There are so many reasons why boxer braids are becoming the next big hair trend of 2016. In fact, everyone is in the game! Starting from fictional characters like Katniss Everdeen and ending with real celebrities (who are so famous they are almost fictional as well) like Kim Kardashian, these girls wear badass braids so skillfully, that our intrigued curiosity can do nothing else but adopt the habit too. Make sure to check out our boxer braid list first, and then come back here for the advanced course of how to wear boxer braids like a celebrity.
1. Kim Kardashian
When it comes to boxer braids, your number one source of inspiration should always… always be Kim Kardashian. She has not only mastered the skill of wearing boxer braids with literally any style of clothing, but she’s also turning it into a popular kid’s hairstyle by helping North West rock it with her tutu collection. Just like here, Kim shows off her triple boxer braid that ends in two tail braids. Don’t let that see-through top distract you from the hairstyle (you learn this technique when following the Kardashians regularly), instead, give the hairstyle a try and let us know if a Kardashian braid looks great only on Kardashians or not.
2. Rita Ora
She has a voice you can’t ignore, and she also has braids you really want to copy. Beautiful Rita Ora is a pro with boxer braids. As you see, she’s gone with the most regular double braids, but has added some spice with pearl ornaments all over the hair. Another detail we’d love you to note, boxer braids are not only for sporty outfits, you can actually wear it with a couture gown and still look chic in it.
3. Karlie Kloss
We’re used to seeing her with heavenly angel highlights flowing in soft waves during Victoria’s Secret fashion shows, but there you go… here’s another side of Karlie you might have missed. Wearing a mysterious black coat and rocking a standard boxer braid hairstyle, Karlie Kloss is nothing but dangerously stylish. Unlike Kim’s long hair, Karlie proves the practicality of boxer braids on mid-length hair as well. So, drop the my-hair-is-too-short-for-boxer-braids excuse and get to work in front of the mirror.
4. Jennifer Lopez
J. Lo is never up for the standard. Although she claims she’s still Jenny from the block, you know she’s way more than that. And just look at those 5 boxer braids with a single braid tail. Sometimes it takes being a J. Lo to wear this hairstyle, but don’t let that scare you, go wild with this style and show it off to the world… or one block at a time for now. Final tip: boxer braids always look fantastic with suits. In fact, the more sophisticated your suit or outfit is, the more badass the boxer braids will look.
5. Khloe Kardashian
Another Kardashian! Don’t be surprised to find out a few members of the same K clan in one beauty list; if the people of the USA elected their presidents based on style and looks, the Kardashians would not only take the White House for years, but they would also expand it with a pool with jacuzzi and a strip pole in every conference room, just in case UN representatives needed a refreshing break? And remember this, all this political talk started from Khloe’s killer boxer braids… what an effect it has on us!
What makes this hairstyle look fabulous is actually her blonde highlights that show on the Dutch braid. More colors in your hairstyle means more texture and patterns, that’s why you might want to start with balayage hair highlights and only then put them in a fierce Khloe Kardashian boxer braid.
6. Chiara Ferragni
Chiara Ferragni always makes our top lists for hair. She’s been one of the top candidates for balayage highlights, and now she’s conquering another list with her boxer braids. She’s wearing a standard double boxer braid but with a sexy touch of messiness. It doesn’t matter if some hair is falling out of the braid; the construction is usually so reliable that you’re guaranteed to feel comfortable no matter what your plans are for the day.
7. Katy Perry
To be honest, we were expecting some candy leftovers or at least leopard printed highlights on Katy Perry’s boxer braids. Being one of the very few most popular pop performers at the moment, she can really wear anything she likes. Watch her wear the ultra tight boxer braids that let the voluminous hair sprint out under the hair bands. That’s some hair power trapped in a braid… and also a very intriguing detail to add to a hairstyle. Oh, and that choker!
8. Isabeli Fontana
Do you have a really feminine gown that has small details all over it? With these kinds of dresses, it’s always challenging to pick the right hairstyle. On one hand, you do want your hair to look fabulous, on the other hand, you can’t resists showing off those details. What do you do? Boxer braids are always a great choice for these situations.
Make sure to braid your hair behind your head so the tails don’t interfere with the dress, especially if it has details around the neckline or on the shoulders. Pancake the top just a little to give your hair some heights and luxurious volume, and you’re ready to go! Thanks Isabeli Fontana for the inspiration!
9. Hailey Baldwin
A stunning model with stunning highlights! We bet her hair is made of gold! Add another attribute to the list… she looks great in boxer braids as well. Her hair is mid-length so there are no options of pancaked or extra long braids (invest in hair extensions, if you want this look), so she got away with slick and elegant tight braids that show off the blonde highlights on the top of the pattern, just like Khloe Kardashian’s braids (see our 5th point for it).
10. Shanina Shaik
We showed you so many boxer braids that were worn with fancy gowns, that you probably think it’s an evening hairstyle. Not at all, it’s not only a good choice for workouts and the gym, but it’s also a flexible hairstyle you can wear when lounging, shopping, or simply traveling. Want visual proof? Here’s Shanina Shaik wearing boxer braids on her pitch-black hair on the plane. There is nothing special about her hair, no additional decorations, no highlights, but it still looks trendy as hell!
11. Valentina Ferragni
Another fashion girl you want to follow on Instagram, Chiara’s little sister Valentina Ferragni takes us to great places with her photos and shares her experiences… here’s a new chance to share the boxer braid look with her. Double boxer braids and subtle highlights starting mid-length of her hair. And although we know her hair is not so thick to build in a big rope-like braid, this hairstyle still looks extremely beautiful on her.
12. Veronica Ferraro
A new and interesting interpretation of the boxer braids, Veronica Ferraro is wearing them not in a way like I-can-punch-you-if-you-don’t-behave, but in a very feminine and alluring style. First off, don’t start off like a regular French braid. Instead, keep the braiding process very close to your face and turn the braid into the edge of an imaginary hat. As you braid, move towards the back of your head as you reach the above-the-ear area. This will give you a nice curve and a twist to the hairstyle. This style is destined to suit both sporty and elegant outfits, so you can easily leave the dilemma of what-to-wear after the hair session.
13. Leonie Hanne
The airy and almost historical hairstyle on Leonie Hanne will call for a second round of stares. She’s rocking standard double boxer braids that come into a single fishtail braid at the end. All this effect is multiplied with the highlights, which look particularly impressive in the fishtail braid. If you’re in love with complex and complicated constructions on your head, this definitely deserves a try.
14. Thássia Naves
This is one of our personal favorites, a charming hairstyle that can accompany you to a romantic date, a dangerous hike in the mountains, or an official banquet. Everything evolves around the two small boxer braids circling your head like a crown. They come together in the back of your head to form a ponytail. After that, it’s a play of balayage highlights and your natural hair color.
15. Helena Bordon
Our final look belongs to Helena Bordon, who’s doing a great job showing off her cozy hairstyle and outfit. Nothing too shocking or surprising, only a regular double braid that is fused into one.
It’s been 15 fantastic celebrity looks composed of boxer braids as the main ingredient, we hope we managed to inject a small doze of inspiration into you. If not, stay tuned for more awesome hairstyle ideas.
Photos courtesy of Instagram, Zimbio