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Knotless Braids with Beads: How to Rock with Style & Class

Box braids are versatile hairstyles. Some come with knots while others are knotless. If you love to wear the ones without knots, great. And if you prefer knotless box braids, better for you. Why? Because they’re more protective than regular box braids. But have you tried adorning your knotless braids with beads?

a lady wearing her knotless braids with beads in an updo

Like any hair accessory, beads add more accent to your look. Even though you rocked them during your childhood, you still can wear them as a full-grown woman. But there’s something you should note.

When it comes to rocking beads with knotless or any kind of braids, never limit yourself. If you want clear beads, go for it and if you want colorful, nostalgic ones, go for it still. So if you’ve been struggling with style ideas for your beaded knotless braids, you’re on the right page. I’ll reveal the best inspiration to boost your coiffure in this article.

What do I Need to Install this Hairstyle?

a lady showing the back view of her beaded knotless braids

You need some attachment hair extensions (Darling, XPression, Kanekalon, Lush, etc.) and your preferred hair beads. To speed things up, go for pre-stretched extensions but if you don’t find them, the unstretched one is fine. Your hairstylist will prep the extensions before installing them on your hair.

Every other thing you need for installation will be available in the salon.

How Long do Knotless Braids with Beads Last?

A pretty girl rocking black and pink knotless braids with beads

How long your hairstyle lasts depends on how you maintain it, your hair texture, and your hair porosity.

Regardless, these hairstyles can last up to three to six weeks or more. Just ensure you secure the beads tight to the braids, moisturize, and sleep with your satin bonnet on.

How Many Packs Of Beads Do You Need For Knotless Braids?

a lady rocking beaded knotless braids

The answer to this question depends on how full your braids are and the type of beads you’re using. Some beads come as ten in a pack or 20. So while we can’t give a definite answer to this question, we do know you need more than one pack of beads for knotless braids.

So consider buying two to four packs as your stylist deems fit.

How to Rock Beaded Knotless Braids

a lady rocking three colored braids with beads

After installing your braids, your hairstylist will attach the beads to the tips. And to ensure the beads don’t pull out, they’ll use a rubber band to secure the beads to your braids or singe the tips of your hair extension after putting the beads.

You can use any type of bead for this hairdo. From regal beads to brown, black,  clear, colorful, etc., there are no rules. Just make sure you love your chosen beads and they suit your style.

a lady rocking multicolored beads with her hairstyle

If you’re going for colorful beads, try not to mix different colors lest you should create a childlike look. You can go for a monochromatic hue (different shades of a particular color) or maintain one bright color.

But really, it all depends on you. So if you love beads of many colors, feel free to go for it. Just rock your hair with confidence and style. And if you want, tie a scarf to spice things up further.

Beaded Knotless Braids Styles to Inspire You

a lady rocking different shades of purple beads with her braids

Which knotless braids styles work best with beads? Find them all below:

Short Beaded Knotless Braids

a pretty lady looking sideways and showing her knotless braids with beads

If you love to keep your braids short or around your shoulders, add some beads to the tips. You’ll feel great and comfortable.

a pretty lady showing her knotless braids with beads

This is one nostalgic style that’ll take you back to your childhood when you used to rock short box braids with beads.

Long Beaded Braids

a lady rocking long blue braids adorned with beads

As usual, long hairstyles always make a statement. They take attention to your back and waistline.

a lady showing the back view of her knotless braids adorned with beads

Go for this if you won’t find the length an inconvenience.

Small knotless Braids

short small knotless braids with beads

Thin braids are great. But there’s a clause: they consume more extensions when they’re long and dense.

a pretty girl rocking short small knotless braids with beads

But should that stop you from going for what you want? You know the answer.


medium knotless braids with beads

Medium knotless braids with beads are the midpoint between chunky knotless braids and small knotless braids.

long medium-sized braids with beads

Accessorize yours with beads and you’ll love your look.

Jumbo Braids

jumbo braids with beads

If you love your braids thick and chunky, here’s the call for you to go for it.

red and black chunky knotless braids with beads

Just like long braids, jumbo braids are a statement. And if you adorn yours with beads, that’s a plus.

Attached Curls

a pretty girl rocking knotless braids with beads and attached curls

While you can’t add beads to braids with curly tips, you can add them to knotless braids with attached curls.

beautiful braids with curls and beads

This is one unique look you don’t wanna miss.

Colorful Braids Adorned with Beads

lady wearing dirty blond braids with beads

Your blonde, pink, green, blue, and other colorful knotless braids will look more beautiful if you accessorize them with beads.

lady wearing pink braids with pink curls

You can use the same color of beads for a synchronized effect or use a contrasting color to pop things out. And if you want things conservative, just go for clear or neutral-colored beads like black and brown.  

Knotless Braids with Colorful Beads

knotless braids with clear, red, and white beas

You can as well wear black braids and adorn them with colorful beads.

black braids with yellow, black, and brown beads

It’s a great way to add more accents to your hair.

Other Beaded Knotless Braids for You

black and blue knotless braids with beads

Like every African braid with beads, knotless box braids look more gorgeous when adorned with beads. The best part? These styles are endless. So if you want more than what you’ve seen so far, feast your eyes on these:

a lady on a face mask showing her hairdo

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