Answered: Your Most Frequently Asked Box Braids Braids Questions

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Box braid hairstyles never go out of fashion and they are an easy alternative to painstakingly styling your hair every day and spending money on hair products that don’t always work with your hair structure. Generally, people have a lot of questions about box braid hairstyles before they go for it and we are going to answer some of the most commonly asked questions in this post.

Box Braid Hairstyles Frequently Asked Questions

Where are you located and do you do braids?

The purpose of is to publish helpful tips and suggestions for braided hairstyles, including box braid hairstyles in particular and African American hair generally. We feature stylists from around the country and the pictures we feature are usually from Instagram.

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What is the best type of hair for box braids hair?

As with everything else, quality comes at a price. So, the one thing to keep in mind is that if you go for the cheapest brand, you might not get the best results. Stay away from the dollar a pack braiding hair. However, you do not have to get the most expensive ones to have good results. Sometimes you can find affordable brands without having to pay through your nose. ‘Expressions’ is a great choice and doesn’t cost more than $5 to $6. Most of the professional braiders use this one because it does not shed easily.

Is it true that box braids end up doing a lot of damage to your hair?

No they don’t. Improper installation can cause damage and improper maintenance can as well. There are a lot of factors involved and if Box braid hairstyles are done properly they do not damage the hair. It depends a lot on the professional who braids your hair. If they are installed too tight, it will cause damage to both your hair and your scalp. If your hair is already thinning and breaking, braiding can cause more damage. Box braids hairstyles are supposed to be hassle free but if the braids are too long or too heavy, it can be bad for your hair and scalp.

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If my hair is breaking or thinning, should I give box braids a try?

The condition of your hair can have an impact on the results. Box braids are not recommended for dry, brittle and shedding hair. You need to reverse the damage first. Deep conditioning, trimming and oil treatments for a few weeks will yield good results. Make sure your hair is healthy and strong before you go for box braid hairstyles, otherwise you can end up doing more damage.


Where can I find box braids hair jewels?

All local jewelry stores usually carry hair jewels. You can get silver and gold clamps at an affordable price and they last a long time if you take good care of them. Just store them in a safe place after you have used them.


How do I know how many packs of box braids hair to buy?

You can figure this out easily depending on the length of your hair. For long hair, you need at least 10 to 12 packs or maybe more. Medium hair requires around 6 packs and short hair will need 2-4 packs. Also take into account the length you want for your braids. Longer box braid hairstyles will mean more packs.


This post was updated on January 11, 2017