Thinking about creating jumbo knotless braids for your next style? We got you!
Let’s be honest, box braids, in general, are never going out of style. They’re a forever-staple in black haircare throughout cultures and generations, and the new knotless braid method makes them even more timeless.
Knotless braids are exactly what they sound like: braids without knots. When you hook braiding hair onto your real hair, you’re often left with this little bulge of hair at the base of your single braids.
However, knotless braids use a feed-in method that makes it look like all the hair is coming directly from your scalp.
This in itself makes the braids look super realistic, but when you think about it, not many women are out here braiding small singles into their real hair, anyway.
If you really want a realistic style, try jumbo knotless braids.
It uses the same simple method as regular knotless braids, but if this idea is new to you, here are three tips to help you achieve realistic jumbo knotless braids.
Matching hair texture is key.
If you want your jumbo knotless braids to look realistic, it’s of utmost importance to match your braiding hair to the texture of your real hair.
You could define your curls and coils with an intensely moisturizing and nourishing product like Design Essentials Almond and Avocado Moisturizing Lotion and then use pre-stretched kinky or curly braiding hair to match your texture.
If you’re going for a sleek, straight look, you should match a yaki-texture with blow-dried hair.
Don’t forget to prep your hair with a heat protectant like Agave and Lavender Thermal Protection Creme.
Not only will this keep your hair protected under heat, but it’ll give you a smooth, silky finish without using a flat iron.
Make sure you tame and/or slick your hair.
Prepping jumbo braids are a lot like styling small ponytails.
Opposed to smaller braids where slicking and taming hair isn’t exactly necessary, larger braids have larger parts and use more hair, so they do require some extra work to create a neater, more seamless look.
Because gels and hairsprays have the potential of leaving your hair dry, flaky, and crunchy, it’s best to use a pomade or edge control when slicking your hair into place.
Design Essentials Honey & Shea Edge is a great option because it tames your hair with a soft hold, all while adding moisture and shine.
Don’t add in more extensions than you need.
Knotless braids look the most realistic when you don’t do too little or too much with the braiding hair.
Assess the amount and density of your hair and match it with your braiding hair so that the thickness is consistent all the way through.
Keep in mind that jumbo knotless braids also serve as a protective style, so you’ll want to do everything you can to protect your natural hair and scalp while you rock them.
Consider nourishing your scalp before and during the style with Design Essentials Scalp & Skincare Vitamin Drops. They’ll strengthen and protect your scalp, all while promoting healthy hair growth and scalp nourishment.
Jumbo Knotless Braids Tutorial 1
Jumbo Knotless Braids Crochet Method
Jumbo Knotless Braids Tutorial 3
A Short Gallery of style options:
If you are looking for more options on how you can style your hair, we have a few more styles below that we have seen on Pinterest and on Instagram.
Remember when Beyonce wore these for Elle magazine? They aren’t huge so to speak but they are within the vicinity for sure:
If you want to try the short version of this style, you can create yours similar to the below picture:
If you want to try the beaded version of the style, scroll up to check out Kristi’s video, but here is a still picture of the style:
Jhene Aiko also loves jumbo Knotless braids, we can almost say it’s her signature look. This post was sponsored by our partners, Design Essentials, and if you would like to read more on how you can utilize more of their products, click here, here, and here.
Need more protective style ideas? Click here.