The word "Malliá" means "hair" in Greek.
The word "Malliá" means "hair" in Greek.

Large Box Braids

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Go Large or go home. If more extensive looks match your style, then Large box braids are for you! Whether you’re a first-time

box braid wearer or experienced braid connoisseur, Large box braids look great on everyone!

WHAT ARE THEY

Large box braids are the Lamborghinis of the braiding community. Box braids are a professional hairstyle that involves evenly sectioning the hair into box-shaped groups. The sectioned hair is then braided outwards from the scalp with a three-strand design. The typical Large box braid width ranges from 3/4inch to 1-1/4inch (1.905cm to 3.175cm)

The aesthetic of the evenly boxed sections is only enhanced when you go with a larger box braid design. Not only are Large box braids one of the most popular box braid sizes, but there are benefits to rocking such a styling. 

Black girl with natural looking large box braid hair sizes

BENEFITS OF LARGE BRAIDED HAIRSTYLES

Black hair large box braid benefits info graphic.

Large box braids can uplift your life. The added updo size is only going to bring more positivity to your attitude and personality. Check out some of the best benefits for Large box braids below:

  • Faster Install – Larger sizes require less time to create as they take up a lot of space and require many hair strands.
  • More Protection – Larger sizes of box braids help reduce the individual manipulation of each natural hair strand. Attention is spent
  • Low Maintenance – Large box braids are easy to maintain with simple hair regimens. Just a little hair care will go a long way 
  • Cleaner Look – The significantly larger sections of braids bring a stand-out look that suits everyone with a strong sense of style. 
  • More Options – Large braids offer lengths in short and long sizes. There’s a box braid size for everyone.
  • Natural Hair Growth – Wearing trendy hair braids allows you to look great and still have average hair growth. 

INSTALLING LARGE BOX BRAIDED HAIRSTYLES

Installing a giant box braid is no easy task. Although the style only takes 3-5 hours, the attention to detail needs to be high as this look will shine the brightest when neatly and tightly intertwined. Here are the three most straightforward ways of achieving a big box braid style. 

Large box braid hairstyle black women - crochet faux locs

KNOTLESS BOX BRAIDS

The knotless braids are one of the most popular techniques for adding Large box braids using braiding hair. This hair is added gradually as your natural hair is braided. This style requires at least 3 inches of natural hair.

African american female hair textured large box braid hairstyles

NATURAL HAIRSTYLES

If you have the length already and don’t need to add hair extensions, natural box braids are the way to go. Creating a simple box braid design requires a thick head of hair to create the chunky braided plaits. 

Light skinned queen with large box box braid hair sizes.

LACE WIG

Much like the dreadlock wig, If you don’t have the hair length, you might want to try a full braided wig. These lace wigs are usually handmade and contain long box braids already designed by a braider. These wigs look and feel like human hair but are entirely removable.

Kinky curly black dreadlocks on wig with center part.

CROCHET BOX BRAIDS

Installing crochet braids is one of the fastest and easiest ways of achieving a Large braid hairstyle. First, you will need to create a hair base with either cornrows or large sections of box braids (if you have the hair). Then the pre-looped braids are installed with a crochet needle or latch hook device. 

African american model with lovely large box braided hair.

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STYLING THOSE LARGE BOX BRAID HAIRSTYLES

Below we have some styles for you to see as examples for inspiration for your own personal oversized box braid styling. 

EASY LOW MAINTENANCE FOR LARGE SIZES

You are in luck when you go with a larger box braid size. These big braided plaits are much easier to access as well as properly clean. Here some pointers to help you keep those locs looking right all summer long. 

Low maintenance large box braid hairstyles with big braided plaits.

WASHING

Your hair has been braided up for a week now, and it’s time to clean. Did you follow our tip to wash your natural hair before creating the look thoroughly? If so, then you have already set yourself up for success. Washing consists of cleaning off as much buildup as possible to help healthy growth and prevent clogging pores. Braided hair extensions don’t need to be cleaned as often as your natural hair; avoid over-washing and getting them wet. 

DRYING

Drying one’s hair can be one of the easiest ways to destroy a lovely look. If the braided plaits are dried too slowly, they can start to develop a smell depending on the environment they are in. Drying the hair too quickly or with too much heat runs the risk of heat damage and potentially permanent damage. 

MOISTURIZING

After a proper wash and dry, it is vital to help dry hair strands with a bit of dab of leave-in moisturizer. Adding a few essential oils can also help your scalp stay moisturized as well. Save time by grabbing a co-wash hair product that combines the shampoo with the conditioner. 

EDGE CONTROL

Large box braids are larger and more spaced out than other box braids hairstyles. This makes it easier to see when things are not up to par. Make sure those locs look right with a dab of loc gel to help hold those baby hairs and frizzy strands down flat.

WRAP EM UP

Wrap up your braids before your shower and before you lay down to sleep. If you shower every day (we do), make sure to wrap those box braids styles up to stop from over washing and extra manipulation. 

FAQ

HOW LONG DO LARGE BOX BRAIDS LAST?

Always consult with your stylist for the best hair care recommendations. If you properly maintain those Large braids as we suggested, you should be able to keep them anywhere from 5-8 weeks. Braids should be taken down and thoroughly cleaned after ten weeks to avoid the risk of causing damage. 

HOW MANY PACKS OF HAIR DO YOU NEED FOR LARGE-BOX BRAIDS?

Large box braids will require roughly 14 – 28 strands to complete one full head design. 

WHICH HAIR IS GOOD FOR LARGE BOX BRAIDS?

Large box braids look great with a wide variety of braided hairs from boho to amazon to everything in between. Brands like kanekalon have a wide variety of synthetic long hair strands designed with natural black women’s hair colors for more realistic-looking braids. 

DO LARGE-BOX BRAID SIZES DAMAGE YOUR HAIR?

Box braids are considered a protective hairstyle because of three protective features they offer to your natural hair. When box braids are installed correctly, they help reduce manipulation, avoid elemental damage, and prevent abrasion. Box braids that are installed accurately also help reduce the tension on your natural head and scalp. Too much tension is the leading cause of traction alopecia besides over manipulation.

CONCLUSION

We hope you learned something new today about beautiful Large box braids. Don’t forget to submit your email below to stay up-to-date with all our latest articles, and again, thank you for stopping by!

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