How to Create Jumbo Puzzle Braids in 2023

Jumbo braids will always hold a special place in my heart. They always look effortlessly cool, and unlike some other protective styles (sorry box braids) they don’t take hours and hours to complete. But really, these “Jumbo Puzzle Braids” are a whole vibe that radiates some big ones Anti-Era Rihanna energy, and who doesn’t want to channel that? Watch New Jersey-based stylist Kat Gibbs create magic on tonight’s episode of The braid. The whole look is beyond good, and because I know you’re ready to make it your own, I’ve put the video and four how-to tips below.

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1. Show your scalp some love. Jumbo braids don’t create as much scalp tension as other protective styles, but that doesn’t mean your scalp doesn’t need a little maintenance every now and then. Massage a few drops of jojoba oil or argan oil into your scalp once or twice a week to soothe and moisturize the area.

2. Protect your edges. If you’re styling them with heat, be sure to apply a conditioning heat protectant (like one of the options below) first. And if you’re styling them with a gel or paste, opt for a formula made without drying alcohols to prevent breakage and flaking.

3. Play around with color. Adding a pop of color to your style, like Katt did in today’s episode, is an easy way to upgrade your look. Try a bold, statement hue like pink or purple, or if you want something more subtle, ombre braiding hair will do.

4. Have some mousse ready. Since your hair is parted into fairly large sections, it will be easy to tangle quickly. A few spritzes of mousse will clean up the flyaways and moisturize your braids to bring back fresh shine.

Jumbo Puzzle Braids


Hair: In collaboration with Stasha Harris of Magic Fingers Studio
Makeup Ashley Johnson
Videographer: Rob Mroczko
Production Assistant: Jay Aguirre
Digital Series Director: Tara O’Connell

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