Mega-hit Knotless Braids: “Can Braiding Be Knotless?”
Since Beyoncé’s frequent red carpet appearance with it, Knotless Braid has become a mega hit. It literally refers to the braiding technique that does not require knots. For a traditional braiding hair, you always start with a knot on the scalp. Hence, everyone who wants braiding has to bear with the pain for the beauty. You can live up to the saying “No pain. No gain.” Would you believe if you can braid knotless, and thus painless?
What is knotless braid?
Traditional box braids create stress on scalp in order to create a tight knot that prevents braiding going loose. However, knotless braid does not apply the same stress on the hair, so for women who want to grow their hair free from unwanted stress or damage, it is an excellent choice of styling. Not only does its knotless appearance create a smoother look, but also knotless braid looks as if the hair grows out of the scalp. There is a visual impression that the hair has roots in the scalp. Most of all, it reduces the risk of traction alopecia and damages to the hair follicle. You can say it might be the healthiest braid style. On the other hand, it takes more time to style, which results in a higher styling cost if you opt in for a professional care.
What are the benefits of knotless braid?
As mentioned, you can reduce the pain by getting rid of the tension applied to the scalp. Also, you may freely style immediately after braiding the hair instead of waiting for a few days till the knots loosen up. Because there is no bulky part near the scalp, you can easily style the hair to any direction. When compared to the traditional box braids, it requires much less volume of hair extension, which results in lighter weight, giving another reason for being less stressful to the scalp.
How do you style knotless braid?
Knotless braiding starts with your natural hair and feeds in extension hairs to the braid. Naturally, it uses less extension hair, and the outcome is a lighter weight style with great flexibility as much as you can wear up-do styles right away.
- You need to shampoo the hair and scalp thoroughly and replenish moisture to the scalp. Prepare braiding extensions based on a desired length and bulk of the braids. Use a tail comb to divide hair into appropriately sized sections and start braiding while applying Shine N Jam Conditional Gel throughout.
- Divide the hair into three strands and make a couple of crossings that sit tightly on the scalp. Continue braiding while adding extensions thereafter. Apply edge control or pomade products to form a neat braid.
- Once a braid reaches a desired length, you want to seal the end. You can boil or microwave water and dip the braid tip into the hot water for the seal.
How do you maintain?
Typically, knotless braid can last up to four to six weeks. Hence, you should plan ahead for maintenance. To cut it down into three simple steps, you begin with keeping the scalp moisturized. The best method for this is applying oils once or twice a week. In addition to the moisture that is essential to scalp and hair, you may want to apply Wild Growth hair oils for healthy hair growth. Applying hair mousse around the hairline may help moisture retention in the area as well as maintaining a neat look overall. If desired, you may add more products such as African Pride Braid Sheen Spray to your care routine. At night, you should protect the hair with a silk scarf or a satin bonnet.
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