Jumbo box braids are styles of bigger and thicker variations of the African hairstyle in which the natural hair is divided into boxy partitions.
When it comes to jumbo box braids hairstyles, bigger is a lot better, fancied and adored by many. They are so big right now that celebrities are rocking them to the red carpet. These braids are extremely stylish and chic, plus you don’t have to spend the whole day making them and they can last for a long time with proper care.
There are various styles of Jumbo braids including knotted updos, high knot or loose bun, with center parting or side-swept, with curly ends or beaded ends, with cuffs or hair rings, highlights or wraps, free-flowing or in a ponytail and so much more, the options are endless. With Jumbo box braids, you never have to stay out of style, so here are some styles you should totally try.
Long Jumbo Box Braids
If you are trying out box braids for the first time, you would probably want to skip this one. By long here, we are talking styles that run from midsection to butt length and beyond. They are really stylish and great for making a fashion statement, and they can be accessorized with beads, metallic cuffs, and colorful wraps.
1. Extra-long knotless jumbo box braids
Knotless braid is the new rave right now; if you aren’t on board, you are missing out on a great way to keep your braids popping while protecting your roots and edges. The idea is that the extension used for braiding wouldn’t be knotted down on your scalp, rather braiding starts with your own hair, and then the extension is gradually fed in.
This gives the right tension to the braids without pulling at your roots and also leaves your roots sleek and neat. Depending on the length and volume; braiding can take up to 5 or 6 hours or even less. The jumbo knotless box braids last about 2 – 8 weeks, depending on how well you take care of them. And great news; long knotless jumbo box braids are non-selective when it comes to face shapes. However, for rectangular or oblong faces, it is best to wear them gathered up. Otherwise, free-flowing is the best way to flaunt them.
2. Classic jumbo box braids
These stylish box braids are bold and elegant and feature some wonderful thickness which makes them look extra chic. The roots can be knotted or knotless, depending on your choice and this look is best when it’s long. Installation takes from 6 to 7 hours and can last from 2 to 8 weeks, depending on how you take care of them. This braid is so classy it has been worn by Beyonce – the queen herself, Keke Palmers, and many other celebrities.
3. Double twisted jumbo box braids
This intriguing style is a combination of braids and twists. Perhaps you prefer twists as they are faster to make and easier to remove as compared to a complete braid. These jumbo twists start off as braids then seamlessly flow into a beautiful twist. So you get your hair done in less time; installing takes no more than 5 hours and can last from 2 to 8 weeks.
Jumbo twists require more care and maintenance because they can unravel or get frizzy easily. So you have to watch out for that. It is ideal for all face shapes, except for rectangular or oblong faces, as this makes the face appear longer. But not to worry, a half updo can take care of this issue.
4. Butt length jumbo bohemian box braids
With jumbo bohemian box braids, you add that extra spice to your braids. Curly extensions are braided into the jumbo box braid for a soft, fuller, and voluminous look. And of course, it can come in different color combinations. This style made in heaven gives you that girly and sexy look that makes heads turn for a second glance.
Comparatively, you would need more than the usual number of extensions to achieve this look, but you will agree that it is well worth it. Braiding typically takes 4 to 5 hours and can last from 2 to 6 weeks. This look can be accessorized with wraps, cuffs, and hair rings and is best left free-flowing.
This is one of Jordyn Woods’ favorite looks and she isn’t shy to wear it for red carpet events. Although not big on colors, she has gone on a darker shade of blonde a few times.
5. Two-color jumbo box braids
Now, this is a look you don’t see everyday but you can agree that it is popping! The secret is to find two colors that complement each other and of course, match your skin tone. You can have fun with this style and accessories to your heart’s content. With this unique style, braiding can take 6 to 7 hours and can last 2 to 8 weeks. It is suitable for all face shapes and can be styled in buns and updos.
6. Long jumbo box braids with beads
Beads are a great way to accessorize your ends and you can pull it off even with super long jumbo box braids. Apart from aesthetics, it helps to hold down your hair, especially as some braids can be super lightweight. Braiding can take up to 5 hours and can last from 2 to 8 weeks.
7. Long jumbo box braids with curly ends
Leaving the ends of your long jumbo braids naked might not be so exciting, so why not try at some lovely curls for your ends, especially if you are not considering accessorizing. Braiding will take from 5 to 6 hours, with some added time to achieve the curls and this style can last for 2 – 8 weeks.
Of course, because of the curls, the best way to wear this style is free-flowing or in a ponytail. It is not advisable to put this style in a bun as it would probably destroy the curls.
8. Ombré jumbo box braids
Using Ombré extensions is another way to add style to your jumbo braids. Thanks to ombré braid extensions you can have two or more of your favorite colors in your jumbo braids, each solid color seamlessly flowing into the other.
Braiding for the ombré jumbo box braid is just like any other box braid; it takes the same time and can last for the same period of time. The beauty of this look is best appreciated when it is free-flowing or styled in a ponytail, and you don’t need to accessorize.
Medium Jumbo Box Braids
Medium luxurious jumbo box braids are just as charming as their long counterparts. It is the go-to length for beginners and the comfort zone for most. These easy-to-make styles are inspirational and of course, you get to use less extension.
9. Jumbo knotless box braids
Again this has all the advantages of knotless braiding as mentioned earlier and an extra advantage; you will use less extension to achieve the medium-length look. And for those who aren’t yet pros in styling, styling with this length wouldn’t pose a problem.
A sideswipe, a half updo, a high ponytail, or a high bun are some of the best looks to go for. Remember to throw in some cuffs and rings to keep them popping. Braiding for medium length takes less time; 4 to 5 hours and this style can last 2 to 8 weeks with proper care.
10. Jumbo box braids with beads
Styling your mid-length jumbo box braids with beads can be a thrilling adventure. You can choose from wooden, acrylic, metal, or glass hair beads. While wooden beads are lightweight, acrylic is smooth on the hair. Metal and glass beads are on the heavy side but they do add a unique feel to your braids.
You can either have them distributed through the hair or concentrated at the ends (this would however limit your styling options). Beads can serve as added protection for your ends, while their style adds color and glam to your jumbo braids.
11. Jumbo goddess box braids
Jumbo goddess box braids come with a lot of waves; wavy ends intertwined with wavy extensions. The goddess look is a lot ‘messier’ than the bohemian look. It is more voluminous and of course much harder to maintain because of all the potential fizziness. But not to worry, a good satin bonnet and a healthy moisturizing routine will keep those curls in shape. See some recommended curling wands here.
Braiding for the jumbo goddess box braids takes less time, 2 to 3 hours and it can last for 2 – 6 weeks. This look can be styled in different ways — free-flowing, ponytail, half up half down, etc. It can be accessorized with metallic cuffs and hair rings. Zoe Kravitz, who loves her braids, has worn this look severally on the red carpet.
12. Triangle jumbo box braids
Instead of regular square partings that box braids are known for, you can try to switch up your braids with triangle partings. Because most jumbo box braids styles do not fully cover the scalp, as such, the partings are visible. Using triangular partings can be a great way to beautify your scalp and give your hair that extra touch.
Apart from the difference in parting style, this look is the same as any medium-length braid style. It can be made with different colored extensions, in ombré, highlighted, as well as with curled ends, etc. Again, while this style is for all face shapes, people with rectangular or oblong shaped faces should avoid having the braids hanging on their faces.
13. Jumbo box braids with curly ends
Curling the ends of your jumbo box braids is another fun way to style them. You can either curl the braids when fully done or stop braiding a bit past the midpoint and then curl the unbraided extension. Apart from adding style to your plain braids, the look saves braiding time. But watch out, the end might get frizzy if not properly maintained and unfortunately, you can’t put this style in a bun, you don’t want to ruin the curls!
14. Jumbo crochet box braids
This is one of the easiest ways to install your box braids; just cornrow and then with the aid of the crochet needle, loop the premade braids around the cornrow and tighten. Easy peasy, wouldn’t take more than an hour. This easy DIY style however requires that your scalp be covered. Since the hair was weaved into cornrows before installation, the traditional square cut out of normal box braids wouldn’t be visible.
Crochet braids can come in several styles; Some crochet braids are reusable, so you have got to really take care of them in order to reuse them. Installing can take as little as 45 minutes and will last 2 – 8 weeks, with proper care.
15. 4 Jumbo box braids
A simple and youthful look for simple braid lovers. With this style, you would be in and out of the salon in no time or you can even do it yourself. To achieve a sleek look despite the bulky braids, straighten your hair first (if kinky) and use gel to lay down the hair as well as hold the 4 braids and lay your edges.
Unfortunately, this style can only last you from 2 to 4 weeks and would need a regular touch-up. This style is one of Coi Leray’s favorite looks (although the number of braids may vary) and she is rocking it.
16. Jumbo bohemian box braids
Medium jumbo bohemian box braids are conservative on the wild side. While the braids have a finished look, the curly extensions intertwined in the braids add a little flair to this look. With the bohemian box braid, you don’t need to accessorize much, a cuff here and there and you are good to go. Braiding will take from 4 to 5 hours, and will last from 2 to 6 weeks. Watch out for the curls as they can get frizzy easily. This look is best left as is, attempting to style would only diminish its beauty.
17. 6 Jumbo box braids
Compared to the girly vibe of the 4 jumbo box braids, 6 braids give a more matured and sophisticated look. It is easy to braid, 90 minutes or so and will last from 2 to 4 weeks with proper care. You can add plain or with metallic cuffs and hair rings, you decide and if you are adventurous enough you can try this style out in different colors. This is another favorite of Coi Leray.
18. Blonde jumbo box braids
One solid color to try out your jumbo braids is blonde. There are various shades of blonde; honey blonde, golden blonde, platinum blonde, bronde, etc. All you have to do is find the right color shade that matches your skin tone and voila, you are rocking your jumbo blonde box braids.
With blonde box braids, you get to accessorize with contrasting colors as well, e.g wraps and colorful cuffs and beads. Braiding time typically lasts from 4 to 5 hours and longevity of style is from 2 to 8 weeks. Styling options are just like any other medium-length jumbo box braid.
19. 16 Jumbo box braids
You can determine the number of braids you would like to have for your jumbo box braids and 16 is an optimal number. Your braids would be neither too heavy nor too light. The end result is a classy and mature look that is perfect for every occasion. This style would take 2 to 3 hours to braid and will last from 2 to 6 weeks. It is perfect for solid colors, ombré, with curly ends or beaded ends and can be accessorized as desired. Rihanna once wore this style for an I-D magazine cover in 2015.
20. Medium length jumbo ombré box braids
Ombré is just as beautiful in length as they are medium-length hairstyles. Enjoy the creative artistry from the blend of colors ombré extensions have to offer. With this style, the braids move from black to a lighter shade of blonde. The contrast in color complements each other and blends perfectly.
A simple string wrap is used to complete this look. Braiding for this style will take 4 to 5 hours and it will last 2 – 8 weeks with attentive care. As for styling; ponytails, updos, buns, half up half down and much more will all flatter its balance of colors.
21. Multi-colored jumbo box braids
This delightfully cheerful look is a classic casual hairstyle for the fun-loving personalities out there. To achieve this look you would need different colors of extensions and if you have saved extras from previous braiding adventures, they will come in handy here.
The end result for this look is a beautiful rainbow of jumbo box braids that you can style into anything you want. This look is truly one-of-a-kind, and will definitely keep heads turning in your direction. Kehlani has worn these rainbow box braids for her San Francisco Pride performance.
22. Jumbo box braids with shaved sides
Embrace your edgy side with this unique and bold look. This look is more of a personality choice and you can do anything with it; braids may be solid colors or mixed or highlighted, accessorize according to your whims, and style according to your mood. You can even carve patterns (hair tattoos) on your shaved sides. On a funny note, this style is quite economical as it will save extension and braiding time.
This style is however not for all face shapes; round, square, as well as oblong-shaped faces, will do best to keep away from this style. The added volume on top of the head, with shaved sides, might result in a weird or elongated look. Jaden Pinkett Smith pulled off this style with blonde extensions. Recall she loves wearing her hair short with the sides shaved, so transitioning to this style was probably seamless.
Short Jumbo Box Braids
The versatility of jumbo box braids extends to short hairstyles as well, and there are a lot of options you could pick from. Almost every style for long and medium length can be achieved in short box braids. An advantage to these short hairstyles is that it takes less time to make and you get to use less extension, while still achieving amazing results. Options available for these braids are mainly in bobs or shoulder-length hairstyles.
23. Jumbo bob box braids
This is the classic look for a jumbo bob box braid; simple yet elegant. You can either choose to go knotted or knotless on this one, symmetric or asymmetric (where the length of the bob differs on each side) or you can flaunt it in any color of your choice. You can accessorize with cuffs, wraps, rings, or cowries. Braiding for this simple style will take 2 to 3 hours and can last 2 to 8 weeks.
24. Jumbo lob box braids
The classic lob (long bob) is a great way to rock your short jumbo box braids. The difference in length as compared to a short bob is what makes it perfect for all face shapes; round faces are elongated and oblong faces are nicely framed in. Naturally, you would need more extension for this style as compared to a shorter bob, but then there’s the added advantage of being able to gather the hair at your nape or in a ponytail.
25. Jumbo bohemian bob box braids
You can also go bohemian with your short jumbo box braids. The combination of your jumbo braids and curly extensions will give you that fuller and softer look. And to make things a little more interesting, you can combine two different colors; one for the braids and another for the curly extensions. While some prefer more curls, others might want just a few; it all depends on what you want.
Braiding will take from 3 to 4 hours for this style and it can last from 2 to 6 weeks. It is important to pay attention to the curls during your hair care routine as they can get frizzy easily.
26. Short jumbo box braids
Simple and yet classy; even with fewer jumbo-sized braids, you can still slay as the queen you are. Metallic cuffs and hair wraps will make this style more queenly. And as might be expected, this style is easy to make, takes less time to achieve, and requires no styling. The style is suitable for all face shapes, especially round faces as it elongates the face.
27. Multi-colored jumbo bob box braids
Here is a short and cute style for the flamboyant queen. With this look, you can create your own signature blend of colors and have fun matching them with your outfits. Of course, the number of colors you can use is up to you, but remember to mix your warm bright colors with cool hues. You don’t want to look like a clown!
Achieving this colorful look will cost you extensions in different color tones but it wouldn’t take a long time to install; 1 to 2 hours. It can last from 2 to 8 weeks. This style flatters all face shapes and doesn’t require styling.
28. Short jumbo ombré box braids
Using the cheomé effect is another beautiful way to flaunt your short box braids. Two or more colored extensions can be used to achieve this look and the final result is not tacky at all. Installing this fun look will take from 3 to 4 hours and it can last for 2 – 8 weeks. This look is perfect for all face shapes; it frames your face beautifully and is super lightweight. Accessories may or may not be necessary; with cool shades of extensions, a few metallic cuffs or hair rings isn’t a bad idea.
29. Short jumbo box braids with highlights
Highlighting your jumbo bob braids is another style you can embrace to keep your style popping. This blend of pink and purple gives the perfect balance to this style; while pink is bright and cheerful, the darker hue tones it down a notch. Of course, you can experiment with your favorite blends of colors. Braiding takes from 1 to 2 hours and can last 2 to 6 weeks.
30. Side-swept jumbo bob box braids
Tired of center parting? Why not try a side-swept short bob. This styling is great for people with oblong-shaped faces. This look can be either a styling choice or a braiding choice. As a braiding choice, the braiding pattern is permanently swept to the side, which means you don’t have to bother with styling it at all.
This style goes beautifully with metallic cuffs and wraps. Braiding can take from 1 to 2 hours and even less if it’s a crotchet. It can last for 2 to 6 weeks, depending on your hair care routine.