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box braidsBox braids are three-stranded plaits hairstyles and generally use synthetic hair extensions. They are similar to standard braids, but they are more defined because the tension applied to the braids prevents flyaways. Box braids, unlike cornrows, are not braided flat against the scalp. 

Instead, hair is sectioned off into precisely shaped squares or boxes throughout the scalp and braided down its entire length, allowing you to shake your freestanding plaits. Many naturals and relaxed heads use extensions to add length, volume, and protection.


Because of its affordability and ability to resist severe heat for sealed ends, Kanekalon, a synthetic fiber found in most braiding hair packs, is widely used to accomplish the look. Bulk human hair, on the other hand, can be used for a more natural, environmentally responsible, and sustainable aesthetic. However, because it's actual hair, this alternative is more expensive and requires a little more effort.

Regardless of the type of hair extension you choose, it can be used for future box braids or other braiding styles.

All About Box Braids

How to Prep Hair for Box Braids

Because your hair will remain tucked away for a few weeks or months at a time, pre-treating your tresses is essential. Anyone getting box braids should use a scalp and protein treatment to dry, unwashed hair before the braiding appointment. 

Allow these treatments to rest on the hair for 30 minutes before shampooing and deep conditioning for 10 to 15 minutes with an intense moisture-based conditioner and then cover the hair with a plastic cap and use heat to ensure the product penetrates the hair sufficiently.

How to Choose Your Braid Size?

Choosing the thickness of your plaits is the most difficult step of getting box braids. However, making a decision is easier when you consider your environment. The right size depends on your goals and the purpose of picking a braided style. Depending on your preferences, styling and look will determine which protective style you will choose. 

Likewise, you should consider the weather and the length of time you plan to wear your box braids. The longer you plan to keep them in, the smaller the pieces should be. We recommend braid parts to be two-finger wide. 

How to Maintain Box Braids

Although box braids are designed to be a low-maintenance, protective style, they do require some maintenance to keep your plaits and scalp in good shape. At least three to five times a week, the physical braids should be spritzed with a hydrating oil. 

The scalp, on the other hand, requires a little extra attention because it provides the basis for good hair. After a shower, spritz the braids with a hydrating oil spray and let them air dry completely.

Box Braiding Supplies in Asheville, NC

As you know, braids are a great protective hairstyle that gives your hair a rest and allows it to grow while maintaining a trendy hairstyle that can be worn in many different ways with a variety of patterns and techniques. 

Klassi-La’Chiq Beauty Essentials is a beauty supply retail store serving Asheville and surrounding areas. Our retail store in Arden, NC has a wide selection of hair supplies to purchase including hair bundles, braiding hair, human hair, and synthetic blends. For more information, contact us today