The Bantu Knots

Bantu knots are a hairstyle designed for hair of African descent. Bantu knots are some of the popular hairstyles that are used for short dreadlocks. Bantu knots can be applied to hair of any length and thickness. They were originally very popular in the 1970s, along with other natural styles like the Afro. The only thing you have to do to get your Bantu knots is decide how large you want knots to be, and then twist your hair until you can’t twist it any more.

To get this style you can learn how to create them at home. You can even adjust the size and shape of the knots to create a unique bantu knots that complements your personality and style.

Things You’ll Need

  • Rat tail comb
  • Hair elastics
  • Hair grips
  • Shea butter
  • Paddle brush
  • Hair spray
  • Spray bottle filled with water

The Instructions

  • Brush through the entire head of hair with the paddle brush to remove any knots or tangles.
  • Place a quarter-sized piece of Shea butter into the palm of your hand. Leave the Shea butter in your hand for a minute or two until it melts. Rub the Shea butter into your hair from the roots down to the tips.
  • Separate a 2-by-2-inch section of hair at the front of the head, using the pointy end of the rat-tail comb.
  • Tie back all the remaining hair that is not in this section with a hair elastic or hair grips.
  • Spray the section of hair with water from the spray bottle.
  • Wind the entire section of hair to create a tight, neat twist. Wrap the twist around itself to form a small coiled knot. Secure the coil of hair in place by wrapping a hair elastic around it.
  • Cover the eyes and spray the bantu knot with hair spray. Continue to section, twist and coil the remaining hair as desired.

The Example Styles of Bantu Knots


  • Use hair elastics that match the color of the hair to create a more professional finish.
  • Create sections according to the final look you want.  If you want to show your length, or have loose waves rather than defined curls make between two and four sections.  If you want large curls create 6-8 sections and for tight, springy curls do 10+ sections.
  • Do not over twist your hair.  Twisting the hair too tightly can stress your hair and cause breakage, but also it will not result in nice curls/waves either.  Instead twist the hair about two to three times then wrap it on itself and continue until all the hair is twisted and wrapped into the knot.
  • Use a moisturizing product with a light hold rather than gel or mousse.  If the product creates too much hold, the hair will not “fall” into a natural style.  Also gels and mousses can be drying and therefore damaging to the hair, instead opt for butters and pomades.  Bee Mine Curly Butter is my personal favorite.

Bantu knots are easy to create and can give hair a fun, unusual style. This hairstyle can gives the impression for your appearance. Happy Try!






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