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5 Steps To Do Box Braids With Short Hair

When you think of braids, you probably immediately think of famous beauty icons like Janet Jackson, Brandy, and Beyoncé.

The beautiful layered braids of celebrities will sometimes make you say, “I want to try those.”

You are all too familiar with long box braids, then short hair can apply this hairstyle.

Next in this article, you’ll find lots of interesting information about braids for short hair. The number of braids, the minimum length as well as how to get started with the braided hairstyle will be informed to you.

Let’s explore right away!

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Can I get braids with short hair?

If you have short hair or hair that is too long, you will have fewer styling options than long or wavy hair that lay down the back. That could be a fact.

However, having short hair doesn’t mean your hairdressing routine should take a note. Of course, you still have many cool hairstyles options, such as tying your hair into a ponytail or even braids.

Braids aren’t just limited to long hair, with those with shoulder-length hair and above still having cute choices.

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How long do box braids last on short hair?

Regardless of whether your hair is long or short, how long it takes to hold the braid is entirely up to you.

That means, to perfect this look you need skill and patience. And even if you have the perfect braids, you still need to work with the hairstyle to keep them looking fresh.

According to stylist Elena Diaz, a braid can last 4-6 weeks. About 6 weeks is the maximum time that experts advise you to keep the braids in your box.

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How many packs of hair do I need for short box braids?

Depending on the length of your hair you can use about 4 to 7 packs of braiding hair. Specifically, for medium to long box braids, you usually need to use 5 to 7 packs of braids and a minimum of 4 packs for shorter braids.

Even with short hair, you have a wide variety of unique and impressive box braid styles. Relying on the thickness and length of your hair, you can use braided packs for balance.

Read more: How many packs of hair for box braids?

How long does hair have to be for box braids?

We are all aware that, in order to create a box hairstyle for short hair, a certain minimum length is required. Average hair length that the stylist can apply to a box braid is about 4 inches.

But with a skilled stylist, you will be amazed to learn they can catch down to 2-inches for a box braid hairstyle.

For those with only natural hair, the basic length required for braiding is about 1.75 inches (i.e., shoulder-length hair). As long as your natural hair is shoulder-length, you can confidently try any braid.

How do you start box braids with short hair?

Braiding is the perfect way to change your hairstyle and give it a new look. Among braids, box braids are gradually becoming the preferred choices for both short and long haired girls.

As mentioned above, box braids can still be applied to short hair. However, doing it yourself can be a little tricky if you’re trying it for the first time. So please be patient and follow our instructions.

Check out: 4 Essential Steps To Prepare Hair For Box Braids

Things you’ll need:

  • Sulfate-free shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Brush or comb
  • Hair moisturizer
  • Hair clips or bobby pins
  • Rubber band


  1. Step 1: Wash your scalp with a sulfate-free shampoo. Use conditioner to moisturize and fortify hair. Let your hair dry.
  2. Step 2: Use a brush or comb to untangle your hair after washing. Use a wide-toothed comb to create a center part in the middle of your head (from the front of the hair to the back). Continue using the comb to create additional parts running parallel to the center part.
  3. Step 3: Apply moisturizer to the hair parts and fix the hair sections with hair clips or bobby pins.
  4. Step 4: Start with one hair part and separate three portions of hair along the part. Cross the left section under the middle section, cross the right section under the middle section, continue braiding from front to back. Take care not to braid too tightly
  5. Step 5: Tie a rubber band around the end of the braid if needed. Do the same with the rest of the hair.


Luckily to know, you still have a wide choice of unique braids, no matter how long or short your hair is.

To give you inspiration, stylists have created a variety of chic, nostalgic and colorful short braids. Start experimenting with the braids that you love. Hopefully, the tips we have introduced for getting started with braids help you.



I’m Aida and this is my blog where I write mostly about beauty & make up related stuff, but I like to spice it up a bit with lifestyle and photography posts. Or with whatever that comes to my mind. Hope you will enjoy the reading enough that we will ‘see’ each other more often!

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