A PROTECTIVE HAIRSTYLE WE LOVE
Many of us consider our hair to be a huge part of our identity. For black women, box braids have become our signature style. They have evolved into a way for us to express our signature and personal style. Typically used as a protective hair style for the summer (but can be worn all year round), box braids have become the go-to style for natural hair care. A protective style-is a styling option that keeps your ends protected from environmental factors, heat styling and any additional factors that may cause damage or breakage. With the endless number of styles that are so rich in our cultural heritage, box braids are an integral part of black hair care.
What are box braids?
For those of you that may not know the exact definition, they are three-stranded plaits. They can be traced thousands of years back to African culture. Braids in this region, signified status and helped to differentiate tribes. Many braid styles you see today originated from Africa. From kinky twist to French braids, they all have African origin.
In 1993, with the premiere of the film Poetic Justice, box braids gained a lot of attention and became an extremely popular style for Black Women. Adorned by the beautiful Janet Jackson, who plays the lead role in the film.
Over the last couple of decades, they have gained more popularity and have become part of the fashion trend. With the ease of style and customization, box braids are a go-to for giving women a break from styling their hair. Whether you are going long or short, you will always be on trend with this style. It’s almost impossible to scroll through social media today and not see this style adorned on many.
If you are looking for a new protective style for the summer, you need Box Braids. Here are the best box braids styles to try.
Knotless Box Braids
Bohemian Box Braids
Box Braids w/ Beads