box braids hairstyles

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 100 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

2Ombre Honey Brown Box Braids with color

3Half Up Double Buns

4Box Braids With Color Gradient Grey

5Metallic Accessories Box Braids with Beads & Wraps

6Box Braids With Color – Silvery White Box Braids

7Braided Space Buns Box Braids with Color Pink

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 pink box braids style when combined with braids that have a few different colors playing throughout their lengths.

8Jumbo Box Braids

9Crochet Box Braids Lob

10Buttercup Yellow Bun Box Braids

11Aqua Blue Color Box Braids

12Mixed Dark Brown Box Braids Pony

13Neon Box Braids With Color

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 Honey Brown Box Braids

15Cornrow Box Braids

16Fuchsia Color Box Braids

17Centre Parted Box Braids

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 Honey Brown 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

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

23Platinum Box Braids Bob

24Jumbo Box Braid Double Buns

25Boho Box Braids

26Rainbow Spectrum Colors 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 With Silver Color

28Side Braided Dark Brown Box Braids

29Beaded Box Braids

30Edgy Braids Updo

31Rainbow Yarn Box Braids

32Half Up Dark Brown Box Braids

33Low Bun Updo Box Braids

34Loose Ends

35Beaded Box Braids with Bangs

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 Box Braids

Although they might look like twists from far away, this is actually a very chunky box braids 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 jeweled 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.

42Front Side Chunky Box Braids

If you love braids that are made up of more braids, try this side chunky box braids style 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.

43Simple Bun

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

This girl is wearing her box braids incredibly long, 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 Box Braids

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.

47High Ponytail Red Box Braids

Another long braided look that we love! 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.

48Chunky Box 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 pink 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.

50Long Box Braids With Color – Silver Gray

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.

51Shaved Side Box braids

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 Box 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 Box 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 Box Braids 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.

55Color Pop Box Braids With Color

Looking like a unicorn has never been so attractive! These insanely bright box 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.

56Half Up Box Braids

Jazz up your box braids with a half up ponytail and hair accessories like this visor cap!

57Warm Blonde Box Braids

If you like blonde hues, this warm color is a great choice, especially for girls with olive skin tones.

58Medium Long Box Braids

We love super long braids! These medium box braids are parted in the middle and are thinner at the ends. With a few beads added, this natural look is stunning and chic!

59Cornrow Box Braids with beads

AlicThis 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!

60Faux 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.

61Box 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.

62Messy Half Up Box Braids 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.

63Embellished Box Braids With Color – Light Blonde

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!

64Soft Box 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.

65Side Box Braid

We love this fresh side-swept style box braids. This medium length is super chic and easy to maintain.

66Wine Color Box Braid

We love these funky red box braids! If you like bold colors, this one is definitely a must try.

67Box Braid Baby Hair

To really revamp your box braids all you need to do is add a bit of fine baby hair around your forehead, there are so many ways you can style them.

68Long Copper Box Braid

Copper is a rich and beautiful color for brown and bronze skin tones. These super long triangle box braids are sexy and chic!

69Short Bob Box Braid

This short ob style is simple yet sophisticated and stylish and easy to maintain on a day to day basis.

70Box Braid Half Up

Pull your long or medium box braids into a half high bun and don’t forget to add beads for extra chicness!

71Box Braid

If you want something more unique, rather than just straight bob braids,  you can simply go for a side-swept style and add some beads and jewels to your braids.

72Chunky Assymetrical Bob Braid

We love sophisticated look like this stylish chunky bob braids asymmetrical cut. Team these style with the right go to sunglasses and lipstick and you’ll be onto a glam combination!

73High Up Box Braids Ponytail

Freshen up your long box braids by pulling them up into a high ponytail. Add the right accessories and baby hair to frame your face.

74Thin Ombre Box Braids

This style features super long and thin braids colored in brown to red Ombre style.

75Summer Box Braids

These turquoise box braids scream SUMMER! Absolutely chic and beautiful!

76Auburn Long Braids

These square auburn braids look just stunning in a ponytail!

77Dark Blonde Box Braids

Go creative with your box braids updo! If you have super long box braids like this style, a great way to manage it is by dividing the braids into sections and tie them back.

78African Style Box Braids

Gorgeous head scarf is a great way to spice up your braids and add some color and style.

79Medium Size Box Braids

Super chic look with medium size box braids with a few braids pulled to the back and a few beads and the front.

80Thin Classic Braids and Baby Hair

A classic box braids style with thin and long braids and baby hair framing her pretty face.

81Light Brown Box Braids Updo

Light brown and auburn colors look so great with braided style! This braided updo with star beads is stunning!

82Cute Half Up Braids

We love this cute style! A super long box braids in a half up ponytail.

83Short and Simple Bob Braids

84Blonde Highlights Box Braids

85Jumbo Box Braids With Strings

86Blonde Box Braids and Hair Rings

87Two Half Pigtail Box Braids Style

88Ponytails Scarf Box Braids

89African Style Small Box Braids Feed-In

90Half Top Knot Bronde Box Braids

91Chunky Bun Box Braids Updo

92Thin Braided Box Braids Half Updo

93Thin Ombre Box Braids

94Boho Black Waved and Messy Box Braids

95Boho Half Up Brown Ombre Crochet Box Braids


96Long Thin Braids Half Up Bun with Curly Ends


97Big Red Auburn Box Braids


98Half ponytail box braids


99Messy box braids half updo with beads


100Short box braids scarf ponytail


101Bright red box braids

102Short half up bob braids

103Big copper box braids

104Side Swept Red Poetic Justice Braids

105Chunky Auburn Box Braids with Golden Strings

106Side Part Medium Jumbo Box Braids

107Box braids high bun with hair rings


108Box Braids Double Bun


109Chunky box braids with colorful strings


110Pretty box braids half up


111Short bob braids with beads


112Side swept chunky bob braids and hair strings


113Silver Grey Box Braids


114Summer box braids


115Big triangle honey black box braids


116Triangle red box braids lob


117White blonde box crochet braids

We hope you’ve enjoyed this list and found your next box braids style!



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