With the colder months creeping in, natural hair enthusiasts will be looking for protective hairstyles to wear through winter.
Braids have always been a popular protective hairstyle and have evolved through the years.
A protective style is any style that protects the ends of your hair by keeping them tucked away. With such styles your hair gets a break from constant manipulation and is protected from bad weather conditions.
The latest trendy version of the style are knotless braids. They are similar to traditional three strand braids but the main difference between the styles is in the way the braids are plaited.
Instead of starting each braid with a knot at the root, knotless braids are well, knotless. This results in the braids looking more natural as it does not look like any hair extensions were added.
Celebrities like Ryan Destiny, Jordyn Woods and Jhené Aiko have been rocking knotless braids so much that their pictures are used for inspiration on Pinterest.
If you need a little convincing before choosing to do this style here are reasons why knotless braids are the perfect protective style.
1. They will not pull your edges
Edges have become an important part of any hairstyle, so it is important to ensure that hairstyles do not pull or tug at them.
Because there is no knot at the base of this style, your roots will not be pulled, making it perfect for those a with sensitive scalp and don’t want to lose their edges.
2. Easy to style
Unlike traditional braids, knotless braids can be styled instantly after installation. Without having to wait for them to loosen up, you can instantly rock an up-do or side part without experiencing any pain.
3. Neat look
Due to how natural knotless braids look they appear neater than traditional box braids. Since the root remains flat with no bumps that are usually caused by knots in traditional braids is why this root maintains a sleek, perfect look.
4. They last longer
Depending on the upkeep and hair type, knotless braids can last for up to 6 weeks.
5. No pain
Anyone that has ever gotten braids done will tell you that depending on the hairstylist you go to, the style can be unbearably painful. In an effort to prevent the braid from sliding off of your hair, the hairstylist might pull at your roots to create the knot at the base. This is fortunately not an issue with knotless braids because the hair fiber is added onto your natural hair without a knot.