How To Do Boxer Braids with Short Hair

This is the best hair style for the gym, running errands, being a busy mom, and so much more! Love the Boxer braids and the tutorial from

Hi babes! I am super excited to share a tutorial for one of my favorite styles these days, now that my hair is shorter- the Boxer Braids. A couple of days ago I was wearing them on my Instagram stories and I had a lot of inquiries/questions on them so I wanted to walk you through my steps. If you want to see a video tutorial of it, make sure you check out my IGTV tutorial for them as well! 


These are great for the gym, taking your kids to the pool, basically any time when you are going to be running around, especially when it is hot outside. 

Step One: Brush Out Your Hair

Brush out your hair and use dry shampoo to get rid of all the oils. You will also want to create texture and add “grit” to your hair. My absolute favorite product to do this is Puff Me. I have found this step to be especially key now that my hair is shorter. 

Step Two: Add Texture

Next you will want to use pomade, I use the Kenra Flexible Fiber. I like the flexible fiber because it isn’t too sticky and it is very soft. 

Step Three: Separate

You will take a section from the top and split it into 3 equal parts and create a Dutch braid. If you are not familiar with a Dutch Braid, I have a slowed down tutorial on YouTube

Step Four: Begin Braiding

Keep your braid very close to your scalp and braid toward the back of your head and not the floor. 

Step Five: Secure Braid

You can finish the braid by securing it with a ponytail or a bun, I prefer to use a bun and I use clear elastics.

Step Six: Stretch the Braid

Before you secure the braid you will want to stretch, or widen, the braid so this is technically step five, but since you need to secure the braid slightly to do this, I wanted to share it in this order. 

Step Seven: Create Volume

Pull pieces of the separate braid portions gently to widen the entire braid, beginning from the bottom to the top.

Repeat on the other side. 

Step Eight: Secure Sides

Once you are done with both sides pull the sides of your hair gently up and secure at the “seam” of your braid with bobby pins.

Step Nine: Finish It Off

Spray the Puff Me on the hair again and pull apart the braid at the top to create volume.

I like to finish by pulling some fringe and pulling apart the braid a little more and fluffing the pieces. This helps to create volume. I think it makes it look a little more grown-up but it is totally personal preference. I also do Boxer braids  on my daughter’s hair but I don’t loosen it as much. 

Other links I promised to share from my video:

Dry shampoo 

Puff ME 

Flexible Fiber 

Favorite hairspray 

Clear elastics 


– Verb ghost oil

– IGK dry wax

Wah-la! You are done! 

If you need a more in-depth tutorial make sure to checkout this blog post/video here. 

Now you have my go-to hairstyle this summer and I hope you love it as much as I do. 🙂 Do you have a favorite go-to hairstyle right now? 







Abby Smith

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