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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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Hair by Maritza Buelvas
Photography by Jennifer Coffey
Modeling by Lisa of Sisters Marie