Shikha Mittal


How to Achieve and Unravel- Bantu Knots

Having a long natural hair and wanted to give a new look? Try Bantu knots are for you. A 90s look making a hardcore fashion comeback—it’s certainly making waves lately!  Bantu knots are a timeless style still worn today. Bantu knots have been worn by black women for centuries. This is originating from the Bantu People of central and South Africa. Bantu knots are a retro styling technique that involves flaunting tiny buns throughout your mane.  Bantu knots serve as a protective style and work to call attention to your features. A step up from traditional Bantu knots, this elevated style allows you to wear your mini buns as long as you like, then unravel them to reveal springy curls, hence the name Bantu knot out. These knots create gorgeous spiral curls in relaxed or natural hair. 

Why Bantu knots

  • You can give your personal style and variety of style by parting section according to you.
  • It is a protective hairstyle. As it protect the ends of the hair from potential damage.
  • They are low maintenance and require simple care.
  • As they are easy to do and care Bantu knots are best for busy women.
  • These knots are inexpensive to achieve and maintain.
  • Without heating you will get perfect curls after unraveling them.

How to do Bantu knots

Although it seems easy but without applying proper technique with right product you won’t achieve the best outcome. You may be disappointed with the looks which will be really frustrating. We’ve compiled an easy guide to achieving the best Bantu knots every time. And, it won’t take you long to get it done. 

  • The very first step of Bantu or any other braids is to get the scalp clean because itching or scratching your head in the end will ruining your style. Your hair needs to be properly moisturized to create the perfect set of Bantu knots.
  • Apply leave-in conditioner. This will help protect tresses and keep flyaways in check while you detangle your hair to prep for styling. Part your hair in sections, re-wet your hair if dry, and apply the leave-in conditioner evenly through your mane. For long-lasting moisture, you’ll need to oil up your strands, too. Apply throughout your hair from root to tip.
  • Next step is to part your hair into sections all over. First decide how many knot you want then section them accordingly. You can style (part) in different patterns like zigzag to interlocked diamonds, triangles to square. Once you've divided everything up, secure your hair with clips. With the help of a rat-tail comb, divide your hair into sections depending on how thick you would like.
  • Using your hair tie, tightly tie one of your smaller sections creating a ponytail. Then separate that ponytail into two once it’s securely in the hair tie. Once you have your two pieces of hair in your hands, begin a two strand twist. After twisting the two strands together, take the whole twist and twist it in a knot clockwise to form a tiny bun. To secure your knot, you can use a bobby pin, a hair elastic or tuck it under the knot. 
  • Repeat the process for each section, keeping the thickness of each Bantu knot consistent.
  • Finish these Bantu knots with some hairspray to keep them neat once all done. You can also add some accessories like colored elastic band, colored yarn threads, hair cuff etc.

How to Unravel Bantu knots

Bantu knots are considered to be a protective style, but these knots should only remain in your hair for up to two weeks. To unravel knots, start at the root where you tucked the ends. Hold the entire knot and begin to slowly unravel it. Once you’ve unraveled the knot, separate the two-strand twists and you should see the beautiful curls unfold. Since you’re not using any extensions to achieve this style, your hair can start to look messy pretty quickly.

Points to Remember

  • Styling your hair while wet can cause extreme breakage due to the over-manipulation it endures from the twisting process. So, if you decide to do a Bantu knot-out on freshly washed hair, you still need to allow your hair to dry for at least 40 minutes.
  • Avoid heavy oils for your Bantu knot-out. 
  • Make sure the pins have rounded tips to avoid scratching or scarring your scalp. Try to use large or small hair pins depending on the length of your hair.
  • Don’t re-twist the hair daily to prevent over manipulation or breakage.
  • Bantu knots can also be used for getting defined curls. So choose section accordingly. If you want hair fluff then add more knots and for waves then do fewer knots.