How to Box Braid – A Step-by-Step Guide
Preparing Your Hair for Box Braids
Before beginning the box braid process, it’s important to prepare your hair properly to ensure the best results. This involves a few simple steps that can help to protect your hair and scalp, prevent tangling, and make the braiding process smoother and more manageable.
Firstly, wash your hair thoroughly with a clarifying shampoo and conditioner to remove any product buildup, dirt, and oil. This will help to ensure that your hair is clean and fresh, which can make it easier to work with and braid.
Next, detangle your hair using a wide-tooth comb or a detangling brush. This will help to remove any knots or tangles, making it easier to section your hair and braid it without pulling or causing damage.
Finally, moisturize your hair with a leave-in conditioner or oil to help prevent dryness and breakage. This will also help to make your hair more pliable and easier to braid. Once your hair is clean, detangled, and moisturized, you’re ready to begin sectioning and braiding it into box braids.
Sectioning Your Hair for Box Braids
Sectioning your hair properly is a crucial step in creating neat and well-organized box braids. The following steps will help you to create even and consistent sections:
Begin by parting your hair down the center using a tail comb or your fingers, and then create a horizontal part from ear to ear to divide your hair into two sections.
Clip one section out of the way, and then divide the other section into smaller, even sections using a rat-tail comb. The size of the sections will depend on the desired size of your braids, but a good rule of thumb is to aim for sections that are no wider than the width of your index finger.
Once you have created a section, use a hair tie or clip to secure the rest of your hair out of the way. This will prevent your hair from getting tangled or mixed up with the section you are working on.
Repeat the sectioning process until you have created even sections throughout your hair, making sure to leave out any hair around your hairline or edges that you want to braid separately.
By taking the time to section your hair properly, you will make the braiding process much easier and produce neater, more uniform braids.
Braiding Your Hair in the Box Braid Style
Now that your hair is properly sectioned, it’s time to start braiding! Follow these steps to create box braids:
Take a small section of hair from the first section you created and divide it into three equal parts.
Cross the right section over the middle section, then cross the left section over the new middle section. This creates the first braid stitch.
Next, add a small section of hair from the remaining hair in that section to the right section, and then cross it over the middle section. Then, add a small section of hair from the remaining hair to the left section and cross it over the middle section.
Continue braiding in this manner, alternating adding hair to the right and left sections, until you reach the end of the section.
Once you have braided to the end of the section, use a hair tie to secure the braid, making sure to tie it tightly enough to keep the braid in place, but not so tightly that it pulls on your hair.
Repeat the braiding process for each section of hair, making sure to keep the braids neat and even.
By following these steps, you can create beautiful box braids that are neat, even, and long-lasting.
Securing and Maintaining Your Box Braids
Once you’ve finished braiding your hair into box braids, it’s important to take steps to secure and maintain them to ensure they last as long as possible. Here are some tips:
Use hair ties or elastic bands to secure the ends of each braid. This will help prevent the ends from unraveling and keep the braids looking neat and tidy.
Apply a light oil or hair serum to the braids to keep them moisturized and prevent them from becoming dry and brittle.
Wrap your hair in a silk or satin scarf or sleep on a silk or satin pillowcase at night to prevent the braids from getting frizzy or tangled.
Avoid getting your braids wet, as this can cause them to become frizzy and lose their shape. If you need to wash your hair, try using a dry shampoo or a diluted shampoo that won’t strip the braids of their moisture.
Avoid wearing your braids for too long. While box braids can last for several weeks, it’s important to take them out before they start to damage your hair or scalp. Aim to keep your braids in for no longer than 8 weeks.
By following these tips, you can help to ensure that your box braids stay looking great for as long as possible, while also protecting your hair and scalp.
Removing Your Box Braids Safely and Effectively
When it’s time to remove your box braids, it’s important to do so safely and carefully to avoid damaging your hair or scalp. Here are some steps to follow:
Start by cutting off the hair ties or elastic bands at the end of each braid.
Apply a detangling spray or oil to your braids to help loosen any knots or tangles.
Gently unravel each braid, starting from the bottom and working your way up. Be careful not to pull or tug on your hair, as this can cause breakage.
Once you have unraveled all of the braids, use a wide-tooth comb or detangling brush to remove any remaining knots or tangles.
Wash your hair thoroughly with a clarifying shampoo to remove any product buildup, dirt, or oil.
Deep condition your hair to restore moisture and prevent breakage.
Trim any split ends or damaged hair to promote healthy hair growth.
By following these steps, you can safely and effectively remove your box braids without causing damage to your hair or scalp.