When I think of box braids, famous beauty icons like Janet Jackson, Brandy, and Beyoncé come to mind. Their cascading box braids instantly make me say, "I need to try those," which I have done twice now. I currently have butt-length box braids as I type this. While I love this style, the one thing I always forget until I have them installed—is how heavy they are, especially when I'm getting ready for bed or washing them.
Though I haven't given knotless box braids a try just yet, certain knotless styles can require significantly less hair. But don't get too excited if you're not ready to spend an extra few hours in your stylist's chair. No matter which box braid method you go with, box braids (like our natural curls) are versatile and can be worn as long or short as you desire. To give you some inspiration to take to your stylist for your next appointment, we searched high and low for short box braids styles that are chic, nostalgic, and full of color. There is even a box braid pixie with bangs in the mix (think Maxine Shaw from Living Single). Keep reading to check out 25 short box braids styles that run from pixie to shoulder-length.
Go For The Gold (Wrap That Is)
If you're trying shoulder-length box braids for the first time, and you want to add some pizzazz, pick up some gold string from a craft or beauty supply store. I like to make sure my string has a little spring because it makes it a little easier to work with and secure.
Pop Those Braids Into A Pony
Having shorter braids doesn't mean you have to forgo wearing your hair in a ponytail. To keep the stress off of your edges, try using a Snapee or silk scrunchie to secure your braids.