Achieved by separating the hair into boxes and then braiding the sections with either the natural hair or extensions, box braids are a fantastic way to achieve length and fullness while allowing for a myriad of design options.
Arguably the most popular way to style the braids, buns can be as elegant or as casual as you want them to be. The rule of thumb is that the fewer braids that are out of place, the fancier the bun is. For maximum effect, opt for buns that add to your profile by accentuating the best features of your face. Where one might find elegance in a bun that rests on the crown of the head, another could absolutely rock a side bun decorated with an accent.
Unlike buns, ponytails become more elegant the less they look like there are bobby pins or hair ties holding them in place. To achieve this, many add braids to the braids and then wrap those around where the hair tie sits. If you go for a half up, half down look, make sure the hair left down has body or decoration to keep it from looking flat and bland.
For casual appeal, a simple braid down the back or pigtails are a great way to add design to your hair without needing to spend a full day at the salon. However, if you’re aiming for a “wow” factor, asymmetrical braids that push the hair over one shoulder or braids that wrap around the head in some way are fantastic ways to try out bold and beautiful looks.