Box braids are one of the best natural, protective hairstyles ever because of the limitless possibilities for accessorising them.
If you’re looking to add a bit of spice to your braids, you can add colorful thread, rings, cuffs – the options are endless. Check out these five fun ways to accessorize your braids.
1. Hair cuffs
Am I the only one who is suddenly seeing these cute braid cuffs everywhere? Whether that’s true or I’ve just been out of the loop, I’m obsessed! It’s like rocking beads without dealing with the extra weight and the annoying noise.
Some call them cuffs, others call them clasps, and some call them beads. No matter what they’re called, you can easily find them at most beauty supply stores that offer products for black hair. Just clip them on and you’re ready to go!
2. Yarn wraps
If you’re looking for a pop of colour in your braids without actually using coloured hair extensions, you should totally rock some yarn wraps. Literally just get wool or thread in your preferred colour and start wrapping. Check out a tutorial on how to do it here.
Yarn or thread pretty much gives the same effect as wire. You can simply roll a piece of thread onto your hair and secure it by tying it in place.
Wire can also look popping on your braids or twists, and it’s extremely easy to roll around your hair. You can add more or less until you achieve your desired look.
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3. Chunky hair ties
Take it back to the 90s with a chunky hair tie but with a modern twist. Style your braids in a high ponytail with a gold cuff hair tie for a dramatic effect.
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4. Accessorise your braids with beads
Although beads are not flashy, they do add that extra “oomph” to your braids. From wooden beads to colourful beads to clear beads like Kim Kardashian, beads give your braids a more popping style.
Headbands are great when you’ve run out of embellishment ideas. Go for a metallic chain headband, a flower crown or something more traditional like Minnie Dlamini.