By Terez Howard

Wearing Bantu knots, also called Zulu knots, is an African hair style that is making its mark in the modern world.  This tribal style is reminiscent of ceremonial African garb and desert surroundings.  But you don’t have to live in the Sahara to rock this natural hair style!  You can create Bantu knots in your natural hair.  Bantu knots are twisted knots, or buns, placed on neatly parted hair.  Any hair type can rock this style.

When you’re ready for a change, take down your Bantu knots for a curly Bantu knot out.  Since the hair was twisted around itself, the curls are much larger than the ones produced from two strand twists or braids.

Why Bantu knots?

Bantu knots are especially wonderful to transitioning sisters.  The knots hide your permed ends, and then the Bantu knot out makes those ends blend with your natural hair.

African Bantu knots look cute on any face shape and can be achieved with about two inches of hair.  Bantu knots can be used to straighten short hair.  When this protective style (which is a style that shields your ends from the elements) is achieved on short hair, it naturally stretches the hair without the use of any heat.

Medium and long natural hair will appear big and curly.  Unless you have a straighter hair texture, your Bantu knot out probably will not make hair drop; it will instead make hair large.

How To Make Quick Bantu Knots

  1. Detangle clean hair with a wide tooth comb.  Shea butter can smooth out your hair and leave it with a gorgeous sheen.
  2. Decide whether you will part the hair in square or diamond shapes.  Divide your natural hair into four sections with a rat tail comb and start making the squares or diamonds.  You can create tiny one-inch square or larger three-inch ones.  Remember, smaller Bantu knots will create a more defined Bantu knot out.
  3. Begin to two strand twist or single strand twist one square/diamond of hair.  (As another option, you can make a braid and wrap it around itself).
  4. Twist tightly until the hair wants to wrap around itself, and then wrap the entire twist around itself.  Do not actually knot your hair!
  5. If needed, secure your Bantu knot with a rubber band or bobby pin.  With most natural hair textures, the hair will stay in place without the use of anything else.
  6. Repeat steps 2 through 5 until you have completed your entire head.

Tip: At night time, protect your style with a satin scarf or bonnet.  This will keep your edges smooth, and keep your Bantu knots from unraveling.

How To Create A Beautiful Bantu Knot Out

  1. Remove any rubber bands or bobby pins and find the end of your twist in the Bantu knot.
  2. Loosen the Bantu knot by allowing the coil to unravel.
  3. Gently remove the twist.
  4. After you have removed all the Bantu knots, finger comb your natural hair and style.

Tip: If you would like to make your Bantu knot out larger, carefully divide strands of unraveled Bantu knots.  This will give you more curls and a bigger fro.

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