Short Box Braids Hairstyles
Because box braids often use hair extensions, there are tons of ultra long versions of the style floating around. But this protective style can also be worn in a bunch of shorter styles that are bouncy, fun, and face flattering. Some of the advantages to wearing your box braids in a shorter style are that they’re lighter, easier to care for, and take less time to install. If you’ve always worn your box braids down to your waist, you’ll be surprised at how a shorter style can change the appearance of your face, or you might just be after the trendy, collarbone-length looks that are so popular right now. To help convince you that sometimes shorter is better, check out 30 of our favorite short box braids hairstyles.
1Chunky Layered Box Braids
These chunky braids are the perfect in between thickness, allowing them to be voluminous and substantial, but still flexible and skinny enough to add some braid jewels. For women with an oblong face shape, this side parted style can help to draw the eye horizontally and make your face appear wider.
2 Blonde Box Braid Bob
Blonde braids cut a sleek shape that’s perfect for slimming out the appearance of a round face. This color is perfect for taking your box braids into summer, and can help to bring out warmer tones in your complexion or provide contrast to make darker eyes pop.
3Half Up Box Braids
A collarbone length box braided style is perfect for ladies who want maximum styling versatility with their protective braided looks.
4Warm Brown Box Braids
If you’re bored with plain black but don’t want to go for a crazy bright color in your braids, this shade of warm brown is a rich and flattering choice for most skin tones.
5Silver Open End Braids
Amandla Stenberg’s silver box braids are left slightly open at the ends, creating a texture that helps to accentuate the blunt shape of her bob style. Although long box braids were also popular in the ’90s, this blunt silhouette paired with Amandla’s fashion choices are giving us some vintage ’90s vibes.
6Chunky Box Braid Bob
Between the thicker braid size and their shorter length, this chunky box braid bob is one of the easiest styles on our list to do on your own. Braid jewels are a nice way to dress this look up, whether you go for royal gold, cool silver, or a rainbow of colors.
7Half Up Buns Short Box Braids
These mid length box braids let you play with fun styles like these cute half up buns. If you’ve been feeling nostalgic for the ’90s or you’re always up on the latest styling trends, this is a fun look and an easy way to keep your box braids from feeling boring.
8Sleek Box Braids Bob
With a perfect part down the middle and sleek, skinny braids that frame the face, this box braided bob is a good choice for professional women or anyone looking for a slightly more mature style that’s still sexy.
9Short Silver Bob
Box braids in grey and silver have been hugely popular this year. Chin length braids in silver are the perfect way to wear this ultra trendy shade, and your shorter braided bob will stand out in a sea of longer box braid styles.
10Short A Line Bob
If you’re looking for a short box braid style that’s extra sleek and sophisticated, try this A-line bob. With hair that’s shorter in the back, this is a great summer style that won’t have you feeling hot with hair always resting on your neck, but you’ll still be able to pull some pieces from the front back if you want to switch up your look a bit.
11Box Braid Bowl Style
This box braids bowl cut is pure old school style. Shorter looks in this style can be very face flattering and help to put emphasis on your eyes, but women with round faces might find that this shorter look puts more emphasis on their cheeks.
This blunt lob is a classic silhouette for simple shorter styles. It gives you just the right amount of hair to play with and frame your face, and proves protective styles don’t have to be overwrought or complicated.
13Honey Brown Bob Box Braids
A lighter shade of honey brown can help transform your basic box braids look into something new and fun for the upcoming season. You’ll find a lighter shade like this helps to warm up your skin tone, and can be a nice choice for spring or summer when hot, sticky weather makes you less likely to want to wear bronzer or blush.
14Chic Short Bob Braids
Short, sweet and simple, this chic bob is the perfect box braids style for more conservative workplaces or busy women on-the-go who want a style that doesn’t need to be tied into ponytails or buns.
15Short Skinny Braids Pixie
Thicker box braids are usually reserved for styles that are chin length for longer, making skinny braids the solution if you want to go for an even shorter look. These ultra thin braids allow you to wear a sophisticated pixie style, and feature layered colors to make the braids look extra flattering against your face.
16Mid Length Chunky Box Braids
These chunky braids make for an ultra laid-back mid-length style. If you’re looking for a shorter box braid style that you can set and forget, these are the chill vibes you’ve been looking for.
17Chin Length Bob Box Braids
A chin length bob has the perfect amount of sass for ladies looking to wear a protective style that’s trendy but unique.
18Skinny Braids Blunt Lob
These fairly skinny box braids will take a bit longer to install, but you’ll be rewarded with a thick-looking style that’s got lots of movement and is easy to tie back in a variety of updo styles.
19Cornrow Box Braided Bob
If you’re looking for a box braided bob but don’t want hair falling in your face, try a style that’s partially cornrowed. Attached braids keep hair away from the face while still allowing you to tie the rest of your braids back if needed.
20Asymmetrical Bob Box Braids
Asymmetrical bobs are a great way to add some interest to your short or medium length hairstyle. If you love wearing styles that are side parted, this asymmetrical style helps to sweep hair across your forehead and draw the eye downward.
21Ultra Chunky Box Braids
These ultra chunky box braids come with tons of texture. These thicker braids can be more difficult to tie back than their skinnier counterparts, but they’ve got tons of definition and look great with a few baby hairs left out.
22Short Box Braids Bob with Bangs
Want your short box braids hairstyle to come with a face framing fringe? This style proves that braids are versatile enough to work with just about any style. Women with round faces might want to avoid this look, as it can make your face look wider.
23Half Up Ponytail
Go for box braids in a longer bob style if you like having the option of different ponytail and bun styles. This simple half up pony is a great way to keep braids out of your hair for workouts, lazy days, or if you’re looking to create a bit of extra height.
24Purple Short Box Braids
Whether you’ve just got a single pack of purple hair to use up or you’re after a slightly different approach to colored braids, a single section of purple will set your short box braids apart from the rest.
25Side Ponytail Style Short Box Braids
Chic, high ponytails aren’t just for long haired ladies. This side pony look proves how a short and sophisticated box braid look can be styled differently when you’re heading out on a Friday night.
26Short Triangle Short Box Braids
Switch up your short box braids with a triangle parted style instead of the more typical square shape.
27Side Swept Skinny Braids Bob
The side swept shape of this bob is accentuated with braids that are not only layered in length, but it also features layered color where a warm brown shade is placed overtop of natural black braids.
28Big and Short Box Braids Bob
The chunkiest braids on our list were secured using the rubber band method, where natural hair is tied with an elastic before you begin braiding using extensions. This technique works especially well for jumbo braids like this or for anyone who has trouble gripping their hair.
29Box Braids Layered Bob
These box braids are skinny enough to create a layered look that’s sassy, bouncy, and fun.
30Silver Box Braids Lob
This long silver bob is a good box braid style for ladies who are on the fence about going with a shorter look. Lighter colors look especially nice against darker skin when they’re in cool tones, making silver a great choice to frame your face and bring out any green flecks in your eyes.