But there’s one particular type of braid that works on multiple levels, looking great in its own right as well as being styled into a number of updos. We’re talking about box braids, of course!
Whether corn rows, French, Dutch, waterfall and fishtail… braids come in many shapes and sizes and can be tailored to be as unique as you are. They can look delicate, powerful, feminine and fierce and may well be the most versatile hair style out there.
Box braids are a popular hair style in black culture for hundreds of years, and involve sectioning hair into small, boxy sections before braiding the section away from the head. Unlike corn rows, French and Dutch braids, box braids don’t stay tight to the head – each individual braid flows freely, allowing the look to be easily swept back into a ponytail, tied in a top knot, parted to any side, and even, well, braided.
Here, we take a look at some of our favourite stars rocking box braids to inspire your next trip to the hair dresser.