Box braids are my “go to” style when I want to take a break from comb­ing my hair or see­ing my hair in the bath­room sink or floor. Box braids rein­force the fact that my hair is grow­ing every day; They serve as a visu­al aid for me when I want to visu­al­ly see my growth over time. You know for sure that your hair is grow­ing when a braid that was super tight becomes loos­er and loos­er every day. I have been wear­ing box braids since I was a child and more recent­ly as an adult. My first box braids since return­ing to wear­ing my nat­ur­al hair were no longer than 3 inch­es and pos­si­bly short­er than that and now they’re over 20 inch­es long, so I have learned some great tips and tricks over the years that will guar­an­tee me the best results when I am plan­ning on braid­ing my hair. Take notes, com­pare and share notes, so that we all get the best from our braid­ed styles.

1.Use a clar­i­fy­ing sham­poo such as Kinky Curly Come Clean or Paul Mitchell Sham­poo Three to lift any residue that your ordi­nary sham­poo won’t lift. It is impor­tant to pre­pare your hair pri­or to it being inter­twined for long peri­ods of time. If your hair is encum­bered with wax­es, thick oils, chlo­rine and oth­er impu­ri­ties then it can feel hard­ened and straw-like. Even worse, it will be less like­ly to accept your con­di­tion­ing treat­ments. Once your braids are removed, your hair will be more prone to break­age and dif­fi­cul­ty fin­ger detan­gling. If you a.) don’t swim alot, b.) need to use heavy prod­ucts on your hair or c.) are afraid to risk dry hair at the hands of a clar­i­fy­ing sham­poo, feel free to stick to what is famil­iar until your hair shows symp­toms of coat­ed hair like prod­uct buildup.

2. Apply a detan­gler. Kinky Curly Knot Today has become my sta­ple when I REALLY need to make sure that my hair is detan­gled while it’s wet with­out over stretch­ing my strands or break­ing them off. It turns my strands into a vir­tu­al ice skat­ing rink (lol) by smooth­ing the out­er­most lay­er of hair, enabling my comb to glide through my heav­i­ly tex­tured hair. On top of detan­gling, Knot Today is a leave in con­di­tion­er, an added bonus because when I’m prepar­ing to spend 9 hours braid­ing my hair, I like the prep work to be easy breezy. Peo­ple have been cre­ative about dilut­ing their Knot Today so that they reduce the pH and stretch the prod­uct. Some great diluters to use are dis­tilled water, aloe vera juice, apple cider vine­gar, almond oil and cas­tor oil. Any watery/water-based sub­stance should be mixed at a 1:1 ratio with the Kinky Curly while oily sub­stances should be mixed at a ratio of 1:3 (1 of the oil, 3 of the KK). For those using small­er amounts, a tea­spoon is 5ml and a table­spoon is 15ml. 

3. Gen­tly and thor­ough­ly detan­gle your hair from tip to root. If your hair isn’t thor­ough­ly detan­gled pri­or to your braid­ed style, expect your hair to become increas­ing­ly tan­gled when the time arrives to remove them. If your hair is severe­ly tan­gled, then you most like­ly will not be able to wear a braid-out at the end of your braid­ed style and you may face the daunt­ing issue of hair mat­ting.

4. Be atten­tive to the fact that you must braid with exact­ly 3 sec­tions of hair. You may think that no one’s pay­ing atten­tion to the fact that you’re bor­row­ing from “Peter” to pay “Paul” or tak­ing hair from anoth­er sec­tion to com­pen­sate for the lack of hair in anoth­er sec­tion, but if you plan on remov­ing your braids eas­i­ly or wear­ing a braid out, then it’s impor­tant to dis­trib­ute the hair so that each sec­tion has some hair of the same length in each sec­tion. Besides, I like to think of braid­ing my hair as walk­ing up stairs and remov­ing them as walk­ing down stairs. It’s time con­sum­ing and tir­ing to braid your hair, but you should be able to eas­i­ly remove the box braids just as you would untie a shoe string or remove the “but­ter­fly” stitch.

5. Add an oil for shine. Although I love Kinky Curly Knot Today, it leaves my hair with a bit of buildup. I like to add shine and break up the buildup with organ­ic coconut oil.

6. Once the braids are in, keep your scalp clean and your ends dry. When I wash my hair in braids, I only wash my scalp with a reg­u­lar sham­poo, mean­ing I leave behind mois­tur­iz­ing sham­poos, heat pro­tec­tants or any oth­er ingre­di­ent that will want to attach to my scalp. I rely on my scalp to pro­duce any sebum or secre­tions it may need to thrive, so I don’t encour­age buildup by choos­ing a prod­uct that promis­es to leave any­thing behind, such as “mois­ture” or oils. I try not to wet the ends of my hair so that I pre­vent dry­ing of the lit­tle curls at the ends of my braids which could lead to knot­ting, tan­gling and frizz. Also, pre­vent­ing your ends from get­ting wet aids in dis­tin­guish­ing each of the 3 sec­tions when it’s time to remove your braids. It will be worth it for the best braid out of your life!! Yes, I’m being dra­mat­ic, but it’s def­i­nite­ly worth it!

7. Don’t keep box braids in for too long. The longer your hair, the less amount of time it should spend in parts with­out being combed out. I don’t leave any parts in my hair for longer than 2 months, even if I am wash­ing my scalp. We can­not for­get that our hair sheds dai­ly and when those strands have nowhere to go, they are like crabs in a bar­rel! No one likes those. The loos­ened hair wraps around and social­izes with healthy, attached strands. We can’t have that, so indeed we must detan­gle our hair, whether we detan­gle and braid it back up or detan­gle in prepa­ra­tion for the next hot style.

8. Final­ly, the take­down! Remove the braids in the 3 sec­tions that you braid­ed them in. I don’t rec­om­mend using the teeth of a fine tooth comb on the ends of the hair because more often than not, it caus­es knots and those ends are sus­cep­ti­ble to being ripped off. If the ends are ripped off, this means that you will need a trim even soon­er because ripped hair likes to morph into split ends and also means thin­ner jagged ends.

Enjoy your best box braid out ever!


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I’m mixed with I would say in between hair. Its pret­ty long. Its not too thin or too thick. It’s a loose curl too. I was just won­der­ing what should I do to keep my braids from com­ing unrav­el­ling?


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Your hair is so AMAZE-A-BALLS!! I can’t even take it! LOL!!! I actu­al­ly got a real­ly nice braid out by only leav­ing in braids for about a week and going White Water Raft­ing, allow­ing hair to dry and remov­ing the braids! LOL!!!!! Of course, that wasn’t the plan, it just worked out that way!! But, all this to say, can get a pret­ty decent braid out from less time too. My hair wasn’t as long or thick or as even as yours, so I put my braids into a big braid­ed bun to hide the scalpi­ness. But the def­i­n­i­tion looked… Read more »



Been a YT sub­bie for a few years and I can def­i­nite­ly say I envy your growth and reten­tion! Such beau­ti­ful nat­ur­al hair! It may take me anoth­er two years to reach your length but when I do, I can’t wait to try this style! Thanks for shar­ing your tips and jour­ney with us!


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Beau­ti­ful! but more pic­tures and details!! How many braids do you usu­al­ly have? Do you have a dense head of hair? Incred­i­ble length. Love it!!!


That’s one awe­some braid­out. Thx for these tips, very help­ful.