You might have heard about box braids but may not have a clue how to do this in your hair. This trendy look may seem tricky, but if you follow our step by step tutorial your hair will look amazing in no time!
Like normal, wash your hair with shampoo and conditioner. The more important aspect is conditioner - since box braids are more permanent you'll want to make sure your hair has a lot of moisture. ;) The good news is that once your braids are in you can wash them, but for now make sure you give your hair a good washing.
Next take your dry locks and section it into four different parts. Now comes the tricky part. For each section, make sure that your hair is in four even and straight squares. If your hair is in quarters it will be much easier to master this style. After sectioning off your hair, find clips and use them to hold each section.
Part your hair with a small part in the first section of hair. With a small amount of hair (like a pinch of hair), you'll be able to succeed at the next step. Make sure all of your parts are about the same size.
Now it's time to either braid or plait your hair from the first pinch. After you have your pinch of hair, take the three sections of hair (of the pinch), and cross the left section under the middle section. After this part, put the right section under the middle section, which will result in a braid.
Continue to braid the entire section from the top to the bottom (or root to tip). Secure your hair with a small rubber band so that it will keep your braid from coming out. Also, if it is at all possible not to use a band this will be better because sometimes bands will cause damage in your hair if you're not careful.
Now it's time to make another part from the first section of your hair. Braid this section too. Be careful and make sure that all of your parts are even and straight. They should look like individual and tiny boxes.
Once that section is complete, move on to the next section. You should have your full head of hair in individual tiny box braids by the time you are done.
Once you are done with every section of hair where your box braids will be, you should have about 100 or more box braids! Each small part will result in box braids and if you want the braids smaller, make your part even smaller as you continue to braid. Keep in mind that this process can take hours to complete, so if you have a friend or a professional who knows how to braid quickly, they may be able to help you complete this look in record speed. ;)
Tips to Remember:
Don't braid your hair too tightly. You don't want to lose some of your hair or damage it in any way. So style it tightly but not too tightly.
Another tip is that you can cover your hair with a silk scarf if you want to keep your hairstyle extra tidy as you braid or even after this look is complete!
Enjoy a style that looks nice without rubber bands on the ends, but the bands can be purchased from a beauty store if you prefer to have them in your hair.
Have fun braiding your box braids and tweet us a picture if you decide to try out this style!