Protective styles are great during the summer. They allow your edges to be tucked away and protect your natural hair from damage. Triangle box braids and box braids are especially popular during the summer months and although they are often used interchangeably, the two styles are actually quite different in installation and final look. Box braids are braids that are sectioned into square shapes at the root, while triangle box braids are divided into triangle-shaped sections. Both braided styles can be done using natural hair only, or with extra extensions for added length, thickness, and fullness.
Triangle box braids add a twist to traditional square-shaped box braids — plus, they allow you to test a new hair color and cut without long-term commitment. To give you some inspiration, Bustle scoured Instagram for more than a dozen triangle braids to bring to your next braiding appointment.
Red Triangle Braids
Add in long red extensions for a fiery look.
Great for weekend parties and on-the-run errands, a topknot will be your go-to style this summer.
Take it back to ‘90s sitcoms with these blonde and black half curly, half straight braids.
Because of the larger sections, triangle braids take a lot less time to finish than regular box braids.
If you have a steady hand or go-to stylist, experiment with multiple mini braids inside the triangle parts to recreate this intricate and popular design.
Opt for blonde ombre extensions for a fun twist. Don’t forget to invest in a leave-in conditioner to properly detangle your natural hair before braiding.
Protect more of your hair with less time in the chair with jumbo braids.
Liven-up triangle braids with hair accessories beaded throughout.
Put It All Up
For days where you don’t want to deal with the braids touching your face, throw the hair up in a high pony.
Make sure you have a good edge control on hand to smooth back all flyaways.
This summer, go for traditional cornrows with a triangle part update.
Update your triangle braids with fun scalp designs like this heart.
Channel hot summer temperatures with this ginger triangle braid set.
For a cool integration, incorporate multiple parts, with a full side and straight backs halfway through.
Go full color for your most playful summer yet.
Although most protective styles are designed with extra hair, go extension-free this summer by sectioning out your natural hair. Just don’t forget to use a hair oil for a shiny finish.
For more of a glamorous style, opt for a crown braid with triangle center inserts.
Update your triangle braids with curled ends.
Experiment with color triangle braids. P.S once your braids start to loosen, you can create other protective styles like Bantu knots for long-lasting braids.
The More The Merrier
Add in as many parts as you want for a full head of triangle braids.