Box braids and knotless braids are two very different things, even though they both look very similar to the untrained eye. However, the price tags on each style are also different, which makes it worth figuring out whether or not you need box braids or just a normal knotless braid wig for your hairstyle. Read on to learn about the pros and cons of each style so you can decide if the cost of purchasing real box braids is worth it in your case.
Easy Knotless Braid Styles
One of the most popular braiding styles is the knotless braid. This style gives hair a natural look that goes with any outfit, while adding just enough detail to stand out. To create a knotless braid, start by parting hair in two sections. One section should be on the left side of your head (closer to your face) and one section should be on the right side of your head (closer to your neck). Separate one inch strands from each section and hold them together tightly in one hand, making sure they are opposite colors so you can tell which is which (black vs.
Biggest differences in term of styling
If you are planning on doing box braids or knotless braids, one of the most important factors in deciding which is better for you is how often you want to style your hair. With box braids, they will take longer to create because they need to be done in stages. You cannot just make a long braid that goes all the way around your head; it has to be done bit by bit with sections sewn together in stages. The knotless braid on the other hand, can be created quicker because they do not have any knots inside them so there are no parts sewn together.
Biggest differences in term of duration
Box braids are tightly braided, all in one direction on the head. They generally last three to four months with proper care and use of techniques. You will need to get them redone at the end of this time period or risk having your natural hair come through the braid which is not appealing for many. Knotless braids take much longer to put in because you have to tie each individual strand before sewing it into place. However, knotless braids last much longer than box braids without having to be redone because there is no combing involved (which breaks up the natural hair).
Boxbraiding can typically be done in a week but knotless takes at least two weeks to accomplish before you should wear it out in public as with any new style.
Biggest differences in term of maintenance
Box braids are a variation of flat cornrows, which is why they require less maintenance. Unlike knotless braids, box braids do not require you to take them down when you wash your hair. This is because the entire braid (or cornrow) is made without creating any knots that could get caught in your hair. Flat cornrows also offer more versatility because they can be created as two-strand or three-strand braiding techniques.
Taking care of your style
1. Learn how to braid. Braiding your hair into two sections can make the process much easier. You can then separate them into smaller, manageable sections.
2. Section your hair by starting with the top layer, or what’s closest to your head, pulling it forward and then gently twisting it to make a series of coils before pinning it with a bobby pin. Repeat this step for the second section of hair (the one closest to your neck).
3. Finish braiding all the way down, but leave an inch or two of hair loose on both sides of each section in order to tie together at the end – preferably with large knots on either side of each knotless braid (this will give you volume).