Style Ideas for Modernizing the 90’s Box Braids Trend
From Janet Jackson to Brandi, most of us can say that we’ve been inspired to rock box braids
thanks to the ladies of the 90’s who owned this style! Although our favorite celebs from the 90’s made the box braids trend popular, the technique of braiding dates back centuries ago with its origins in Africa. Since then, braided hairstyles have been one of the most widespread forms of protective styles. I mean, who doesn’t love a fresh set of braids?! Nothing beats the feeling of braids flowing as you walk while your scalp is enjoying a moment to breathe.
The Style That You Can Transform into Many Styles
When wearing your box braids, don’t be afraid to step outside of your usual go-to hairstyles. You may think that there isn’t much that you can do with your braided hair
, but that’s why I’m here! Whether you have them hanging below your waist or near your bra strap, there is no limit to the fun that you can have as you tap into your 90’s “cool.” Let’s get into some of the hottest looks that you can create when rocking your box braids.
The Infamous Half-Up, Half-Down ‘Do
We’ll start simple with the classic half-up, half-down method
. There are several ways that you can achieve this style. You can take half of your braids and place the top half in a ponytail, or you can take a section of your hair in the middle and place those in a ponytail. Want to take it a step further? Try a topknot instead of a ponytail. The topknot can be placed directly on the top of your head (fabulous for a night out), or it can sit a little lower towards the back of your head (perfect for the workplace).
Braid Your Braids
Yes, you read that correctly. If you want to get a little more into the braiding spirit, you should add a braid or two to your box braids. Fishtail ponytails
are always a win, so try this with a high or low ponytail for a sleek, classy look. For a more edgy feel, place a large braid in the center of your head to craft what hair lovers like to call a “faux hawk.” Take it back to your school days by making two French braids (this works better with smaller box braids). Let the two sections hang or roll them into two buns – it’s up to you! Because you are a Queen, it’s only fitting that you take your French braids and turn them into a Crown braid by wrapping them around your head and securing them with Bobby pins.
Poetic Justice Scarf Method
Sis, it’s time to let your inner Janet shine! *cues “Any Time, Any Place” by THE Janet Jackson* Pay homage to one of the greatest to ever rock box braids by tying your braids up Poetic Justice style. This look is super easy to accomplish – start by putting your hair in a high ponytail. Once your ponytail is to your liking, take a white scarf (or any white material) and wrap it around the perimeter of your ponytail by crossing it over in the front. You can even play around with different scarf colors and patterns to spice it up.
Have Some Fun with Space Buns
Show your fun side by playing around with some space buns. You’re out of this world, so how perfect is this style for you?! Either make two giant space buns using all of your box braids or add them to a half-up, half-down ‘do. I recommend the later to avoid excessive tugging.
For all of the 9-5ers, I’ve got you covered with a professional, yet a chic method for wearing box braids. There’s always the modest top bun, but if you’re looking to switch it up a little, incorporate a braid or twist in the front. You may want to wear this braided up-do as a high bun
or a low bun, depending on what type of day you’re having. Need something a little more “corporate America?” Make a side-part with your braids, swoop the longer side to the front of your head and then, make your bun.
Short Hair, Don’t Care
One cool way to show off your daring side is to install shorter box braids that form a bob. This technique is inspired by the 90’s, but you can add a modern-day twist by making a topknot with the middle-front section of your hair, as described above. Braided bobs are a great way to protect your hair while maintaining a realistic “straight hair” look.
Color It Up
One great tip that will bring life to your box braids is to shy away from your standard 1B hair color. Get a little funky and add some color to your hair! There are so many ways to “wow” everyone you meet with your color choice. You can purchase packs of hair that are a solid color or a mix of colors. Then, there’s the new trend that I am currently in love with: ombre braids. Allow your braids to transition from brown to blonde, black to gray, whatever you’re feeling at the moment! I am also a huge fan of solid colored braids with splashes of color throughout the hair. For instance, you may be in the mood for all black with a few light brown pieces mixed in and 2-3 platinum pieces to set it off. There are endless possibilities when it comes to hair color, even for braids!
Rock Your Box Braids However You Would Like!
Now that I’ve given you a few examples of ways to modernly rock your 90’s style box braids, you have no excuse not to step outside of the box! You can even add some flair by incorporating different types of braid jewels and accessories in your styles. You do want to stand out, right? I thought so! *flips braids* What are some other styles that you enjoy creating with your box braids?