Today I am going to be sharing a trendy hairstyle that a lot of people in general have been wearing. I’m sure you may have seen it on your Instagram feed, YouTube, or even on Pinterest. The style is called knotless box braids.
What are knotless box braids?
Knotless box braids are box braids that do not begin with weave (a knot) at the scalp, as you intertwine the hair extensions with the client’s hair. Meaning, you do not add weave to the beginning of the braid at all. Instead, the client’s own hair is braided down a little and then the braiding hair is added using the feed-in method until desired hair width and length is obtained. Check out this article and see how they look here and here!
Since your natural hair is braided at the root, there is less tension on your hair which makes for a better (more) protective style. You can style your hair immediately without worrying about pulling your edges and your hair being too tight to move your head from side to side. This style also provides a natural look since there isn’t a visible knot.
Feed In Method
To create a good looking style, it may be helpful to research how to do feed in braids if you don’t know the technique. Popular feed in styles include cornrows like Ghana braids, two layered, and three layered feed in cornrows, etc. Some people even use the feed in method on flat twists.
How to Achieve Knotless Box Braids on your own
Prepare your natural hair
Y’all know the drill. Before you install a protective style you should wash and deep condition your hair. Preferably, you should use a clarifying shampoo to remove any product buildup from your hair and scalp. I don’t spend a lot of money on clarifying shampoos, I usually can find one at Dollar Tree for $1.00. For deep conditioning, I usually use Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Oil Intensive Hydration Masque.
If you have 4c hair like mine or coily hair, you might want to blow dry your hair so that it’s stretched, or use a heatless stretching method like braiding your natural hair and allowing it to fully dry. This may help your hair look more sleek when you begin braiding. You also may want to add edge control or a product that will provide some hold, to your roots as well.
Know ahead of time how you want to part your hair. For this style you will need a
- A comb ( I used a rat tail comb)
- Clips or something to keep your hair out of the way
- Braiding hair
- Edge control or a product with hold
- Time (at least 4 hours)
- Water (stay hydrated sis)
Buy and prep the braiding hair
Buy your braiding hair from your local beauty supply store, amazon, an online hair store, etc.
I bought kankelon hair that had three packs in one for $4.99 at my local beauty supply store. I bought two packs of 1B (3 bundles in each pack) and two packs of 1B/27 (3 bundles in each pack). So the total amount of bundles I had was 12, 6 of each color. I only used 2 of the 6 bundles for the color 1B and 2 out of 6 bundles for the color 1B/27. So you may be able to get away with one pack of each color or 2 packs in total (6 bundles total).
Wash or soak the hair
Some people prefer to wash their kankelon or synthetic hair or let it sit in apple cider vinegar, etc before use. If you are allergic or have a sensitive scalp I suggest this step. After that’s done then you will need to stretch the hair of it is not pre stretched. A lot of hair comes pre stretched leaving you will less work and making the process a little quicker.
Stretch and feather the ends
You want to stretch the hair so that the ends are not blunt or straight at the bottom. You want the hair to taper. If you buy X-pression hair and cut it you will need to feather the hair by stretching and pulling it from both ends. You can also rake your fingers through the pack while pulling or tugging slightly to create the tapered ends. You can then, brush or comb the hair to get rid of any tangles that may have occurred when you were pulling an stretching.
In order to start the braid, you will begin by braiding your natural hair in a single braid. I braided my hair about three times before I started adding and feeding in the braiding hair.
I only used 2 of the 6 bundles for the color 1B and 2 out of 6 bundles for the color 1B/27.
I would not suggest buying hair that’s pre feathered (even though I used it) because you will have to keep adding or feeding hair because the ends taper off naturally. However, this makes doing the hair a lot easier in my opinion.
It is easy for this style to be long so keep in mind how often you are feeding in the hair and where you’re feeding it in at.
This style took me 6 hours to do on and off. I had to get the hang of doing feed in braids and teach myself, plus I had to tend to Kali who wanted all my attention. I was also on the phone FaceTiming my little sister lol.
I made the mistake of using extra hold Shine and Jam instead of edge control and baby let me tell you. That product didn’t do anything for my 4c hair in the long run. Yeah it seemed like it was slicking my roots down but by the time I finished, my roots was like “yeah you tried it, sis.” I also didn’t blow dry my hair. My hair was stretched but I applied a little moisturizer that resulted in my hair reverting a little so my roots also were not as slick as I liked.
This style is a cute style when done by someone who knows what they are doing but it can also be achieved by beginners like me. Don’t let new styles scare you. Have you tried this style? Will you be rocking this before the summer is over?
P.S. Do you see what I mean about my hair not being as sleek around the parts? I tried lol.
I’m not a huge fan of the spaced out braid look but it was cool to give it a try. I recently tried to do feed-in cornrows and…. I really realized again I am not the best braider but practice makes perfect.
This is a inexpensive hair style that you can do in a day and not be mad if you take it out a week later.
Talk to you later!