When it takes hours to do your hair, styling can feel like a full-time job, and just like with our 9-to-5, we deserve a break from our regular hair routine sometimes. So, all the twisting, straightening, and playing around with our natural hair goes on vacation when we do, and we lean on protective styles instead.
No twist-outs or wash-and-gos for weeks. Sounds heavenly, right? It is, but a lot of protective styles, like box braids, require a huge time commitment at the start. We're talking hours in the salon. And the smaller the braids, the more time you'll spend in the chair. That's why this spring, we're going for jumbo box braids.
Unlike micro braids, your hair is parted into bigger sections, allowing the braiding process to move quickly. Additionally, jumbo braids utilize more braiding hair, making each plait thicker overall. They're a great way to make a statement, take a break from doing your own hair, and save some extra time. Bonus: Rocking fewer, larger braids will also result in less time spent taking your style out. Sounds like a win-win to us.
Read on for jumbo-braided looks to screenshot before your next vacation.1 of 12
Dress up your chunky braids by wrapping them with colored cord. White definitely pops against the dark color of this hair.2 of 12
You can also sweep your hair to the side and deck each plait out with golden braiding cord and cuffs.3 of 12
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You don't have to stick to one type of part, either. Switch between square and triangle parts
throughout your hair to make your style more visually interesting.
Tie your braids into a half-up, half-down style for a '90s-inspired look.5 of 12
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If you're hitting up a music festival, try decking out your braids with minimal accessories like gold hair cuffs
Small braids are sleek, but you can achieve an equally polished look with larger plaits.7 of 12
Jumbo braids are also chic when chopped into a shoulder-grazing lob.8 of 12
Middle-parted braids will also make any outfit look more sophisticated. Don't believe us? Just try it.9 of 12
Big or small, braids are always more fun in vibrant colors, like this turquoise shade.10 of 12
We're not sure if we love these plaits or the colorful makeup look more but, either way, it's a vacation look. 11 of 12
If you want to try a blunt bob without actually cutting your hair, try out a similar cut with jumbo box braids.12 of 12
Rihanna posed with reggae artist Buju Banton back in April, rocking extra chunky braids that hit just below her hips. If you regularly braid your own hair, large plaits like Rihanna's are also easy to DIY at home.