Boxer braids: where it came from and why you’ll love it
Braids in many cultures are a symbol of youth and strength, power amongst women. One of the major hairdo of the time, the boxer braids trend is back to give you an empowering style and bring you self-confidence. Here are a few examples for you to choose how to wear your boxer braids, as only strong women do.
We tend to call them boxer braids as many boxers tie up their hair this way so that it won’t disturb them while fighting. You’ve seen it as a famous example in Clint Eastwood’s movie, Million Dollar Baby, where Hilary Swank strongly wears these tight braids which give her an undeniable strength. But these braids actually come back from far more ancient times than the popular ring area.
We’ll tell you how to wear it and why you’ll love it!
5 Ways to wear Boxer Braids
If your daily life sometimes feels like being on a ring, if you’re a fighter, or if you simply like this hairstyle, we’ll give you 5 variations of this hair trend you’ll surely love to copy.
Before you start braiding your hair, make sure you correctly untangled it, so that you won’t weaken it. Use a Paddle hairbrush for a perfectly untangled hair. With its rounded ends, the Termix Paddle brush protects your skull and activate your blood flow from the roots, so the hair gets stronger, before you tie it up.
The new classical boxer braids
This style is the original sportive one. With tight braids, starting from the middle of the upper-skull, perfectly separated with a precise comb, for a quite practical hairdo you can display during your sport sessions or for a summer party, when you don’t want to be bothered by lonely floating hair.
Professional hair tip: If you plan on exposing your head to the sun for a while, don’t forget to cover your head under the sun and hydrate your hair and skull as often as you can.
This one you might want to try for a personalized hairstyle. For, when you’ll have your braids on, you might not want to untie them right away. So, choose your accessories with attention and slip them inside a few random brands of your braids. They need to be light and discrete for a perfect trendy style. Such as pearls, small nods or flowers.
The knots variation
This is a most girly version, where you can undo a bit the braids once tied up, so that they get this “fishtail” style, and knot them up when you get to the neck. Entangling the braid on itself before plaiting it again until the end, or using a scrunchie for a 90’s effect.
The octopus variation
This version sticks to the sportive boxer braids for its tight style, but you can add slight variations on the sides for another kind of movement. To reach this clean result, you’ll need a comb such as the Carbon Comb 820 to precisely separate each brand. using its pointy end. You can also use hair clips to part your hair aside and avoid mixing brands while braiding one single side.
Two in one
In this variation, you will simply join the two down parts of the braids together, bounding the ends with very thin brands, so that the junction doesn’t show. The idea is just to give that impression of a big fishtail braid at the end, but you’d only had slightly gathered the under part of your braids
Where boxer braids actually came from
We mostly call them boxer braids, but these hairdos are actually no others than an evolution from the cornrow hair. These braids were born in Africa, and had a lot of traditions involved, as the way you drew your braids could mean a lot about the tribe you belonged to, your social status or your age for instance.
These cornrows started being seen in the late 70’s and came back on the front stage during the 90’s, where both men and women used to display very tight up braids.
What future for boxer braids
Whether it belongs to the boxer braids or cornrow tradition, the tight braid always keeps coming back in every communities and adapted to every types of hair.
You might have noticed this special variation in the History’s TV series, Vikings, where the strong character of Lagertha displays the same braids as men do. Meaning that, in Vikings time, she was acknowledged the same power as a man would.
Her hairstyle is of inspiration for a lot of celebrities, who keep mixing it for another powerful version of those braids. Create a side variation, going up to the centre part of the skull instead of following the ear and neck line. This will give you a bold, strong style, in every circumstances.