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How To Master Box Braids The Pro-Approved Way

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We’ve fallen hard for box braids hairstyles. This super cute, uber-trendy style is the definition of #hairgoals, according to Rocky Bukasa, South African Mizani educator.

Here’s what you need to know about how to do box braids and pulling off a flawless look that checks all the right style boxes. Whether you have dark brown hair or something more adventurous like dusty rose hair, braids will work for you.


What Box Braids Are

We have you covered on this hot topic. Box braids are so named for the way your stylist will section off your hair to create them. These tiny or large boxes become the foundation for each braid.

It's not just the section size you can customize, either.

The best part about box braids? They’re very versatile. With the addition of extra braiding hair, your stylist can make them as wide or narrow as you like.

Thanks to this, it’s easy to customize your box braids to suit your tastes and your inspiration.


How To Do Box Braids

The best way to do box braids is by booking an appointment with your salon. A professional is your best bet to get this look right, and they can advise you on the best styles for your texture and length.

To begin any box braid look, the stylist will begin to section the hair into boxes.

“The boxes can be small, medium or large," Bukasa says. "After the box has been created, the section of the hair in the box is then split into three even subsections and is braided all the way down to the ends."


How To Pick A Box Braid Style

With your box braids in tow, now it’s all about how to wear them.

Our resident pro chimes in with a few thoughts on the matter.

“My favorite look is to wear them tied up," he says. "Get this look by creating knots using the braids, then use the knots to create an updo.”

Add some variation by asking your stylist to add different color extensions to your box braids for definition and contrast. Bukasa calls the color blend “perfect for braid updos."

This is an ideal way to show off big and bold box braid hairstyles, but it's certainly not the only one.

“Another way to wear your braids is with a loose wavy texture, creating an easy, carefree bohemian vibe,” he adds.

Feeling inspired yet? Consult with your stylist about which of these looks might be right for your lifestyle.


How To Maintain Box Braids

Everyone knows that the most critical part of a hairstyle is what goes on behind the scenes. That’s why it’s important to choose products that are designed for braids to really make them stand out.

“I recommend using Mizani Edge Control Taming Gel. It can be used while braiding to ensure that the locks are flawless,” Bukasa says. “Keep some of the gel for your baby hair, in order to create some waves."

Bukasa spends most of his time styling, so it makes sense that he'd have more than one product recommendation. Sure enough, the favorites keep on coming.

“Another great product is Mizani 25 Miracle Milk, which is a leave-in conditioner and light moisturizer," Bukasa says.

It’s a good idea to try to seal in as much moisture as possible, as this may help minimize any problems with tenderness and dryness. We’re also big fans of Mizani Calming Scalp Lotion, formulated with menthol, eucalyptus oil, aloe, and avocado oil to nourish and soothe. It helps to maintain scalp comfort, which can sometimes become an issue when wearing braids.

Don’t be boxed in by your style—try out those box braids!

Interested in a professional braiding consultation? Use our salon locator to book an appointment with a stylist near you.

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