Box braids hairstyles are back and for many, they never went out of style. The versatile, individual plaited ‘do, often worn as a protective style to safeguard textured hair, is the perfect hot-weather style for lazy girls everywhere. The carefree coiffure allows you to wash and go without any manipulation. Just think: You can go swimming every day or boogie the nights away without worrying about your hair. You can pretty much do anything with box braids. You can wear them up or down, curled, colored and twisted, rock them down to your waist or even as a cute pixie style. The possibilities are endless. To get your imagination flowing, here are 23 box braids hairstyles to use as inspo for your next look.
Joane Amay was born in New York City but raised in New Jersey and considers herself a Jersey girl through and through. She is currently the contributing beauty editor at Uptown magazine but has worked as an editor at Lucky, Harper's Bazaar and Marie Claire. A lover of shoes and bags, she owns way too many and plans on adding more to her considerable collection.