Knotless Braids vs Box Braids: What they are, price, tutorials & differences

Knotless Braids vs Box Braids: What they are, price, tutorials & differences

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Everything You Need to Know About Knotless Braids featuring 15 Knotless Braids Hairstyles

Preferred by many due to their pain free, light weight and tension-less nature, knotless braids are here to stay.

In this article, we’ll give you a detailed overview on knotless braids and feature the all important questions such as; What are knotless braids? Differences between box braids and knotless braids, price, maintenance and how long it takes to get them done.

What are knotless braids?

Knotless braids are a variation of box braids that are pain free and cause less tension on the scalp, due to their lack of a knot commonly found in box braids.

Do knotless braids last longer?

Knotless braids can last for up to 6 weeks depending on how well you take care of them. With all braided hairstyles, things like your hair texture and maintenance go a long way in determining how long you’ll keep them in for.

Are knotless braids better?

If you are tender headed or simply hate anything that causes tension to your scalp, knotless braids will be better for you.

How long do knotless braids take?

Knotless braids can take about 5 to 6 hours depending on the size and length.

How much do knotless braids cost?

Medium waist length knotless braids cost $250. 6 to 7 packs of xpression braiding hair are used.

Knotless braids vs Box braids

As mentioned earlier, knotless braids are simply knot free braids. Unlike box braids where a knot is used to tightly secure the braid to your hair, in knotless braids, the braider uses your hair to start the braid and gradually adds the braiding hair as they move along.

The lack of a knot in knotless braids makes the braiding experience more pleasurable and pain free. With that said, box braids are not all that bad either. Advice your stylist to avoid braiding too tightly and you’ll also get to enjoy a beautiful protective hairstyle.

Knotless Braids Tutorial

Here are a couple of videos to give you an idea of how knotless braids are done.

Knotless Braids on 4C Hair

Knotless Braids: Pros

  1. Pain free.
  2. Tension-less.
  3. Neat.
  4. Arguably last longer than box braids.

Knotless Braids: Cons

  1. Look to ‘scalpy’.
  2. Take longer than box braids depending on the length.
  3. Some people found that their hair would grow out of the braid the longer they kept them in.

15 Knotless Braids Hairstyles

Now that you are armed with everything you need to know about knotless braids, we did a round up of 20 knotless braids hairstyles to inspire your next hairstyle.
















For maintenance, clean and moisturize your scalp from time to time. Keep your braids wrapped in a silk bonnet or a silk scarp at night to keep them looking great.

Visit our Pinterest page for more knotless box braids hairstyles.

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