Though these badass braids have been around for eons (best known for their functionality, not to mention style, when it comes to maintaining healthy textured hair), there鈥檚 no denying that in 2016 these boxer braids are definitely having their moment 鈥 and its got nothin鈥 to do with boxing. Let鈥檚 just say they鈥檝e not so subtly been piquing our interest as images of the tightly braided 鈥榙o have been flooding Instagram (thanks in part to the always on-trend Kardashian/Jenner clan). While the idea of sporting braided pigtails can seem a bit juvenile, when they鈥檙e mixed with more modern braiding techniques, it鈥檚 pretty clear that these aren鈥檛 your mom鈥檚 old pigtails. Whether you鈥檙e looking to style natural curls or to polish that second (or third) day hair, boxer braids are a must for almost any occasion.

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1. Unicorn Dreams: We love fun colored hair, but it looks even more enchanting when it鈥檚 intertwined in braids. You鈥檒l be able to show off your fashion tones in a super creative way all while keeping your hair controlled. Hello, festival season!

2. Add In Florals: For a more romantic and bohemian vibe, adding in some beautiful flowers to your boxer braids will do the trick. Smaller blooms like baby鈥檚 breath work best to keep this look simple and charming instead of over the top.

3. Metallic Accents: Make simple boxer braids more exciting and unique by incorporating gold or silver accents into your strands. To DIY this look on a budget, head to your local jewelry store and grab trendy ear cuffs. They鈥檒l fit perfectly secure on your locks and instantly upgrade your look.

4. Funky Boxer Buns: We adore a gal who isn鈥檛 afraid to rock a unique look, and this twisted, braided bun 鈥榙o surely will make your hair a topic of conversation. By knotting up your locks, boxer-braiding the sides, and adding traditional braids in randomly, you鈥檒l create a hairstyle that鈥檚 basically a work of art.

5. Glitter Roots: Whether you鈥檙e heading to a music festival or a fun summer barbecue, adding some glitter onto your roots will totally make a statement. Just know that this look will obviously take much more effort to wash out at the end of the day (ahem, glitter).


6. The Classic Boxer Braid: Before embarking on the more experimental variations of the boxer braid, let鈥檚 start off with the classic. Create this look by making two tight French braids (beginning near the hairline) for that clean, structured look. (via @thisisayden)


7. Half Done Double Dutch: If you鈥檙e looking for a more free-flowing version of the boxer braid, try out this half-done Dutch braid 鈥 and make it a double, of course. Keeping things cool and sleek at the top yet playful at the bottom basically makes this the mullet of braids (and we鈥檙e totally okay with that!). (via The Coveteur)


8. Middle Boxer: If you鈥檙e ready to work those braids at the gym (forreal!), try bringing your twin braids closer towards the middle of your head. This will keep those long tails from whipping around while you hit the treadmill. (via @marieplessard)


9. Loose French: Bring it back to those schoolyard days. Braid your French tails loosely to give your 鈥榙o a touch of sweetness. Just keep an eye out for boys looking to pull your hair. (via @vogueandmode)


10. Messy Boxer: For a more relaxed 鈥榙o, loosen up those dutch braids and show your soft side, bringing that lazy girl style to a typically fierce look. (via @__tasha_marie__)


11. Double Dutch: Make a statement with these chunky Dutch braids. This style is perfect not only for keeping your hair nice and tidy, but also for adding a dramatic effect to the look. (via @fannylyckman)

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12. Dutchrows: Looking to bring a bit more texture to those cornrows? Next time braid your hair with tiny Dutch braids, adding a pop to the classic 鈥榙o 鈥 bonus points for starting the your braids on a side part! (via @fisayolonge)


13. Fairytale Boxer: Whoever said pigtails weren鈥檛 fancy has just been proven wrong. Pair these thick romantic braids with your favorite dress and you鈥檙e ready for next big date. Rapunzel鈥檚 got nothin鈥 on you! (via @wieboooo)


14. Siderows: Rock those Dutchrows a bit more subtly by placing tiny, less pronounced Dutch braids to the sides of your hair, giving you a cleaner, more intricate look. (via @caity_says)


15. The Skinny: Embrace those sporty vibes with these two skinny Dutch braids. They鈥檒l have you looking fierce enough to knock somebody out! (via @shaninamshak)

What鈥檚 your favorite style of boxer braids? Show us by tagging us on Instagram!