Bantu knots are protective hairstyles in which the hair is repeatedly sectioned, twisted, and wrapped around the base to make a knot-like appearance stacked on top of one another.
Bantu knots can be made with only your own hair or with the addition of hair extensions. It’s entirely up to you. This hairstyle uses no heat to curl your hair. Twisting and wrapping the hair around the base causes the hair to curl without the use of heat.
So you can choose whether to wear your hair in knots or unravel it and stroll around with your curls.
When doing bantu knots, you have to remember not to tighten the rubber band too much. Although bantu knots are a protective hairstyle, if the rubber band is too tight for your hair, it can damage your hair.
Bantu knots tutorials
What you need
- A rat-tail comb
- Rubber bands
- An edge control brush
- Extra hold gel
- Pre-stretched hair for braiding
- Crotchet needle
How to do bantu knots
Before you start with the bantu knots, wash and condition your hair. Make sure to detangle your hair too. Make sure your hair is damp for the best results. This means that it should not be wet or dry.
Now part your hair into small sections. Apply the extra hold gel to the roots and use a bristle brush to comb down all the fly aways. Avoid using heavy creams, oils, or butters on your hair because they might cause hair breakage.
Twist or braid the hair in that particular section. You can add pre-stretched hair extensions if you want. If you fancy some hair colour, then you can go for a hair extension in that colour.
To make the bantu knots which are like little buns, twist and tightly wrap the hair over itself. You can twist and wrap at the same time, depending on your want. Continue coiling the hair until it reaches the end. Tuck the end of the bun inside the bun and pin it in place with a rubber band.
You can also use a crochet needle to loop the hair in place and pin it. Your hair may stay in place without a pin if your Bantu knots are tight.
If the purpose of your bantu knots was to curl your hair, you can leave it in overnight and unravel the braids in the morning to get the curls. This is called bantu knot-outs. You can also rock your bantu knots a bit longer before you unravel them.
Why not try the Bantu knot hairstyle if you’re seeking a protective style that will keep your hair healthy and manageable? Bantu knots are only one of many methods that will protect afro-textured hair. You can experiment with weaves, box braids, and sew-in styles, but bantu knots are a particularly interesting look that will make you pleased.
If you have already braided your hair or if you have locs in, then you can skip the first part of the tutorial and just go to the part where you wrap the hair over itself to make buns.
If you don’t want large bantu knots, then just your own natural hair is enough to get the job done. But if you would like to have large buns, then you can add the hair extensions.
Bantu knots is not for only afro textured hair, you can still do bantu knots if you have permed your hair.