What Are Box Braids?

Box braids have been a staple in African-American hair styling. As natural hair is becoming more popular, women are resorting to box braids as a protective style. It’s the perfect style to wear in the office or out on the town.

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Box braids originated from African, popularly worn in Ethiopian cultures. The name box braid originated from the “boxy” and square-shaped hair division. Box braids are typically worn with natural hair extensions to protect the natural hair when worn.

Box braids are formed using 3 or more strands are layered one over the other. Some women create varying effects by layering different color hair strands when forming their braid. It is also common to braid various lengths to create a layered look.

 

Box braids originated from African, popularly worn in Ethiopian cultures. The name box braid originated from the “boxy” and square-shaped hair division. Box braids are typically worn with natural hair extensions to protect the natural hair when worn.

Box braids are formed using 3 or more strands are layered one over the other. Some women create varying effects by layering different color hair strands when forming their braid. It is also common to braid various lengths to create a layered look.

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We’ve listed a few styles below that are types of box braid styles. Most of these styles can be achieved with KCS natural hair extensions. Our Bone Straight Hair Extensions – collection on this page is perfect for braiding.

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Cornrows

Cornrows are the most common type of box braids – and they can be formed with very short hair. Cornrows, if done correctly, cause the least stress to your hair when wearing hair extensions. Since the braid is along your scalp, the hair extensions have more support from your hair. Some naturals style their cornrows in different patterns, using zigzag or diagonal lines.

Micros

Micros are made when the hair is braided into tiny plaits. Micros are long or short and can be worn for a long time without showing obvious new growth. Micros also make it easy to do elaborate up-dos.

Marley Hair Braids

Using a marley hair for braiding is ideal for those with coarse textured hair. It closely blends with natural hair and gives hair a loc type appearance. This hair is also lighter than other braiding hairs making it easier to manage and wear overtime with little tension to your scalp or finding kinky curly weave bundles – over on this page.

Up do

The wefted up do, once styled, is the easiest box braid style to maintain. It takes tight locks and pinned up patterns to make the whole look come together. Surprisingly, up do’s require more hair extensions to complete the look because you’ll need to form longer braids to wind the hair up in your desired style. 

Do Box Braids Grow Hair?

Most naturals resort to protective hairstyles to let their hair grow and give their natural hair a break from the natural elements. Many wonder if their hair can really grow under the stress of box braids. With the right care throughout the protective style, you can grow your hair while wearing.

Inevitably, you will see new growth when wearing braids. However, to keep that new growth safe and prevent your hair snapping – as in the whole braid just falls out – you’ll have to keep your natural hair healthy enough to hold the weight of the braids. As a rule of thumb, your braids shouldn’t be worn for more than 2 months. Putting that much stress on your new hair will definitely make it more susceptible to breakage.

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To keep your natural hair strong you’ll need to apply a conditioner to your scalp and roots daily. When applying, spread the conditioner evenly on fingers. Using your fingertips, lightly massage the conditioner into your scalp and work the remaining conditioner down the braid. We encourage you to take your time when applying your conditioner so you don’t make your braids frizzy.

To keep your braids long lasting, you’ll want to lightly dampen your braids with a spray bottle. You can combine the water with coconut oil. Apply this evenly on the braids. If you choose to use water only, you can work a small amount of oil through your braids. Be sure to work down the braids. Do not go up and down as this will make the braids frizzy.
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You should wash your hair every one to two weeks when you wear box braids. Focus more on washing and cleansing the scalp. Section your hair in parts when washing and concentrate the water and shampoo on the roots. This will keep your braids drier and save you time spent driving.

How do I get the best results with my box braids?

To get the best results out of your box braids, start with picking a hair texture and color that will blend with your own. When you get hair extensions that are a close match to the color of your hair, its harder to tell when your hair is growing out.

Braids are best worn in the winter months. Especially if you live in a cold climate. Braids will help keep your hair from the harsh elements of the cold weather. Box braids are also a favorite to wear in the summertime.

To prevent breakage and strain to your edges when wearing box braids keep your up dos to a minimum, unless you’re able to support your hair in a way that doesn’t feel like your hair is too tight. If you feel tensions when wearing a bun or updo, you may need to provide more support to your hair by adding additional clips or pins to hold it up.

This style is a great protective style to wear longer than most. How you care for your hair will greatly impact the growth and health of your hair once taken out.

How Can I Style and Wash Box Braids?

Styling box braids can provide unique and elaborate hair styles to switch up your everyday look. There are a few styling tips around to prevent your the use of too much product or handling your hair to wear the appearance. We’ve listed a few products below that you can use to style your box braids.

Shampoo your scalp

After a while wearing box braids, your hair and scalp will develop build-up from the products you add to your box braids. When shampooing your scalp be sure gently massage the shampoo on your scalp to minimize frizz.

Rinse

When washing, be sure to remove any shampoo and conditioner. Leaving these products in for long periods of time (if not rinsed thoroughly) can make your hair dry and brittle. When rinsing your hair, concentrate the water on your scalp, holding your braids up to prevent soaking them.

Conditioner

For the best results, apply your conditioner with a spray bottle. Mix 3 parts conditioner with 1 part water in a spray bottle. Concentrate the conditioner on the scalp and rinse thoroughly.

Eliminate frizz

Use a lightweight gel, like a flax seed or coconut oil based gel, to touch up your roots and smooth down the frizz. Cover with a scarf for 15 minutes once the gel is applied for best results.

Dry your braids and hair completely

Use a towel or old t-shirt to absorb the additional moisture in your hair. Avoid wringing your braids out as this could loosen them over time. Squeeze the excess water out with the towel or t-shirt.

Add shine to any style

This is an optional step that can make all the difference when styling your box braids. Use a natural ingredient spray oil, like Seal & Shine Jane Carter Solution or water and coconut oil in a spray bottle, to add luster to your style.

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