25 Ways to Style Box Braids for Any and Every Occasion
Every naturalista knows that getting box braids is a great way to give your hair a break and protect it from all the pulling, twisting and combing you’d otherwise have to do to keep it nice and tangle-free. And while your box braids require some extra time at the salon to start, once they settle, it’s easy to become uninspired with the styling because they last for so long—which is why we compiled a list of ideas for how to style box braids ahead. From casual brunch with the girls to fancy weddings, take a look at these 25 easy ways to style box braids for any and every occasion.
1. Half up, half down
This seamless style can be done in a matter of minutes and will quickly accentuate your facial features.
2. Low ponytail
Perfect for when you’re running late for a team meeting over Zoom—simply slick your braids back into a low ponytail and put on some lip gloss to instantly look like the consummate professional. (And not at all like you were binge-watching Virgin River with a bag of Cheetos just minutes ago.)
3. High bun
Ideal for brunch, happy hour or whenever you want to elevate a laidback outfit.
4. Flared high bun
When the regular high bun just doesn’t cut it, go for a high bun with some flare to add a little bit of personality. Just use your fingers to gently tease apart the bun.
5. Middle part
When your choice of dress is on the flashier side, keep your hair simple with an effortless middle part.
6. Side part
Similar idea, but with a little something extra, a side part is ideal for when you don’t want to keep things too simple. Tip: The deeper the side part, the more of a statement it makes.
7. Side swoop
A foolproof choice for showcasing your “good side” on a first date (or a photo opp).
8. Braided bob
Always wondered what you’d look like with a blunt bob but don’t want to actually cut your hair after spending years growing it? Opt for a braided bob instead. Just remember: Because the ends on this style of braids are burned, they tend to snag on fabric so consider steering clear of your fave sweater or chiffon blouse.
9. Flared bob
Give your look some edge like Danai Gurira here by simply cutting the ends of your braids and securing them with a rubber band
10. Beaded braids
The ‘90s are calling, and beaded braids are back in. You can add a few here and there a la Gabrielle Union above or go all out and bead each strand.
11. Jeweled braids
Attending a wedding and need to add some razzle dazzle to your look? Place a few sparkly pins throughout.
12. Colorful braids
Stand out at that Halloween bash by rocking some colorful braids to go with your costume…or just rock bright braids for the heck of it.
13. French braided braids
Because who doesn’t love a meta hairdo? Plus, the added plaits give your hair more volume.
14. Braided middle part
Pair it with a flowy maxi dress and strut like a goddess.
15. Wavy braids
Another ‘90s hair trend that’s here to stay: box braids with wavy ends. Moesha would be so proud.
16. Buzzed side braids
Like a top fade, but much cooler.
17. Bow and braids
Great for kids and adults alike, this fun take on styling box braids is sure to have people raving. Watch the tutorial here.
19. Faux Hawk
Protect your natural tresses like a rockstar.
20. Make a crown
Because you’re a queen, duh. Incorporate some hair string into the braid for a little added sparkle.
21. Cornrows and braids
Aka, “Lemonade” braids. Hey, if Beyonce rocks it, who are we to question it?
22. Chunky braids
Because who wants to spend hours at the salon—or carry the heavy weight of a full head of braids? P.S. If you have moderate braiding skills, you can even do this style yourself.
23. Elaborate side braid
Who needs a fascinator when your ‘do is this diverse?
24. Space bun braids
Fun, spunky and a great ‘do to have in your arsenal when attending a festival.
25. Bang and braids
Like Rick James but make it fashion. (Plethora of beads optional.)