Box Braids Tutorial

If you know what a square is and can braid, you can do box braids.

And no, this style is not as hard as it looks, so don’t be intimidated by the number of braids you want.

A good thing about this natural styles is that you can also part the hair in diamonds or in a brick pattern, if you’re feeling up to it.

It’s completely up to you!

Box Braids Tutorial:


Level of difficulty: Intermediate

This is also a great hairstyle to wear when you’re transitioning to natural hair, as well as two strand twists.

For both the quick and traditional version, you’ll need:

  • Rat-tail comb (for parting the hair)
  • Wide-tooth comb (for keeping the hair detangled)
  • Hair rubber bands (I highly recommend using the break-free kind, which you can purchase at any beauty store)
  • Extensions (optional)

Start with clean, detangled hair. If your hair is short, it’s a good idea to “stretch” it the night before. That means parting it into four or so sections and putting ponytails about an inch part down the length of the hair to loosen the curl pattern.

1. Traditional Version

  1. To start a box braid, use the tail of a rattail comb, make a thin part about an inch thick at the nape of the neck
  2. Clip the rest of the hair out of the way, and part the thin section into inch wide sections
  3. Braid the hair down to the end
  4. Secure with a rubber band to keep from unraveling

2. Quick Version

  1. Starting at the nape of the neck, make semi-circle shapes (half-circles).
  2. Braid the hair to the end and secure with rubber band.


Build up until you’re finished.


The effect is a beautiful laid stone pattern, although easier and faster than the other way, because you don’t spend a decade getting the parts just right.


I’d love to hear any tips you have on this hairstyle or how this hairstyle turned out for you!

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