Box Braids near you
Box braids are the most common and most popular protective style worn by women with afro-textured hair. Box braids get their name from their appearance on the scalp's base structure.
Box braids are created by the hair being sectioned off in square shapes before braiding the hair. It can be done on one's own hair or hair extensions can be used to add length and volume. Kaenokolon hair extension is commonly used for box braids. The braid is held taut at the root, forming a knot before the hair is braided in individual plaits all the way down to the end of the hair. You can choose to have box braids in different sizes: normal, jumbo, micro braids, bob-chin length, or long braids. This all depends on your preferred style. Additionally, you can choose your hair extensions in different colours. Box braids will last up to 2 months if well taken care of.
As the braids are not attached to the scalp, you get to wear the hair in as many versatile styles as you want. Depending on the type of box braids chosen and your stylist, it takes an average of 4-8 hours to install. Box braids can put unnecessary tension on your hair so make sure to choose a hairstylist who can install them well.
Afro stylists doing Box Braids
Box Braids FAQs
How many packs of hair do I need to do Box Braids?
How long will your braids be?
How thick is your hair?
Do you have a big or small head?
How much hair/bundles do you get in the pack?
Are you opting for pre-prepped hair or standard?
Generally speaking, for mid-back length and medium size, 5 packs of hair should do. It is best to consult your stylist for confirmation as every stylist has their own technique.
How long should box braids be left in?
Do I have to wash my box braids?
Think of it more as a cleanse than a wash. Be gentle. Vigorous washing will displace hair and this will end up curling and creating frizz. Start at the scalp and work your way down the braid. Opt for a leave-in conditioner if possible.
Use a diluted shampoo and an applicator (any water bottle with a nozzle will do).
Ensure your braids are fully dry before styling to avoid scalp issues and funky aromas. You could use a hooded dryer or air dry.
Invest in a moisturising mist to keep braids hydrated. People often focus on the scalp and forget that their hair travels down the braid so remember to moisturise the entire braid.