Knotless Braids Take a Little More Skill But Can Be a Good Choice

Knotless braiding is a hair braiding that uses loose ends of hair as a braid base. One can use Jagged ends of regular braids instead if you prefer that look. The braids are then secured with hair ties.

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The method was invented in Senegal by a woman named Djamila Boupacha. At one point, she was a finalist on the show America's Next Top Model and has appeared in several television commercials. Now, you can use this method to create regular braids from your hair, or you can even extend the technique to work on longer hairpieces like multi-strand dreadlocks.

How To Perform Knotless Braiding

  1. Remove all of the hair that you want to braid. If you are using your hair, you will want to make sure it is clean and free of tangles.
  2. Divide the hair into two sections: one section will be used to form the braid, usually the longer side, and a second section will be used as a base for the knotless braid
  3. You will wrap the shorter section of hair around the more extended section of hair and tie it off with a hair tie.
  4. This will form your base for your knotless braid.
  5. When you are ready to finish the braid, you can double-knot it to ensure that it doesn't unravel, or you can bind the braid down with fabric or yarn if you are going for a looser look.

Difference Between Knotless Braids and Standard Braids

The difference between knotless braids and standard braids is that: 

  • Knotless braids have a loose braid base with the jagged ends of the braid, while standard braids have a tight braid base that comes together and is tied.
  • Knotless braids look like they're growing out of the scalp, whereas with standard braids, you can see the knot where the extension has been added.
  • A knotless braid looks three-dimensional, while standard braids can look flat and monotonous.
  • Knotless braids can have extensions attached that are purely decorative, while standard braids must have the extensions attached through a knot.

Benefits of Knotless Braids

There’s a lot of reason that knotless braids are a good choice for many looks. Some of the benefits include: 

  • No knots required
  • Can be styled in a variety of ways by tying more knots or adding more extensions
  • Natural hair is used, so there are no worries of chemicals and harsh chemicals on your scalp.
  • A knotless braid can last up to one year, but the variance depends on how thick/thin your hair is, how often you wash it, and also how often you use styling products on it, among other factors.
  • Works well with old-fashioned, natural styles
  • A set of four braids can last up to three months depending on how often you wash your hair and how often you use styling products on it.
  • If you cut your hair, one can still wear knotless braids because they are not reliant upon hair length.
  • Is less time-consuming than standard braids because it doesn't require you to tie knots every two to three months

Tips for Attaching Knotless Braids

The best way to attach knotless braids is by using an elastic band or a slide because this will ensure that the extensions don't come off quickly. You should also avoid using rubber bands because they tend to break when stretched and can cause damage to your hair. When attaching a knotless braid, cover the strands in hot rollers first so that the extensions will blend in with your scalp; otherwise, you can look very obvious. Knotless braids only have to be tied once, so in the case of a loose braid, do not tie the last segment of hair into a loop. If your hair is short, use more than one hairpiece to make that braid.

Knotless braids are a great way to get the look of a long, intricate braid without worrying about the knots or having to deal with hair that has been knotted for too long. If you are interested in taking your braids to the next level, you can use knotless braids as a base and then decide if you want to braid further down. It is beneficial for people who have shorter hair and want to make use of their hair's length later on.