Hack the Trendy Boxer Braid in 5 Minutes Flat
It’s no secret we lovebraids for their endless variations and serious versatility. The boxer braid hairstyle is arguably one the hottest trends of 2016, and it’s our personal go-to when we’re in need of a spring-centric ‘do. Not only is this braid practical — talk about keeping hair out of your face! — but it’s also easy to wear to a slew of different occasions. We’re sharing our boxer braid hair hack so you don’t have to spend a ton of time or product to achieve the look. Knock ’em out with our easy-to-style version of the most coveted braid of the season.
STEP 1: PART IT AND BRAID IT
Part your hair directly down the middle and begin braiding it tightly into a reverse French braid. Create this 3D style by working from underneath — versus over top — because it gives the style a next-level look and feel, making your braid really pop.
STEP 2: GET THE SLEEK WITHOUT THE SLICK
Once you’re done braiding both sides of your head, tame any frizz with a toothbrush. We promise this is the most useful hair tool ever, so be sure to have a dedicated toothbrush reserved for styling moments like these. Spritz your toothbrush with hairspray and brush stray hairs for a seamless, polished look.
STEP 3: WIDEN THE ENDS
Tug on each piece of hair in your braids to thicken ‘em up and make them wider. This effect adds extra drama and dimension to your style.
We love the rad appeal of this look! It’s the perfect balance of badass chick meets girl next door, and it looks fab rocked with a sporty or dressy vibe.
For more rad hair ideas, follow us on Pinterest.
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
Want to feel motivated to take the next step for your business? Let Office Depot OfficeMax give you the confidence you need with a suite of business services & solutions to help you put your best foot forward. Make a good first impression with business cards & build the business pitch of your dreams with custom presentations. With Office Depot OfficeMax you'll find the tools to reach new customers with confidence.
Head to Office Depot's Selfmade page to check out even more amazing business resources (and discounts!) to help you accomplish more on your entrepreneurial journey. These offers are available for a limited time only, so be sure to take advantage of all this goodness while supplies last. Want to join the next Selfmade cohort this summer? Check out all of the scholarship details right here.