How to Create the Perfect Bantu Knot

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With the natural hair movement still going strong, naturalistas are finding more and more ways of making the journey smooth and at the same time fun.  It is no wonder then the Bantu knots are making a comeback and with the right reasons; they are cute and flirty. What’s more, you can undo the knots and the result will be a head full of bouncy curls. Here’s how to create a flawless Bantu knot.

Bantu knots, also known as Zulu knots, are believed to have been worn by African women prior to the 20th century. However, it was made popular by African American women in the late 20th century when the natural hair movement gained traction. Here’s how you can create this versatile style:

Wash your hair: Start by washing your hair since Bantu knots will leave a large portion of your scalp exposed. You can use your regular shampoo and don’t forget to condition your hair. In addition, detangle your hair for a smooth and shiny finish.

Partially dry your hair: For the best results, work with partially dry hair as soaking wet hair will take a long time to dry. If you want to work with dry hair, then ensure it is well moisturised.

Part the hair into multiple sections: This is a very crucial stage. Using the end of a rattail comb, divide the hair into sections holding each section with a hair tie or elastic band. The result will be mini ponytails. The size of the sections will depend on your preference. For those with short hair, 4small sections will work best for you.

Twist hair into a ‘rope’: Divide the ponytail into two and using a setting lotion or gel, twist each section from the roots and work your way towards the hair shaft. Keep the tension fairly high so that the knots are firm. Take caution though not to put so much stress on the tresses. Do this with each section.

Coil the twisted hair around itself: Take the whole twist and gradually wind it around the base coil at the scalp. Use a bobby pin, elastics or tuck the end of the knots under the knot to secure it in place. When all hair is knotted, you can decide to either air dry or sit under the hair dryer for a couple of minutes. The knots can stay in place for one to two weeks. For the Bantu knot-out, let the hair be completely dry before untwisting it. For flawless curls, leave the knots overnight. Separate each curl with your fingers and avoid pulling apart the sections. Lightly fluff your hair so as to cover the scalp and make the curls look more natural.

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