Blue Box Braids – Braid-making is possible no matter what level of skill you are just starting out. With the instructions below, you can do this for yourself, and don’t worry about looking weird if you choose to wear it out.
Blue Box Braids Instructions
Braiding hair is not all that hard if you have a few tools on hand and an understanding of braiding methods, but there are a couple of tips to keep in mind for those first few tries that will help things go off without incident.
Step One: Getting Started
The first thing you need to do is gather your supplies for the project. You will need a comb or brush, a set of hair elastics and braid extensions, and most importantly, you will need hair. If your own hair is well-behaved, then that’s the best option; if not, then you can always buy an inexpensive synthetic hair product at most any beauty supply store. The higher the quality of extensions that you purchase, the easier it will be to create nice-looking braids.
You will also want to find an easily accessible area to do your braiding, such as a nice comfy chair in front of the TV. You will want to sit comfortably for this.
Step Two: Getting Ready
If you’re not using extensions, then you will want to make sure that you have plenty of hair on either side of your head, to begin with. Longer hair is certainly easier to work with but isn’t necessary if you are just starting out. In general, if you’re doing a simple 8 or 10-strand braid, then holding up to four strands for each loop can be enough. If you are going for an intricate long and/or braided style, then you will definitely want to be using extensions.
Step Three: Preparing the Hair
Now that you have everything you need and have found a comfy place to work, gather some hair and begin by taking a section of hair from the top of your head. If you are using extensions, then you can begin by sectioning off enough hair to be used in your braid. If not, then find a section of hair that is long enough to hold the number of loops that you will be making.
Take your comb or brush and begin make sure that this section of hair is nicely straightened out and ready to go. Slide the comb through this section, and then apply spray or oil to the hair to keep it from becoming too frizzy.
Step Four: Preparing the Lace
Now that your hair is all combed out and sprayed with some oil, it’s time to begin work on the lace. The lace itself will not be braided, so you don’t need much of it. But you will want to make sure that the lace is as straight as possible.
If you are using synthetic hair, then you will want to avoid using any sort of curling iron or even a flat iron on the lace at this point. You don’t want to make it hard for the hair to stay together during the braiding process.
Step Five: Braiding Time
Now that everything is all set up, you can get started on your braid. If you are new at this, then it is probably best to start with a simple 8-strand braid. It is not too difficult and will give you a great foundation on which to build when you get more advanced with the process.
Tie the lace around your finger or two until you have about a four-inch section of hair that you can use for the first loop. Use your comb or brush to help work this section of hair so that it is nice and stretched out so that it will stay together during braiding.
Step Six: More Prep Work
At this point, you can begin weaving the hair through your fingers. Be sure not to make it too tight, as this will cause the ends of your hair to snap off when you are done. Use your lace to help keep everything nice and tight, but don’t pull the lace too hard, or the hair will come out of the extensions when you try and remove them.
After you have enough hair woven through that the section of hair that is tied up really isn’t any longer, slide the lace down around your finger.
Start braiding now. It helps to keep your fingers on top of the lace to keep it tight and even when you are weaving it through your fingers. In general, it is best not to add a new weave every time you pull on the braid (you will want a weave or two per loop).
You will want to leave the first set of braids at least six inches long so that you have a couple of inches on either side so that your braid can fit nicely around your head. If this seems excessive for the length of hair you have, then you can always go back and add more.
Once you are done with the first set of braids, continue weaving them through by sliding the lace from above down around your finger until you get to the next section.
When you get to the second set of braids, if you are continuing the same braid, repeat the same process. Add two more braids (each with four woven strands) for each loop, and weave them together in the same manner as you did with the first set.
Continue weaving each set of braids through, and then when you get to the last braid, tie it off on top by wrapping your remaining section around your finger AND combing or brushing that section of hair so that it is nice and neat.
Step Seven: Finishing Blue Box Braids
Now that you have three sets of braids on each side, you can either finish up the back or do a simple french braid for the top. Finish with a simple one-strand braid on top of the three sets that are already in your hair. If you want to add some more twists or curls to the braid, then they will be much easier to accomplish after you have finished braiding because now the hair is nicely loose and straightened out.
Blue box braids are fun and a great way to spice up your style. They can be done in many different ways, and the more you practice, the better you will become.