4 Interesting ways to style your box braids

23:58 Naija girl next door 10 Comments

Hola fam!
My braids made it to four whole weeks. *silly dance*
They made my life a whole lot easier since I didn't have to wonder what to do with my hair, especially for work.
They definitely had a good run as I got to do these ghen ghen styles in addition to the usual boring ones.

So today, I answer ze call for how-to posts and I bring to you (read this in an accent from Aladdin) zese 4 interesting styles which you can do wit ze box braids or ze twists! *cymbals*
[I did not use bobby pins for any of these styles but please feel free to anywhere you need some extra hold.]

The braided bang
Very easy and takes like a minute to do.
Take a medium section front and centre and plait forwards in a single braid.
Take the braid over your forehead and immediately to the back, gather with the rest of your braids in a ponytail and secure with a band...
 Extra tip: I don't like to leave the band exposed so I wrap it in braids. Just leave some out of the ponytail at the nape, use them to wrap around, then tuck the ends into the band. 

 Turban Queen
My braids were over 3 weeks old and my edges were not as neat. This covered them up so well and I loved the look.
Gather all the braids in a ponytail at the very front of your head.
Make three two-strand twists. I braided the ends to secure the twists. 
Gather them firmly as one (it helps to twist as if you're wringing out cloth), move across your forehead then to the back, then tuck under the band.
   I kept tucking over and under the band until it was secure. Don't worry if it's messy. The scarf will cover it.
     Take a square scarf, fold into a triangle and drape over your head with the pointy end of the triangle at the front, covering the band.
      Now tie the sides over the pointy end. Tuck tuck tuck so it looks neat...


The 90's-inspired high ponytail
Ha. I had fun swinging this one up and down. I remember feeling like Brandy in a similar high pony as a kid. 

Take a large section front and centre, leave out a few at the back of the section to wrap around the band.
Gather into a ponytail at the top of your head (not the very front as the previous style), secure with a band and wrap the free braids around it. Tuck the ends under the band.

Flip the ponytail to the back, spread around to frame your face. 

Forehead gang!

The messy top bun
I prefer my buns messy instead of perfect. For me it says "I got out of bed this fabulous" aka "I woke up like this" 
Gather all your braids into a ponytail at the very top of your head. 
Spread it around. 
Starting from the front, wrap the braids around into a 'doughnut.
Twist the ends as you go to prevent flyaways. Tuck under the band.
Here's the fun bit: dig your fingers into the bun gently and loosen it up a bit. Not too much, you don't want to scatter the whole thing cha cha.
Denim shirt, red lips and a chunky necklace gave me the exact look I was going for...

Get it!

So what do you guys think? Would you try any of these? Which one is your favourite?
Talk to your girl. 


  1. I'm so in love with your styles and as a matter of fact, i've tried the braided band yesterday. I wore it to school. *dancing*


  2. sofela tomilola7 May 2015 at 20:46

    Love it all.

  3. Very nice, I already saved all the pictures. We need our saloons and hair stylist here in Naija to watch more youtube videos and get creative, especially with Natural hair styling. Been trying to make my braids lady understand the box braid concept. Chei!

    1. Thank you Uju :*
      They need to be more proactive about improving their craft. In the meantime we just find the ones who are actually ready to learn

  4. YOU. HAVE. SLAYED. THEM. ALL! But my faves are Turban Queen, Messy Top bun and the high pony tail.
    I love that statement piece you are wearing in the Turban Queen pic. Gorgeous piece!!!