Good news for my fashion forward, boho-chic, trendy, fearless Vixens! Box braids, Patra braids, Poetic Justice braids–however you prefer to refer to them–are baaack! No burnt ends this time around, though. Fashion icons like Solange and Va$htie have recently been spotted swinging and swaggin’ in their waist length plaits. Feeling brave? This bold style is perfect for protecting your hair from the cold winter weather, and it will save you time from having to do your hair every morning. When done properly, braids can add pizazz to your winter threads and give you a fresh new look. But there are rules to this game! Do the right thing and consult our guide for perfect box braids to get the most out of this trendy bohemian look.
DO BRING REFERENCE PHOTOS
This is important. If you want your braids a certain size or length, it’s much easier to SHOW your braider the look you’re going for than to TELL her. And trust me, you don’t want to be sitting in that chair for 6-plus hours, paying your hard-earned money to be stuck with braids you hate.
DON’T BRAID HAIR TOO TIGHTLY AT THE HAIRLINE
No shade, but you don’t want your hairline to end up looking like Naomi Campbell’s. Protect your edges! Politely let your braider know to ease up when she gets close to the hair at your temples and nape.
DON’T OVERDO IT
Extensions are heavy, and if your hair is weak and thin to begin with, you may want to reconsider those thick, knee-length box braids. Try braiding smaller, shorter sections so as not to add unnecessary stress to your follicles which can lead to alopecia and pattern baldness. NOT cute!
DO OIL YOUR SCALP FREQUENTLY
Because your scalp will be exposed to the winter weather, it’s important to keep it lubricated. Ward off dryness and flakes with a hot oil massage every other day. I recommend pouring warm extra virgin olive oil & a couple drops of tea tree oil into a spray bottle– it’s the easiest way to oil your whole scalp and it feels. Awesome.
DO SWITCH IT UP
There are a million and one styles you can do with box braids– don’t be afraid to try them out! Google pictures of your favorite braided beauties & go wild. As an added bonus, changing up your hair will also lessen the stress from the weight of the extensions being styled the exact same way for weeks on end.