How Do I Braid Box Braids?

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When braiding box braids, begin sectioning off the hair at the base of the head, section each box in half before beginning the braid, and add beads or colorful rubber bands to the ends of each braid. Practice doing box braids, keeping them flush with the scalp, with information from a professional hair stylist in this free video on hair care.

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Hi my name is Lauren and today I am here to discuss how to braid box braids. The first thing that you are going to want to do is actually start sectioning your hair off. I recommend starting at the base of the head in order to work your way up. It makes it a lot easier and that way there is less having to move the braids on top or anything of that and it helps keep the hair out of your way. After you make sections of boxes depending on the size of the braids that you want and the size of the boxes you want will depend on what the diameter is that you do of the box. After you have done that you are then going to split the box into half. You are going to split that half section into three sections in order to start your braid. It is ultimately a three strand braid. You are going to go from the left to the right and cross over that center in order to get started. Once you go about two times or three times you are then going to integrate some of that other hair from that box. That will help hold your box braid secure. You are going to bring the hair down. Once you have gotten that entire box filled you see how it sits more or less flush against the scalp. You are then just going to continue to braid all the way down. Make sure not to keep the, to keep the other hair out of the braid so that way it stays nice and you are not going over the different sections. It could cause for a little bit of tangles if you do. Once you get that braid all the way down to the end you can close it off however you would like. Some people have used just rubber bands. Some people use string. Some people put beads plus rubber bands and that way you don't see the rubber bands. However, you decide that you want your look to go is how you are going to close it off. If you are integrating any synthetic hair, you can actually continue the synthetic hair down and then you can actually burn the synthetic hair in order to seal it off. And right there you have your first box braid and you continue this pattern all throughout the entire head in order to get as many box braids as you can, and you see how this actually helps when you integrate and you split that box in half to go down it helps it sit flush down towards the scalp rather than sticking out and that is how you do box braids.

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