Step-by-Step Guide: How to Create Beautiful Bantu Knots

by Shine My Crown Staff
Photo credit: Delmaine Donson

Bantu knots are a traditional African hairstyle that involves twisting small sections of hair and then knotting them to create a spiral pattern. Here’s a step-by-step tutorial on how to create Bantu knots:

  1. Start with clean, detangled hair that is either damp or dry. If your hair is damp, apply a leave-in conditioner or styling product to help with hold and definition.
  2. Part your hair into small sections, about 1-2 inches wide. You can use a rat-tail comb or your fingers to create the sections.
  3. Twist each section of hair tightly, starting at the roots and working your way down to the ends. The tighter you twist the hair, the tighter the knots will be.
  4. Once you’ve twisted the section of hair, wrap it around itself to form a knot. Make sure to tuck the ends of the hair into the knot to secure it in place.
  5. Repeat the process with all sections of hair, making sure to keep the knots as tight as possible.
  6. Once all the sections of hair have been knotted, you can add more styling product to your hair to help with hold and shine.
  7. Leave the knots in overnight or for at least a few hours to allow them to set.
  8. Once you’re ready to take out the knots, gently unravel each one and use your fingers to separate the curls.
  9. Style your hair as desired, and enjoy your Bantu knots!

Note: Bantu knots hairstyle can be done on all natural hair types. But it is important to use a good quality of hair care product to keep your hair healthy.

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