Hey guys, for today’s post I’m going to be giving you some quick information on having Jumbo Box Braids. I have had normal sized box braids done before, but to me they were a little bit on the heavy side so I didn’t keep them in for very long.
Upon discovering jumbo box braids, I noticed of course it has far less braids involved than a regular head of box braids so I decided to give them a try. Although the braids were much bigger, there were less of them therefore it was a lot lighter on my head.
As always my hair was done by Tess & took approximately 3-4 hours . We did diamond parts for my braids & I absolutely loved them! So much so that I did these jumbo box braids twice this year. I kept them in the first time for about a month & the second time for just about 3 weeks. I only took them out early because I absolutely had to have faux locs done for my birthday 😊. (Review on those new faux locs is coming right up!)
These first pictures below are of my braids immediately after they were done;
The looked amazing, right?! Totally loved them 😍.
The best part of having these braids to me was the fact that it was super easy to wash my hair if I needed to since getting to my scalp was no problem. These were not at all tight or uncomfortable. I threw them up into a top knot & a ponytail the very same day they were done.
We used 6 packs of X-Pression Synthetic Braiding Hair to achieve this look and this particular hair type makes the braids look super smooth.
The most popular question I was asked with these braids is whether or not they tugged at my hair or cause damage to my edges. To be quite honest with you, they really had no negative effect. Having these braids helped protect the ends of my hair & my edges remained intact just as they would with any of my other hairstyles.
Hair damage when it comes to protective hairstyles really has to do with how tightly they are done. I am very fussy with my hair so my braids are never tight & my edges stay where they should. If however, my braids were ever tight I would never just sit, allow it, then complain afterwards. Your stylist should know before hand that your intention is to protect your hair & not to cause any further damage. I know that to get the “neat” look some stylists insist that your hair has to be tight. I humbly beg to differ. My hair is never tight, obviously looks good & lasts me just as long as anyone else’s would.
Simply put, be weary of how tight your hair is being done & you should have no problems with breakage or disappearing edges.
That being said, my advice for getting Jumbo box braids/box braids is simple;
- Don’t allow them to be put in too tight. Yes it will feel a little bit uncomfortable at first but theres a difference between slight discomfort & feeling like your eyebrows are being snatched off your face. 😂
- Remember to oil your scalp! I used a small amount of coconut oil & massaged it into my scalp every other day to keep my hair/scalp taken care of.
- Dont pull too tightly for your up-do’s. Even if your braids aren’t tight, pulling them back into a tight up-do can cause the damage you’re trying to avoid.
- The bigger the braids, the easier & quicker the take down will be!
- Do not rush the take-down process! It is going to take a while to undo your braids. Don’t rush it & detangle each section when you remove the extensions. Don’t try to undo them all then detangle all at once, you will be bound to have a lot of breakage.
(Tip: For a quicker take down, since I know about how long my natural hair is, I cut the braid off to about 2-3 inches longer than my hair then undo them from that point rather than from the end of the waist length braids.)
Hope you all enjoyed this post & have a little more insight on box braids if you’re thinking about getting them done. If you have ever had box braids done leave your tips in the comments below for everyone else!
Until next time,
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