Knotless Braids: A Guide to the Pros, the Cons, and the Styles

Growing up, a trip to my local salon to get my hair braided was a sure sign that summer was near. My mother would rave about how blessed I was to have thick hair, but insisted that it be braided up and protected from the elements if I wanted to spend my time at the pool or beach. For so many Black girls, memories of rocking an array of braided looks is forever etched in our minds: “I have vivid memories of me as a little girl in Jamaica. Almost religiously, every Sunday, my big sister would wash my hair then sit me on an ottoman in front of her to prep my hair for the school week ahead,” reminisces Unilever Global Hair Care Brand Ambassador Lacy Redway. “She would start by giving me Bantu knots to help stretch my hair while it dried and then later do braided and twisted styles with barrettes and clips for flair.”

Fast forward to the present, and we’re seeing all our favorite braids and twists—some with modern updates—make the rounds on social media and virtual red carpets. One particularly popular style now is the knotless braid, a type of feed-in braid. Here, Redway guides us through every step of the process.

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