Knotless Braids vs Knot Braids

Knotless Braids vs Knot Braids

There are so many types of braid styles, so it can be confusing to understand the differences between them. Plus, how do you know which braid style will best suit you and your hair type? Box braids are in, and knotless braids and knot braids are the “it” girls right now. If you’re unsure about the difference between the two and which style you should get, we’re here to help. Learn more about the types of braiding styles and how they can protect your natural hair. 

What are knotless braids? 

If you’ve been sleeping on knotless braids, it’s not too late to wake up. Knotless braids are box braids installed using a different technique to lessen scalp tension and create a more natural look. This braided hairstyle will begin at the root just like regular box braids but will start with your natural hair, then eventually feed in the hair extension as the braid continues. 

What are knot braids?

Knot braids are traditional box braids that have a knot at the root of the scalp. The knot is used to secure the synthetic hair to your root before beginning the braid. 

What are the pros and cons of knotless braids? 

There are many benefits of braiding hair, but there are a few considerations to keep in mind if you’re thinking about getting this style. 


  • They are painless. Without any added hair extension at the root, there won’t be any friction, pulling, or tension placed on the scalp.
  • Knotless braids require fewer extensions than knot braids, so they will feel lighter and less bulky on your head.
  • Knotless braids can last longer than knot braids.
  • Because knotless braids don’t use synthetic hair throughout the entire braid, they have a sleeker, more natural look.
  • Since knotless braids have no extensions at the root, there’s more flexibility in styling. With less scalp tension, you can put your hair up without waiting for your roots to loosen. 

Things to Consider

  • You will have to pay around $200-$600 if you want knotless braids. Knotless braids are more expensive because you pay for a more intricate technique on top of the stylist’s time.
  • Knotless braids will take longer to install than knot braids.

What are the pros and cons of knot braids?

Knot box braids have been a go-to protective style around the world for forever. Here are a few pros and cons to think about when deciding what your new look will be.


  • Knot box braids are less expensive than knotless box braids. 
  • It will take less time to install this style than knotless. 

Things to Consider 

  • They are typically very tight on the scalp & can cause tension, pain, and breakage.
  • Your style will have a bulkier & less natural look since you will be using extensions from the root to the ends.

  • Are knotless braids good for hair growth?

    Knotless braids are one of the best protective styling techniques to help promote hair growth. Reducing tension on the scalp creates a better environment for your hair to retain length and flourish.  

    How long should I leave in knotless braids?

    Even though knotless braids may last longer than knot braids, it doesn’t mean they can last forever. You should never keep in any protective style for more than 10 weeks. Keeping them in for too long can cause dryness, irritation, and damage to the scalp. This can negatively impact the overall health of your hair. 

    What is the best hair to use for knotless braids?

    Even though you will be using less synthetic hair for the knotless technique, you should always get more packs than you think you’ll need. Your stylist will most likely recommend using pre-stretched kanekalon. 

    How do I take care of my braids?

    To help keep your scalp healthy and maintain your braids, you will need to nurture them with hair products for braids. Here are a few tips and product recommendations. 

    • Moisturize your scalp using water & the PATTERN’S Scalp Serum, Hydrating Mist, or Argan Oil to prevent irritation and keep your hair shiny and healthy. 
    • Protect your hair at night by sleeping on a silk pillowcase and covering your braids with a scarf or satin cap to keep them hydrated and frizz-free. 
    • Cleanse your braids by washing and conditioning at least every two weeks to prevent buildup that can ultimately contribute to hair damage. 

    Should I get knotless or knot braids?

    Now, for the answer you really came here for. There is no right or wrong decision. It depends on your natural hair needs, how much time you want to spend getting your hair braided, which braid style you prefer, and your budget. If your scalp and edges are more fragile, then we recommend getting the tension-less knotless braids. If you don’t have a lot of time or don’t want to spend too much money, knot braids will be your best bet. Some people prefer a sleeker look and lighter feel to their braids, while some like the classic knotted box braids. It’s all up to you, but we know you will look like magic whatever you decide. If you’re interested in taking the DIY route, check out this step-by-step tutorial on how to do box braids on yourself!


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