Box braids have been around for thousands of years and are said to have been invented by women of the Nile Valley. Surviving through history, box braids expanded into so many styles that it’s difficult to keep track of them. And now, with celebrities donning box braids all the time, they’ve made a huge comeback (Think Janet Jackson in Poetic Justice).
What Are Box Braids?
Box Braids are a protective hairstyle where hair is sectioned into boxes and braided carefully. They protect one’s hair from weather and other external elements and are versatile enough to be made into pigtails, buns, or updos. They come in various sizes, including micro box braids, small box braids, medium box braids, large box braids, and jumbo box braids.
What Are Micro Braids?
Micro braids are a type of box braids but way tinier. The crazy thing about them: they can last for as long as three months. Because they’re so small, you get to take better care of your scalp by washing and moisturizing it properly.
The biggest downside of micro braids is that it takes a long time to get them done — as long as twelve hours! And they aren’t done by one braider either; instead, multiple braiders work on your hair to give you the perfect micro braids.
Because they’re so small and tight, they result in a lot of tension on the roots of your hair, and if you aren’t careful enough with them, they could lead you toward a damaged hairline.