Braids, always remain classic and chic at the same time. Box-Braids are one of the most popular trends in black hairstyle culture. They can be styled different ways and give a great, edgy look. You can create something that is tight or something that is laid back; because of their versatility, they make for the perfect style for many occasions. With a few very easy tips and styling tricks, you can create a look that is both stylish and timeless.
Classic Cornrow Style
This style gives an elegant classic look, and is a strong base for many different looks. To start you will need to find your favorite box-braids. This style emphasizes the long, straight look they offer and allows you to create a polished look.
First gather your hair firmly, and create a center part from your forehead across to the nape of your neck. Now separate your hair into two separate sections and begin to braid from your forehead to the nape of your neck. Try to keep the tension the same throughout, as this will keep the shape and look of your braid consistent. To finish, secure the end of your braid with an elastic band.
Undone Braid Headband
For a more casual or bohemian look, the undone braid headband is the perfect style to try. It’s simple but adds a touch of effortless style. Start by dividing your hair into two sections, and then separate into multiple small sections of hair. Now grab your first section and braiding only until you reach the end, but leave some slack in the braid. Tie with a loose elastic.
Next, take your braid and wrap it loosely around your head. Secure by tucking the end of the braid in and have some of your hair loose for the bohemian effect. Depending on your hair type, you may have to use pins at the base of your head to ensure it stays in place. If you want your hair to stand out, then add a few jeweled pins or accessories to use for a more unique look.
Half Up, Half Down
If you’re looking for something a little different and more modern then try this half up, half down style. It hardly takes any effort to create. Start by braiding two French braids down the back of your head. After you’ve reached the back of your ears, secure the braids with small clear rubber bands. Pull the braids downwards to make them thinner.
Next start to gather the frizzy ends of the braids into a low ponytail at the back of your neck. Be sure to leave a little slack in the ponytail, but not too much. Secure the ends of the braid with a scrunchie or elastic. You can leave it to lay as is or divide the ponytail into two sections and wrap it around to create a twisted look. This style gives you a great two-tone look and can be worn either casually or for a more glamorous occasion.
Box-Braids are an iconic style in the African American community, and for good reason. There’s so much you can do with them, from a classic, elegant look, to more casual and undone styles. With just a few styling tricks, you can have a beautiful and timeless look in a matter of minutes.