Even if you haven’t heard yet the term Box Braid, I am sure you have already seen it! Box Braids are thicker braids, very similar to those that were seen in the 90’s, and now come back, but with a wider style.
What are Big Box Braids? and how it’s different from usual box braids
Box Braids have many types and styles and Big Box Braid is one of them, as the name defined in this hairstyle using more big and thick braids than usual box style. Big Box Braids and are getting popular not only for their style, but also because of their advantages.
Who Can Wear Big Box Braids?
How to do big box braids: step by step
- Deep cleans your hair:
The first step to do Box Braids or Big Box Braids is the hair preparation. You should carefully clean your hair because any waste or debris will be in strict contact with your hair for a long time, and can damage or break off it. For this step it is advisable to use a clarifying shampoo. It is equally important to apply a conditioner, to soften your hair, and make it more malleable.
- Make sure your hair is completely dry before you start:
A dried hair will be easy to work with, and will be stronger hair.
- Comb your hair to detangle:
Well-groomed hair will be easier to work with, and you’ll get better end results. A hair that is not totally untangled will only be more embarrassed with the braids, increasing the risk of falling.
- Split your hair into four portions:
Create four rectangular sections in your hair, front left and right and rear left and right. The three sections that are not going to work right now lock them in a ponytail. This will help you by not mix all your hair, making it difficult to work.
- Take a pinch of hair from the first section:
The hair is all split at the root and then braided together with a synthetic hair that will thicken the braid: this synthetic fiber specific for Box Braids will give more braid durability, ensuring that it does not frizz or fade fast. This fiber also ensures stretching and so many women take advantage to play with the length they do not have on natural hair.
- Repeat the same process on all your hair:
After finishing the first braid, repeat the process until all your hair is plaited. Be aware to all your braids being the same size. It is a time consuming process, so a lot of patience will be required.
Here is also a videos tutorial by Freedom Styles about how to do Big Box Braids – Protective Style.
One question people frequently ask is that how many packs of hair they need for box braids?
Well, it’s depend on your need. How much thickness you required, your head size and your desired length and style of the hair. Usually a big box braids styles need 8 to 10 packs of hair. This pack cost less than $3, so don’t worry about the cost. Some good brands may be cost more, but in the same time they provide quality as well.
How to style big box braids:
You already have your Box Braids, now you want to style it! This is where your personality and creativity will shine, and where you make a difference. There are several ways to style your Box Braids, so let take a look at some of them:
add some embellishments to your Box Braids:
Braid over braid and a ponytail
Classic High Bun
Side part braids
Personalize Your Big Box Braids
In the case you opt for Jumbo Box Braids, you only need to use more hair in your braids and apply larger large synthetic fiber Braids. Jumbo Box Braids are easier and may require less time to do, but will also last less.
Extra Large Box Braids means the same as Jumbo Box Braids. Long Box Braids are a tendency, but at the same time will require more careful from you. Remember that the longer the braid is, especially if you use synthetic hair, it will be heavier, and therefore a greater possibility of breaking for your hairs. Long Box Braids are best for women with long hair.
Big Box Braids Colors
Another way to personalize your Big Box Braids is with color. The easiest way to color your Box Braids is using synthetic hair with the desired color. When you do your Box Braids, you add synthetic Braids, so you don’t need to color your hair.
Red Box Braids are often seen among famous people from cinema and TV. Red is a color associated with power and strong personality, so if you’re thinking about that, think about red color as a reflex of you.
If none of these color suits you, you can always stay in your comfort zone with simple Black Box Braids. These Braids are intemporal, and will fit all your styles and your clothes, they are also simpler to maintain and all need for your is to day-to-day hair care!
Just remember, use Big Box Braids as a reflex yourself: your personality, your cultural heritage and your beliefs!
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