Bohemian box braids are back, and they are the perfect protective style for spring! I’ve noticed a rising interest in the style by searching for terms like ‘boho braids’ or ‘goddess braids’ on TikTok, especially as warmer weather approaches.
This trendy look combines box braid extensions with loose or wavy hair strands coming out of them. Although it may seem new to some, variations of boho or goddess braids have been around since the ’90s and have been worn by numerous celebrities over the years, including Lisa Bonet, Zoë Kravitz, Brandy, Beyoncé, Tessa Thompson, Gabrielle Union, Zazie Beetz, and many others.
As a celebrity hairstylist, I credit Lisa Bonet as the pioneer of this style. Her aesthetics in the early ’90s inspired her daughter Zoë Kravitz, whom I’ve had the pleasure of giving a version of the boho box braids look to. Zoë’s aesthetic has greatly influenced and shaped the version of the boho braid style we see and love today.
One of the reasons I love this hairstyle is its versatility and ability to be customized to fit your personality. The growing popularity of boho braids among black women showcases their creativity in combining different styles and diversifying their hair. It’s truly a testament to their innovative spirit.
In the past year, boho braids, particularly with human hair, have seen a rise in popularity. They create an effortless, vacation-like look while adding slight volume to your hair. This makes them perfect for the warmer months and serves as a great protective style for giving your natural hair a break with extensions.
Before getting boho braids, it’s important to prepare your natural hair properly. Cleansing, semi-detangling, and moisturizing your hair are crucial steps. I recommend using Shea Moisture Scalp Moisture pre-wash Masque, shampoo, and conditioner. The pre-wash targets your scalp to restore hydration and nourish your hair, while shampooing and conditioning add moisture before putting your hair in the protective style.
When it comes to choosing hair extensions for boho braids, I suggest bringing one to two bundles (3.5 to 4.0 ounces) of deep wave or loose wave hair extensions if you opt for human hair. Personally, I love using Rebundle’s Braidbetter bundles because they are sustainable and easy to work with.
To achieve the perfect boho braids look, keep a few key tips in mind. Avoid adding too many curly extensions that stick out of the braids, and make sure to lay out the pieces of hair ahead of time to prevent them from being too big. I prefer braiding in the curly extensions instead of crocheting them because it increases the longevity of the style and feels lightweight overall.
To maintain the style and keep your natural hair healthy, use a great edge control styling product like Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Edge Gel. It will help keep your baby hairs and edges smooth and defined, ensuring your look stays fresh for longer. Additionally, hydrate your scalp with a lightweight growth oil once a week to moisturize your hair. I recommend using a hair mousse and wrapping your braids with a scarf and long bonnet to maintain a sleek look as long as possible.
The duration of boho braids varies depending on your hair type. Softer hair types might not last as long in braid styles. On average, boho braids can last between 3 to 6 weeks. It’s important not to keep braids in for too long to prevent your hair from locking up with dirt and lint.
The time required to complete boho braids depends on factors such as the size of your head, braids, and hair texture. Generally, it takes a minimum of 5 to 6 hours to complete a full head of boho box braids.
As for the cost, it can vary based on your location, type of hair extensions used, length, and size of the braids. Typically, boho braids can range anywhere from $250 to $400 or more.
So, if you’re considering trying out the boho braids trend, now you have all the information you need to rock this fabulous and protective style. It’s a versatile and stylish way to embrace spring and give your natural hair a break!