If you are looking for a stunning style, one that is going to turn heads wherever you go, then you can’t go wrong with the box braid. We aren’t talking about any box braid either, we are talking about the jumbo box braids, the kind that demands attention. You are sure to find ideas here that will inspire you for your next look.
Celebrities like Beyoncé and Jada Pinkett Smith have been rocking these styles for years. That’s because they are so awesome and they can also offer you a lot of protection for your hair. If you have damaged hair then putting in box braids can allow your hair some time to rejuvenate without you using hot tools or products in the hair. It’s a chance for you to repair the damage that has been done to your hair.
The styles have been popular since the early 90’s and the fact that they are still popular these days tell you just how awesome they are. The popularity of them has risen over the past three decades because of the rise in black characters that we see on TV and movies. Box braids can not only protect your hair but it can also give you the needed length that you have been desiring for a long time.
There is virtually hundreds of thousands of YouTube videos that show you how to create the box braid and that’s just one of the examples of how popular the style has gotten over the years. You can even decorate your box braids with metallic thread, highlights or even beautiful beads. The sky is the limit for what you can do with this style. It’s a low-maintenance style that you can wear for a couple of months depending on how you care for them. We have a ton of styles to choose from and you will have fun scrolling through them.
Check out these Incredible Jumbo Box Braids That Will Have Heads Turning:
Metallic Thread Designs
A great way to make your jumbo box braids pop is by adding metallic thread to the style. We have gold here but the thread comes in any color that you could possibly desire. You can see here how the gold really makes the look stand out.
Box braids can be created in many different ways and this style is one that you can wear anywhere.
The great thing about color with braids is that the braids will help to make your color pop. Color will also add dimension to the style that you never had before.
White Hot Style
You can get your braids in any color that you desire, which means that you can try new shades without the commitment that comes with dying your hair. You can see that her roots are quite dark and she likely would never have been able to achieve this color without a lot of damage to her hair. But with box braids, she can rock out the color.
You can achieve longer hairstyles with box braids which is really good news for anyone with short hair.
As you can see here the braids are being created. The braids essentially get woven into the natural hair so that the look itself looks natural.
You can get box braids in the form of twists if you are looking for an entirely different look.
Why We Love Box Braids
There are so many great reasons to try the hairstyle. Box braids will protect your ends, and help your hair grow. It’s a low-maintenance style that you can keep in for months at a time. It’s a style that is going to have you feeling more confident than ever because it’s a beautiful look. It would be the perfect look for summer so that you don’t have to worry about styling during those hot months.
Cool Ponytail Designs
How easy is it to achieve a cool ponytail now that you have box braids. This is a cool look that you are sure to love.
This is a badass look and one that will give you all the confidence that you could ask for. There are multiple braids here coming in from different angles which creates a look that is sure to have heads turning wherever you go. This is the kind of hairstyle that is going to get you a lot of compliments. We also love the red shade that is going through the braids.
What You Need to Know Before You Get Box Braids
The style may be pretty cool but there are still some things to keep in mind before you get the style done.
1. The style is not a fun one to achieve. It really depends on the length and size of the braids that you are looking for but the process of getting these braids done can take between six to twelve hours. That may seem shocking to you but it’s better that you know now. We would suggest bringing a good book with you because you will be sitting in one spot for a very long time. If you are getting shorter the braids that you get, the shorter the time you will spend in the chair.
2. Make sure your hair is clean and moisturized before you go to get the braiding done. You should wash your hair with shampoo and then hydrate it with leave in conditioner.
3. Before you go to get your hair braided, make sure you get rid of any split ends. The braids are going to lock easier to healthier hair so even if it seems like a pain in the butt, you should definitely do it.
4. Put oil on the ends of your hair before braiding begins. The tips are the oldest part of your hair which means they are more susceptible to breakage. You have to protect this area as best as you can and oil will help you with that. The best oils to use are argon, olive or coconut oil.
5. Make sure that you aren’t braiding the extensions too tightly to your hair. If you are going to a professional, then this shouldn’t be a problem. The braids will do little to protect your hair if they are done too tightly. If anything, you will find your hair falling out.
If you are doing box braids on your own or with friends then there are certain things that you will need to have. For starters you will need four to eight packs of extensions. Make sure that you also have these items:
Tub of hot water
Triangle Box Braids
You can see how the braids are inserted in a triangle design. It’s not only the case but it gives off a pretty cool look.
We have another example of the style here and we love the scalp design. It’s sure to be one of the things that your friends talk about.
It can be hard to achieve smooth braids when you are dealing with frizzy hair. We have some solutions that will help you to achieve the smoothest braids you have ever seen.
Start with a clean slate, literally.
Make sure that your hair is clean and deeply conditioned and it doesn’t hurt to stretch your hair as well. You want to make sure that you don’t have any product buildup in your hair. By conditioning your hair, you are strengthening it to withstand any more damage. Add leave-in conditioner to your hair to make sure that it’s as healthy as possible.
When it comes to stretching your hair, air dry in 8-12 twists or braids, blow dry your hair at 80% dampness, or thread your hair.
If you take the time to stretch your hair, you will not have to deal with frizzy hair with your braids. Your braider will also have an easier time braiding your hair. You will end up with a sleek finish and that’s exactly what you want.
Install the braid tight to the length
We know that we just told you not to braid it tightly but we were talking about the root. That would be a mistake. Sure, you want the root snug enough that it’s not going to fall out but not too tight that it will cause damage. Once it’s attached to the root, then you can braid down the hair tightly.
Whoever is braiding your hair shouldn’t be moving too quickly because you could end up with loose or messy braids and that’s not what you are looking for. You want things to be tight so that your real hair and fake hair don’t slip out while your style is in. You want it to be able to last at least a couple of months so the braids need to be tight enough.
Make twist pudding your best friend.
Try to avoid the gel that is often used by braiders, you could risk having product buildup that you don’t want. You could also end up with no edges when the style is taken down as well.
The best product you should use is twist pudding when your hair is being braided. It’s going to give you a beautifully sleek look as well as it will keep the baby hairs when this style is over with. It’s always best to use the right products so that you are happy with the end result.
Wonderful Children’s Looks
Could you imagine not having to deal with your child’s hair for a couple of months? It almost sounds like a dream come true. You can also protect your child’s hair with box braids, so it’s a win-win for everybody. Plus, she is going to love the style.
Long and Beautiful
This style is one of a kind for a reason. You get to have cool hair as well as multi-dimensional style because of the color.
You can dip or burn the extensions
You may ask yourself why you would do this but it’s so that you can have a sleek look. If you are getting microbraids, you won’t have to do this but otherwise, you should definitely do it. Make sure to not overdo the burning or you will end up with a worse situation and the braid will stick to everything like Velcro. This may be one reason why you want to make sure that you have a professional doing your hair.
You also don’t want to burn the length of your hair. A great way to seal the hair is to dip the ends in boiling water. Get some help if you are sure about how to do this.
Clean your scalp the right way.
We want you to have clean hair but it’s best to use either diluted shampoo when washing or use a natural alternative. You still have to keep your scalp clean even if you have braids in. You are not supposed to wash your braids but washing your scalp clean is really important to the longevity of your braids. If you don’t you are going to end up with some buildup and that can get gross after a while.
In order to reach your scalp with the braids in it, it’s a good idea to use diluted shampoo. You can also use witch hazel or an apple cider vinegar rinse to clean your scalp.
Once that’s completed you can rinse your braids with warm water. You won’t be pulling, rubbing or twisting the braids because then they are less likely to stay in. If you follow these steps then your braids won’t become frizzy after you wash.
Air dry your look all the time.
When you have braids, it’s not the time to use a blow dryer. When you have jumbo box braids in your hair, it’s best to air dry every single time. Not only will it reduce frizz but it’s going to help you to avoid shrinkage of your natural hair as well. If having wet hair bothers you, then you can use an old t-shirt to soak up and excess water from your hair. This will quicken your drying time so that you don’t have to wait with wet hair for very long.
You also don’t want to use dry shampoo. You could end up with excess buildup on your scalp and that’s not what you want.
Moisturize hair effectively.
You will want to make sure that your hair is 80% dry before moisturizing or sealing it. You are trying to avoid frizzing so you don’t want to have to do any extra work.
There are braid sprays that you can use, just make sure that the main ingredient in them is water. You can add a little oil to the spray and that will help to seal your hair as well.
You are going to want to do this at least three times a week. You don’t have to do it every day but you want to do it enough times that you don’t have to worry about frizzing.
Stick to your bedtime routine.
Covering your hair at bedtime is very important and you mustn’t go to bed without one. Fibers from the pillowcase will cause frizzing in your hair and you want to avoid that. By covering your hair, you can preserve the style for as long as possible.
Some people think that it’s okay to sleep on a satin pillowcase but we wouldn’t even recommend that. You want to be able to keep your hair in place at all times and that won’t happen if you sleep on a satin pillowcase. It’s best to wrap your hair snuggly for the entire night. Put your hair up in a top bun so that the braids aren’t rubbing against themselves.
Jumbo box braids won’t last forever. But they can last between 4-8 weeks, sometimes even longer if you take care of them.
You can’t go wrong if you use these tips to help reduce the chances of frizz in your braids.
It’s not just triangles that you can have designed in yo0ur scalp but stars as well. This is a cool style and one that you will want to try out right away.
It’s definitely hard not to love braids as shiny and golden as these ones. We love the contrast between the dark hair and the gold.
The Middle Part
If you like the casual styles that aren’t over the top, then this might be the look for you. There isn’t much more of a simpler style than one that is parted in the middle.
We love these braids and you will too. There is nothing wrong with mixing up different sizes to create a style that is all your own. The small braids are tight to the head which create a truly unique look. If you want a look that is truly special, then this is the one for you.