People say trends come and go, but they never mention how often trends are recycled! In the past few years, we’ve seen a reemergence of 90s clothes, hairstyles and aesthetics. Millenials and Gen Z kids have definitely reinvented the past in unexpected ways. It’s exciting to see one of the most celebrated hairstyles of the time, box braids, have come back in full swing!
Janet Jackson was the first put box braids on the mainstream map while serving looks in our favorite classic, Poetic Justice! Since then, box braids have become a staple in many Black communities. The convenience, versatility and chicness of this style is something everyone wants. And don’t we all just wanna be a bit like Janet?
One of the most prominent styles on the rise right now are Boho box braids. Also referred to as goddess braids, they get their name for their effortless look and carefree quality.
Zoe Kravitz has definitely brought this trend to the front of mainstream culture. She may not have started this hairstyle, but she sure has contributed the rise in it’s popularity. It’s almost become her signature style, and we’re not mad at it!
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What you’ll need
You’ll need a few materials before you get started. First, you’ll want to pick up a few packs of braiding hair. Make sure you purchase a color and texture that will accentuate your vision! You’ll also need a bundle of wavy/curly hair. This hair is necessary to give these box braids that undone look. You’ll also need your favorite stronghold gel, scalp oil, a rat-tooth comb and hair jewels.
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How-to Get the Look!
The process of Boho Box braids isn’t much different than any other variation of the style! It differs, but if you’ve done box braids once, you’re already a pro! If this is your first time, I can assure you it’s not as difficult as it may seem. I’d still recommend giving it a try on someone else first, just to get the hang of it.
Before getting started, you’ll want to make sure your hair is freshly washed, conditioned and dried. These box braids are meant to stay in your hair for an extended period of time, so you want to make sure your hair is as clean as possible when you commit to this style.
First, you’ll want to section off your hair with the comb into one row at at time starting at the nape of your neck. Tie up the rest of your hair after you’ve made this first section. The next step is going to vary depending on the look you’re going for. If you’re going for thicker boho braids, you may part your hair into ½ inch sections. However, if you’re going for thinner braids, you may make these parts even smaller.
Once you’ve parted off the braid, you’ll want to take an appropriate amount of braiding hair and wrap it around that section at the root. This is a good time to also put a tiny bit of gel on your finger tips. This gives you some extra hold and shine to the braids! Then, proceed to split the braiding hair with your own into 3 strands. You’ve made it this far, you simply braid downwards about an inch or two.
About an inch into the braid, you’ll want to take a strand from the wavy bundle, and braid in that piece as well. You can braid it all the way through or leave a wave poking out of the braid, or mix it up with a variation! The point of Boho braids is for them all to look different. So the key here is utilizing your creative freedom!
One thing that makes these braids stand out is the undone look they have going on towards the ends! Instead of braiding all the way down, these braids are typically left with the last 3-5 inches of hair unbraided. Continue this process all the way to the crown of your head. Once you’ve reached that section, continue the same process, while parting it in a way that suits the style you plan to wear!
Don’t forget about the finishing touches! This is a great time to lay your baby hairs if you’re into that, or embellish your masterpiece even more with some hair jewels, beads and rings. The possibilities are endless!
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Because box braids are meant to last weeks at a time, it’s important to make sure your scalp is being properly taken care of. One of the best ways to do this is by massaging your favorite oil into your scalp. I recommend the Baobab Growth Oil Cocktail found in our shop! This will help keep your scalp moisturized and protect you from unneeded breakage.
You’ll also want to lightly wash your scalp with a spray bottle or in the shower. This is important if you’re going to have the braids in for weeks because you want to ensure that your scalp will stay clean! Make sure you wrap your braids up at night with either a scarf or a bonnet. To ensure you get the most out of this style, you’ll have to stay on top of their care!
We can’t get enough of Boho braids, and it looks like they’re not going anywhere anytime soon! Tag us on Instagram if you try this style out!