Knotless Braids with Beads: 35 Coolest Ideas for 2024

Cindy Marcus
Cindy Marcus Hairstylist, Editor-in-Chief
Side-Swept Knotless Box Braids with Beads for Mid-to-Long Hair Length
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#1: Side-Swept Box Braids with Beads

Side-swept box braids look mature and beautiful with beads and without. The best way to get this side fall of the braids is with a middle part, believe it or not. Because knotless braids have flat surfaces, the mobility is great, and the braids can be flipped to either side. Beads on the ends add a little extra jazz and styling.

#2: Box Braided Bun with Beads

Create a box braided bun with beads to style your braids! This gorgeous braided-up style will make you want to wear your hair up every day.

#3: Beaded Mid-Length Fulani Braids

Beaded mid-length Fulani braids look extra gorgeous when you add clear or colored beads to the ends.

#4: Knotless Goddess Braids with Purple Beads

Knotless goddess braids with purple beads are perfect for anyone who loves a unique braided style.

Center-Parted Beaded Knotless Box Braids for Black Girls' Mid-Length Hair
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#5: Center-Parted Beaded Box Braids for Black Girls

These center-parted beaded box braids are ideal for black girls with varying hair types. The length of these braids puts more focus on the face while the beads enhance the appearance of the eyes. Gorgeous!

Side-Parted Medium Knotless Braids with Beads
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#6: Side-Parted Medium Braids with Beads

Why not add beads?! This side-parted medium braid with beads proves that accessories are for everyone.

Mid-Length Colored Knotless Braids and Beads with Sleek Edges
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#7: Colored Braids and Beads with Sleek Edges

Create an exciting look with colored braids and beads, complemented by sleek edges. There are many braid hair colors on the market. You can choose from shades of pink, grey, or even blue to create a vibrant look. Colorful beads enhance the vibrant look and can be swapped out for different ones at any time. For sleek edges, use Style Factor Edge Booster Pomade and a small brush to create beautiful swirls along the hairline.

Chest-Length Triangle Knotless Braids with Pink Beads
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#8: Triangle Knotless Braids with Pink Beads

Does your teen want an exciting braid style? Let her try triangle part knotless braids adorned with pink beads. Different colors, beads, and unique parting designs can make this protective braid style trendy and attractive. Consider taking her to a professional braider for the best outcome regarding braid thickness, precise parting, and balance. Use tea tree oil if your teen’s scalp becomes itchy after braiding.

Medium Beaded Brown Knotless Braids with Clear Beads
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#9: Beaded Brown Knotless Braids

If you’re looking for a protective style that won’t take long to install but can last several weeks, consider beaded brown knotless braids. With the braids being short in length, your salon visit will also be short, allowing you to continue with your day. Beads on the ends of the braids are a returning trend. They not only keep the braids weighed down but also add a playful sound as they move. To ensure the braids last a month or more, moisturize your scalp regularly and sleep in a silk bonnet or silk pillow to prevent friction from rough fabric.

Medium-Length Beaded Burgundy Knotless Braids
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#10: Beaded Burgundy Knotless Braids

Do you want a subtle red hairstyle? Consider choosing beaded burgundy knotless braids as your next protective hairstyle. Knotless braids offer some of the most protection for your natural hair and give various styling options. Adding beads on the ends is a fun way to style knotless braids, creating a whimsical feature. However, remember that beads could make your hairstyle a bit heavy, so shorter knotless braids help make the style feel light. Remove your braids no more than 6-8 weeks after installation to avoid product build-up and damage.

Knotless Box Braided High Ponytail with Red Beads for Medium Hair
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#11: Box Braided High Ponytail with Red Beads

Little black girls need cute hair styles that also suit their daily activities. Consider a box braided high ponytail and highlight it with red beads. You can always replace beads with other colors, which is ideal for girls who like to match their looks. You can wear knotless braids in diverse ways, like all tied up, left loose, or half tied. If hair becomes too full of product, you can cleanse the braids with a gentle scrub. Always ensure to dry them fully after washing.

Mid Back Knotless Mini Box Braids with Blue Crystal Beads
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#12: Knotless Mini Box Braids with Crystal Beads

Looking for precision? Check out these pristine knotless mini box braids with crystal-clear beads. A strategic technique to keep the falling flat is to add the braid hair gradually and in small pieces. This also helps you easily pull them up into a ponytail. To be able to add beads, the ends must be tapered and braided to a point so that they easily slide on.

#13: No-Knots Black Braids with Round Beads

No-knot, or knotless, black braids with round beads will be a summertime favorite. Knotless braids are light in weight and can be styled in so many different ways, fit for any occasion or event. No matter your age, knotless braids can be worn to fit your style. To prevent breakage or product buildup, tie them down at night and remove the braids in 6-8 weeks.

Thick Knotless Braids with Blue Beads for Medium to Long Black Hair
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#14: Thick Knotless Braids with Blue Beads

Wanting fullness and movement without thickness? Ask your braider for freestyle small knotless braids, and add some flair with blue beads on the ends. Freestyle parting is done to help alleviate hard parting lines or lines of demarcation, creating a split. Half-moon parting adds a few more braids, helping the style be fuller. Have fun and create different color combos for the beads.

Mid back Beaded Knotless Jumbo Braids
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#15: Beaded Knotless Jumbo Braids

You may still appreciate the classic box braid technique. So beaded box braids are certainly a protective style choice that looks great. While the base isn’t flat like knotless, the base is more stable and can last longer if kept up well. Expert tip: after tapering the ends, dip them in hot water to make the beads even easier to slide on the ends.

Mid-Sized Knotless Box Braids with Beaded Ends for Mid-Long Hair
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#16: Mid-Sized Box Braids with Beaded Ends

Mid-sized box braids with beaded ends are a go-to option for your daughters and young ladies. Medium-sized braids are easier to take down and take less time to be installed by the braider. Be careful how thick you get the braids compared to the size of the sections. You don’t want them too thick to pull up or wear down on your neck.

#17: Knotless Box Braids with Wooden Beads

A simple yet cute style for active Black young girls is knotless box braids with wooden beads. Plaits are a traditional braid style that has been worn for generations. The ease of keeping your hair out of the way during sports, school, or whatever active lifestyle you have. Keep your braids fresh for several weeks with proper upkeep. Use a bonnet and regularly moisturize.

#18: Beads on Square Parted Braids

Make a little noise with slightly clanking beads on square parted braids. Knotless, as popular as they have become, have a ton of mobility and are considered lightweight. This is a plus for women on the go who live an active life. For at-home maintenance, use a little tea tree oil on your scalp for itch. Use mousse throughout the braids for shine.

Medium Knotless Box Braids with Large White Beads
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#19: Medium Knotless Braids with Large Beads

Short medium knotless braids with large beads are a quick style. It’s great for young ladies who don’t want to spend a ton of time in the chair getting their hair braided. Beads come in so many shapes and sizes, so the design element on the ends is potentially limitless. Ask your braider for box or design parting to help the braids stand out neatly.

Long Knotless Chunky Box Braids with Beads on the Ends
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#20: Long Chunky Braids with Beads on the Ends

Rock some long chunky braids with beads on the ends as one of the hottest braid styles. Rest assured you don’t need thick natural hair to obtain the look. An experienced braider can add more braid hair to each braid stroke. This helps to increase the thickness. Beads on the ends can be in any shape or color, as the options are limitless and can be switched out whenever you want.

Mid-Length Knotless Box Braided Style with Beads and Half Buns
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#21: Mid-Length Braided Style with Beads and Buns

Consider a mid-length braided style with beads and Minnie Mouse buns for some hair fun. Knotless braids are the best type of individual braids to wear because of the flat base. Especially when you plan to style them in different ponytails and buns. Warm shades of brown and wood beads add a golden touch to the styling. For baby hair maintenance, use an edge control product and a small brush to swoop and design along the hairline.

#22: Blonde Beaded Braids with Wavy Strands

Blonde beaded braids with wavy strands are a boho knotless style with beads for an extra accent. There must be balance in how much wavy hair is added and the weight of the beads. You don’t want your braids to look too heavy on one end or the other. Let the braids be the star of the style. You can do this with clean parts and consistent sizing. Add only a couple of beads at most to the ends and sprinkle the wavy strands throughout.

Mid-Length Bohemian Knotless Braids with Colorful Beads
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#23: Bohemian Knotless Braids with Colorful Beads

Have fun with your next style and rock bohemian knotless braids with colorful beads. The best part about wearing beads is that you can change your colorful style choice at any time and swap them out. Keep the style interesting by sprinkling some curly strands throughout. Just remember that synthetic hair cannot be manipulated with heat or product. So a human blend or 100% human hair is best for longevity.

#24: Shoulder-Length Black Braids with Orange Beads

Maybe long length isn’t your typical style in hair choices. If so, consider shoulder-length black braids with an accent like orange beads on the ends. Beads hairstyles are becoming chic braid styles because of the endless bead options. My expert advice is to select beads without painted designs or fake chrome. Products with oil and water tend to ruin the beads rather quickly. Wooden beads come in different sizes, brown and orange shades, and are lightweight.

#25: Medium Box Braided Style with Pink Beads

Get into this medium box braided style with pink beads this summer! This low-maintenance braid style already requires a minimum amount of upkeep at home. And short, shoulder-length means less time in the chair getting them installed. Knotless braids are ideal for lightweight braids with endless styling options. Seek a professional braider to install for precision parting and a consistent braid down for a super neat finish. Pink beads can be purchased at various beauty supply stores and art stores.

#26: Transparent Beads on Knotless Box Braids

The exciting thing about beads is that you can swap out different colors and shapes to match your style. Transparent beads on knotless box braids allow you to rock the bead trend and match whatever style. Clear beads can also make the braids look a little longer than they are since you can see the braids through them. Maintain your knotless braids with tea tree oil for itch and setting mousse for shine and flyaways.

Waist-Length Large Knotless Braids with Clear Beads
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#27: Beaded Waist-Length Large Braids

Want something quick yet in-style? Think about beaded waist-length large braids for a vacation or short-term look. Even with large or even jumbo sectioned braids, the key to getting beads on the ends is with very well tapered ends. Tapered ends gradually reduce thickness as it’s braided down. This way, the whole braid goes from thick to skinny gradually and seamlessly. With large beads, you can add just a few or more than a few, whatever fits your style.

#28: Red Ombre Box Braids with Transparent Beads

Looking for a braid style that’s young and hip? Rock some red ombre box braids with transparent beads on the ends. It’s a sassy style choice, letting the red shine through the clear beads. This creative accent is becoming more popular. They even add sound to your everyday life with the light clanking of the beads. For pretty baby hair designs, use an edge control. Try Style Factor Edge Booster and a small brush around the perimeter as needed.

Medium-Length Brick Layered Knotless Box Braids with Beads
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#29: Medium-Length Brick Layered Braids

Brick-layered braids are simplistic and modern as long as the parting is precise. Adding beads is easier if the braids are thin on the ends. So if you have thick natural hair, you may get this protective style without any braid hair being used. Note that less braiding hair used is less tension because of the little weight.

Short Knotless Box Braided Bob with Green Beads and Sleek Edges
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#30: Box Braided Bob with Green Beads

Want to create a look of envy? Check out this box braided bob with green beads. The color choice in itself creates a stunning choice in accenting the bob. Because it’s short, your natural hair can’t be longer than your shoulders. Keep in mind that the longer your hair, the more your hair has to be folded to get the short length. Make this a versatile braid style by switching up the color combo of the beads from time to time.

Mid-Length Black Knotless Braids with Brown Highlights and Black-White Beads
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#31: Black Knotless Braids with Brown Highlights

Use color to switch up your overall design and get black knotless braids with brown highlights. This technique selects specific braids. It uses a solid brown color, like #30, to create the knotless braids. A popular accent to knotless braids today are beads at the ends. It’s trendy and cute for a playful style.

Extra Long Beaded Braids without Knots for Black-Haired Women
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#32: Extra Long Beaded Braids without Knots

For tall girls, consider long beaded braids without knots or knotless braids. To keep the braids polished, use as little braid hair as possible. It’s critical to use longer braid hair, such as 56″ or longer. This allows for long braids to be seamless in the braid down without continuing to add hair as it’s plaited down. For a simple accent, use clear beads on the ends.

#33: Half Up Half Down Braids with Clear Beads

Knotless braids are versatile and can be easily worn half up, half down with clear beads. Knotless has far less breakage potential on your hair. The weight of the braids is distributed throughout the braid down. To keep them natural looking, ask your braider for a length that matches your natural hair length. Also, ask for the braids to be somewhat thin.

#34: Middle Part Ginger Cornrows with Curled Ends

The middle part ginger cornrows with curled ends is a play on tribal braids. The gorgeous hair locs are braided into long bangs in the front, with the back being able to be worn up or down. To keep it young and cute, wrap the ends around flexi rods and dip them into the hot water for curls. Note that the curls last longer if the braid hair is not braided all the way down.

Middle-Parted Medium Knotless Stitch Braids with Beads and Red Plaits
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#35: Middle-Parted Stitch Braids with Beads

If you have thick hair and want to combat the summer heat, wear middle-part knotless braids. Add some style with beads on the ends. As simple as this protective style is, you can always tweak it with color pops in the braids and different bead designs. Be sure to remove the braids after 6-8 weeks to avoid breakage and product build-up.

Knotless braids with beads have gained popularity as a stylish and versatile hairstyle. To help you achieve flawless results, we interviewed Jazmin, an expert in the field, who shared her insights and expertise. Jazmin’s extensive experience with knotless braids will guide you through the process, addressing various hair textures, face shapes, and lifestyle considerations.

Meet The Expert

Jazmin is a hairstylist with over 17 years of experience.
You can find her at Jaz It Up Hair LLC in Smyrna, GA

Choosing the Right Beads and Braids Size

When selecting beads for knotless braids, Jazmin advises that if you have specific beads in mind, you should choose the size of your braids accordingly to ensure a proper fit. On the other hand, if you have already decided on the size of your braids, you can then choose beads that accommodate that size.

Remember that knotless braids can be tailored to suit all hair textures and thicknesses. Jazmin emphasizes that the goal of knotless braids is to create a natural look, so it is essential to use hair extensions that match your hair texture. The thickness of your natural hair will determine the amount of hair used for the braids.

Complementing Your Face Shape

When it comes to face shapes and knotless braids, Jazmin suggests that personal preference plays a significant role. However, she shares some recommendations for different face shapes:

  • Long and oval faces: Opt for a middle part and long braids to enhance the length of your face. Alternatively, a side part and shorter braids can beautifully complement this face shape.
  • Round faces: Choose fuller and thicker braids, whether long or short, as they help to balance and enhance round features.
  • Square faces: Braids that are styled away from the face, such as in a ponytail, bun, or behind the ear, work well to complement square face shapes.

Styling Tips and Recommended Products

Follow these suggestions to elevate your hairstyle:

  • Use a beader: Utilizing a beader will save you time and allow you to preview the bead pattern before securing them. This handy tool ensures precise placement and reduces the risk of mistakes.
  • Opt for thin ends: Jazmin recommends having thin ends on your braids. This allows you to secure the beads with a rubber band and cut off the majority of the remaining hair. Even with less hair, the beads can still fit over the remaining strands that cannot be cut, ensuring a seamless look.

Jazmin also suggests a couple of products to enhance your braids:

  • Loc N Gel: This product helps to provide a firm hold and control frizz, ensuring that your braids stay in place and maintain a polished appearance.
  • Africa’s Best Ultimate Herbal Oil: This oil can nourish your scalp and hair, promoting healthy growth and adding shine to your braids.

Photos of the Most Impressive Knotless Braids with Beads