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Boxer braids are a hybrid of pigtails, french braids, and cornrows, and they carry a bit of the energy of each of these styles. They’re athletic, girlish, and classic. Kim has adopted the look as her post-baby go to—she’s literally worn it every day since giving birth—and surprisingly it never seems out of place. When dressing up she pins the ends into a bun while on casual days she lets the braids hang loose. Both ways, the style is winner. Learn to create it in the notes. –– Laura Martin 

Step: Use a comb to part hair cleanly down center. Spray all hair lightly with hydro mist and comb through. Clip left side away.

Step: From the front hairline, create a diagonal line that intersects the part to form a small triangle. Divide into three sections. Braid by crossing outer right under center, then outer left under center.

Step: Draw another diagonal just behind the first, and add new hair to the section now on the same side, then cross under the center, pulling tightly. Continue braiding in the manner, keeping the entwine in the center of the section until all hair is incorporated. Plait to ends.

Step: Repeat steps on the opposite side, adding more hydro mist if needed. Complete look with holding spray.

Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA. Follow her inspirations on twitter  @LarMarStyle 

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