Looking for an easy summer style for your tresses? This post (and video) is all about DIY Boho Box Braids.
I honestly can not believe I pulled off these boho box braids all by my damn self!
I knew I wanted to get my hair braided for the summer months but did not want to pay the $400 dollars I was quoted here in L.A. I was curious what would happen if I tried to do these boho box braids and how long would it take (5 houts total btw).
I had a Sunday free and decided to just try putting 30 braids in my head…thinking worst comes to worst, I could put a hat on my head and take these boho braids out after a week.
But I actually ended up LOVING these messy knotless bohemian braids.
Let me preface by saying I HAVE NEVER BRAIDED MY OWN HAIR BEFORE! So if I can do it you can do it!
Here’s what I did:
STEP ONE: DECIDE HOW MANY BRAIDS
I originally decided on 30 boho box braids total. I loved that the style could be messy which meant I did not need to do things perfectly. I figured 30 braids would be doable for my first try and that within a few hours I should be able to do my entire head. It ended up taking me 4 hours of braiding and about an hour to seal the ends and dip them in boiling hot water. As I got towards the front, I ended up adding two more braids. So when all was said and done my total knotless bohemian braids count was 32.
STEP TWO: DECIDE WHAT HAIR TO USE FOR BOHEMIAN BOX BRAIDS
This took me forever to decide. I knew I wanted the Zoe Kravitz braids style…very natural and lightweight but did not want the priciness of using human hair. After doing extensive research I ended up going with this affordable synthetic hair. I knew I wanted a kinkier texture that could blend in with my natural unrelaxed hair. I only bought two packs and next time I Would by 4 just I bought color number 4, 26 inches and purchased two packs.
STEP THREE: WASH, BLOW DRY, FLAT IRON
After taking out my micro links, I shampooed, conditioned, and blow-dried my hair. The first few braids I did without flat ironing my hair and quickly realized it would be easier for me to neatly part if I at least lightly flat-ironed my hair first. I have natural 4c hair so take your hair into account. I use this keratin treatment before blow drying to get a little more stretch.
STEP FOUR: PARTING FOR BOHO BOX BRAIDS
Part your hair vertically, going across from ear to ear into five sections. Start at the nape of the neck and pin away the other parts of the hair. I took the bottom section and divided it into six squares. The next section up I divided into 12 . The remaining three parts going towards the front of the head I split into sections of fours. If I were to do it again I would split it into six in each of the top three sections.
STEP FIVE: BRAIDING
I did the easiest way possible. A braid has three strands. So I took the two strands of synthetic hair and wrapped it around one single gathered section of my hair. After starting the braid I split a piece of one part of the synthetic strand and added it to my hair to balance out the braid.
STEP SIX: SEALING BOHO BOX BRAIDS
I finished braiding all 32 braids but kept the ends loose. To seal them I used a dot of super glue. Then I did two large braids, boiled some water and dipped the hair. After unbraiding the large braids I had wavy lose ends.. You can also use nail glue. Try to use the glue sparingly so it doesn’t turn white and you have to cover it with a black marker like I did 😂
STEP SEVEN: STYLING BOHO BOX BRAIDS
I loooove styling these boho box braids and have endless options. Just to make things look neater I made sure to spray my hair with this roots gray cover up and use my MOST favorite product around my edges. I do a side part and wear my braids over one shoulder so they are more gathered. I also do a ponytail that I wrap with one of the braids or put it up into a high ponytail or a messy bun. The hair looks great braided into a single fishtail braid as well.
There you have it!
Check out my YouTube channel to see my video of these DIY boho box braids.
I’m so pleased with how these DIY boho box braids turned out.
I’m excited to sweat and swim this summer without any care or concern. For my first time, I think it’s pretty good and next time will be even better.
This video goes over the process
What do you think? Would you try this hairstyle out yourself?