Box braid with beads is among the various hairstyles that have originated in Africa. While they have long been relegated to the simple status of protective hairstyles, they are today recognized as real works of art in their own right thanks to the imagination and dexterity of hairdressers.
This hairstyle is called “box braids” for the geometric character of the outline of the braids (classic, three-strand) on the scalp, in the shape of small squares. I also drew a parting on the side… but that is not very visible because I tend to change the “fall” of the braids very quickly without finally taking into account the initial part.
In recent years, the impact of these two hairstyles has been such that between stars and models on the catwalks: everyone has worn them. And with the rainy and cold bad days looming, this is the best excuse to get back to it. But now, as with all good things, there are rules to follow to ensure that by removing your braids a few weeks later your hair is still full of life.
Steps to make a box braid
Hair shampoo and conditioner.
Box braids are more permanent. The conditioner leaves hair highly hydrated. Once your braids are in place, you can wash them well.
Take your dry hair and cut it into 4 different sections.
Make sure your hair is in four regular, smooth squares for each section. It will be much easier to master this style if you have your hair up. Then hold up each section with clips.
Cut the hair with a small part in the first part of the hair.
With a small amount of hair, you can take the next step. You need to make sure that all of your pieces are roughly the same size.
Braid your hair .
Take the three strands of hair. Left below the middle part. Place the straight section under the centre section.
Braid the entire section from top to bottom (or from root to tip).
Use a small elastic to secure the hair so that the braid does not come out. Sometimes bands can damage your hair if you are not careful. If possible, don’t use a band.
Make one more section of the first section of your hair.
Braid another section gently. Make sure all of your pieces are straight. They will like individual and small boxes.
Go to the next section.
When you’re done, your head should be filled with small individual braids.
Don’t braid your hair too much. Comb firmly, but not too hard, as you don’t want to lose any part of your hair or damage it in any way.
If you want to keep your hairstyle neat or even after you have finished that look, you can cover your hair with a silk scarf.
Enjoy a style that looks great without elastic at the ends. If you prefer hair bands, you can get one.
How can you style a box braid?
You can style the box braids quite easily. Think of each box braid as a thick section of hair that you can weave, style, and shape to achieve your favourite look. You can make use of box-shaped braids to create a simplistic bun or a simple twist, or you can put together all the braids into larger braids and arrange them in fashion trends and styles.
Form wider braids. Gather along with four to seven braids on the side of your head, adjacent to your ear. Braid them together and secure them with a headband. Repeat on the other side, then bring the two larger braids towards the back of the head and secure them with a clamp.
Finish styling. Now that you have several larger twists, you can pin them in all kinds of shapes. Try pinning them like a bun or arranging the twists along the top of your head to get a braided mohawk.
Cut the braids. Divide them into six to eight sections. Turn each section. Inside each section, make a single twist from root to ends. Secure with a headband or small braid.
Lower your braids. Spread the braids down around the perimeter of the head. Let them hang down, covering your ears, face and back.
Add a loop. Attach flexible rods or perm rods to the ends of your braids. Soak them in lukewarm water for 7-10 seconds, then dry them gently with a towel. Release the tips and check your new curls or waves.
Start making a larger braid. Choose a starting point about 6 cm (2.5 inches) in front of your ear. Start braiding three smaller braids together. Continue around the perimeter of your head, adding more braids as you go.
Make a woven box braided basket. Bring braids over the top of your head, alternating the braids on the left and right sides. Cross them over each other in the centre to make a basket pattern.
Form a tight ponytail. Pull all of your braids back into a ponytail, using an oversized headband. Arrange the ponytail on top of your head.
- Create an up-do ponytail. Gather the braids at the back of your hair into a ponytail. Wrap the remaining braids around the base of the ponytail, forming a bun around the base of the ponytail.
How to put beads on the end of the box braids?
Beads with a hole large enough to pass the braid, in wood, plastic etc
A small plastic tool usually offered with the plastic beads, or a modified hairpin, i.e. crushed so that you can pass through the beads.
Small rubber or silicone rubber bands.
Steps to follow:
With the pin, it’s very simple, we prick it at the end of the braid, then we thread the pearls and we pass them on the braid.
With the small tool, you have to thread the beads first, pushing them to the bottom against the star. Then you thread the braid in the “loop”. Then you push the beads to slide them on the braid, and here.
Then you have to fix the pearls, for this, we take a small elastic, greased with shea butter if it is rubber to avoid breaking the hair.
We fold the end of the braid on the last bead with the right hand, and with the left hand, we thread the elastic to keep the braid folded.
Jewellery for box braids
All braided hairstyles can be styled and sublimated with hair jewellery. Golden or silver threads, ribbons, pearls, spirals, rings, beads… There are all kinds, small, medium or large in size and as varied as each other. We sprinkle them in his hairstyles according to his desires and occasions.
Threads: the idea is to choose a coloured thread, rather cotton, or a ribbon and insert it as you make the braids. You can also use a needle or a hook and pass the thread between several glued braids: this is the corset braid.
Beads: it is one of the most traditional hairstyles in Africa which has been popularized by singers like Alicia Keys or Solange Knowles. We add coloured wooden or plastic beads at the end of the braids.
The spirals: of different lengths and colours, the spirals put creativity in your braids, your vanillas and your locks.
Rings: we dress our hair with rings, often in golden or silver colours, which we have at the end of the braids or throughout each braid. Very easy to use - you open the ring slightly, you wrap the mat and close it by pressing lightly on it - they enhance a look day and night!
How to maintain your braids with jewellery
With or without jewellery, you need to regularly maintain your braids so as not to weaken your hair.
Wash them once a week with a few drops of purifying shampoo diluted in water: massage lightly and rinse thoroughly.
Complete with a nourishing conditioner.
Beware of jewellery that might rust: take the time to dry them gently with a microfiber towel or a handkerchief.
Twice a week, we apply a moisturizing spray so that the hair does not dry out.
To keep them, protect your braids at night with a silk or satin scarf.
Tips to prevent hair damage when making box braids
Prepare your hair before styling
One week before being braided, you must start preparing the hair and the scalp for the styling hours that follow. For that, we opt for a scalp massage every evening, and we perform a deep protein treatment in the middle of the week. The day before the braiding, we do not hesitate to use a clarifying shampoo in order to remove all possible deposits of hair products. If you decide to use additives, take the opportunity to let them soak for a few hours in a mixture of water and organic cider vinegar in order to eliminate the additives contained on the wicks that can make them irritating.
Box braids: care and hydration at the rendezvous
The big plus of these two hairstyles is to give free access to your scalp. You can then take the opportunity to do scalp massages every evening to activate blood circulation to the hair follicles to boost your hair growth. Without forgetting an essential step twice a day: hydration. Arm yourself with a small spray bottle that you fill three-quarters with water then a little aloe vera gel and oils that you like: avocado, argan, jojoba, macadamia nuts …, by removing your braids, there will be very little breakage and a lot of pushing.
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