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How to Do Medium Knotless Braids

Last updated Sep 27, 2023

What's not to love about medium knotless braids? They're classic, striking, low-maintenance, and the perfect style to give our hair a little breather. While there's nothing wrong with a hairstyle that takes more than 30 minutes to perfect, a protective style is satisfying because it's clinging. Here's the medium knotless braids style and everything you need to know to achieve this hairstyle.

What are medium knotless braids?

What are medium knotless braids?

Medium knotless braids are a new type of good old fashioned braid. And this technique does not have those little knots that sit on the scalp because of the addition of synthetic locks.

A knotless braid is an elongated braid without knots. The roots are smooth and flat. Knotless braids have a unique look to the hairstyle. If you don't have time to deal with your hair and the time you spend doing and undoing it every day irritates you, this style will undoubtedly be your savior as it can last for weeks.

How is a medium knotless braid different from other knotless braids?

Knotless braids come in a variety of different sizes and lengths. There are miniature, small, medium, large and giant knotless braids. These braids aren't small, but they aren't huge either. In most cases, medium sized knotless box braids have the width of a pencil or pen.

This size of knotless braid is best for those who have two inches or longer hair. If your hair is too short, the medium size style may not be the best because it will be harder for the braider to grip and the style may not last as long.

If you want to install a knotless braid, choose a small or miniature braid to make sure the style lasts a little longer.

How to do Medium Knotless Braids?

Start with clean hair. Doing knotless braids on dirty hair will reduce the lifespan of your braids. Wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo to remove all impurities from your hair. After all, you don't want an itchy scalp, which can lead to dandruff and even scalp inflammation.

Next use a deep conditioner to ensure that your natural hair is hydrated and protected for the next few weeks of knot-free braids. It's best to do medium knot-free braids on stretched or blow-dried hair for better grip and to create neater braids. You can also pre-soak your braided hair in apple cider vinegar to remove any chemicals, which can help prevent itchiness.

We recommend using a hair stand to pre-separate the extensions into smaller sections of braids to save time. Next, separate the hair into 1-2 inch squares or triangles. Use braiding gel or pomade to help comb along the roots for a neat look.

Finally, take a section of hair and begin braiding as you normally would. After braiding 2 or 3 braids, begin feeding the extensions into the braid. For medium sized knotless braids, the extensions should be small in size because as it builds up, the braid will eventually get larger. Repeat these steps until all of your hair is complete.

How long does it take to install medium knotless braids?

There are several variables to consider regarding the time it takes to install a medium sized knotless braid. Certainly choosing a medium size braid takes much less time than miniature and small knotless braids. Medium sized knotless braids take about 3-5 hours to install, but it really depends on the speed of the braider and the length of the braid. The shorter the braid, the less time it takes, and the longer the braid, the more time it takes.

How to care for medium knotless braids?

How to care for medium knotless braids?

Knotless braids are fairly easy to care for. With these pro tips, your knotless braids can last 8-12 weeks. Because let's be honest, if we're going to spend 5+ hours putting them in, they better be low maintenance and worth it.

Tip 1: Don't skip the shampoo

While you don't want to use shampoo every other day, washing your hair once a week will prevent product buildup and an overly oily scalp. Choose a sulfate-free shampoo that won't dry out your hair. Just make sure to rinse the shampoo out thoroughly.

Tip 2: Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

Just because your hair is woven into extensions doesn't mean your hair won't feel dry. Moisturize your hair a few times a week with a light and super moisturizing product.

Tip 3: Protect your braids while you sleep

Neglecting to protect your braids at night can really affect the longevity of your braids and how fresh they look. Use a scarf or hat to help keep your style in place when you go to bed at night. This simple step will keep your braids intact for longer. If you don't like wearing something on your head while you sleep, use a silk or satin pillowcase instead.

Are medium knotless braids better?

Are medium knotless braids better?

Less pain and tension.

Medium knotless braids put less tension on the scalp. Although most protective hairstyles are designed to protect the hair, they can still cause irritation and itching after a certain amount of time.

Better styling.

The trend for medium knotless styles is still growing. These braids are light, so they are easy to wear with any style. You can switch from one style to another in an instant.

Healthier hair.

Knotless braids are not only a form of self-expression for African-Americans, but they are also meant to keep natural hair healthy. Then, thanks to the lighter texture of this style, it's like an extra glass of water and breath of fresh air for your hair.

A truly protective hairstyle.

Knotless braids use much less hair than traditional protective hairstyles. You only feel the weight of your hair, so you are saving your hair. Best of all, this style is much lower maintenance, which is a win for busy ladies who want to stay fabulous and comfortable.

A new take on a popular style.

A knotless style is an innovation on a classic, this style reinterprets the concept of protective hairstyles in a healthier, more aesthetically pleasing way.

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