Loose box braids hairstyles are loved by most African ladies for they give them an uber-cool look, they are versatile, and they require low maintenance. These braids will also make your natural hair to grow, which is a dream to most ladies so that they can flaunt with long hair various exquisite hairstyles. If you are looking for hairstyles that will protect your hair, then you should consider box braids; your hair should not be weak brittle.
Box braids are also referred to as single braids, loose braids, or poetic justice braids. What are loose box braids? They are braids that have loose ends; they part the natural hair in lovely patterns such as square patterns that vary in sizes. Here we will offer you with braids with loose end hairstyles that are eye-catching. Scroll down for the hairstyles.
Cute loose braids for black women hairstyles
The loose rasta braids hairstyles here make you have creative looks on daily basis. They come with variety of colors, different styles, as well as length. Most ladies prefer braids during summer not only because they require very little maintenance, but also because they can allow them to participate with recreational activities with no worries.
1. Curved bob loose box braids
A plaited bob will make you rock in both formal and informal occasions. What you should do is to add more braids to make the style voluminous; the volume will give the curve a great shape.
2. Decorated loose box braids
‘Decorated’ means adding cool accessories such as beads as well as scarves to style your loose braids. To achieve the great look is very simple just use bright colored accessories. You should also complete the look with trendy wears with one of the bold colors of your scarf or bandana. This style fits ladies with either big or small box braids with loose ends.
3. A high bun with waterfall braids style
Teenage African girls mostly embrace this style for it makes them have that chic look. To achieve the beautiful look, you need to gather your front loose braids to create a high ponytail that you should secure with a hair tie. Twist the gathered braids together and then wrap them tightly round the ponytail until the end. Now tuck the end of the wrap at the ponytail and use bobby pins to secure it. You can either let the rest of your loose braids to fall on your shoulders just like a waterfall or make a low bun.
4. Loose feather box braids updo with a high bun
If you want a hairstyle that can keep your loose braids off your face and neck, then consider this hairstyle. To achieve it, you need to bend forward and push the loose braids with pressure at the back for easy gathering. Gather them into a ponytail and then secure it with a hair tie. Split the ponytail into two, twist the splits, and then wrap them round the ponytail. You should ensure that you tuck the end at the ponytail and secure it will bobby pins. We bet that you will have that crazy super chic look that you desire.
5. Big box braids with burgundy tinge
If you add volume to your big box braid, you will definitely rock. Braids have variety of colors and you can brighten up your looks with your favorite one. Crazy colors such as pink as well as yellow are for the daring girls. You can go for burgundy tinge color, which fits perfectly for any skin tone just like black as well as dark-purple.
6. Rainbow loose box braids
If you are in need of a colorful look, then you should consider this rainbow hairstyle. To achieve the impressive look, you should go for the small loose braids and we assure you that you will rock by drawing attention from everyone.
7. Loose box braids faux hawk
This is one of the unique and latest cornrows hairstyles with faux hawk. To achieve the cute look you have to learn how to braid cornrow and loose braids as well. If you can’t do them on your own, you can find a professional salonist to help you out. The loose braids should be at the Mohawk center of your head and the cornrows braids at the sides running over the back.
8. Colored loose box braids
This is one of the simplest yet latest Curly box braids hairstyles for the daring woman. You only need to use colored braids and you will have a perfect look. To achieve the gorgeous looks will take you less that 5 minutes and you are done. What you do is to gather your curly box braids into a high or low bun and secure the ponytail with a band
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How to do loose box braids
Getting loose box braids done is very simple and easy as far as you follow the steps here keenly. Doing them professionally at a salon can be quite expensive and they is no need because you can do it on your own. All you need is to strongly attach the synthetic braiding hair to your natural hair. Have patience and you will definitely achieve that impressive look you are looking for.
- Step 1 – Prepare your natural hair
You need shampoo as well as conditioner to wash your hair. What you do is to soak your hair with water, apply shampoo, wash it well, and then rinse it; you can wash it for 2 to 3 times to ensure that your natural hair is clean. After rinsing it, apply conditioner on it, leave it for about 10 minutes for easy combing, and then rinse it well.
Use a wide-tooth comb to remove knots from you natural hair focusing on the ends. Always avoid pulling your natural hair so hard while combing it because it will cause hair breakage; just combing it easy with lots of patient.
Now use your blow dyer to straighten you hair. If you did not comb your hair properly, then the blow dry will break the knots. This means that you should only blow-dry it after detangling it with a comb. Straighten- up all your hair sections and ensure that it has dried properly. If you blow-dry you hair using a brush, you will have easier parting of your hair for braiding.
If you feel like your hair ends are a bit dry, you can trim it. How? Rub it to appear frizzy as well as flat and then trim it. Trimming is very vital for it makes your to prevent what we call fuzziness, it locks it well and your loose braids will serve you for weeks.
Now, split your hair into 4 equal sections; first divide it from the center of your head (from the forehead over the back) and then across the sides of your head, just your ears. Apply hydrating gel or any other cream you prefer at the ends of the hair so that you can prevent fuzziness. What you need is to use hands to apply; rub it gently.
Which section will you work on first? Leave it and then use hair clips to secure the other sections. Now make 1 inch part to your hair from the section that you are working on using a rat-tail comb.
- Step 2 – Section the synthetic braiding hair
The size of your loose box braids will determine the packs of synthetic hair that you will use for braiding. For instance, if you want short & thin braids, you will use maybe need 4 packs only for braiding, but the long & thick will require maybe 6 to 8 packs for braiding. Note that loose box braids look awesome with synthetic hair and not human hairs.
Now, take 1-2 inches of the synthetic hair for braiding. Split into 3 and place it between the fingers in a line, staggering line to be precise. You will be using those split sections to know the size of synthetic hair that you should take. Pick one of them and part 1/3 of it and attach them well to form a good loop.
- Step 3 – How to attach the loop
Place the loop synthetic hair on the roots of the1 inch hair you parted and ensure that you palm is inward. Part your natural hair into 3 sections as well and line it from the roots with the loop synthetic hair. Note that your natural hair should be at the middle of the synthetic hair. We believe that you have 3 strands, one at the middle, and two of the strands at the outside.
Start-off with the braiding; make it tight and strong so that your loose braids can have a neat look. Neat braids will not make you have a dull look, but you will have that trendy look you always yarn for. Braid it keeping in mind that you should maintain a firm grip.
Remember that you are doing loose box braids and therefore your braids should have loose ends. How do you make box braids loose at the ends? You should not braid it until the very end; some tie a knot while others dip the braids on hot water to lock them.
You can now braid the rest of the sections. Right? Yes, box braids take hours to create, but the efforts are worth your patience as well as time. If you get tired, it is good if you consider taking short breaks. After you are done doing your loose box braids, use scissors to trim the flyaways and then deep them on hot water to lock them.
How to maintain hairstyles for loose box braids
If you are natural with no make ups or not, we are sure that a dull look is the last thing you want. You need to rock and look awesome at all time. Some ladies do not even consider washing their braids in the name of maintaining them. Washing your braids is part of maintaining them. Here are some of the ways that you can maintain them to serve you for more weeks.
1. Clean your loose box braids after a week
Washing done not necessarily mean, soaking the braids in a bucket full of water. What you do is to soak a piece of cloth on water and rub it on your scalp gently to get rid of the build up sweat as well as dirt. If you accumulate the dirt, it clogs your pores. You can use shampoo if the scalp is too dirty. Use the same piece of cloth to rub your braids to get rid of dirt as well. You do not have to wash them like everyday, once per week can work perfectly.
2. Avoid keeping your scalp dry
If you consider loose box braids, you should be ready to moist your scalp because they expose your scalp. Your scalp is a living thing and it need to be moist as well. You can put some water into a spray bottle and sprinkle it.
3. Always dry your braids before you style them
We believe that you are getting our point, your scalp should be moist, but the braids should be dry. If you style wet loose box braids, you can suffer from scalp problems such as mildew, fungus, or even dandruff. To avoid the damage, just dry your braids and then style them.
4. Wrap your loose box braids at night
Avoid sleeping at night without wrapping your loose box braids well. This is because you braids will not get fizzy. Wrapping your hair at night also prevents moisture to get off your scalp as well as your hair.
5. Braids should not serve you for more than 10 weeks
If you don’t undo your braids for over 10 weeks, you will definitely risk your scalp as well as your hair. This is the major reason why one needs to take a break from braids after undoing them; a break of one week will not risk your hair and your scalp.
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Loose box braids hairstyles are beautiful making you earn positive compliments from those who appreciate trendy and classic looks. We hope that you found an appealing hairstyle from our collection. Kindly use our comment section to inform us that hairstyle that made you rock and we will highly appreciate.