Box braids are a protective style classic. However, that doesn't mean you can't give a haircare staple a creative update. Box braids offer an opportunity to experiment with length and color without the permanent commitment. Specifically, we're talking about about red box braids. Red hair has always been a favorite amongst the natural community, but red highlights are now one of the latest 2020 beauty trends.
Like other vibrant box braid combinations, red is also an option—and not just vibrant reds. Red isn't limited to the color labeled red in a box of crayons; red can mean auburn, burgundy, fire engine, orange, wine, and copper. We know that trying out a new hair color can be intimidating, especially when you think of the color red. But we want you to know that depending on your skin tone and level of comfort, your options are plentiful.
We've compiled a list of 15 red box braids styles that vary in hue, length, and style.
Fiery Red Box Braid Ponytail
Red box braids with red brows are a dynamic duo. Here is another example of dark roots and length, giving a bright red look depth with smaller braids. Since these braids are on the thinner side, they can easily go up into a ponytail; just be mindful of your edges—wearing your hair up too often can cause tension.
Red Half-Up, Half-Down Box Braids
It doesn't take much to make box braids versatile. You can wear them half up, half down, and with a couple of face-framing pieces to switch things up. Adding a red makeup look might feel like a bit much, but take a page out of Carina Soares' book and try a red accent on the eyes coupled with a matte red lip.
Rust Fulani Braids
If you want a more stylized version of box braids, merge two classics: Fulani braids and box braids. Try an orange-auburn color if you're not quite ready to go for a true red.
Deep Red Loose Box Braid Bun
A loose bun is always a good idea, especially when you're ready to get your braids off your neck. If it's getting close to time to remove your braids, get creative with your baby hair. A toothbrush, edge control (layered with gel if you need), and a few extra minutes can give those edges new life.
Brown-Red Jumbo Braid Ponytail
Auburn colored box braids are a happy red medium. Not too bright, not too subtle. This ponytail might seem a little complicated to recreate, but it's simpler than you think. It may take you a few tries to find your signature technique, but start with flipping your head over to create your base. Once you have your hair gathered, wrap two to three braids around the base of your ponytail to secure it.