The beginner’s guide on how to make Bantu knots

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The 1990s look of Bantu knots have never failed to attract modern girls today. While the cute little buns are widely seen all over the world, more and more people are searching for a way to get this stunning hairstyle. So in this update, we will bring an easy-to-follow tip on how to make Bantu knots. Let scroll down and check it out. 

What is the Bantu hairstyle?

For centuries, Bantu knots have been the traditional hairstyle among numerous women from central and southern African. Although it is called Bantu knots, it is not really knots. The hairstyle is formed with lovely small and coiled buns that sprinkle around the hair. The greatest thing about Bantu knots is it can go with any hair types. And if you want a bouncy look, you can uncoil the knots to create a ravishing second, curly hairstyle named Bantu knot-out.

How to make Bantu knots?

What you need

Shampoo and conditioner

A wide-tooth comb

A rattail brush

A styling brush

Olive oil, gel or curly cream

Bobby pins

Hair ties

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Making Bantu knots

Step 1: Prepare your hair

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.

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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.

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Step 3: Apply curl cream, gel, or similar products and create the twists

Take an amount of cream and use your fingers or styling comb to apply the cream into your hair. You should rub the cream into your hands, then twist each section of hair in between your fingers. You need to start with the roots and work your way down. Make sure you keep the high tension of the twists to maintain the shape. This way, you are creating the “ropes” for coils later.

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Step 4: Finalize 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. Yet, 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 look with Bantu knot hairstyle.

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Step 6: Make a knot-out

Once your hair is completely dried, unwrap the coils by removing the hairpins or elastic bands and loosen the twists gradually with your fingers to obtain 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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Bantu knots are a marvelous hairstyle that brilliantly transforms your look. Just follow our guide above, you can enjoy a new style with so much fun. So, why not make a try now? And, don’t forget that you always have APOHAIR’s hair extensions here to help you if you want a lengthier hairstyle. Thank you for reading.


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