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How To Style Box Braids

We’re loving the return of Nineties box braids! Made famous by Janet Jackson in Poetic Justice, this classic protective style has made a full blown comeback during the recent natural hair revolution. With many black women making the decision to ditch the chemicals and embrace their natural curls, box braids have become a stylish and popular way to keep the hair moisturised, tucked away and protected from damage. Here’s how to style box braids.

 

The Jumbo Bun

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Use extra stretchy hair bands to sweep your braids into a jumbo bun on the top of your head. This is the perfect easy-going style for days out in the city.

 

Extra Long

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If you’d really like to make a style statement, get your braids in an extra long length. These waist length plaits are guaranteed to turn heads.

 

Dyed

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Box braids give you the perfect opportunity to experiment with color without having to dye your own hair. Why not go for that  platinum blonde hue that you’ve never been brave enough to try!

 

Wrapped

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If you have a quirkier style, use a patterned head scarf  to give your braids a bohemian touch. You can either tie the scarf in a knot on the top of your head, or fold it into a rectangle and wrap it around your forehead like a band.

 

The High Ponytail

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The Nineties style high ponytail is a fun and flirty way to wear your box braids. Use a hair band or tie a few braids around your pony to create this look.

Sweeping Fringe

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Twist the front section of your hair, then pin it into a sweeping fringe to transform your braids into an elegant evening style.

 

Side-shave

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Take an edgy approach to box braids by shaving the back and sides of your hair for a mohikan effect.

 

By Melinda Neunie

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