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- Box braids are a staple protective style that can last weeks with proper maintenance.
- The hairstyle, while fairly straightforward, can be complicated without the right tools.
- We asked celebrity hairstylist Annagjid Taylor the best products to make the installation process more manageable.
So you’ve decided to install your own box braids — along with plenty of other people who have decided to become their own hairstylists over the past few years. While some people are seemingly innately skilled in the fine art that is doing their own hairstyles, others (definitely not referring to ourselves here) are simply not. Though admittedly, the best thing about putting yourself in charge of your own beauty treatments is the amount of money you save, one of the only drawbacks to DIYing is figuring out how to get the same salon-quality looks you’d get from a stylist at home. (Well, besides having to sit down and commit to a hairstyle, but we digress.)
Box braids in particular, as well as other protective styles, are a special kind of DIY project; they’re doable with the help of some handy YouTube tutorials and the right tools, but if you fall into the camp that may need a bit more help with the style, it’s still helpful to take some cues from a professional on the best ways to pull off your install.
We reached out to Annagjid “Kee” Taylor, celebrity hairstylist and author of All Hair Is Good Hair, for some input on which products are must haves if you’re installing your own box braids. From scalp cleansers to gels and even the right bonnet, check out a few products that will make this process much easier ahead.
— Additional reporting by Ariel Baker
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