I don’t get my hair braided very often, but when I do, I LOVE to get bob box braids. I recently got the style for the second time now and remembered all the reasons I fell in love with it the first time. Though the look isn’t new (hello early 90s) or even totally mainstream, here are five reasons why you should consider bob box braids as your next protective style.
Bob box braids trendy
I first noticed box braids popping up here and there on Instagram in early 2015. I distinctly remember going to a Lauryn Hill concert that summer (she wasn’t on time back then either), and saw two different queens rocking bob box braids. 80s and 90s fashion is currently trending, so bob box braids are a trendy nod to the styles of those eras.
If you work in an environment where butt grazing braids may raise more questions than you feel like answering, bob box braids might be the perfect compromise for you. Whether you have them stop at your chin or a bit longer at your shoulders, they can look extremely serious and professional.
They take less time
This is a simple fact, but since bob braids are at least half as short as regular braids, you’ll cut down a few hours of your hair braiding time. Time equals money, so both your booty and your wallet will thank you! You can shorten the process even further by either doing crochet bob braids (also great if your hair is too long for the style) or by adding in some feed in cornrows for a pre parted style.
They’re super light
Tying into the previous point, shorter braids also means fewer packs of hair. Fewer packs of hair means less weight on your head, which leads to much less tension on your scalp and your own hair strands. Yes for being able to move your neck immediately after getting your hair done and for having healthy edges at the end of the 6-8 weeks!
They are simple to style
Regular box braids can become stressful because they get old super quickly. Though you can style bob braids, the style is by default different and unique, so you don’t have to do anything out of the ordinary to jazz it up (p.s. this is the secret behind why I color my hair – it looks more interesting so I end up styling it less!). If you’re feeling adventurous, wear a headband, a hat, or throw in some bobby pins – but you really don’t have to!