If you want to have a little fun with your hair, go for jumbo knotless braids with beads for extra flair. Here are 15 ways you can try this trend.
If you could combine two of the biggest braiding trends of the past few years, jumbo braids and the knotless method would definitely come out on top. Jumbo braids cut installation time in half and present a laid-back look, putting the power in your hands to re-install whenever you want because they’re DIY-friendly.
The tension-free knotless method allows you to play around with different styles, including the beaded braid trend. Since they’re practically weightless, you can embellish your hair without worrying about a heavy load on your scalp. So what would you need to achieve this look? Keep scrolling and find out.
How Many Packs of Hair Do You Need For Knotless Jumbo Braids?
Any jumbo hairstyle can pack a financial punch when it comes to the tools you’ll need, and this one is no different. Though knotless braids typically use less hair than traditional box braids, you will have to take in the size factor of each braid. Depending on which brand you buy, jumbo braids can take 5-6 packets to complete.
Some brands offer jumbo hair packs, so you may only need two or three, but the cost will be higher. X-pression braids are smoother to the touch but have less hair in each pack, so you’d probably need 5-7 packets, especially if you don’t plan on cutting the hair in half. If you’re going for the bob or shoulder-length jumbo braid, 3-4 packs of X-pression braids should work.
On the plus side, you won’t have to raid every beauty supply store looking for special hair. Jumbo knotless braids can be achieved with any Kanekalon type hair. Buy 5 packs to be on the safe side. You wouldn’t want to run out.
How Do You Tie Beads With Knotless Braids?
This sounds a little tricky at first, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll be attaching beads to every hairstyle. For this, you’ll need a beading tool, rubber bands, and beads big enough to go around the ends of your jumbo braids. The beading tool can be found at most beauty supply stores or online for around 2 dollars.
Place as many beads on the beading tool loop as you like, thread them into your braid, and secure the bottom with a rubber band. You can check out the full tutorial at the bottom of this page.
The old-school, at-home method needs patience. You’ll have to insert beads onto your ends one by one before tying the bottom off into a knot, mimicking a needle and threat situation.
These beaded beauties should inspire you to embark on your own jumbo knotless journey.
1. Original Jumbo Knotless Braids With Beads
Jumbo braids have been around for a while. You might even say that poetic justice braids are a variation of this ever-popular style. They’re the go-to look for at-home braiders who want a quick but cute fix to hold them over for the week. Using the knotless method also enhances the protection level.
If you want to keep things clean and classy, look no further than this original jumbo braid. Bead choice is entirely up to you, but these white beads on black hair are absolutely stunning.
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2. Mix & Match Jumbo Knotless Braids With Beads
Black is a classic color, but you can mix and match your jumbo braids to create an eye-popping, layered effect like the one above. Add accent colors throughout your hair or create a peek-a-boo effect by hiding vibrant strands underneath neutral tones. You can also match your beads with their respective strands for extra detail.
There’s some debate about wooden v.s plastic beads, but this one rule might help you decide. Earth tones go well together, so if you’ve got natural colors like brown, black, copper, or red, use wooden beads.
3. Analogous Magic Jumbo Knotless Braids With Beads
Going with similar colors can be fun when you choose a vibrant variation like this purple look. The ombre effect adds to the style’s depth, and beads that fall into different soft colors like pink, red and purple give off a put-together vibe.
This is the perfect example of matching plastic beads with colors that aren’t natural. You can also have fun with sizing. Smaller beads are lighter, so you can pile them on. Just be careful not to strain your strands.
4. Wood & Gold Jumbo Knotless Braids With Beads
Beautiful beads come in all shapes and sizes. No wonder it’s hard to stick to just one type. If you’re feeling particularly creative, why not design your own beaded pattern. Long, short, and diamond-shaped, each bead can offer something different to look at.
If you want your beaded arrangement to shine, go for a shoulder to mid-shoulder length jumbo braid. That way, everyone can see your design as it frames your face. Some of the intricately designed beads might be hard to find in your local beauty supply store. Ordering online is the best option if you’re looking to increase your variety.
5. Brown & Lilac Jumbo Knotless Braids With Beads
We love a neutral look, but rules are meant to be broken, aren’t they? This brown and lilac knotless jumbo braid combo proves that you can customize your braids in any way you want and still look good. Have a little fun and mix different types of brown together for a complex aesthetic.
These purple, white, and tan beads are small enough to not overpower the look with too much color. It’s all about balance.
6. Statement Streak Jumbo Knotless Braids With Beads
While the previous looks had tons of color, this knotless style gives us enough to be intriguing. That single blonde strand going down the side of her face is such an interesting statement that draws attention to the rest of the hairstyle without being too loud.
The beads also liven the black hair with neutral browns and reds. If your knotless braids are on the plain side, then go ahead and increase the number of beads you put on each strand, as long as your scalp feels comfortable in the end.
7. Skunk Patch Jumbo Knotless Braids With Beads
If the previous look gave us a hint, this next one gives it all away. Skunk patches or skunk stripes have been all the rage on Tik Tok and Instagram, and it looks like jumbo knotless braids aren’t exempt. While this look reflects the traditional black and white skunk patch, you can go with any color.
To add more detail and look like you really thought things through, match your beads to the skunk stripe color. Or, if you want to tone the look down, go for clear beads like the ones here.
8. Blondie Jumbo Knotless Braids With Beads
You know what they say, go blonde or go home. Okay, maybe not, but going blonde with braids is still a great idea, especially if you’ve always wanted to try the color but didn’t want to damage your natural hair with bleach. Do you know what else goes well with blonde hair? Gold!
Go ahead and spoil yourself with a dazzling set of gold beads to adorn the bottom of your golden locks. Whether they’re big, small, or translucent, they’ll add another level of shine.
9. Short Bob Jumbo Knotless Braids With Beads
If you’re looking for an affordable, time-conscious alternative to the jumbo knotless braids trend, go for a short bob. If you pre-section your hair into large parts, you might only need 2-3 packs of regular braids or 1-2 packets of Xpressions to pull this off. You can spice up the look by adding a ton of beads.
Since the hair is shorter, extra beads won’t drag your braids down. You can also wear it in a cute half-up, half-down look or sweep it to one side. It’s the perfect length with multiple styling options.
10. Teal Butterfly Jumbo Knotless Braids With Beads
Beautiful, bold, and bob cut, these teal jumbo knotless braids incorporate nearly every trend out there. The butterfly effect mixed in with rubber band ends and vibrant colors are further complemented by the golden hair jewels and beads.
This look defies any hair rules, and if you choose to rock it, silver or gold accessories will work just fine. If you want to take it further, use matching teal beads at the ends. This would look just as good with long, thick knotless braids, so try that out.
11. Messy Bun Jumbo Knotless Braids With Beads
Everything about this look screams “bold and confident”. From chunky braids to the shoulder-length, to the marble pattern beads, this is a head-turning, messy bun that you have to try for yourself. If you want to push the boundaries, add gold accents and jewelry as well as swirly baby hairs.
Since the beads are bigger, and the hair is shorter, be sure not to overload each strand, and make sure you match the bead size with your braid thickness. You can also choose different braid colors like dark red or purple for a little variety.
12. Super Long Jumbo Knotless Braids With Beads
Nothing says carefree and full of confidence like extra-long box braids. Thick at the top and thin at the bottom, these braids are perfect for beads and jewelry. The thin ends allow you to add both small and large beads with ease. Since they’re so long, you can wear them back in a ponytail or a bun without worrying about tucking the beads away.
Make sure you have enough hair. XPression braids are long enough, but if they’re too expensive, you can buy regular Kanekalon braiding hair and extend the braid length manually using the knotless method.
13. Bead Overload Jumbo Knotless Braids With Beads
This one is for anyone who doesn’t care about practicality and wants to look as stylish as possible. The length is one thing, but the beads take this style to levels of glamor not yet seen. No matter which hair color you choose, these braids will turn heads.
On top of that, the bead installation is different. See how they stop in the middle of the braid? That creates a bohemian feel and leaves your ends wispy and light. To create this floating bead illusion, tie a knot after the last bead. To make sure your braids aren’t too thick, create large parts at your root but add smaller amounts of hair to each braid.
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14. Beaded Bangs Jumbo Knotless Braids With Beads
There’s more than one way to do a knotless beaded jumbo braided look, and this style variation is bang on. Get it? Instead of leaving the beads for the end, why not try a braided bang? The beads act as a buffer between your forehead and the hair extensions. You can also add the same beads to the ends for an African-inspired look.
To seal your bangs, you can either burn the ends or use a rubber band, which is probably safer considering the close proximity these bangs have to your face.
15. Square Part & Baby Hairs Jumbo Knotless Braids With Beads
Clean lines and neat braids are what make this super jumbo knotless look irresistible. The parts are extra-large, so you don’t have to worry about a high-maintenance hairstyle. As long as you have some great edge control, you can slick down these larger sections.
To add some dimension to each braid, try mixing in different braid colors like the dark red and brown combo above. Slip on some wooden beads, and you’re ready to go!
It’s Time To Get Bold With Beads
Feeling shaky about installing beads to your jumbo braids? Check out this tutorial.