Different Styles of Box Braiding

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Box braids can be left in for weeks at a time.
Box braids can be left in for weeks at a time. (Image: Maria Taglienti-Molinari/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Box braids are individual braids starting at the roots of the hair. They are separated by small parts that look like boxes. Box braids can be created with extensions or natural hair and can be maneuvered into various styles. Extensions increase the length, fullness and styling options.

Ponytail

This style pulls the braids back neatly. The ponytail can be low at the base of the neck, at the back of the head or low to one side of the head. Add a headband or decorative hair combs to complete the look.

Bun

The hair is grabbed into a ponytail but the ends of the braids are twisted into a bun. The bun can placed in the center of the head, base of the neck or high on top of the crown of the head.

Loose

Letting the braids hang loosely is an option no matter the length of the box braids. Curl the braids with rollers or a hot curler for a more styled look.

Up-Do

The box braids are gathered and piled on top of the head. The braids are loosely gathered or tightly twisted for an up-do style.

Half-Up

The braids are gathered into a ponytail from ear to ear while the remaining braids lay loose to the shoulders or down the back, depending on their length.

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