Box braids originated in Egypt as far back as 3500 B.C with many women of the time period wearing short braided bobs with some accessories such as jewels and beads. The latest trend of box braids is in reference to the early '90s film Poetic Justice.
Box braids are a classic hairstyle suitable for women of all ages. It is not uncommon for women to wear box braids at least once in their life.
While box braids and single braids are used interchangeably, there is a slight difference in the two. Single braids are typically smaller and have no distinct parting, thus making the braids look fuller. Box braids are called such because the sections of hair are parted into squares or “boxes”. Box braids can be long well past waist length or short in a braided bob.
Box braids vary in thickness, but typically have a medium to large thickness. Box braids are known for being versatile as you can wear your hair either down or in a high ponytail or bun. Though box braids can take an average of 8 hours to install, it is possible to wear the braids for up to 3 months at a time with proper care.
Synthetic hair extensions, such as Kanekalon hair, is the most widely used type of hair for box braids. It is not necessary to use hair extensions to install box braids as they can be installed on natural hair as well.