BN Beauty: Looking for New Ways to Style your Braids? Check out 5 Great Options

How to style box Braids - BellaNaija - May2013STOP! Before you take out your braids out of boredom, let us Inspire you to keep them on. I’ve been moving about more often lately and I have been seeing a lot of inspiring braided hairstyles. From wrapping  to braiding, Nigerian girls, I have to say can be quite innovative with the style. As tempted as I was to take a shot of their unique styles, I couldn’t but I’ve brought you the next best thing.

Quick side note before I go on, you should know that braids are called different names. They are called loose braids, Poetic Justice braids or Single braids. Box braids are called so because of the pattern they form when parting your natural hair i.e square patterns. Any other pattern would probably be the poetic justice braids (which are usually jumbo sized) or your usual loose braids that vary in size and pattern. Okay..moving on.

Don’t know how to style yours? Well here are 10 unique ways to style your braids and keep it looking different and fresh. For all the natural sistas out there, braiding your hair can be a great way to protect your hair while transitioning or otherwise. Now lets get started;

What you Would Need
– A lots of Bobby Pins/ Hair pins
– Water (In a spray bottle)
– Olive oil or any other type of moisturiser (optional)

1. Cute Updo
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Now to kick off this series of tutorials I decided to put up this easy tutorial. This is a simple up-do that can be easily pulled off. If you’re a simple girl that just wants something you can have on to a party or the beach…then you can definitely go for the up-do. Beauty & Hair Blogger Jennifer Olaleye shows us here how to pull this off with braided sides.

2. The Fishtail Side Bang

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This braided hairstyle is really cute for work, weddings, the beach…basically anywhere. You would only need a couple of bobby pins, some water in a spray bottle to keep your hair moisturised and please don’t forget not to make the braid too tight so you do not stress your roots. Here Tiarra Monet shows us how it’s done.

3. The Braided MoHawk

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This hairstyle is a little like the other one but with a normal braid. You can be creative with it; like weave to the side instead of the centre or do twists instead of a braid…to add your own personal touch to it. Watch this Youtube video from Tiarra Monet figure out how its done.

4. The Twisted Lady Style

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Now this hairstyle had me dancing and thinking of a mash up between Brandy and Erikah Badu. It has this vintage feel to it that makes it stand out. And it isn’t that hard to do. Keep watching Delightfulface Watson to learn how to pull off this hairstyle (Okay, and you can dance too).

5. The Twisted Side braid

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This is another one for the simple girls. We look to Jennifer again for this braided hair inspiration. It’s simple looking from the front but when you turn more to the side you see the detail and get a whole new perspective of the hairstyle. She also shows different ways to jazz it up for a more unique look. Press play to learn just how to pull it off.

There you have it…5 easy ways to style braids. If you have any braid advice others can benefit from don’t forget to share it.Enjoy!

Photo & Video Credit: themo-amnetwork | Tiarra Monet |  Delightfulface Watson |  Jennifer Olaleye

20 Comments on BN Beauty: Looking for New Ways to Style your Braids? Check out 5 Great Options
  • Janet May 31, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    nice very lovely

  • sarafina May 31, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    All beautiful!

  • eloho May 31, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    This is amazing! Now I know what my next hairstyle will be! Great help Bella! Lovely!

  • MSBROWN May 31, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    beautiful…but all i can think about is how uncomfortable it will be going about with that hair do.

  • Chelle May 31, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    bella welldone. immediately i loose my braids this comes up. after i have finished packing “chuku”

  • Mma May 31, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    I love braids, but they don’t usually love one’s hairline… 🙁

    • Mafia June 2, 2013 at 4:09 pm

      I’ve been wearing braids for years now… and found out that the secret to maintaining your hairline is to take our the front row. It is hard to maintain once done, because I have to twist it almost every day; but it has been worth it… no receding hairline.

  • Evagreen May 31, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Good thing I’m wearing braids and tomorrow is my birthday, so I’m gonna rock the first! Thanks for the post

  • Ha! May 31, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Jennifer……………….Blogger of life. Never knew you ll land on BN, Linda Ikeji. all the best.

  • Adedayo May 31, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    What you Would Need
    – A lots of Bobby Pins/ Hair pins
    – Water (In a spray bottle)
    – Olive oil or any other type of moisturizer (optional)


    • MI CASA, SU CASA June 3, 2013 at 5:10 pm

      LOL @ TON OF MAKEUP…..She missed a spot…Her chest. Jenny’s got acne for dayssss

  • ms sexy June 2, 2013 at 1:59 am

    #1 will be d one i can go for
    if i pull my braids these ladies are doing
    am goona have a handful of d braids on d floor
    my hairline is soo fragile
    but they really tried,wish i had d tips when i had my braids on, i just took them off when i didnt know what to do wt them and i had functions i wanted to look good for

  • Chuchusweets June 4, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    i worry about the pressure on ma front hair…i cant possibly last 3hrs with such updos. They all looked good and d first lady makes it fun and easy (to watch). Thanks babes

  • Toolz ni June 4, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    Still more on you tube. Still love my crochet braids

  • Naijagirl June 10, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    Jennifer is beautiful. Loving these braids. I have one in now, and enjoying it.

  • The Mane Captain June 21, 2013 at 6:18 am

    all cute hairstyles, but I don’t think I have the confidence to rock such BOLD hairstyles! And did I mention they’re heavy? It’s like walking around with a load on your head!
    Please don’t try these styles if you have weak hairline! Unless your hair is parted very big
    Updos are great with lighter hair such as marley hair or kinky braid.

    • Jenny April 14, 2015 at 11:28 pm

      Love all these ideas about braids. I need to try these cause I’m tired of my older styles I’ve been wearing for years

  • tinatreherne April 20, 2014 at 3:21 am

    this was so helpful

  • Chinomso September 12, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    Thanks, helpful

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