STYLE & BEAUTY
08/31/2015 02:33 pm ET Updated Feb 12, 2018

20 Badass Box Braids Hairstyles That You Can Wear Year-Round

Braid it up. Braid it down.
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Box braids are the quintessential hairstyle for women who need versatility. 

Defined by its “boxy” or square-shaped hair parts, this individual braided hairstyle has been a go-to for black women for many years. Famous faces, including Brandy, Patra, Janet Jackson, Solange and Zoë Kravitz, have all made the look even more popular.

Box braids are so appealing because they are low maintenance, can be worn in countless styles with or without hair extensions and they work great for those with hair that’s either natural or chemically-straightened. Not to mention, these braids can last for months when properly taken care of, which makes them ideal for any time of year.

Whether you’re currently rocking box braids or considering booking a salon appointment to get this popular ‘do, scroll through the photos below for hairstyle inspiration.

  • 1 Half-Up, Half-Down Topknot
    Sevyn Streeter
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    Sevyn Streeter
  • 2 Half-Up, Half-Down Topknot
    Imani Hakim
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    Imani Hakim
  • 3 Half-Up, Half-Down Topknot
    Nicolette Robinson
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    Nicolette Robinson
  • 4 Side-Swept Strands
    Justine Skye
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    Justine Skye
  • 5 Side-Swept Strands
    Monique Coleman
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    Monique Coleman
  • 6 Side-Swept Strands
    Xosha Roquemore
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    Xosha Roquemore
  • 7 Side-Swept Strands
    Jhené Aiko
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    Jhené Aiko
  • 8 Center-Parted
    Zoë Kravitz
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    Zoë Kravitz
  • 9 Center-Parted
    Joy Bryant
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    Joy Bryant
  • 10 Long & Flowy
    Solange
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    Solange
  • 11 Long & Flowy
    Keri Hilson
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    Keri Hilson
  • 12 Chignon
    Brandy
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    Brandy
  • 13 High Ponytail
    Janet Jackson
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    Janet Jackson
  • 14 Ballerina Bun
    Eva Marcille
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    Eva Marcille
  • 15 Ballerina Bun
    Tia Mowry
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    Tia Mowry
  • 16 Ballerina Bun
    Regina King
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    Regina King
  • 17 Messy Ballerina Bun
    Beyoncé
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    Beyoncé
  • 18 Fishtail Ponytail
    Yara Shahidi
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    Yara Shahidi
  • 19 Faux Hawk
    Jada Pinkett Smith
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    Jada Pinkett Smith
  • 20 French Braid Undercut
    MC Lyte
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    MC Lyte

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article misidentified actress Tia Mowry as her sister, Tamera Mowry.

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