Protective styles are having a great year, something we haven't seen since our beloved '90s IT girls. With the pandemic still looming, social events paused, and work-from-home statuses prolonged, more women are gravitating towards protective styles like box braids, jumbo twists, and locs. We all know how important black hair is, in our culture and the way it's represented in mainstream media and pop culture. Without the prying, and many times judgemental, eyes of society, many women are trying these styles for the first time while in lockdown. There are a plethora of styles to choose from, but right now we're coveting the knotless box braids.
Different from the traditional box braid, knotless braids do not rely on an 'anchor knot' to secure the braid. Instead, a stylist will gradually weave the braiding hair with your natural strands to create a seamless finish that won't put tension on your scalp or ruin your edges. The ease on the scalp coupled with the low-maintenance upkeep makes knotless box braids the go-to protective style.
Whether you're contemplating taking the plunge into the braid world or simply looking to try another type of braid, keep reading for 4 knotless braids trends that give us IG hair envy.
Bohemian Knotless Box Braids
Unstructured and feminine, bohemian knotless braids are very on-trend for 2020. The chaotic and unplanned year is directly reflected in this look, often accompanied by yarn, thread, or small accessories like gold clamps. To create a less uniform look, make each braid a different size, and leave the ends loose.
Ombre Knotless Box Braids
One of the dopest things about box braids is the harmless ability to play with color. Ombre knotless braids interweave darker and lighter braiding hair, much like the traditional ombre process, to create a beautiful multidimensional shaded effect. This style adapts to suit your face shape, as lighter pieces can be situated to flatter your best features. As we get into the season of muted tones and high necklines, this is a great choice to add a bit of dimension.
Red (or Any Color) Knotless Box Braids
Speaking of color, don't be afraid to go there with your braids. There's nothing more worthy of a double-tap than braids full of color. Red is the hair color trend of fall so the combination only elevates your quarantine style. Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and choose a statement color that turns heads.
Short Knotless Box Braids
This is a low-maintenance look that is chic and sophisticated. Let's be honest: if it's good enough for '90s Brandy, then it's got to be good for us. Knotless braids are already easy on your scalp, the shorter style is even lighter and more comfortable. You can spice this up by adding an ombre color or adorning the ends with accessories.
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