Box Braids for men: If you remember Janet Jackson from the 1993 movie, Poetic Justice or are a fan or know of Kendrick Lamar, ASAP Rocky or Travis Scott, box braids are a hairstyle you are familiar with. Box braids are usually sported by people who have an African descent as their hair texture is capable of being styled in this particular manner.
However, you can still go for it if you believe you can pull it off. Box braids have a reputation in making the person sporting it look bohemian or like a hippie. The article hopes to give you an A to Z on box braids and also the best box braids styles you can go for.
What Are Box Braids?
Hair braids characterized by hair divisions in square shape or which are “boxy” are box braids. You can box braid your natural hair but in popular culture, box braids are usually braided using synthetic hair to make the braids longer and to also give them a thicker look. Box braiding is a protective hair style, that is, the style is such that it protects the roots of the hair from damage and also promotes growth of the hair.
Box Braiding Your Hair According to Your Face Shape
Not all hair styles suit every face shape and the box braid hairstyle is more peculiar than others. Thus, you need to be clear as to what your face shape is and what box braid style to go for in case of your particular face shape.
Oval shaped face– If you have an oval shaped face, you are quite lucky as every hairstyle looks great on this face shape and there is not much scope of going wrong. Here, you will have to be more cautious about your hair texture rather than your face shape.
Square shaped face– Having a square shaped face mostly means that you have quite an angular jaw. Thus, you will have to go in for box braids that bring out that angularity.
Triangle shaped face– if you have a triangle faced shape, you have a wide jaw-line and your forehead is narrow. Thus, do not go in for box braids styles which have fringes or bangs. Rather go in for styles where the hair is pulled back. It your choice if you want to keep the hair shrt or long.
Diamond shaped face– Diamond shaped faces have pointed jaw lines and a narrow hairline, thus the best box braid styles that you can go in for is one where there is definite parting.
Heart shaped face– If you have a heart shaped face, your focus has to be on to get the on- lookers attention cheekbones and eyes. For this, you can go in for a box braid hair style which has fringes or bangs or volume on the sides.
Oblong shaped face– Oblong shaped faces are long thus, the best box braid style to go for is to keep the length of the braids short as longer braids will make the face look even longer. You can also go in for a style that has volume or you can also go for bangs or fringes.
Round shaped face– If you have a round-shaped face, hairstyles which will suit you would require for the hair to be below the chin. Thus, you will have to go in for such box braid styles that are short and add volume at the top of the head so as to make the face look a little longer.
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How To Do Male Box Braids
One of the best reasons to box braid your hair would be to save yourself from the everyday maintaining of hair and also give you a bohemian and hippie look. Getting a profession to box braid your hair, could get a little heavy on your pocket. Thus, if you are up for it, you can use the following steps to box braid your hair at home.
- Shampoo and condition the hair, use of the conditioner is necessary so as to avoid frizzy hair. Also, air-dry your hair.
- After air drying your hair, use a wide tooth comb to remove any knots or tangles. Start combing from the ends of the hair and move upwards. Remove as many tangles as possible so as to make the braiding easier.
- Blow dry very curly hair as it is more difficult to braid curly hair and the length is also affected.
- Trim the ends of the hair if they are split or dry, this helps in keeping the ends clean and also the braids in place for a longer period of time.
- Using a white tooth comb, divide the hair into 4 sections which are box shaped.
- Apply hydrating cream or gel to the ends of the hair so as to prevent frizz.
- Using the end of a rat tail comb, part the hair into a 2.5 cm section. If you are making small to medium sized braids, section out 1.3 cm hair above the ear and 5.1 cm if you are going in for jumbo box braids.
- You can purchase synthetic hair for longer or thicker braids. Make 3 sections of 2.5 cm to 5.1 cm and start braiding downwards. Attach the synthetic hair to natural hair and start braiding the both together.
- Secure the ends of the hair using an elastic band, if required.
- Using a scissors, trim off in case of any flyaways.
- Seal the ends by dipping them in hot water.
Top 20 Box Braids for Men and Boys
#1: BOX BRAIDS WITH A SHORT TWIST
When done correctly, there is no scope of box braids looking untidy. The hair here is parted into boxes which are symmetrical, which makes the hair style even more appealing. The twists are done neatly, ensuring a well groomed look. Just twist the hair along which making the boxed braid.
#2: BOX BRAIDS- VERY SHORT
If you have quite an interest in box braiding your hair but also do not have hair that long, you can go in for this hair style. You will most probably have to leave the braid be but the look will still look quite desirable.
#3: SHORT AND THIN BOX BRAIDS WITH MIDDLE PARTING AND ON STRAIGHTENED HAIR
Box braids which are thin are the tidiest of the lot. They can be more easily managed as it takes quite an amount of time for the hair to become unkempt. The missle parting is easy to achieve, the hair however will have to be tightly tied.
#4: SHORT BOX BRAIDS COMBINED WITH A FADE
Experimenting with your look can sometimes work in your favour. Combing the box braids with a fade is quite alluring and also gives the one sporting it a meaner and cooler look.
#5: LONG BOX BRAID
A long box braid can be quite alluring. You can either let your hair grow out that long and then box braid it or let the hair grow out a little a use hair extensions to make it longer.
#6: LONG BOX BRAIDS STYLED INTO A MAN BUN
Man buns are very popular at the moment and combining the box braided hair with a man bun is one of the best looks you can put out there for others to follow.
Just twist the hair and start making a bun. The bun can be on the top or at the back.
#7: BIG BOX BRAIDS COMBINED WITH A FADE AND A CUT DESIGN
The look here is very similar to the one that is mentioned above. However, you can combine this look with a captivating design on the area where the head is shaved.
#8: BOB BOX BRAIDS- VERY SHORT
Short braids are quite captivating and combining it with a bob makes it even more appealing. Keep the length of the hair till the chin before box braiding your hair.
#9: BOB BOX BRAIDS- CHUNKY
If you wish for a classy yet simple hair style, chunky box braids are your answer. They also do not take long to be made and give your hair a much more thicker look
#10: ALL OVER BOX BRAIDS COMBINED WITH MIDDLE PARTING
You can go in for something bold even when it comes to box braids or just keep it simple and box braid your hair all over and give it a middle parting.
#11: SHORT BOX BRAIDS ACCESSORISED WITH BEADS
You can go ahead and accessorize your box braids. Just style them up using hair beads at the end of the braids or along the braids. It will end up giving you a much funkier and fun look.
#12: BOX BRAIDS- CURLY
The most alluring of all box braid styles is the curly box braids. The curliness of the hair give the braids a fuller look and also once the one sporting it undoes the braids his curls are well protected.
#13: BOX BRAIDS- COLOURED COMBINED WITH A FADE
Adding colour to your hair has become quite a popular choice. Many men are seen sporting coloured hair, then why not just combine the same with box braids, it will he person a fun and youthful look.
#14: MID LENGTH BOX BRAIDS KEPT IN A PONYTAIL
A sophisticated and classy look can be seen in mid length box braids which is kept in a pony tail. The same can also be done with longer box braids. This will help as the hair won’t keep falling on your face.
#15: BOX BRAIDS- SHORT WTH 2 LEFT TO HANG IN THE FRONT
While going in for short box braids you can agel two braids in such a manner that they fall forwards. The rest of the look can be put up in a ponytail or even be left open.
#16: BOX BRAIDS- LONG FRINGE
Even when the hair has been braided for box braid hairstyle, it is possible to have a fringe. All you require for this look is that you have a long enough hair for the fringes to be seen. The rest of the hair can be put in a pony tail or left open.
#17: BOX BRAIDS- CORNROWS
As mentioned in the article, box braids are a protective hairstyle. Combing the same with cornrows will end up giving you much better results and leave your hair almost breakage free.
#18: QUIRKY AND ECCENTRIC BOX BRAIDS
You can go ahead and not give a definite shape to your box braids. You can go in for unique quirky and eccentric box braids. It will require quite some confidence on your part.
#19: BOX BRAIDS WITH A TWIST AND LINES
Box braids with twists and lines will you quite a neat look. You will also have the option of even letting them be or put them u in a ponytail if required.
#20: BOX BRAIDS- KENDRICK LAMAR INSPIRED
Kendrick Lamar is a rapper and quite popular. He is also known to sport box braids and also someone who actually got this trend started. His box braids are a tad bit different from the ones which have been mentioned above and you can use the above image to give it a try.
How to Maintain Box Braids
Though having box braids as a hairstyle guarantees you lesser day to day maintenance, you should never get too ignorant about your hair. Use the following tips to maintain your box braids and keep them healthy.
- To prevent frizziness of the hair, use a silk or satin scarf or pillow case to sleep at night.
- Using creams specifically made for box braids, apply them on a wet cloth and taking one braid at a time, wipe them.
- To prevent itchiness, use water and shampoo on the scalp to prevent itchiness and to also avoid dandruff.
- To keep the hair hydrated, massage essential hair oils into the roots of the hair at-least once a week.
- To prevent hair damage, only keep the box braids for 6 to 8 weeks and wait for at- least 3 to 4 weeks before box braiding them again.