Braiding hair is an ancient practice with a rich history. Today, there are many varieties of braids that each have their own unique look. In this article, we’ll look at box braids, so named because the braiding creates box-shaped sections of hair. So if you’re looking for a braided hairstyle that’ll stand out, you’re in the right place.

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Tattoed Siides wiith Sharp Braids
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Tattoed Siides wiith Sharp Braids

If you sport tattoos on your head, box braids will allow you to show off your ink. The braids form large windows through which any head tattoos will be clearly visible.

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Dyed Spider Braids
@kalin_barber

Dyed Spider Braids

This one-of-a-kind look is for the bold and adventurous. Here the braids are dyed a contrasting color and then tied up in a top knot.

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Miniature Braids with Dyed Tips
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Miniature Braids with Dyed Tips

If you like the two-toned look but want shorter hair, consider this mini braid look. Short braids emerge from each box, and the dyed tips help the hair stand out.

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Braided and Clipped Ready to Rule
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Braided and Clipped Ready to Rule

Want to spice it up a bit? Adding accessories to your braids can do just that. Here, clips are added on each braid to not only keep the braids tidy but also add some flair.

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Fancy Roped Braids with Tapered Design
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Fancy Roped Braids with Tapered Design

Another super unique look, this geometrically inspired style features lava red braids and etched design on the side of the head.

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Bunned Boxed Braids
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Bunned Boxed Braids

A shorter, more subtle style of braiding, this take on box braids features clustered braids and a sharp line up.

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Box Braids
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Detailed Braided Thin Hair

If you want really defined braids, you might like this longer style that features neat boxes and long, intricate braids.

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The Perfect Hairline
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The Perfect Hairline

Clean and tidy, these box braids are set into neat rows, and they end right at the natural hairline for an organic appearance.

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Tightly Knit Boxed Braids
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Tightly Knit Boxed Braids

Finally, for an all-around solid style of braiding, there’s this simple box braid cut that has tightly woven medium-sized braids.

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Twin Boxed Braids with Dyed Highlights
@wil_barber

Twin Boxed Braids with Dyed Highlights

There are a lot of cool things going on with this hairstyle. The box braids gathered in a ponytail at the crown. That ultra-sharp hairline. And the golden highlights making a stark contrast to the black.