If you’re tired of going for the same braided style and want something fresh, why not try knotless braids with beautiful beads?
Not only are they chic, but they also help by being a protective hairstyle. So if you’re a Black woman looking for your next hairstyle, we’ve got you covered.
Here are 50 attractive knotless braids that we hope will inspire your decision.
What is the Difference Between Knotless and Box Braids?
Knotless braids are when extensions are gradually added to the natural hair without using a knot at the base.
Sometimes extensions aren’t needed, but they can create a more natural-looking braid and put less tension on the scalp.
On the other hand, box braids are where extensions are placed at the base of each section, creating a box-like appearance at the scalp.
What Do I Do to My Hair After Taking Out Knotless Braids?
After taking out knotless braids, give your hair some TLC. You can begin by gently detangling your hair with a wide-tooth comb.
Can I Wash My Knotless Braids?
Yes, it is recommended to wash your braids after a couple of weeks. This way, you can keep your scalp free from product buildup.
However, remember to be gentle with the braids to prevent them from becoming frizzy. And use gentle hair products when cleansing.
How Long Does it Take to Install Knotless Braids?
On average, knotless braids can take from 4 to 8 hours to install, depending on the length and thickness of the hair. And consider the skill level of you or the hairstylist.
However, the result is often worth the extra time and effort, as knotless braids tend to be more comfortable and less damaging to the hair than traditional braids.
Which Knotless Braid Size Lasts Longer?
The longevity of knotless braids depends on various factors, including the thickness of the braid, the quality of the hair used, and the maintenance routine.
Generally, smaller knotless braids tend to last longer because they’re tighter and less likely to frizz.
However, proper maintenance, such as regular washing and moisturizing, can significantly increase the lifespan of any knotless braided hairstyle.
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1. Small Knotless Braids without Extensions
If you or your child has long hair, these simple knotless braids will look effortless without braiding extensions. Slick down with styling gel to last up to four weeks.
2. Medium Braids with High Ponytail
3. Versatile Pink Braids
Whether you temporarily or permanently dye your afro-textured hair, styling it into versatile knotless braids will be a beautiful statement.
4. Two Colored Knotless Braids
5. Shoulder Length Medium Braids
Adding a row of clear beads on the ends of your braids will complete any knotless look.
6. Side Heart Design Braids
Heart cornrow braids are a pretty addition to your knotless style. You can choose to add one or more on your scalp.
7. Double Heart Pigtail Braids
Styling your knotless braids into pigtails shows how fun your braided hair can be. And if you try these heart knots, sleep with a bonnet to keep them in place.
8. Multiple Beaded Braids
Once you’ve gotten your knotless braids, you don’t have to stick to simple beads. As we can see, these eccentric hair accessories can easily amplify your hairstyle.
9. Pink Braids in High Ponytail
An easy way to style your knotless braids is in a high ponytail. You can leave some braids out and keep the edges tamed with edge control gel.
10. Two-toned Braids with Baby Hairs
For thinner hair types, knotless braids are perfect. To minimize the weight of the hair, consider adding little to no hair extensions. And use a styling gel for the baby hairs.
11. Small Braids with Jumbo Beads
Black knotless braids are a go-to style, so to make them stand out, add some vibrant wooden beads to the ends. This will look great and last for up to a few weeks.
12. Black and Red Braids on Thick Hair
For thicker type 4 hair types, knotless braids are an excellent protective style. You can match the colored braids with the beads, as we see above.
13. High Space Bun with Accessories
Create an updo space bun for added flair with added chopsticks as accessories. Finish off with exaggerated slicked edges.
14. Large Braids for Type 3 Hair
If you or your child has type 3 hair, these large knotless braids will be ideal. They can be worn down or in a high or low ponytail with cute colored beads.
15. Ginger Braids with Double Space Buns
This knotless braids style is perfect for a vacation look. The jumbo wooden beads complement the space buns and the hair color. These can last up to four weeks.
16. Side Parted Braids with Baby Hairs
Knotless braids can be adjusted into any side parting and still lay flat, compared to box braids. So take advantage of that the next time you get your hair done.
17. Colored Extension Braids
There’s no need to dye your natural hair, as plenty of bold-colored extensions are available. Then your hairstylist can use the tuck-in method to achieve this seamless look.
18. Slicked Knotless Braids on Type 4 Hair
To ensure your knotless braids don’t have flyaways, use a strong gel when braiding and styling the edges, especially on type 4 hair.
19. Black Small Box Parted Braids
Knotless braids can have different parting shapes, but boxes are the most common. The more precise they are, usually using a rattail comb, the neater your braids will look.
20. Vibrant Braids in High Ponytail
Give these braids a try if you’re looking for something more vibrant. Again using the tuck-in method, your natural hair color will not be shown through the braids.
21.Classic Black Medium Braids
You can’t go wrong with classic black hair braids in a medium thickness. They’ll look seamless, so finish them with bright beads on the ends.
22. High Ponytail Colored Knotless
Make the most of your knotless braids by wearing them in a high ponytail, which can also be turned into an updo bun or top knot. You can also add cute hair shells to make the color pop.
23. Shoulder Length Braids with Multiple Beads
Rows of hair beads can complete the knotless look. So try multiple ones to achieve this look we see above.
24. Large Black and Pink Braids
When you get braids, the beauty is that they can be any color, especially bold ones like pink. So find the perfect color and accessories to match your style.
25. Jumbo Parted Colorful Braids
For quicker braiding sessions, opt for large or jumbo sizes. They are easier to part, however, this style will only last three to four weeks.
26. Versatile Short Goddess Knotless Braids
Include some curls into your braids to create this goddess boho braids look. You can use your naturally curly hair or human hair extensions to achieve this and be tangle free.
27. Double Pigtail Braids on Thick Hair
The smaller you part your knotless braids, the more you can fit on your head, perfect for ladies with denser afro hair.
28. Shoulder Length Braids with a High Ponytail
Shorter braids can still create multiple looks, as we see with this high ponytail. Keep the knotless braids small and they will last up to five weeks.
29. Natural Braids into Ponytail
Hair extensions aren’t always needed if you prefer your natural length. Tie them into a ponytail to keep them tamed for up to three weeks.
30. Extra Long Medium Parted Braids
Braids of this length will take longer to complete and need more hair extensions. So if you have a minimum of six hours, try this length.
31. Bright Middle Parted Braids
Match your hair accessories to your hair color, as we see demonstrated. Perfect for the summer, this style can last up to three weeks before your natural roots will show.
32. Long Medium Parted Braids with Matching Beads
To make your knotless braids look fuller, part them in a ‘brick layered’ style so each plait is layering the one underneath. Then complete with rounded beads.
33. Versatile Short Braided Pigtails
This look is charming for Black women of different ages. Style your braids into pigtails or wear them down as you like to last for up to two weeks.
34. Black and Pink Medium Braids
Using a styling gel, you can achieve these neatly laid knotless braids. Include a pop of color and beads for the style to remain for up to five weeks.
35. Braids in Large High Bun
Show off your beads and colored extensions in this style. It will look fabulous on medium to long-length knotless braids.
36. Extra Long Jumbo Knotless Braids
This knotless look is ideal if you want something extra special, like for vacations, a birthday, or another celebration.
37. Two Tone Double Heart Pigtails
These heart pigtails can be recreated using rubber bands to mimic the shape. With additional color and laid edges, these will stay fresh for up to three weeks.
38. 2-in-1 Heart Design Knotless Braids
39. Small Braids with High Bun
Small braids can be easier to style into high updo looks. Finish with colorful beads, and this will be neat for up to six weeks.
40. Extra Long Braids with Bright Extensions
Dazzling colors like these show the playful vibe knotless braids can have. We think this look will suit any festivals you have lined up.
41. Side Parted Braids
These braids create a lengthened bob that can be worn as a side or middle part. Topped with edge control gel, this style will last up to four weeks.
42. Bum Length Black Jumbo Braids
For denser afro hair types, having jumbo braids will look neat and are an ideal low-maintenance style. However, be wary of the beads you add, as this can add to the weight.
43. Colored Braids on Thin Hair Types
If you notice a lot of scalp showing when you part your hair, take the attention away by adding some stunning colors like purple. Finish the style with mousse to set the hair in place.
44. Extra Long Slicked Braids
If you don’t mind the additional weight of your hair with the beads, try these extra-long knotless braids.
45. Double High Heart Pigtail Braids
Heart pigtails are a popular style for knotless braids, whether you have short or long lengths. Finish with bright beads and laid baby hairs.
46. Long Braids with Curly Ends
Use flexible rods to achieve these bouncy curls and add another dimension to the braids.
47. Large Shoulder Length Braids with Curly Ends
With the curls, not every braid needs to have beads at the ends, making it more unique. This style should last a few weeks.
48. 2-in-1 Pigtails and Single Braids with Color
Using multiple colors, recreate this double-heart pigtail with single braids at the back. Remember to sleep in a bonnet to keep the pigtails in place.
49. Slicked High Ponytail Braids
This look is great if you have a tender scalp. The knotless braids don’t cause much tension and can be worn in a high ponytail as soon as the stylist is finished.
50. Large Waist Length Braids in Two Colors
Why not choose two colors for your next knotless look? Tie beads on the ends to finish the style and stay fresh for up to five weeks.