3 Best Types of Big Box Braids

Braid-ception alert! We love the clever spin of using regular braids to create thicker big box braids styles.

Back at it again with the big box braid hairstyles! We’ve given you guys a look into how to do big box braid styles with our jumbo braids tutorial, but now we’re onto something new. We thought we’d give you a few more inspirational big braids looks and tips to help you ace the look.

Big box braids hairstyles are a popular protective look in the natural hair community. This style offers up an instant shot of cool while also keeping your real hair manageable and safe from manipulation damage. Although a full head of box braids, big or small, may take as long as four to eight hours to create, they’re not that complicated and actually just entail a regular three-strand stitch woven into a snug, shiny plait.

big box braids in a french braided crown
Work from your fringe area downwards.

1. Decide on your size box braid.

Play with the size and shape of your box braids hairstyle, depending on preference. Some women like the neat, uniform sheath of hair they get from a bunch of medium-sized box braids, while others like them super-skinny (a.k.a. microbraids). Even others like the look of chunky, big box braids done on thicker sections of hair.

2. Add extensions.

To achieve the look. divide hair into bigger sections with the help of Bed Head by TIGI Wax Stick. Once divided, attach thicker strips of extensions to each. Proceed to braid hair as normal, crossing the left over the middle, then the right over the middle to create that pretty, crisp-looking three-strand link. Continue all the way to the ends and secure with either a hair tie or by dipping the end of your plait in searing hot water.

3. Begin French braiding your hair.

Form a bigger stitch with a set of skinnier braids (or, as we here like to call it, braid-ception). Starting with regularly box-braided hair, take the strips nearest your fringe/hairline area and begin to French-braid these sections downwards to your ear.

4. Transition to a three strand technique.

Then switch to a three-strand technique once you go past the ear, and continue towards the ends. Charming and kind of cheeky, this look gives a literal spin on the trend. It’s also a clever way to switch up your look once you’ve hit the two-week mark and are looking for new ways to wear your hair.

1. Three-Strand

big box braids with a side braid
A chunky three-strand plait is one of the most versatile braids out there. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

Box braids that are styled into a bigger three-strand style gives this otherwise run-of-the-mill look more texture and personality. Especially when done off to one side, the hairstyle is one part boho and one part polished, and showcases your personality with the added bonus of some control. Keep your style fresh with some Love Beauty and Planet Murumuru Butter & Rose Dry Shampoo.

2. Half-Crown

big box braids in a french braided crown
Secure at the back of your head with a “shoelace” knot.

We love this half-crown style! It’s bold and feminine, and the perfect way to keep hair out of your face throughout the day. This style only takes a few minutes to create and will always make a statement. Try adding some of The Good Stuff Frizz Control Oil to your style.

3. Wrap

big box braids wrap

Almost painfully cool, this super fashionable hairstyle features a whole head of box braids woven into a regular three-strand braid, then twisted up into a headwrap-inspired updo. You can do this by splitting your hair down the center and by first creating pigtails, then pinning each one up and across the head. Tuck the ends into the seams with bobby pins to secure.

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