20 Best Looks Featuring Big Box Braids and Their Close-Up Details

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Thinking of the most convenient female hairstyles for African American women, box braids are the first that comes to mind. And I mean here, first of all, big, full and rich box braids, giving you that special effortlessly presentable look, so precious especially through the summer months.

Someone may remark that these long chunky box braids aren’t anything new or fresh but rather reminiscent of the 90’s style. We won’t argue, they are, but fashion is cyclic and if they are back, we welcome them with pleasure and go for this statement look, same like Beyonce, Solange and many other gorgeous African American celebrities.

Big box braids look fantastic in simple downdos, letting demonstrate the full length of these superb chunky braids. One of the most popular styles is when your take a few braids from the front section above your forehead and twist them to fix behind your ear. Alternatively you can also go for chic updos, featuring bulky buns or chunky braids. A side-swept fishtail, braided out of big box braids is another on-trend style to rock this season. Half up half down styles with big box braids introduce more variety into your braided hairstyles and allow avoiding an excessive bulkiness on the top of your head if you find it too eccentric.

20 Unhackneyed Hair Styles for Big Box Braids

Oh, yes, box braids look appealing and prepossess with low-maintenance. Light shampoo for your scalp cleansing and light peppermint oil for extra care are going to be the most important items in your list of care products, but finally you will be able to rest from other styling solutions with chemical ingredients and thermal procedures. Let’s check what is proper for you and your hair.

#1: Braids With Bead Embellishments

This simple look adds a fun touch with minimum hassle to the classic big box braids style. Weave in some beads to your braids and, you’ve got yourself a whole new look that doesn’t require any additional styling. Let the compliments roll in!

#2: High Pony of Braids

Whether you’re hitting the club or running errands, throwing your braids up into a pony shows the world that you’re ready to rock. Pair box braids with undershaves for more edge!

box braids with side and nape undershaves

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#3: Chopped Off Shoulder Length Braids

Need a new look? Spice things up with some hair accessories to go along with your braids for a modern African look. Use some small beads like the ones in this photo for a subtle hint of shine.

medium length thick box braids

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#4: Long Black Braids

Having long luscious locks can be both a blessing and a curse, but with these big box braids you can truly embrace the length you’ve always dreamt of. This hairdo pulls half of the braids back for a casual yet clean look. You really can’t go wrong with this easy and cute solution!

half updo for big box braids

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#5: Braids With Color

Show off your color with this braided look. In this photo, the braids near the front of the face are pulled back and woven through each other where they meet on the crown of the head. A put together look with some edge to it.

#6: Half Pulled-Back Braids

This neat and adorable look is perfect for showing off your braids and your beautiful face! Simply pull the braids from the side of your face back and tie them in a neat miniature ponytail. You’re ready for the day!

#7: Braids With a Streak of Blonde

Add in a splash of color to make your large box braids unique. This works perfectly with chunky braids because it allows you to really show off your blonde streak.

#8: Pompadour Made of Braids

This casual take on a classic look creates a stylish new do for your braided hair. It’s actually a basic half up, half down look, but with the trendy and polished effect of the pompadour. It’s the best of both worlds in one look!

#9: Half Up Side Buns

This look has it all: sass, originality, spunk and cuteness! Simply gather your braids on each side of your head and twist them into buns. Be ready to receive a lot of compliments, and be sure to have your friends take some pictures of this fun look. This hairdo is a sure way to get people talking!

#10: Half Up Twisted Top Bun

Get creative with your big braids by utilizing this trendy hairdo. The top knot is a classic style that works for almost any occasion, and it can even be used to show off your free hanging braids by leaving a half of your hair down. Photos like this show that this look never gets old!

#11: Tightly Woven Braids

Impress all of your Instagram followers with an intricate look like this. This hairdo might take a little extra time, but the beautiful result is totally worth it. Tightly weave your braids on the top of your head, overlapping them to create a sort of bouffant. A look fit for a queen, how fitting.

#12: Chunky Braid Updo

Turn heads with this boss look! This isn’t any regular old ponytail, and it’s sure to draw the attention you deserve! Show off your thick braids by piling them on top of your head and loop a row around to tie them up. You’re a force to be reckoned with, and now everybody knows it!

#13: Chunky Golden Blonde Braids

Every other girl rocks dark brown box braids. But what about personalizing this style with an exquisite color? This dark golden blonde is very appealing to the eye. Add a splash of style to your big box braids by simply incorporating a bead embellishment. It’s simple, subtle and classy. Who knew looking good could be this easy?

#14: Ponytail of Thick Braids

Sometimes the best way to “let your hair down” is to pull it back into a classic ponytail updo. The good news is that this simple hairdo looks much more fun when it’s done with braids. Making classic modern in one easy step!

#15: Half-Up Loose Ponytail With Braids

Get the relaxed, stylish look of a loose ponytail with this half-up hairdo. This is a perfect way to showcase your braids and keep your hair out of your face while you’re out conquering the world. Fun, flirty and hassle-free!

#16: Braided High Half Ponytail

Just like you, this look is ready to party! Use your big box braids to their maximum potential by getting both the fun look of the high ponytail and the free-spirited look of long braids down your back. Party on the top, party on the bottom!

high half up ponytail for big box braids

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#17: Top Bun With Hanging Braids

Try out this bold hairstyle and look just like your favorite style icons from the images in the magazines. In this photo, splashes of color add the finishing touch to the large top bun twisted effortlessly around its base. It’s a look that shows everyone you’re not afraid to take risks when it comes to style.

#18: Elegant Side Twist for Box Braids

Tired of feeling the weight of your braids on your shoulder? Shift them all to one side with the help of a half up twist. Hmmm….. Feels good and looks great!

half up twisted hairstyle for box braids

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#19: Half-Up Classic Bun

The classic bun is a great look, but sometimes it feels a little too formal. Avoid overdoing it with this half-up half down style. This easy half updo is perfect for large box braids, and it makes anyone look classy.

#20: Low Ponytail for Chunky Box Braids

Thick braids can be a lot to handle, but this hairdo takes care of that. Wrap your braids into a casual ponytail using some stray braids to create this easy, ever day look. The mixed in unnatural color here makes this hairdo that much more playful. Who said ponytails were boring? Not us!

Well, if box braids sound like a good idea, decide on their length and calibre. The following detailed galleries may help you to pick something you really like: small box braids and long box braids. More captivating and versatile versions of braided hairstyles are also at your disposal.

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