Knotless Braids — What They Are & How To Care For Them
If you Google “knotless braids” you’ll most likely come across an image of Euphoria and Spiderman star Zendaya. She recently rocked this look for a Maison Valentino shoot and has also been spotted with the iconic look on the red carpet at the 2022 Critics Choice Awards. While the braided look has become highly fashion-forward, knotless braids are also a go-to protective style for highly texture hair types.
What Are Knotless Braids?
Ideal for a variety of curl types, knotless braids are created in sections of a determined size by feeding small amounts of braiding hair into each section as you create the braid. The braid starts at the root and can be extended to any length the client chooses.
Differences Between Knotless Braids and Box Braids:
Knotless braids are a variation of box braids, but without the knot created at the root. Knotless braids are lighter than box braids, this style can be tailored even to those with fine hair as it puts less stress on the scalp. Kanekalon hair is still added to the braid, but instead of being tied at the root, it is woven in throughout the lengths of the hair, which leads to less stress on the scalp.
How Long Will Knotless Braids Last?
On average knotless braids can last up to 3 months
They will last longer on coarser textures
- Small knotless braids last longer than short
Upkeep For Braids:
Whether you’re creating knotless braids, box braids, faux locs, pop smoke braids, goddess braids or any other variation of protective braid styles, moisturizing and hydrating products are key. Try not to overdo it with products because you need to keep the scalp healthy, but oil treatments are great for the scalp to keep skin and strands from drying out.
Care Tips For Braids:
Pick a braid style based on hair type, texture and density.
Schedule out your wash days.
Wash hair at least once a week to keep the scalp healthy.
Make sure braids dry completely after washing and conditioning.
Use a scarf or silk pillow when you sleep to cut down on damage and keep edges intact.
If needed, use a styling gel to combat frizz when needed.