African women have been braiding their hair since the beginning of time, and as the years go by, we’ve found so many different ways to braid our glorious hair in the most creative and artistic ways. Our hair culture has set trends for centuries across all races – making it onto the covers of some of the world’s most respected and celebrated magazines.
A trend that has become quite popular are the knotless braids, which are similar to our normal box braids, but might be the healthier option for your edges.
The only difference between our signature style and our newfound favourite is that knots aren’t required. Instead of securing braiding hair to the scalp with a knot, you feed your natural hair into the extension, which reduces tension and gives the protective style a natural look, reports Essence.
Apart from your edges being safe while you’re rocking your braids, some of the benefits of having knotless braids are that they look as if they’re growing from your scalp. Another benefit is how light the braid feels on your scalp – when the hair extension is repeatedly wrapped around a tiny piece of your hair, it not only almost guarantees hair loss, but the pain is also unbearable.
If you’re looking for some inspiration, here are a few of our own celebrities who went the knotless route: