Protective hairstyles come in many forms, but no style can compare to the most popular: box braids. The traditional hairstyle is a common go-to because of its low-level maintenance, versatility, and long-lasting freshness. Because of its sturdy hold, box braids can be worn longer than most twist styles, allowing your mane the time to flourish and grow without any over-manipulation. If you’re thinking of rocking some box braids, check out our list of manespiration!
‘POETIC JUSTICE’ BRAIDS
When you think of box braids, you think of Janet Jackson. Her iconic hairdo in the classic film Poetic Justice, is still used as a reference in salons. Unlike the box braids you typically see today (the ones with the loose/straight ends), this style requires burned ends.
Skip the dye and add some color to your hair with box braids.
MULTICOLOR BOX BRAIDS
If you can’t decide on one color, choose them all!
EMBELLISHED BOX BRAIDS
Beads, faux locs, and any other embellishment can add some character to even the most basic braid styles.
BOX BRAID BUN
Box braids make for the perfect top buns!
PATRA (AKA JUMBO) BOX BRAIDS
Dancehall queen Patra sparked a never-ending trend of jumbo box braids. In fact, the style is actually named after her! This bold and beautiful look is perfect long or short.
OLD SCHOOL BRAID BOB
Whether you are channeling Pam from Living Single or Stony from Set it Off, embrace your inner 90s goddess with a chic box braid bob.
BOHO MICRO BRAIDS
Easy, breezy, beautiful boho girl. Micro braids do take forever to install, but the flexible, lightweight, easy-to-style result is totally worth it!