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Give your natural hair a month break with box braids. Box braids are the number one protective style that will not only protect your natural hair, but also extend it. After the installation, you’ll be able to wear versatile hairstyles. This protective style can last up to 3 months. You can make your braids look trendy, elegant and chic as per the occasion or your mood.

So, how can you style box braids? There are hundreds and hundreds of styles that you can experiment with. We’ve collected 50+ styles that will definitely turn heads. Make sure you pin the pictures you like so you can easily find them later!

1. 6 Cool Box Braids Styles


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Instagram / jessohno_shedid

Style #1: The first hairstyle features chunky French braid that is wrapped on one side of the forehead. To achieve this look, gather the section of your braids into a half up, half down ponytail and secure it with a hairband. Braid a French or fishtail braid and slightly wrap it on the left or right side of your forehead.

Style #2: Steps as the same as for the previous hairstyle but this time you braid two smaller braids. You can also combine two different styles of braids – one braid can be a French braid and other one a fishtail braid.

Style #3: Start by sectioning your hair into two. Tie the upper section into a half-up ponytail but leave few front strands falling freely. You’ll need them for your side bangs. Wrap the ponytail around the base to create a top knot. Secure it with a hairband or bobby pins. Slightly twist the front strands to create a side bangs. You can also braid this section and wrap it around the left side of your forehead.

Style #4: Simple and stylish top bun that’s appropriate for any occasion.

Style #5: Romantic half up, half down hairstyle that is created by braiding a section of hair into a dutch braid. Dutch braid is a reverse French braid. The rest of the braids are left freely hanging over the left shoulder. Stunning!

Style #6: Space buns aren’t for everyone. They are cute and girly and therefore maybe not your usual style.

2. High Ponytail


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Source: tumblr.com

Our favorite go-to hairstyle is definitely a high ponytail. When done right, high ponytails look incredibly chic. Anybody can do and rock this hairstyle, whether you have a big or small, short or long braids. For the perfect finishing touch, accessorize your braids with gold hair cuffs.

3. Romantic Half Updo


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Instagram / ayaishadiaz0

This cute hairstyle is definitely one to try. Who would knew that such a simple look will be so breath-taking. We love everything about it!

4. Bob Box Braids


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Instagram / naturally_candace

Bob is this season’s hottest cut. This cute hairstyle is timeless and will truly never go out of style. Short box braids are easier to maintain and install. Also, they are much lighter on the head. If you opt for bob, you’ll still be able to style your braids and rock some super chic hairstyles.

5. Light Brown Braids with Shaved Sides


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Source: pinterest.com

Looking for a sexy and bold hairstyle? Our recommendation are box braids in a light brown color, gathered into a high bun. Oh yes, and shaved sides. Try this hairstyle during the warmer seasons to easily beat the heat but still look incredibly fierce.

6. High Side Ponytail


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Source: tumblr.com

As you can see, a simple ponytail can also be a lovely hairstyle. This one is pulled high on the right side. The base of the ponytail is covered with a few strands of braids. This little trick will make your ponytail look way more better!

7. Long Red Box Braids


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Instagram / braidsgang

Great hairstyle for days when you don’t want hair in your face. Also, this red color will make you stand out from the crowd. Don’t be afraid with colors and styles – protective styling should never be boring!

8. 3 Easy and Cute Styles


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Instagram / jessohno_shedid

Slay the box braid trend with these gorgeous 4 hairstyles. Yes, you can even make a bow out of your box braids! All of these styles can be done in under 5 minutes after some practice.  The first hairstyle is perfect half-updo for special night outs.

9. Twisted High Bun


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Source: pinterest.com

Bun is one of the easiest and chicest ways to style your box braids into a stunning updo. Bun hairstyles have endless versatility – they can be tight or loose, high or low, with or without elements of braiding, etc. For high buns we would recommend smaller earrings.

10. High Bun + Shaved Sides


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Instagram / thecutlife

Here’s another cool way on how to style your box braids. Shaved sides look so edgy and urban, especially if you rock them with your box braids. We love that section of the hair that is left  freely hanging.

11. Braided Half Updo


Instagram / naturally_candace

Instagram / naturally_candace

This hairstyle seems like it takes a lot of work, but actually it doesn’t. Easy but stunning hairstyles are our fave. This hairstyle is ideal for summer weddings and other special occasions. We love the entire look, including the pink lip.

12. Formal Updo Tutorial


Instagram / bonzenga

Instagram / bonzenga

Who needs a hair stylist when there are so many talented women, willing to share their secrets on how to create some stunning hairstyles, right?  If you like this updo, make sure to try it for your next formal event.

13. Pastel Pink Box Braids


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Instagram / braidsgang

If you are getting tired of the same old hair color, we encourage you to try a statement-making hair color, just like this gorgeous pastel pink! Purple, pastel pink, grey and light brown colors will accent your skin tone perfectly.

14. 4 Box Braids Styles for Summer


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Source: kyssmyhair.com

These looks are easier to achieve than you think! We love the pop of red color, it makes the whole look much much better.

15. Twisted Side Ponytail


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Side ponytail is the perfect look for get togethers with your girlfriends. At least one of them will ask you how to achieve this amazing hairstyle, we guarantee it.

16. Big Box Braids


Instagram / braidsgang

Instagram / braidsgang

These big and chunky box braids look stunning, even when they are left freely hanging. Who needs a hairstyle when there are hair cuffs, right? They are the easiest way to add a touch of glamour to your look.

17. Box Braids into Two French Braids


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Instagram / braidsgang

Our ladies with smaller box braids will be able to rock French braid pigtails. Apparently, most men think pigtails are super sexy. Match yours with big gold earrings.

18. Green Box Braids + Floral Headband


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Source: tumblr.com

Green hair? Sure, why not! If you’re feeling like your green hair is just missing something, you should add some accessories such as floral headband. Big flowers in hair are a must-have for this spring and summer.

19. Half Updo Tutorial


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Source: mercredie.com

Braiding the box braids into a big braid, always ends up with a stunning hairstyle. Besides French braid, you can braid a fishtail braid or simply make a two strand twist. We love this tutorial!

20. Box Braids Mohawk


Instagram / braidsgang

Instagram / braidsgang

Are you brave enough to shave off the portions of your hair? We don’t know about you, but this edgy hairstyle makes us want to shave off our sides right away!

Shaved sides look better with longer braids. And don’t worry, high bun isn’t the only way to style your braids when rocking this type of mohawk. For more mohawk hairstyles, make sure to check this article – 50 Mohawk Hairstyles for Black Women.

21. Chunky French Side Braid


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Source: tumblr.com

We are madly in love with red box braids, especially when they are braided into a big, chunky French braid. You cannot go wrong with braided hairstyles, that’s obvious.

22. Purple Box Braids


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Instagram / denise.mae

A great way to make your box braids even more sexy and dope is to add some color. If red isn’t your color, then you definitely should try out these purple braids. Life is too short for boring hair, right?

23. 4 Updo Styles for Box Braids


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Source: kyssmyhair.com

We’ve told you there are hundreds and hundreds of styles that you can experiment with your box braids. Here are another 6 ones. Updos and box braids are seriously so hot right now!

24. Twisted Half Updo


Instagram / braidsgang

Instagram / braidsgang

For this cute hairstyle, you’ll only need to twist your braids for few times. Yes, it’s that simple. When you get the look you want, make sure you secure the twist with as many bobby pins as possible. We want everything to stay in the place.

25. Box Braids High Bun with a Scarf


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Instagram / yo.erykah

Jazz up your braids with a scarf! Box braids are perfect for scarves, head wraps and statement earrings. Also, scarf is a great hiding tool for days when your braids begin to get messy.

26. Easy Braided Updo Tutorial


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Instagram / bonzenga

Need a quick and easy updo for that formal event? We got your back! Just follow these easy 6 steps and you’ll have your updo in no time.

27. High Ponytail + Shaved Sides


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Source: tumblr.com

The next time you feel bold and edgy, make sure to show this hairstyle to your hair stylist. Shaved sides and high ponytails make our jaws drop!

28. Super Long Box Braids


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Instagram / braidsgang

Super long box braids are an eye-catcher, especially if you style them into a high ponytail like pictured. The options of styling long box braids are endless. Be creative!

29. Box Braids into a Twist


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Source: tumblr.com

We love the versatility of box braids. Here we see a cute and simple way to style your box braids. To achieve this look, take two strands of box braids and twisted them around each other. You can twist only few strands at the front or all of them. Lovely!

30. Big Box Braids Bob


Instagram / braidsgang

Instagram / braidsgang

Short box braids won’t put as much stress on your natural hair, but they will still look exotic and sexy. You can adorn them with gold beaded hair cuffs for some hair bling!

31. Braided Top Knot Half Updo


Instagram / braidsgang

Instagram / braidsgang

Wonder how to achieve this look? Here’s a quick and easy tutorial. Separate your braids in two sections. From the top section, form a half-up ponytail and secure it with a hairband. Separate the ponytail into 3 same sections and braid a French braid. Secure it with an elastic hairband. Twist the braid around the ponytail base until you’ve formed a nice looking bun. Tuck or pin to secure.

32. Small Box Braids Mohawk


Instagram / braidsgang

Instagram / braidsgang

This look is hot! Here’s the thing we love most about box braids:  you can just let them all hang out and look absolutely stunning. Perfect style to beat the summer heat. Agree?

33. Updo + Side Swept Bangs


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Instagram / flawless_instafashion

This updo is simple, cute and classy all at the same time. It will compliment any outfit, casual or formal. To get this look, simply make a high ponytail. Take the ponytail, loosely twist the ends and secure them with bobby pins. The hairstyle will expose your cheekbones and facial outlines.

34. Tutorial for Braided Half Updo


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Source: mercredie.com

If you know how to french braid, this tutorial will be easy. I have personally rocked this half-updo and loved it! You can swoop the braids in whichever direction you please.

35. Grey Box Braids Half Updo


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Source: tumblr.com

This season is all about the grey hues. More and more women are starting to rock the grey hair. Does that mean grey is the new black? Either way, we love this edgy hair trend!  Would you feel comfortable rocking this “granny” hair?

36. Super Short Bob


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Source: tumblr.com

Short box braids look very natural and cute. Opt for this style if you don’t have time to experiment with different hairstyles.

37. Cute Space Buns


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Instagram / naturally_candace

Half updo styles will bring out the beauty of your face. It’s important not to pull the buns too tightly because you can end up with hair loss.

38. Blonde Box Braids


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Instagram / hairbydanni

Before installing this style, make sure the blonde color goes well with your skin tone. Some blonde and platinum colors can look too harsh, so be careful with your color choice.

39. Black and Blue Box Braids


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Instagram / blu_scents

Another advantage of box braids is that you can rock purple, red, blonde, grey and blue hues without coloring your natural hair. Hair for box braids comes in many different colors so there’s no need for dying and damaging your natural hair.

40. Twisted Top Knot Half Updo


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Instagram / tannilovesdiamonds

We’re madly in love with this half-updo. The style is perfect for days when you’re in a big hurry and you need a striking hairstyle.

41. Twisted Updo


Instagram / braidsgang

Instagram / braidsgang

This gorgeous updo is one to try. We love the hairstyles that are not hard to learn. At first, this hairstyle may seem really complicated and time-consuming, but actually it’s not.

42. Big Box Braids Half Up, Half Down Style


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Instagram / didi_monroee

Big box braids are a hot style, especially if you pull them in one of our favorite hairstyles – the half updo. Perfect style when you want your braids out of your face.

43. Braided Side Bun Tutorial


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Source: mercredie.com

Ladies, after this tutorial there’s no excuses for poor looks! Next time when you’re in a rush, make sure to turn to this hairstyle. The tutorial is easy to follow.

44. Colorful Box Braids


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Instagram / magavilhas

The colors scream summer, but let’s face it, very few women are bold enough to sport this colorful style.

45. Box Braids into a Halo Braid


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Source: tummblr.com

French braid your box braids from ear to ear to create this fabulous halo or goddess braid.

46. Simple Half Up, Half Down Style


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Instagram / milkandhoneyhair

We love this hair color! It’s perfect for warmer seasons and compliments black skin so beautifully.

47. Small Box Braids Half Updo


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Instagram / naturally_candace

You probably think: “Why didn’t I think to try this hairstyle sooner?” It’s so simple yet so stylish and cute. Gold cuffs add a special glam touch to the whole look.

48. Messy High Bun


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Instagram / doobopbeauty

This woman is a real beauty, isn’t she? Gathering the box braids in a high bun is one of the easiest styles women may opt to. The messier bun, the better.

49. Chunky Side French Braid


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Instagram / toffeendinah

Only French braids have ability to transfer an ordinary hairstyle to a whole new level. This side French braid is a super easy way to style your box braids. Once you try it, you’ll get addicted! You have been warned.

50. Black and Blonde Braids into a Ponytail


Instagram / feebwills

Instagram / feebwills

Yes, you can look incredibly stunning by simply tying your box braids up in a high ponytail. We love how the black and gold colors are featured in the braids, as well as in her outfit.


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