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45 Knotless Braids Styles to Protect Your Hair

It is no new fact that Afro-textured hair easily gets damaged or broken especially when in its natural state. To avoid this, your best bet is to wear an African braid that serves as a protective hairstyle. One of such is knotless braids. And in this article, we’ll be telling you all about it.

Let’s get started, shall we?

What are Knotless Braids Hairstyles?

pretty lady wearing ponytail knotless braids

Knotless braids are box braids made through the feed-in technique. That is, to achieve this hairdo, your hairstylist starts by braiding your natural hair from the roots and then feeds in extensions as they braid on. This is unlike the normal braiding technique where your stylist knots your hair tightly from the base with hair extensions.

This knotless braiding method helps to reduce the regular pain at the roots of your hair that comes with braids.

Benefits of Knotless Braids

beautiful lady rocking black knotless braid style

1. They are Less Painful

lady wearing big knotless braids

Knotless braids styles are less painful than traditional box braids. They as well put little tension on your scalp and seldom cause product buildup. This is because there are no knots at the base of your hair when you do this hairstyle. The braids rest flat on your scalp and move freely.

2. They are Lighter than Traditional Braids

lady rocking tiny gold braids

Knotless braids styles are also lighter in weight than traditional box braids. You can wear this hairstyle comfortably without feeling like it’s some burden on your head.

3. They are Protective Hairstyles

pretty lady wearing gold braids in ponytail

A protective hairstyle is any hairdo that keeps the ends of the hair tucked away to prevent pulling, tugging, or any form of manipulation. They prevent your hair from getting frizzy and spur hair growth. This is because you hardly touch your natural hair when wearing a protective hairstyle.

Knotless braids are protective styles that do all this for you. Since they put less tension on your scalp and hairline, they thus protect your edges.

4. They are Versatile

Kije Achu wearing knotless braids with curls

You can style your braids into any shape of your choice. And don’t worry, there won’t be any pressure on your scalp when you do this thanks to the braiding technique.

For instance, you can easily style this hairdo into buns, updos, and ponytails. Moreso, you can as well choose to plait a chunk of braids together to achieve cornrows. They are versatile and painless enough.

Drawbacks of Knotless Braids

fine fair lady wearing black braids

Irrespective of the benefits of this hairdo, one thing doesn’t change: it takes longer to achieve than traditional braids.

One reason for this long installation time is that your hairstylist usually adds more hair extensions while braiding. If you want to do this hairstyle, you just have to dedicate at least four hours to it. Of course, this depends on the density of your hair.

The Best Knotless Braids Styles to Protect Your Natural Hair

lady wearing black and brown knotless braids

Another great feature of this hairdo is the natural finish it has. You can hardly tell where your hair starts and ends when you rock this braided style. This is because they have seamless roots.

Furthermore, you can rock this hairstyle in any color of hair extensions. If you like it long, short, or medium length, you can as well go for it. And if you choose to give it a wavy or curly look by curling the tip, they are good enough to afford you versatility.

In addition, don’t forget to adorn your hair with a hair accessory. This will make you more beautiful and irresistible.

Now that you’ve gotten enough reasons to wear this hairdo, let’s proceed to see the different styles available for you.

Small Knotless Braids

These braids are thin. Go for this style if you want a light hairdo that won’t stress you when it’s time to sleep or restyle.

back view of a lady wearing small black braids

Medium Knotless Braids

handling medium  knotless braids on a lady

This style is in between chunky and thin braids. So if you want the best of both worlds, go for this one.

lady rocking medium knotless box braids

It’s comfy, stylish, and beautiful.

Chunky Braids

a lady rocking cunky braids with face mask

Need something fat to add cute details to your face? This coiffure is for you.

a lady rocking chunky braids

The braids are fat and that’s enough statement on its own.

Curly Braids

a lady rocking curly knotless braids

Bored of rocking straight braids? How about you curl the tips or add curly strands to each braids?

a collage of four pitctures showing curly braids

Do this and you’ll have no reason to regret rocking knotless braids.

Accessorized Knotless Braids

chunky box braids accessorized with gold cufffs

Adding beads, gold cuffs, headbands, scrunchies, and other hair accessory is a surefire way to light up your braids.

back view of a lady wearing black box braids with beads

It doesn’t matter the color of hair extension you use. Once you accessorize, you’ll look more beautiful.

Colored Braids

lady rocking pink braids

Looking for a way to stand out with your knotless braids? Use a colored hair extension other than black to install it.

lady rocking brown knotless braids

You can go for blonde, green, blue, purple, maroon, or any color you prefer.

Long Knotless Braids

a pretty girl rocking long box braids

As the name implies, this style is long. The length usually extends to your waist sometimes.

a sitting lady wearing long knotless braids

It’s an excellent way to draw attention to your waist.

Short Braids

beautfiul braids adorned with beads


If you don’t want your braids disturbing you while you go about your daily activities, your best bet is to keep the length short.

a lady rocking her short knotless  box braids with a scrunchie and beads

Short knotless box braids are as stylish as their long counterparts. In fact, they offer easy styling options as you can always adorn them with beads, curls, etc. And the best part? They’re so convenient!

a pretty lady rocking short braids

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