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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.
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.
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!
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