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Box Braids: How To Make Them Step-By-Step

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Michela Marra | Wednesday May 10th 2017

Box Braids: How To Make Them Step-By-Step

Braided hair is often seen as a bohemian look because almost every ethnic group has traditional styles that feature braids. From the Dutch milkmaid braids of the Netherlands, to traditional Mexican braids (Frida Kahlo’s infamous look), wearing your hair braided is one of the most timeless trends. Today we are going to show you how to do Box braids. This hairstyle can trace it’s roots to Africa and gained popularity in the 90’s most notably due to Janet Jackson’s breakout role in “Poetic Justice”.

This hair look calls for expert hands in order for it to turn out perfectly, but if you have the will and some free time, you can do your box braids from the comfort of your own home. How? All you need to do is follow a few easy steps in order to completely transform your hairstyle into a super cool do. First, wash your hair using shampoo and conditioner. Choose products that deeply clean your hair then brush in order to detangle your hair from root to ends. Divide your dry hair into four different sections (two at the front and two at the back). Make sure the amount of hair in each section is about the same. You can add hair extensions to create greater volume. This video thoroughly explains this step. After having sectioned off your hair, use pins or clips to keep hair parted. (Ph credit: wikihow) Start braiding a small lock of hair from one of the sections.

Divide the locks into three strands and start your braid. Be careful not to braid your hair too tightly so as to avoid any damage. Continue making braids in the entire section, starting from the top and working your way down to the bottom, or rather, from your roots to your ends. If possible, try to avoid using elastics to keep the braids in place. Next, move on to the second section and, using the same procedure, create more uniform braids. Make sure they are very straight. They mustn’t be big: on the contrary, the smaller they are, the better the final results. (Ph credit: wikihow)

Then move on to the remaining sections: your head will be full of single braids. In the end, you should have over 100 small braids! Remember that in order to create perfect braids you need some time, perhaps even hours. As you perfect your skills, the required time will diminish. (Ph credit: All Things Hair)

At night, cover the box braids with a silk or satin scarf to prevent them from getting frizzy. Alternately, you can sleep on a silk pillow. To wash your braids, use an astringent product made from hazelnut instead of water – your braids might otherwise end of feeling very heavy. First clean your scalp with some shampoo then clean your braids using a damp cloth. Finally, nourish your scalp with some oil for hair. How often? Once a week. Also, remember you should undo your braids in a couple of months. (Ph credit: wikihow)

Have a look at the gallery with the best box braids and be inspired.

How to make box braids: the video tutorial

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