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Boxer Braids: Clear the Ring for the Trendy Braided Hairdo

Boxer Braids
Clear the ring: Boxer braids are capturing the catwalk as seen here with designer Isabella Rose Taylor
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Announcing the next round of styling for braids: Now they are capturing catwalks, red carpets and the streets. Why are models, celebrities and street style pros picking up on this sporty braided hairdo? No question: Boxer braids are asserting themselves as the hair trend of champions!

  • From the boxing ring to the fashion league! Hillary Swank’s braided hairdo in the prize-winning film 'Million Dollar Baby' has boxed its way through to become the new favourite of hair trendsetters. Literally, since boxer braids had to shake their image as a cool hairdo for fighting sports before being celebrated in a big way today – from celebrities to the catwalk. The two severe braids close to the skull are no longer worn just for training or in the fitness studio but everywhere and anywhere (even at posh events). Styling contrast is crucial for the braiding trend in the boxer look: Rather than sporty styles like a tank top and jogging pants, the boxer braids are combined with feminine outfits. That way the sporty hairdo lends a true power contrast to the look. It knocks our socks off! Another point in favour of the French braids, also known as cornrows: the hairdo has stamina for far more than 12 rounds, easily lasting 12 hours. Everything stays in place with no fear of a visual knock-out. We call that a lucky punch!

  • Hair Styling Instructions: Boxer Braids

  • Boxer Braids
    Picture-perfect boxer braids: Designer Isabella Rose Taylor bets on the classic pigtail braid version
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    Not your weight class? Don’t lose heart, boxer braids are truly a winning look. You may need braiding help from your girlfriend at first, but with some training you are sure to become a pro in next to no time. Forming the boxer braids evenly is the key. Ready to rise to the challenge?

    What you need: Shoulder length or longer hair, a comb, mousse, a hair clip, two thin hair elastics, hairspray and a bit of patience

     

  • How to make the hairdo of champions:

    • To get a good grip on your hair so nothing slips out of your grasp while braiding and the boxer braids are easier to style, work a tennis ball size portion of mousse into towel dried hair. Then blow dry your mane.
    • Comb your hair, form an exact centre parting with a styling comb and divide the mane into two sections.
    • Pin one section aside with a hair clip and start with the other half (tip: start on the right if you are right handed, on the left if you are left handed): Part off three smaller strands starting at the forehead and make a French braid in your hair, heading for the back of the neck. Meaning: For the French braid, a bit more hair is always added to each strand and included in the braid, alternating on the left and right.
    • Finally the braid is secured at the ends of the hair with a thin hair elastic (ideally matching the hair colour).
    • Now move on to the other side and make a French braid the same way. Make sure the distance to the ear and centre parting is the same.
    • Finally secure the hairdo with hairspray or spread some glossy gel on your hands and distribute it over the braids. Finished!
  • Stylish sparring partners: Visit our gallery for more cool boxer braid versions

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    Boxer Braids

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    Boxer Braids with an Extra Kick

    Just braiding straight down the back of the neck? That’s something (almost) anyone can do! In light of this the London fashion label Apu Jan sent models out onto the catwalk with an unusual braiding style! Two boxer braids are styled in the classic pigtail look, but asymmetrically and then combined into a small braid at the ends 

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    Boxer Braids in the Catwalk Style

    Cornrows combined with couture? Definitely! Israeli designer Alon Livne demonstrates the appeal of this look. At his Fashion Week show, braids lying close to each other are worn with exciting evening gowns. For the modern runway version, the boxer braids are not parted and braided in two but in five sections. An extra-wide strand is braided at the very top of the head (from the forehead to the back of the neck) for a feminine touch 

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    Boxer Braids with Knot

    Unbeatable: Alon Livne’s Fashion Week hairdo not only looks spectacular from the front but also surprising from behind. Boxer braids are combined with a ballerina knot since the braided lengths are pinned up into a small chignon at the back of the neck. Tough meets tender – an ingenious hairdo liaison 

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    Boxer Braids Dressed Up

    A popular, eye-catching look among stars: Zendaya for example is a loyal boxer braid fan. The singer chose the multi-cornrow version for her visit to Paris Fashion Week. Not two but six braids are formed tight against the skull. A strong style statement with a sexy designer dress

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    Boxer Braids with Star Appeal

    From the ring to the red carpet: Katy Perry is always good for a hairdo trend and a pioneer of unusual hairstyles. Here she is with boxer braids. In the classic but extra-long version, the singer even parades the braided duo on the red carpet in Los Angeles