Bantu knots hairstyle are a traditional African hairstyle that has been around for over 100 years.
What is Bantu knots ?
Bantu knots hairstyle are a cute, flirty style traditionally sported by African woman of certain cultural groups and some women of African descent. However, these knots work well with just about all hair types. They are not actually knots! Instead, they are small, coiled buns secured against the side of the head. Regardless, if you uncoil your Bantu knots after you’ve sported them, you can create a second, curly hairstyle known as a Bantu knot-out.
They are made by twisting your hair around itself until it forms a knot. The style can be used as protective style for both natural and relaxed hair. ‘Bantu’ is an all-encompassing term used to describe the 300 to 600 ethnic groups within southern Africa that spoke the Bantu language, according to the South Africa History Organization (SAHO).
How To Do Bantu knots Hairstyle ?
1- Preparing Hair
Shampoo the hair with a sulfate-free shampoo. Your scalp needs to be very clean since Bantu knots leave a large portion of it exposed. If you have too much product buildup, grime, and flaky skin on your scalp, the style can become itchy and lose some of its glamour.
You do not need to use any special shampoo for this task, but using a sulfate-free option will help reduce frizz. Simply use the same hair care products you always use when shampooing your hair.
Use conditioner, especially if your hair tends to frizz. If your hair is prone to frizziness or flyaway strands, using a conditioner can help prevent some of this effect. You can opt for either a rinse-out conditioner or a leave-in conditioner.
Detangle your hair, if necessary. If your hair tangles easily, you should brush it using a special detangler brush or comb. For curly or textured hair, opt for a wide-toothed comb, and detangle it while conditioner is still on your hair. Consider applying a detangler serum, as well.
Dry the hair partially, leaving it damp. There are conflicting opinions concerning whether to work with wet, damp, or dry hair, but the general consensus is that damp hair is best for setting both knots and knot-outs.
2- Forming the Bantu Knots
Separate the hair into multiple sections. The exact width will vary depending on how short or long the hair is, as well as the look you want to go for if you plan to do knot-outs. Typically speaking, if the hair is short, you should use smaller sections, while women with long hair can opt for larger sections. Typically, the bigger the section the bigger the curls.
Apply a curl cream or similar setting product. Stick with a product that has light to medium hold to create knots and knot-outs that hold their form without becoming stiff. Using your fingers or a styling comb, work the product into your hair, evenly coating your entire length of hair.
3- Doing a Knot-Out
Place a shower cap over your head overnight. If you plan to do a knot-out, it is recommended that you let the hair air dry on its own. Placing a shower cap over the Bantu knots overnight can create a humid, steamy environment for your hair, though, which can help set the style naturally.