Box Braids
This half-up style is a great way to showcase long box braids while keeping some hair up and out of your face. With half of your braids in a spiral bun, more emphasis lands on your face, and big bold earrings won’t be hidden amongst your hair.
38High Top Box Braids
This high ponytail box braids look absolutely stunning! This style really shows off her fabulous cheek bones and big hazel eyes. The baby hair looks beautiful and also frames her beautiful features.
39Short and chunky
Although they might look like twists from far away, this is actually a very chunky box braided style. If you like to change your hair up frequently, these braids are easy to install and quick to take out. This shorter braid length adds a vintage feel to the look, and reminds us of Lauryn Hill’s ’90s style.
40Pulled Back Braids
Keri Hilson wears her box braids pulled back at the sides for a more sophisticated and mature half up style that’s softly framed with baby hair. To keep things interesting, secure hair in the back with a jewelled clip, or form a larger braid out of your many smaller box braids.
41Twisted Double Buns
When executed with box braids, the trendy double bun style takes on a high volume cone shape. This twisted style is great for showing off braids in contrasting colors, or browsing thrift stores for ’90s streetwear that’s dying to be worn again.
42Chunky Front Braid
If you love braids that are made up of more braids, try this chunky side braid that’s right up against the face instead of the usual back braided style. While this style may look like it would feel heavy to wear, it’s actually lighter than bun styles where braids are all piled on top of the head.
Perhaps the most simple and sophisticated box braided updo, this versatile jumbo bun is great for work functions, attending weddings, or nights on the town with your girlfriends.
44Flipped Over Braids
Known for wearing her box braids incredibly long, Solange’s look here has braids flipped across one side of her head, showing off her impeccable bone structure and jaw line. Perfect for women with oval faces, this braided look can also be dressed down for everyday wear when jeans and a t-shirt replace designer dresses and heels.
45The Color Purple
Of all the vibrant hair colors we’ve been seeing lately, purple is probably the most popular, and is a perfect match for women with deeper skin tones. These purple box braids are in a bright violet hue, but anything from pale lavender to deep burgundy will have your box braids looking trendy and unique.
46Pinned Box Braid Updo
If you love your waist length braids, but need to keep hair understated and appropriate for work, try pinning them up in this classy corporate style. Tucked and rolled at the front to create a pompadour shape, this look is still unique enough to show off elements of your personal style. You may even end up styling your hair this way outside of work.
Another long braided look from Solange, this high ponytail is draped to one side in a sassy, sophisticated way. Using hair to wrap around the base of the ponytail covers up unattractive hair elastics, and if you’re able to wrap braids tight enough, you may be able to skip using an elastic altogether.
48Box Braid Bob
We seem to only see box braids in long styles and bob haircuts with unbraided hair, which makes this braided bob a fairly unique sight. A great style option for protecting hair during the fall and winter months, this look requires very little maintenance, and looks chic alongside layered scarves and wine colored lips.
49Braided Heart Style
One of many bold styles worn by Willow Smith, this heart shaped updo may not be an everyday style, but it’s a great themed look for younger women who want their hair to stand out.
Another ultra trendy color, grey hair is everywhere right now, including in your box braids. Perfect for women who aren’t interested in chasing a permanent grey style that requires lightening hair’s natural color, it’s also fun to mix grey with light pastel tones. If you’ve got lighter colored eyes, hair color this pale will make them stand out, especially when paired with neutral clothes.
The undercut is another bold, trendy style that can be mixed into your box braided look. Shave both sides to create a mohawk shape, or just one for a shaved style that you can choose to show off or hide, depending on your mood. More styling options include shaving hair at the nape of your neck, and dying shorter hair in vibrant colors once the shaved area starts growing in.
52Beach Blonde Braids
Natural dark hair acts as a contrasting ombre root to these show-stopping blonde braids. Remember that not all blondes are created equal, and if possible you should hold various shades up to your face to see whether an ashy, golden, or nearly white platinum blonde is the best compliment to your skin tone.
53A-Line Bob Braids
Just like the super flattering A-Line bob, this braided style is shaped so that hair is longer in the front, in a mid length cut that’s flattering on most face shapes. Because this style is on the shorter side, it comes across as more work appropriate than some of the waist-length styles.
54Braids And Bangs Bob
One of the most unusual braided styles, this is a style for women who just can’t live without the face framing properties of a blunt bang. Be prepared to turn heads, as this style is on the edge of hair fashion, and you probably won’t come across anyone wearing a similar style.
Looking like a unicorn has never been so attractive! These insanely bright braids are bringing new meaning to the phrase “multi tonal color”, and they look surprisingly high fashion when paired with a monochromatic outfit as pictured. Color possibilities are endless: go for a peacock style in electric blues and teals, or pastel pink and orange for a glowing sunset effect.
56Cornrow Box Braids
Alicia Keys’ breakout look featured an interesting style that was cornrowed at the top of her head. Combined with the beaded ends, this look is pure boho chic, and given that she wore this style fifteen years ago, it’s about due to come back into trend!
57Faux Box Braids
Anything is possible with a wig! If you don’t have the time, money or ability to have your hair done in box braids, this faux style is the perfect temporary solution. High-quality pieces even come with realistic edges and baby hair, making them difficult to spot for anyone who isn’t a hair expert.
58Box Braids With Headscarf
Whether you’re looking to add another accessory to your outfit, or trying to extend the life of your braids, a headscarf is a sophisticated and trendy addition to any outfit.
59Messy Half Up Style
Although it’s hard to get box braids to look truly messy, this half up style looks more tousled and unpolished than a perfectly twisted bun, making it popular among younger women who are into casual, bohemian styles.
These embellished box braids are full of little rings that make your hair look like it works at a piercing shop. This edgy, industrial style is a temporary way to try something bold and unusual, just make sure you don’t have to go through any metal detectors while you’re wearing it!
61Soft Braided Style
For a softer braided style, this look features prominent baby hair and looser hair at the roots. By embracing messier, more worn-in looks, we can help women feel less concerned with meeting impossible beauty standards.