What is the Best Hair to Use for Knotless Braids?

Close-Up Photo of a Person's Braided Hair

When you know the hair to use for knotless braids, you can budget for the entire cost, including the braider’s fees. 

Human hair is the most suitable choice because it is easy to braid and style. It connects with your natural hair seamlessly for a neat, natural look. Another advantage is the lightweight nature of human hair braids. However, since human hair is expensive, you can use synthetic brands like Xpressions for stunning knotless braids.

So many celebrities flaunt this hairstyle. Therefore, if you’re unsure how it’ll look on you, check out pictures of celebrities like Gabrielle Union and Beyonce. Further, there’s more information below about this style and why it’s different.

What are Knotless Braids?

The difference between knotless and traditional braids is the technique.

Knotless braids start with your natural hair, unlike traditional braids, where the braider combines your hair with the extension. Hence, these braids don’t have a knot at the root of your hair.

This braid style uses a feed-in technique that doesn’t stress your hairline like other braiding styles. The braider feeds a small amount of braiding hair, distributing the weight of the extension.  

However, you endure a longer installation process to enjoy these benefits of knotless braids. That’s a small price, don’t you agree? 

It’s a versatile hairstyle with different ways of personalizing the look. For instance, you can get knotless goddess braids. The short video below shows you how knotless goddess braids turn out when using human hair.


How many strands of hair do you need for knotless hair braids?

You require three strands like traditional braids. Part a strand three ways like you would with box braids, and add the braiding hair as you go.

Do knotless hair braids use more hair?

They use about the same packs as traditional braids, somewhere between 5 and 7 packs. However, it depends on many factors, including the style you want, the braid length, and your braider’s skills.

Can you use Kanekalon hair for knotless braids?

Yes, you can use such synthetic braids. For instance, you can use Xpressions and other braids popular with passion twists and goddess braids.

Are knotless braids heavy?

Since the braiding process uses a feed-in technique, they aren’t as heavy as traditional braids. One of the things I love about this hairstyle is how neat the braids are. When you have them at shoulder length, people assume you’ve braided your natural hair only.

Do knotless hair braids last longer?

They last up to six weeks, depending on your hair care routine. Therefore, if you moisturize and hydrate your natural hair, these braids will stay neat longer. The braid starts with your natural hair, so it’s easy to hydrate the scalp and natural hair, unlike box braids.

Additionally, control your edges with gel or pomade to have smooth, well-kept hair. On top of that, cleanse and condition your hair before braiding to start with clean hair. If you braid dirty hair, it’ll accumulate buildup fast.