Are we calling these knotless Travis Scott braids? Or just jumbo knotless braids? I’ve seen both terms used interchangeably, but whatever you plan to call them, they are super cute.
What are knotless braids
Knotless braids are box braids that do not have the bulge created when braiding from the root of the scalp.
Instead, the hair is braided so that the root is flat and appears as if the braid is coming directly from your scalp.
To create knotless braids you add braiding hair to your hair after braiding down the hair shaft a bit instead of adding the hair at the root.
Dr. Kari Williams spoke recently about the benefits of knotless braids noting that – “Knotless braids are definitely a better option because [they put] less stress and tension on the hair and scalp,” says Williams.
“Braids can still be heavy if too much hair is used in the extension,” she adds. But, she notes that when the technique is done correctly, you can help prevent traction alopecia.
“The benefit of the knotless technique (when done properly) is it prevents traction alopecia, which is a common form of hair loss for women who have braids that are installed too tight with the large knots. This technique can take longer to install, but it’s worth the health of the hair and scalp.”
What are knotless Travis Scott braids?
Now that you know what a knotless braid is, it’s probably easy to figure out what knotless Travis Scott braids are right?
Well let me give you a visual using this picture:
and this picture:
Travis is known for rocking random braids all over his head, which kind of reminds us of back in the day on wash day when mom would wash our hair and do a quick braid up to keep the hair ‘organized’ for the weekend or for the week.
Women have been creating knotless braids using bigger plaits with random parts that look like Travis’s signature look, hence the name Travis Scott Braids.
We can argue about who inspired who in another post, the point is men and women are creating styles around this look, and its trending.
Check out Issa Rae’s hair in her latest editorial with Bustle:
How to do knotless Travis Scott Braids
Prep your hair first
To ensure that your style has a great foundation, you should wash and deep condition your natural hair first using a little bit of protein for strength. Since this, a ‘long term’ protective style, ensuring that your hair is strong is vital to your hair’s health.
Blow drying your natural hair can help you to avoid tangles as you start your install. You can use this blow dryer on sections of your hair as you prepare for your style.
Prepare your braid hair
Most stylists will tell you that you should have at least packs of braiding hair to be safe. You can use packs of X-pressions braiding hair for medium/long knotless braids and you only need about four-packs for shorter styles.
If you prefer to use standard Kanekalon braiding hair you can use those as well, and since this style is on the thicker side, you can choose coarser strands.
Feed in the hair
To achieve knotless braids, all you have to do is part your own natural hair using bigger parts similar to Issa’s above, start braiding your hair, and feed the braided hair into the braid as you move down the braid.
Traditional knotless braids with many parts can take a long time but the Travis Scott version can be done 2-3 hours tops if you are fast.
Knotless Travis Scott Braid tutorial 1
Knotless Travis Scott Braid tutorial 2
Knotless Travis Scott Braid tutorial Short Version
@naptural85 debuted her version style recently on Instagram, once she shares her tutorial we will update this post but for now here is another take on the style.
Let us know if you plan to try Travis Scott braids this season. If you want to see the post we did on Pop Smoke braids, click here.