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The Ultimate Guide to Jumbo Box Braids

Welcome to our definitive guide to Jumbo Box Braids, the standout style taking the world of protective hairstyles by storm! This post is designed to be your one-stop resource, covering everything from installation methods to maintenance tips, styling ideas, and much more. Whether you're considering this chic look for the first time or you're a long-time fan seeking deeper insights, we've got you covered. Embark on this journey with us to unlock the full potential of your look with jumbo box braids. Stay tuned as we unravel the secrets to achieving and maintaining this bold and beautiful style, ensuring your braids are not just striking, but also promote healthy hair growth.

What are Jumbo box braids?

Jumbo box braids, a popular protective hairstyle, are typically associated with individuals possessing afro-textured hair, although their versatility makes them suitable for anyone to adopt. The name "box braids" comes from the boxy, or square-shaped divisions that are created in the hair as the foundation for each braid.

In contrast to regular or micro box braids, jumbo box braids are larger and thicker, thus taking less time to install. They offer a bolder and more dramatic look due to their size. Despite their size, they are relatively lightweight and can be easier to manage than smaller braids, which can be more time-consuming to install and take down.

Jumbo box braids can be styled in numerous ways, such as in a high bun, a ponytail, or simply letting them down. They can also be adorned with hair jewelry or accessories for an extra touch of style. As a protective style, they help prevent damage and breakage by reducing the need for daily styling and manipulation of the hair.

Overall, jumbo box braids are a stylish, low-maintenance, and versatile hairstyle that not only looks fantastic but also helps maintain the health of your natural hair.
large box braids

How many packs of hair do you need for Jumbo box braids?

On average, you can expect to need around 6-8 packs of hair for jumbo box braids. However, it's always a good idea to buy a little extra to ensure you have enough, especially if you're going for longer or fuller braids.

Always consult with your stylist, or if you're doing your braids at home, check the hair brand's guidelines to get a more accurate estimate.

How many Jumbo box braids should you have?

On average, you may have around 30-40 jumbo box braids. The number of jumbo box braids you should have largely depends on the look you're going for, the thickness of your natural hair, and the size of the parts you choose to make. 

How long does it take to make jumbo box braids?

On average, you can expect the process to take anywhere from 4 to 6 hours. The amount of time it takes to install jumbo box braids can vary based on several factors, including the expertise of the stylist, the length and thickness of your natural hair, and the length and size of the braids you're aiming for.
heart part jumbo braids

How long do Jumbo box braids last?

Jumbo box braids, like other protective styles, can last for several weeks, generally between 4-6 weeks. However, the exact duration can vary based on a few factors:

  1. Hair type and growth rate: If your hair grows quickly or is silky, the braids may start to look loose sooner.
  2. The quality of the installation: Well-installed braids tend to last longer. If they're installed too tightly, they can cause discomfort and potential damage, leading to a shorter lifespan.
  3. Maintenance and care: Regularly moisturizing your scalp, avoiding excessive tension on the braids, and wearing a silk or satin scarf or bonnet at night can help your style last longer.
  4. Personal comfort and aesthetic preferences: Some people may choose to keep their braids in longer, while others may take them out sooner due to new growth, frizz, or just personal preference.

While braids can remain intact for more than 6 weeks, it's generally not recommended to keep them in for too long, as it can lead to matting or tangling, making the take-down process more difficult and potentially causing damage to your natural hair. Regularly giving your hair a break from any kind of long-term protective style is also important to maintain its health.

jumbo knotless braids with wooden beads

How much do Jumbo box braids cost?

The cost of getting jumbo box braids can vary widely depending on several factors, including the location of the salon, the experience level of the stylist, the length and size of the braids, and whether the cost of the hair is included in the service.

On average, you can expect to pay anywhere from $100 to $300 for jumbo box braids at a salon. In some high-end salons, or in larger cities where the cost of living is higher, you might pay more.

Do-it-yourself (DIY) jumbo box braids will typically only cost you the price of the braiding hair, which can range from $5 to $10 per pack, depending on the brand and quality. As mentioned earlier, you'll likely need between 6-8 packs of hair for jumbo box braids, so the cost of materials would be around $30 to $80.

How to do Jumbo box braids? 

braid jumbo box braids

Method 1: Traditional method (Freehand Braiding)

What You'll Need:

  • Comb
  • Hair elastics or clips
  • Hair extensions/braiding hair (in the color and length you prefer)
  • Edge control or gel (optional, for smoothing out your natural hair)
  • Scissors
  • Lighter or hot water (for sealing the ends of the braids)


Step 1: Prep Your Hair

Start with clean, dry hair. Make sure to condition it properly and detangle it thoroughly.

Step 2: Section Your Hair

Using the comb, divide your hair into square sections. The size of the section will determine the thickness of the braid. For jumbo braids, these sections should be relatively large. Use hair elastics or clips to keep these sections separate.

Step 3: Prepare the Extensions

Take your braiding hair and separate it into the desired thickness for your braids. This should correspond with the size of the sections you've made in your natural hair.

Step 4: Begin Braiding

Take one section of your natural hair, apply some edge control or gel if you're using any, then start braiding with the extensions. To do this, position the extension hair over your natural hair so that it forms a 'T' shape. Your natural hair should be in the middle. Start braiding by crossing the left section over the middle, then the right section over the new middle. Continue this pattern until you have integrated your natural hair with the extension hair.

Step 5: Continue Braiding

Keep braiding down the length of the extension hair. Make sure the braid is tight but not too tight to cause discomfort or hair breakage.

Step 6: Seal the Ends

Once you have reached the end of the braid, you can either tie a knot (if the hair is synthetic), burn the ends with a lighter (be extremely careful if you choose this option) or dip the ends in hot water to seal them. This will prevent the braids from unraveling.

Step 7: Repeat: Continue this process with all the sections of your hair until you have a full head of jumbo box braids.

Step 8: Add the final touch: To keep your braids looking fresh and shiny, you can also apply a braid spray or light oil to your braids.
jumbo box braids crochet method

Method 2: Crochet Method

Crocheting jumbo box braids is a great alternative if you want to save some time or if you're not as confident with the traditional braiding method. Here's how you can install jumbo box braids using the crochet method:

What You'll Need:

  • Rat-tail comb
  • Hair clips
  • Hair extensions/braiding hair (pre-braided jumbo box braids)
  • Crochet needle
  • Scissors


Step 1: Prepare Your Hair

Start with clean, conditioned, and detangled hair.

Step 2: Cornrow Your Hair

Use the rat-tail comb to divide your hair into sections and braid each section into a cornrow. The cornrows will serve as the base for the crochet braids. The pattern of the cornrows will depend on how you want your braids to fall.

Step 3: Prepare the Extensions

If your jumbo box braids aren't already pre-looped, fold a braid in half to create a loop at one end.

Step 4: Install the Braids

Take the crochet needle and slide it under one of your cornrows. Attach a box braid to the hook, close the latch, and then pull the needle back under the cornrow, bringing the braid with it.

Step 5: Secure the Braid

You should now have a loop on one side of the cornrow and the ends of the braid on the other side. Feed the ends of the braid through the loop and pull tight to secure. Be careful not to pull too hard to avoid tension and possible damage to your natural hair.

Step 6: Repeat

Continue this process, installing the braids on each cornrow. Ensure the braids are spaced evenly and not too tight on your scalp.

Step 7: Trim and Style

Once all the braids are installed, you can trim any uneven ends if needed and style them as you desire.

Method 3: Feed-in Method

What You'll Need:

  • Rat-tail comb
  • Hair elastics or clips
  • Braiding hair (hair extensions)
  • Hair moisturizer or oil
  • Edge control or gel (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Lighter or hot water (for sealing the ends of the braids)


Step 1: Prep Your Hair

Start with clean, conditioned, and detangled hair. Apply a moisturizer or oil to keep it hydrated.

Step 2: Section Your Hair

Use the rat-tail comb to divide your hair into square sections. The size of these sections will determine the thickness of your braids. Secure each section with an elastic or clip.

Step 3: Prepare the Extensions

Take your braiding hair and separate it into sections. For the feed-in method, you'll start with a smaller piece and gradually add larger pieces as you braid.

Step 4: Begin Braiding

Take one section of your natural hair and start braiding it. After a few crosses of your natural hair, add the smallest piece of extension hair into the braid. This integration should be smooth, so it appears as though the braid is growing from your scalp.

Step 5: Continue Braiding and Feeding in Hair

Continue braiding and feeding in larger pieces of extension hair as you move down the braid. This process creates a braid that starts small at the scalp and gradually gets larger, creating a natural, seamless look.

Step 6: Seal the Ends

Once you reach the end of the braid, you can secure it by burning the ends with a lighter (be careful not to burn your fingers or the hair too much) or dipping them into hot water. Both methods will seal the synthetic hair and prevent it from unraveling. If you're using human hair extensions, you can simply tie a knot at the end.

Step 7: Repeat

Continue this process until all your hair is braided.

The feed-in method for jumbo box braids can give you a very natural and neat look, but it does require a bit more skill and patience than the traditional or crochet methods. As always, take care of your natural hair and scalp while it's braided to maintain hair health.

knotless jumbo box braids

Differences between the traditional method, crochet method, and the feed-in method for jumbo box braids:

Traditional Method:

The traditional or freehand braiding method is when you braid the extension hair into your natural hair from the roots to the ends. This is probably the most commonly used method for box braids.

  • Pros: It provides a natural-looking finish, and the braids are typically secure and can last a long time with proper care.
  • Cons: This method can be time-consuming, and it can also put a lot of tension on the scalp if done too tightly.

Crochet Method:

The crochet method involves cornrowing your natural hair first and then attaching pre-braided hair to the cornrows using a crochet hook.

  • Pros: It's a faster process than the traditional method because you're attaching pre-braided hair. It can also put less tension on the scalp since the weight of the extensions is evenly distributed across the cornrows.
  • Cons: The braids may not look as natural at the base because they're looped onto the cornrows rather than being integrated with your natural hair. They may also not last as long as traditional braids due to the potential slipping.

Feed-In Method:

The feed-in method is a variation of the traditional method where you start braiding your natural hair first and then gradually add in small amounts of extension hair as you go. This results in a braid that gets thicker down the length, which can look very natural.

  • Pros: This method provides a very natural look as the braids appear to grow directly from your scalp. It's also less bulky at the roots because the extensions are fed in gradually.
  • Cons: It requires more skill and can be more time-consuming than the other two methods. If done too tightly, it can lead to tension and possible hair loss at the roots.
  • jumbo box braids on fine hair

Tip and tricks for creating Jumbo box braids on fine hair:

Tip 1: Go for the crochet method: 

The crochet method might be a slightly better option for fine hair. It puts less tension on the scalp and hair than the traditional method or feed-in method. This can be beneficial for fine hair, which is more prone to breakage.

Tip 2: Avoid Too Much Tension: 

Be careful not to pull too tightly when you're braiding. Too much tension can lead to breakage and even traction alopecia (hair loss caused by pulling on the hair). Braids should be secure, but not so tight that they cause discomfort or pull on the scalp.

Tip 3: Use the Correct Amount of Hair: 

For fine hair, it may be better to use less extension hair or create smaller braids to avoid weighing down and straining your natural hair.

Tip 4: Be Gentle When Handling Your Hair: 

Fine hair can break more easily, so be gentle when combing, detangling, and braiding your hair.
jumbo box braids on short hair

Tips and tricks for creating Jumbo box braids on short hair:

Creating jumbo box braids on short hair can be a bit challenging, but it's certainly possible with a few considerations:

Tip 1: Go for the traditional or feed-in method: When it comes to creating jumbo box braids on short hair, the traditional or feed-in method is generally more suitable. The crochet method might not be as suitable for very short hair, especially if the hair isn't long enough to braid into cornrows securely. 

Tip 2: Extension Securing: Securing the extensions to your natural hair can be trickier with short hair, particularly if it's very short. You may need to use a different technique or be extra careful to ensure that the braids are secure. The feed-in method can be helpful here, as it allows you to start with a small amount of extension hair and gradually increase it as you move down the braid.

Tip 3: Use Enough Hair: Be sure to use enough extension hair in each braid. Short hair means you have less of your hair to contribute to each braid, so you'll likely need to compensate with the extensions. However, be careful not to add too much weight, as it can put strains on your natural hair and scalp.

Tip 4: Braiding Close to the Scalp: It's important to braid as close to the scalp as possible to secure the braids, especially if your hair is quite short. If braids are not secure, they might slip out.

Tip 5: Tension: Be mindful not to braid too tightly. Too much tension can cause breakage, especially in short hair. It can also lead to discomfort and potential hair loss.

Tip 6: Maintenance: Short hair can often slip out of the braids, especially as your hair gets greasy or if you're often active, causing sweating. Regular maintenance is necessary to keep the style neat. This might mean rebraiding some sections as necessary.

How to style Jumbo box braids?

Jumbo box braids are a versatile hairstyle and can be styled in numerous ways. Here are some suggestions:

  1. Half Up, Half Down: Gather the top section of your braids into a high ponytail or bun, and let the rest hang down. This style can help frame your face and keep braids out of your face.
    half up half down jumbo braids

  2. High Bun: Gather all your braids into a high ponytail, then wrap them around into a large bun at the top of your head. This can be a stylish and elegant look.

  3. High Ponytail: Gather your braids at the crown of your head for a chic high ponytail.
    jumbo box braids high ponytail

  4. Side Part: Sweep your braids over to one side for a dramatic look.
    side part jumbo box braids

  5. Space Buns: Divide your hair into two sections and create two buns on either side of your head. This is a fun and playful look.
    jumbo box braids space buns

  6. Braid the Braids: For a unique and intricate look, you can braid your box braids into larger braids.
    braid box braids into a braid

Remember, while styling, avoid pulling too tightly on your braids to prevent tension and potential damage to your scalp. It's also essential to regularly care for your braids by keeping them clean and moisturized to maintain their appearance.

How to wash Jumbo box braids?

Washing jumbo box braids can be a bit challenging, but it's important to keep both your hair and scalp clean while wearing this protective style. Here's a simple method:

Materials Needed:

  • Shampoo (ideally a sulfate-free shampoo)
  • Conditioner
  • Towel
  • Dilution bottle (optional)
  • Spray bottle with water

Step 1: Dilute Your Shampoo

To avoid product build-up and to ensure the shampoo reaches your scalp, it's recommended to dilute your shampoo with water. You can do this in a dilution bottle for easy application.

Step 2: Wet Your Hair:

Start by slowly wetting your braids with a spray bottle that is filled with lukewarm water. Make sure all of your hair is thoroughly wet before applying shampoo.

Step 3: Apply Shampoo

Apply the diluted shampoo to your scalp. Use the tips of your fingers to gently massage it into your scalp. Be careful not to rub or tug on your braids as this could make them frizzy. Then, rinse the shampoo out of your hair thoroughly.

Step 4: Condition Your Braids: While conditioning isn't necessary for the braids themselves, you might want to condition your natural hair at the roots. If you choose to do so, apply a small amount of conditioner to your hands and smooth it onto your hair at the roots. Then, rinse thoroughly.

Step 5: Dry Your Hair: Braids can take a long time to dry, and it's important to make sure they're fully dry to avoid mold or a musty smell. Use a towel to squeeze out excess water, and then allow your braids to air dry completely.

Step 6: Scalp Care: After washing, consider applying a light oil to your scalp to help keep it moisturized.

Remember, the goal is to keep your scalp clean and fresh while minimizing frizz and maintaining the neatness of your braids. Depending on your daily activities and personal preferences, you might wash your braids every 1-2 weeks.

Don't forget to regularly oil your scalp and use a braid spray to keep your hair moisturized. This will help maintain the health of your hair while it's in the braids.

Jumbo box braids for kids

Tips and tricks for large box braid routine

Caring for your large or jumbo box braids properly will help them look great for longer and keep your natural hair healthy. Here are some tips and tricks:

1. Moisturize Regularly: Your natural hair still needs moisture even when it's in braids. Use a leave-in conditioner or a braid spray to keep your hair moisturized. You can also use natural oils like jojoba oil or coconut oil on your scalp and the length of your braids.

2. Avoid Excessive Tension: When installing your braids, make sure they're not too tight. Too much tension can cause breakage or traction alopecia. Similarly, when styling your braids, avoid styles that pull tightly on your scalp.

3. Use a Silk or Satin Scarf: At night, wrap your braids with a silk or satin scarf or use a satin pillowcase. These materials reduce friction, which can help prevent frizz and keep your braids looking neat.

4. Refresh Your Edges: If you notice your roots becoming frizzy, you can refresh them without redoing all your braids. Use a good edge control product to smooth your edges and maintain a neat appearance.

6. Regular Maintenance: Depending on your hair type and lifestyle, your braids may start to look frizzy or worn after a few weeks. Regular maintenance, like re-braiding the front braids or those around your nape, can extend the life of your style.

7. Don't Leave Them in Too Long: Generally, it's best not to leave braids in for more than 8 weeks. Leaving them in for too long can lead to hair breakage and matting.

Remember, everyone's hair is different. Pay attention to how your hair responds and adjust your routine accordingly. If you notice any signs of damage or discomfort, it might be best to take the braids out and give your hair a break.

Faqs of Large box braids

Q: Are Jumbo box braids heavy?

A: Yes, jumbo box braids can be heavy depending on the length and amount of synthetic hair used. The larger and longer the braids, the heavier they are likely to be. However, the weight can be managed by adjusting the size and length of the braids to suit your comfort level.

Q: Do Jumbo box braids hurt?

A: Jumbo box braids should not hurt when installed correctly. However, if they are braided too tightly or if too much hair is used, they can cause discomfort or even lead to headaches and scalp tension. If you experience persistent pain after getting braids, it may indicate that they are too tight and should be loosened to prevent potential hair and scalp damage.



As we wrap up our ultimate guide to Jumbo Box Braids, we hope you now feel equipped and inspired to embark on your braiding journey. These bold, stylish braids not only serve as a striking style statement but also as a protective style, giving your natural hair a healthy break. Remember, the key to stunning jumbo box braids lies in careful installation, mindful maintenance, and thoughtful styling. With this guide, you're now prepared to make the most of your braids, while ensuring your natural hair remains healthy and vibrant. So go ahead, embrace the beauty of jumbo box braids, and let your hair do the talking!

When creating jumbo box braids, using hair extensions can add length, volume, and sometimes even color to your hairstyle. The most commonly used types of hair extensions for large box braids include Kanekalon Hair, Toyokalon Hair, Marley Hair, and human hair. Among these options, human hair provides a more natural look and feel. What's more, our human hair extensions offer unparalleled versatility. They can withstand heat styling, allowing you to alter your look according to your mood or occasion with a curling iron or straightener, giving your braids an added dimension. Elfin Hair offers high-quality human hair extensions in a variety of lengths, textures, and colors. So if you want to add color to your braids without dyeing your natural hair, ombre braiding hair or colored braiding hair should be a good choice. They allow you to experiment with hues and highlights while keeping your hair safe and healthy. Unleash your inner queen, and add a touch of personal flair to your jumbo box braids with Elfin Hair. Click to explore our wide range of products and discover the perfect human hair extension to elevate your jumbo box braids!

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