Are you bored with your current hairstyle and looking for a new way to stand out? 36-inch box braids are the way to go! These long, beautiful braids are a great way to make a statement while also protecting your natural hair. In this article, we will walk you through the process of making these stunning braids and provide styling ideas.
What are 36-Inch Box Braids?
Box braids are a popular protective hairstyle in which hair is braided from the head to the ends in small, square-shaped portions. The name "36-inch" alludes to the length of the braids, which can reach up to three feet in length. This length offers a variety of styling possibilities and is ideal for people looking to stand out with their hair.
Benefits of Box Braids
Box braids offer several benefits, including:
Protection: Box braids protect your natural hair from damage caused by heat styling, chemicals, and other environmental factors.
Low-maintenance: Box braids wig require very little upkeep once installed, making them an excellent option for busy individuals.
Versatility: The styling possibilities are endless with box braids, from simple ponytails to intricate updos.
Longevity: With proper care, box braids can last up to 8 weeks.
How to Install 36-Inch Box Braids: Step-by-Step Guide
36-inch braiding hair extensions
Rubber bands (optional)
Hair moisturizer or leave-in conditioner
Edge control gel
Step 1: Prepare Your Hair
Before installing box braids, it's essential to ensure your hair is clean, moisturized, and detangled. Wash and condition your hair, then apply a leave-in conditioner or moisturizer to keep it hydrated during braiding.
Step 2: Section Your Hair
Using a rat-tail comb, divide your hair into four equal sections (from your forehead to your nape and ear to ear). Secure each section with a hair clip.
Step 3: Create Subsections
Working within one section at a time, create small, square-shaped subsections using the rat-tail comb. The size of these subsections will determine the thickness of your braids.
Step 4: Install the Extensions
Fold a strand of the 36-inch braiding hair in half to create a loop at the top. Place the circle around the base of the subsection, ensuring that the extension is evenly distributed on either side of your natural hair.
Step 5: Begin Braiding
Braid your natural hair with the extensions, starting at the scalp and working your way down to the ends of the hair. Keep the tension consistent as you braid to ensure a secure and neat finish. Repeat this process for each subsection.
Step 6: Seal the Ends
To keep the braids from unravelling, soak the ends in hot water (be careful and use a towel to avoid burning your hands) or fasten the tip of the braid with a little rubber band.
Step 7: Tame Your Edges
Apply edge control gel to your hairline and use a small brush or comb to lay your baby hair for a polished look.
Styling Inspiration for 36-Inch Box Braids
Here are a few ideas to style your new, stunning box braids:
The Classic High Ponytail: Make a high ponytail out of your braids and fasten it with a hair tie. This style is ideal for displaying the length of your braids while keeping your hair out of your face.
Half-Up, Half-Down: Separate your hair into two sections, securing the top half into a bun or ponytail. This style offers a playful and chic look.
Side-Swept Braids: Sweep all your braids to one side, allowing them to cascade over your shoulder for an elegant and simple style.
Braid Crown: Take two braids from either side of your head and bring them to the opposite side, creating a braided headband or crown effect. Secure the braids with bobby pins.
Intricate Updos: Use your creativity to experiment with various updos, combining braids, twists, and buns for a one-of-a-kind look.
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