The idea of long, booty-grazing box braids is sometimes more glamorous than the reality of having them. Sure, seeing Beyoncé with knee-length braids in her recent Ivy Park ad is convincing enough to go long or go home, but there are a few things to consider before you book your appointment.
For starters, long braids often require more maintenance — like needing to style them out of your face to exercise, wrapping them up before bed, and taking more time to wash and refresh them between appointments. Longer braids also mean you need more hair to create length, which can result in your style feeling heavier — and costing more — than you anticipated.
That's why bob-length box braids are the best of both worlds. If you're searching for a winter protective style that requires little-to-no work, but still looks fabulous, we've rounded up some of our favorite looks to inspire you, ahead.
Burned ends, a deep side-part, and medium-sized braids make for the coolest 90s-inspired style.
Hair accessories (like this patterned scarf) will come in clutch when you want to decorate your half-up ponytail
A short chop isn't limited to just
box braids. You can also cut your side-swept lemonade braids
into an asymmetrical bob to make them even sweeter.
Chunky, chin-length braids will save you tons of time in the salon chair and still look super chic.
Or, you can go a little longer, and ask your stylist to extend your braids into a center-parted lob.
Gold details paired with brick-colored lipstick will make your protective style pop.
Double buns and a swipe of electric green liner make this style feel fresh, sporty, and perfect for the upcoming festival season.
One of the major perks of short box braids is that they're super easy to DIY. All you need are a few packs of braiding hair, edge control gel, elastic rubber bands — and one solid YouTube tutorial