The easiest guide for a quick transformation with Bantu knots


Having been around for more than 100 years, but in recent years Bantu knots have made a strong comeback in the fashion world thanks to the impressive look. While the little cute buns attract the attention of women across the globe, they also search for the way to create the hairstyle. So today, APOHAIR will bring you a detailed tutorial on how to get this lovely style. Let get started.

What do you know about Bantu knots?

Bantu knots have been the traditional hairstyle among many women from African for centuries. Known as the protective hairstyle for people with Afro-textured hair, Bantu knot is made by twisting sections of hair to create the “knots”. Although it is called Bantu knots, the knots are in fact the coiled buns.

One of the things that make people fall in love with the hairstyle is that Bantu knots suit any hair types. And even when your hair is short, you can still create Bantu knots short hair. In case you want a fresh bouncy naturally curly hair, you can simply uncoil the knots. The captivating second curly hairstyle you get after un-knotting called Bantu knot-out.


Tips on making Bantu knots

Things to prepare

A wide-tooth comb

A rattail brush

A styling brush

Shampoo and conditioner

Olive oil or curly cream

Bobby pins

Elastic bands


How to make Bantu knots?

Step 1: Pre your hair carefully

The first thing you need to do is to clean your hair since your scalp will be exposed greatly with the style. And too much product buildup will make you feel itchy with the style, thereby losing its look. It’s better to wash your hair with sulfate-free shampoo to reduce the frizz later, but if you don’t have one, it’s fine to go with the same shampoo you are using daily.

After that, apply some leave-in conditioner on your hair if it is easy to frizz and keep the flyaway strands in place. The conditioner also serves as the protection layer for your hair to avoid breakage when you twist, coil, and wrap your hair into knots.

If it’s necessary, you can also detangle your hair with a special detangle comb or brush, or use a wide-tooth comb if your hair is curly. Remember to detangle your hair while the conditioner is still on. You can also apply some detangler serum for a better result.


Step 2: Divide your damp hair into sections

Use a rattail comb to separate your hair into equal sections. It depends on the length of your hair and the style you want to divide your hair into small, medium, or large sections. For short hair, the sections should be ½ inch wide. If you want a free-flowing wavy hairstyle, you should use medium to large knots, about 1 ½ to 3 inches across. But if you want a more defined curly texture, you need to make smaller knots, 1 to 2 inches is preferable.


Step 3: Apply some curl cream and form the twists

Take an amount of curly cream (or olive oil or gel) and use your fingers or styling comb to apply the cream into your hair. You should rub the cream into your hands first, then twist each section of hair in between your fingers. Start to apply the cream from the roots of your hair and work your way down. Make sure you keep the high tension of the twists to maintain the shape. In this way, you are making the “ropes” for coils later.


Step 4: Complete the Bantu knots

At this point, you will need to twist a small coil at the base of your scalp. Then, wind the rest hair in the section around the base coil and gradually bring in the hair closer to your head with each wrapped layer. Normally, if your coils are tight enough, you can tuck the ends under the coils to hold them in place. However, if they are loose, you will need to re-twist them again. Use some hairpins or elastic bands to keep the ends in place if the coils are still loose. And repeat the same process for the remaining sections. After that, you can enjoy your new look with a Bantu knot hairstyle.


Step 6: Make a knot-out for a curly look

Once your hair is completely dried, unwrap the coils by removing the hairpins or elastic bands. Then, loosen the twists gradually with your fingers and you can get a Bantu knot-out. You can finger-comb with some styling products while loosening the twists to prevent frizziness. To remain the style overnight, it’s better to pin your hair up and wrap the sides with a scarf. Remember to unpin your hair and re-style the curls gently with your fingers when you wake up the next morning.

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The longest time you can wear Bantu knots is 2 weeks. However, after 3 or 4 days, your hair will look a bit dull and dry. Therefore, it’s better to apply refresher spray to bring back the vibrant look.

So now, do you find it easy to make Bantu knots? Let share your thoughts and experience with this stunning hairstyle in the comment section below. And don’t forget that APOHAIR is always here with premium human hair extensions to help your add length and make marvelous hairstyles. Thank you for reading.