Box braids Hairstyles aren’t just protective – they are also super versatile, incredibly attractive, and downright edgy (with the right twist). Perfect for everyone from young girls to adult women, box braids are a true style statement no matter the age!
But perhaps you’re already donning box braids and you’re just looking for ways to spice up your look. Or perhaps you’ve always dreamt of flaunting a flawless box braids style but haven’t found the right one for you just yet.
Whichever the case, continue scrolling to see these gorgeous box braids styles that will surely inspire you!
1. Low Bun Box Braids Hairstyles for Women
This is one of our favorite hairstyles. It’s relaxed, stylish, and fit for all circumstances. Get these small box braids and fix them in a low bun. If your braids are sufficiently long, you can use them to tie them in a high bun too!
2. Braids in High Bun
This high bun looks nothing short of stunning. Combining thick and big braids with small box braids, it creates a visually compelling hairstyle that works great for all occasions.
3. Chic Casual Box Braids Updo Bun
Another gorgeous example of a high bun, this time, more secure in place. Twist your perfectly styled box braids in a high bun then twist the braids around until you have just the ends to secure in place. Use pins and natural hair color elastics to keep them in place.
4. How to Style Braids: Three Braids Style
Thick box braids were brought together to create this beautiful updo. Split your hair into three parts and start braiding from the base of your hair. Start the box braids from up towards the forehead to create this intricate updo.
5. Classic Box Braids Hairstyles for Women with Long Hair
Every time we stumble across long luscious box braids it’s a refreshing feeling. Although this is a classic hairstyle, the energy it inspires makes it worthwhile.
6. Thin Box Braids in Fishtail Braid
You can never have too many braids. Braiding box braids in a long thick fishtail create a visually compelling hairstyle that’s a must-try.
7. Box Braids in Faux Hawk Hairstyles for Women
Thin box braids can be styled in a stunning, edgy hairstyle. Take a cue from this brilliantly styled faux hawk that uses no other style elements than the box braids. And the gorgeous purple hair color.
8. Thick Box Braids Protective Hairstyles for Women
An elegant updo with thick box braids arranged in a beautiful high bun. Each of the box braids is used to create a pattern and the baby hairs are left exposed and pretty.
9. Braid Side Swept High Bun
Box braids are used to create this stunning high and side-swept bun on top of the head.
10. Long Braids Hairstyles Half Do
Long box braids offer a wealth of styling possibilities. If you’re looking for something uncomplicated that can get you out the door in five minutes, pull some of the braids up for a half up, half down look.
11. Box Braids in Low Half Bun
Another gorgeous half-do where half the braids are twisted in a low bun. The rest of the braids are left flowing freely down and over the shoulders.
12. High Oversized Box Braid Bun
If you’re one of the thick hair beauties, then you’ll be able to pull this look in no time. Thick box braids and an oversized high bun secured with a bandana make for an edgy look that’s worth trying at least once.
13. Knot Bun and Box Braids
This hairstyle is one of the easiest ways to sport long box braids. It doesn’t matter if they’re small or thick, all you need to do is bring them up and knot them in a unique high bun.
14. Playful-Colored Highlights Look
Contrasting colors are a must-try for anyone looking to get even more appealing box braids styles. This vivid caramel is one hair color idea you could try.
15. Classy Thin Box Braids Hairstyles for Women
A layered haircut transformed with the help of thin, perfectly styled box braids. Wear them as such or create more complex hairstyles to suit your mood.
16. Twisted Updos for Box Braids
When a halfdo meets a twisted bun, you get this beautiful hairstyle for box braids. It’s easy to achieve and even easier to wear regardless of the environment.
17. Rainbow Box Braids
Having rich black hair is gorgeous. Nonetheless, when you feel the need for a change, try this playful look. Rainbow box braids twisted in a careless bun look stunning.
18. Pastel Colors Braids
Spice up your box braids styles even more with some pastel colors. You’re bound to attract some envious looks, especially at music festivals.
19. Jumbo Box Braids
Jumbo box braids have the unique quality of effortlessly creating a voluminous look. Soften the look with hair accessories or leave them free-flowing and amazing!
20. Playful Box Braids Hairstyles for Women
This sassy lady shows the versatility of box braids with a dazzling hairstyle that looks nothing short of cool! Pick your favorite and try it on for size.
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21. High Ponytail Hairstyles for Women with Box Braids
A high ponytail using the front box braids will take some of the weight off the scalp. At the same time, it will render an extra edgy note to your look.
22. Box Braid Hairstyles: Chic Thin Braids
Use an anti-frizz oil on your box braids and get this perfect finish look for your thin braids. Then add a headwrap for extra coolness and protection. This can also help hide away hair growth.
23. High Box Braids Bun Halfdo
We love this high bun halfdo and the caramel hair color flaunted in this photo. Pull half of your box braids up and twist them around the root to create one of the easiest yet most visually compelling box braids styles.
24. Exciting Colors for Braids
Sometimes, all you need to change to have a refreshed look is your hair color. Instead of your gorgeous dark hair, try dark purple ore even red. It suits medium to dark skin tones and looks perfect on both curly hair and straight hair.
25. High Double Bun
Janet Jackson used to sport this hairstyle some years ago. It remains one of the classic box braids styles, and for good reason. Just look how cool these double buns are!
26. Edgy Bun with Shaved Designs
A faux hawk style for long hair achieved with box braids is edgy, cool and stunning. Make it even more astounding by cutting in some design into those shaved sides.
27. Thick Box Braids in Side Halfdo
A different approach to the classic halfdo, this hairstyle is simply gorgeous. From the hair color to the way each braid is arranged, this box braid style is enchanting.
28. Individual Braid Hairstyles for Women
This hairstyle turns the spotlight on the natural looking box braids. Flaunt them if you’ve got them!
29. Medium-Length Auburn Box Braids
Who said box braids are just for long hair? This medium-length hairstyle proves that box braids are just as attractive on shoulder-length hair as on longer hair.
30. Golden Caramel Thick Box Braids Styles
If you have medium to dark skin tone, caramel is your hair color. Spice up your look by trying on this color for your box braids. Beyonce rocked them, so why wouldn’t you too?
31. Long Box Braid Hairstyles for Afro-American Girls
If you were to go back to the classic look, long luscious box braids are your safest bet. They can be worn in casual and formal environments alike.
32. Braids in Side Knot Bun
Another hairstyle for box braids that’s in our top five favorites. It looks edgy, cool, and classy at the same time while keeping a soft feminine note too.
33. Colorful Box Braids
This is one of the most colorful box braids styles we have stumbled upon. We can’t decide if it’s the colors or the yarn braids-like style that we like more.
34. Elegant Styles for Box Braids
Pull all the front box braids from the front toward the back to achieve the elegant hairstyle on the right or leave them free-falling for a natural look.
35. Natural Hairstyle for Box Braids
A relaxed box braids classic style which reminds of holidays and strolls in the great outdoors.
36. Casual Chic Bun with Pink Braids
Pink box braids simply enhance the beauty of this hairstyle for women. It’s more complicated to achieve this intricate side bun. Nonetheless, with a bit of patience, you can pull it off.
37. Updo Styles for Box Braids
Thin box braids are brought up in a simple yet alluring high bun. Elegant and stylish, it’s a must try for your next party!
38. Long Thin Box Braids
If you sport naturally thick and voluminous hair, then this thin box braids style is for you!
39. Modern Half-Up Long Hairstyles for Women with Box Braids
These gorgeous box braids have been split in two. One-half, comprising the front and top braids are pulled in a voluminous, well secured high bun and add an extra attractive note to the hairstyle.
40. Curly Box Braids Hairstyles for Women
Untamed curly box braids? No problem! Here is a stunning styling idea, where the hair is braided close to the scalp in a mesmerizing pattern.
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41. Box Braided Small Space Buns
It takes edge and style to pull off such an alluring hairstyle features jumbo box braids on medium-length hair that is also styled in a small space buns style.
42. Deep Side Part Box Braided Halfdo
A deep side part is the secret to any voluminous hair look. The same trick applies to box braids. Braids the box braids in one thick braid that heavily weighs on one side of the face.
43. Short to Medium-Length Box Braids
Medium-length hair is just as fit for box braids as longer hair. Add a few hair ornaments like these metallic cuffs and your hairstyle is ready.
44. Box Braided Hairstyles for Women with Long Hair
Add a few style elements to your long box braids to express your individuality. Yarn twist braids and metal cuffs work perfectly to add an extra edge to classic box braids styles.
45. High Box Braids Ponytail Hairstyles for Women
Thin box braids, thick box braids, and jumbo box braids are brought up in a high, well-secured ponytail. If you want your ponytail to last, secure it well. The weight of the hair will pull it down otherwise.
46. Braided African American Hair
It’s not just boxed braids that are a protective style for black hair. Senegalese twist braids are also a beautiful, visually-compelling braids style. Combine the two for exquisite results.
47. Wedding Box Braids Styles
Box braids can also be an exquisite wedding hairstyle. Just a few box braids and an intricate twist out style on the top meet to create this gorgeous wedding style.
48. Casual Double Buns Halfdo with Thick Box Braids
Thick box braids can look bulky at times. Not in this case where half the braids are used for the buns hanging casually on each side of the head.
49. Boxer Braids Pigtails
Boxer braids are back in style and they look as cool and edgy as ever. Just two simple box braids flowing freely over each shoulder.
50. Simple Long Box Braids Hairstyles for Women
To add some oomph to your simple long box braids style, create a deep side part, add a few metallic cuffs and a metallic headband and you’ll be all party ready!
51. Thin Box Braids Styles
We love how delicate and feminine these box braids look. Try them on when you’re in need of a super versatile hairstyle.
52. Short Box Braids Hairstyles for Women
You have to admit this box braids hairstyle isn’t a common sight. The blunt knotted ends of the jumbo box braids are countered by the feminine hair accessories. A balanced look that’s nothing short of attractive.
53. Bandana with Braids Style
It’s curious how a style staple such as a bandana can be used to create a multitude of hairstyles with attitude. This is one of them. The bandana is used as a headband to hold those beautiful locks in place.
54. Funky Hairstyle for Long Box Braids
This vibrant hair color isn’t just flattering for everyone, it’s also eye-catching. Used on long box braids, it’s bound to add a splash of energy and color and make for a funky hairstyle.
55. Silver White Long Box Braids Hairstyles for Women
Once deemed a hair color for the elderly, silver and white are quickly shaping up to be one of the most fashionable hair colors you could get. And see how good these braids with shimmering silver accents look?
56. Box Braids in Pigtail French Braids
This intricate box braids style is one of our favorites. It may take longer to pull it off as you first have to make the box braids and then French braid them, but you’ll have a stunning hairstyle to flaunt every day for a long time to come.
57. Princess Crown Braid
No other type of hair is more suited for the princess crown than luscious, thick black hair. Two box braids, a thin one and a thicker one are used to create a visually appealing hairstyle that’s chic and elegant.
58. Messy Box Bun Hairstyles for Women
Another bun achieved with thin, elegant box braids – but time around, a messier one. Tipping to one side, this bun can be both formal and casual. It’s certainly a hairstyle with an attitude.
59. Thick Box Braids in High Bun Hairstyles for Women
Reminiscent of stories of Nubian queens, this stylish bun features an intricate design thanks to the thin box braids arranged one by one.
60. Thin Braids in High Bun
Create as many thin box braids as you wish and braid them close to the scalp. The free-flowing segments are brought up in a tight high bun.
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61. Box Braids Pin up Styles
Remember the pin-up styles of the 50s? This exquisite high bun could well be among them thanks to its sheer size and perfect styling.
62. Luscious Long Box Braids
When you flaunt luscious long box braids like these, it’s easy to get any hairstyle for long hair you might want. From letting them flow freely to more intricate braids styles to gorgeous updos, you can try everything that suits your mood and personality.
63. Short Style Box Braids for Women
Short box braids look cute and feminine. So don’t shy away from braiding your hair if it’s shorter! You will look gorgeous despite the hair’s short length.
64. Bob Hairstyles for Women with Box Braids
Are you currently sporting a bob cut a la carte? Spice it up a notch by adopting the box braids styles of your choice. Thin box braids certainly look better in this case. Nonetheless, who’s to say jumbo braids aren’t just as gorgeous?
65. Red Highlights in High Bun Style
A contrasting hair color is always welcome to enhance your hairstyle. Take a cue from this lady who applied thin red highlights to her naturally gorgeous black hair.
66. Twisted Senegalese Braids and Box Braids Style
Don’t shy away from mixing various braiding styles with box braids to achieve this type of look. It’s enticing, to say the least.
67. Halfdo Bun Hairstyle for Women with Braids
A twisted high bun that uses all the weight of your box braids can be secured in place with a funky bandana used a hair accessory or with a very strong hair tie.
68. Rainbow Box Braids Updos for Women
This lady shows you how to achieve one of the most beautiful box braids styles we have seen. An undercut and colorful braids are all you’ll need!
69. Blonde and Black Box Braids Updo
Blonde highlights on black hair may look tacky at times. Not in this lady’s case, where the two hair colors meet in an enchanting blend.
70. Thick Purple Box Braids Hairstyles for Women
Pull up the box braids in the front. Create a thick rope and swing it around your head. Or secure it in place and let the braids flow freely in the back.
71. Thin Box Braids in Ombre Twists
Twist your braids for a loose, casual updo. This thin box braids style is made all the more interesting by the purple ombre hair to pink ombre. Also, it can look quite classy and stylish too – if styled correctly.
72. Burgundy High Twisted Updo
Box braids seem to be made for visually compelling halfdos. High buns enhanced by free flowing box braids will look astonishing, especially if you twist them too!
73. Double Buns with Thin Box Braids
Working with thin box braids is almost as easy as working with twist out tresses. After all, look how easy it was to style them in this very pretty small double buns half-up style.
74. Big White Box Braids
Achieving this hairstyle is a process of trial and error, mainly due to the fact that the box braids are brought up in an intricate knot which doesn’t allow any loose ends to show. The hair color also makes them stand out!
75. Big Box Braids Hairstyles for Women
Reminiscent of goddess hairstyles ideas, this style is stunning and more complex than expected. We’d recommend going to a specialist if you want it.
76. Box Braids High Bow Bun Style
This hairstyle is certainly one of our favorites. It’s daring, edgy and feminine and certainly exudes a load of personality. After all, how many actual hair bows have you seen?
77. Jumbo Box Braids in Shoulder-Length Bob
Thin or thick box braids, this gorgeous hairstyle will suit them all. Also, even if you sport medium-length jumbo box braids styles, you can still cut the hair in different ways too!
78. Funky Box Braids with Highlights
Get your new festival look ready by trying on this hairstyle for box braids. It’s both relaxed and funky, perfect for a laid-back environment.
79. Short and Cute Box Braids Hairstyles for Women
Free flowing box braids may be the classics of box braids styles. Nonetheless, they will look just as good when styled in a half-up, center of the head bun on bob style.
80. Styles to Do with Box Braids: Double Buns
These perfectly finished double buns will never go by unnoticed and they are also the perfect way to end this lis of box braids styles!
Ready to Change Your Look?
When you thought of box braids hairstyles, you were likely mostly inclined to think of the classic free-flowing box braids. Hopefully, our collection of box braids styles proved the versatility of these braids and the multitude of gorgeous looks you can achieve with minimum effort and just a bit of patience.
So now that you’ve seen them all, are you finally convinced to start sporting box braids or feeling inspired to spice up the ones already in place?
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Richard is fascinated by everything that has to do with styling techniques and how technology can play an important part in the industry’s development. He started out his career as a barber, and later found his passion for both men and women’s hairstyles. Richard now works as a writer for fashion magazines, blogs, and is actively taking steps toward launching his own online platform!
Really beautiful styles and models, thank you for the well articulated captions as well. Most have no idea how versatile the box braid is . Clearly this author has much respect for the hairstyle. Well researched and sourced accurately. Needed some fresh ideas for myself, and this article helped me. I would make two suggestions , add some tips for those who are venturing into this arena. This world has become a lot more ‘do’s-it meself’ (my own colloquial), but we want help from anyone with similar interests. Yet, it’s hard to trust a tip from any one. Even worse , it’s harder to find a well-rounded article . I’m picky but what’s wrong with wanting the most and best? For instance , there are a million types of braiding hair , help a sistah out with a comparison chart. As in, which type would accommadate which style best. Also parting or braiding tips depending on hair texture. Black women have the most range when it comes to textures, and each type behaves differently. A chart demonstrating which hair type would be best for which style. Someone with a rough texture could easily do a senagalese twist without needing to texturize, or tease their hair; comparably to someone with finer hair doing tree braids, or micros because they don’t need to heat and press, or process their hair to make a neat hairstyle. Plus a diamond , or square or triangle etc geometric differences means difference in pressures on the scalp and hairline. Thank u for listing and listening ??
Thank you for the feedback, Shugar, we are glad you enjoyed our article!
We will surely keep in mind the comparison chart recommendation for the future, but for now, you can find more help with braids by checking the links from the articles.