Knotless braids have taken over the natural hair community as the #gotohairstyle, and it’s easy to see why. #Texturedhair is both complex and beautiful, and protective hairstyles have been a staple for generations, dating back to 30,000 years ago. These hairstyles not only look intricately beautiful, but they also keep kinks and coils safe from daily manipulation, breakage, and split ends.
However, while braids, tight cornrows, and locs are reliable, some experts have warned about the strain these styles can place on hair follicles and scalps. Consultant trichologist Eleanor Richardson from the Fulham Scalp & Hair Clinic warns against the dangers of tight styles that apply a pulling force, leading to traction and damage.
But for many, giving up braids is not an option. They are an integral part of Black culture and will always be the #maincharacter in natural hair styling. Luckily, there is a gentler alternative to classic box braids that has been shaking things up.
#Knotlessbraids have been making waves and are still very much in style. Considered to be “low-tension,” this style has attracted A-list followers like #Beyonce, #Zendaya, #YaraShahidi, and #LauraHarrier.
We spoke with braid queen and celebrity hairstylist #MoleciaGeorge, whose clients include #LeighAnnePinnock, #KaterinaJohnsonThompson, and #JourdanDunn. She explained everything you need to know about knotless braids.
According to Molecia, knotless braids are exactly what they sound like – braids without knots. Traditional box braids start with a knot at the beginning where the extension is added. In knotless braids, you start with your natural hair and feed the extension through as you go along, creating a knotless look. It’s a sleek and natural-looking way to braid for those who don’t like the knot look at the beginning of their braids.
As a braider, Molecia explains that both methods have their pros and cons. However, here are the benefits of knotless braids:
– They are gentler on the scalp, making them perfect for clients with sensitive scalps and helping to prevent traction alopecia.
– You can style them immediately without waiting for them to loosen up.
– They can last up to 8-10 weeks depending on your hair growth.
– Knotless braids are trendier and give you neater-looking braids.
– They make it easier to care for your scalp and moisturize it.
So, if you’re looking for a stylish and gentle alternative to traditional box braids, give knotless braids a try. They are loved by celebrities and offer a range of benefits for your hair and scalp. #Naturalhair #Protectivehairstyles #Haircare
Knotless braids have unapologetically dominated the natural hair community as the go-to hairstyle of choice and we can see why. As we know, textured hair is as complex as it is beautiful and I say ‘complex’ in the most endearing and spellbinding way. That’s why protective hairstyles have been around for generations upon generations and can even be traced back to 30,000 years ago. Alongside looking delicately intricate, they allow those precious kinks and coils to be braided safely away from daily manipulation, breakage and split ends.
However, as reliable as braids, tight cornrows and locs can be, some experts have warned us the strain that certain styles can place on hair follicles and the tension they can place on scalps. In fact, Eleanor Richardson, who is a consultant trichologist at the Fulham Scalp & Hair Clinic warns us against the dangers of choosing to braid: “The most common damage that we end up seeing in the clinic is traction. So that’s a pulling force that’s been applied, because of a very tight style. Maybe due to very chunky braids, extensions, or weave-in and styles that have been there for a while…”
Now, saying that, like me, letting go of braids is not really an option. After all, they’re an inextricable part of Black culture and they will always play main character when it comes to natural hair styling. However, there are gentler alternatives to the classic box braids, and they have been shaking the aunties-that-do-hair to the core.
Knotless braids have been the moment for a while and are still very much the moment now. Considered by many to be ‘low-tension’, the style has developed a league of A-list followers including Beyonce, Zendaya, Yara Shahidi, and Laura Harrier.
We spoke to braid queen and celebrity hairstylist, Molecia George, whose clients include Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Katerina Johnson Thompson, and Jourdan Dunn. Here she explains everything you need to know about knotless braids.
What are knotless braids?
“Knotless braids are exactly what they’re called – braids without knots,” says Molecia. “Traditional box braids have a knot at the start where the extension is added at the beginning,” she explains. “Knotless is where the braid is started off with your hair and then you feed the extension through as you go along, creating a knotless look. It’s a trendier way of doing braids for clients who don’t like the knot look at the beginning of the braids. It’s a very sleek and natural-looking way of braiding.”
Why would you choose knotless braids over traditional box braids?
“As a braider, both ways of braiding have pros and cons,” says Molecia, but here are the benefits of knotless braids:
- Knotless braids are gentler: Knotless braids are perfect for clients with sensitive scalps as there is little to no tension. This can help prevent traction alopecia and supports healthier scalps and hair retention.
- They enable you to style immediately: Unlike traditional styles which can take a day or two to loosen up, this style is perfect to put in a bun and style straight away
- They do last a relatively long time: Depending on how quick your hair growth is, they can last for a long time – up to eight-to-ten weeks.
- Knotless braids are trendier: In terms of style, knotless braids are definitely trendier, literally give you neater braids.
- They enable you to care for your scalp more easily: This style makes it easier to access and to moisturise your scalp.