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Posted November 5, 2011 by Tashia Wilson in Hair Care
 
 

Bantu Knot Guide

Bantu knots also known as Zulu knots originate from the Zulu tribes of southern Africa near the Sea of Durban. This is a popular hairstyle among African American women and can be achieved with short or long hair.

Bantu Knot Guide

Things you will need:

  • Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Wide Tooth Comb
  • Shea Butter
  • Coconut Oil (optional)
  • Spray Bottle of Water
  • Clear or Black Elastic Bands
  1. De-tangle your hair by washing and conditioning with your favorite shampoo and conditioner.
  2. Apply Shea Butter and coconut oil (optional) for more shiny and manageable hair.
  3. Create small or large sections of your hair depending on how you would like it. You can also be creative when parting each section. You can part your sections in a triangle or diamond shape if you’d like.
  4. De-tangle your section with a spray bottle of water and a wide tooth comb if need be. Remember to comb from the bottom up. This will prevent unnecessary breakage.
  5. Apply a clear or black elastic band to the root of the section. Make sure the elastic band blends with your hair color.
  6. Tightly twist your section from root to end, and then wrap it around itself into a firm knot. You can also choose to braid or double twist the hair in each section before knotting. This will give your Bantu knots more texture.
  7. Repeat this technique on all sections of your hair until complete.

You can accessorize the Bantu knot style with hair beads or hair jewels if you’d like.

Bantu Knot Out Guide

Things you will need:

  • Wide Tooth Comb
  • Shea Butter
  • Coconut Oil (optional)
  • Spray Bottle of Water
  • Elastic Bands (optional)
  • Hair Cap or Hair Scarf

It is best to do this before bed and let the Bantu knots stay overnight. You will achieve a nice and completed style for the following day.

  1. Apply Shea butter and coconut oil (optional) for more shiny and easier to manage hair.
  2. Create a part in the middle or side of your hair. However you’d like your part to be.
  3. Create large or small sections of your hair. The larger the section, the fluffier and fuller your hair will be. The smaller the section, the tighter it will be.
  4. Take one section and de-tangle with a spray bottle of water and a wide tooth comb. Remember to comb from the bottom up. This will prevent unnecessary breakage.
  5. Twist the section tightly from root to end. You also have the option to braid or double twist each section of your hair to give your Bantu knots a more textured look.
  6. Wrap the twist around itself into a Bantu knot then tuck the end in. You can also use an elastic band for additional security.
  7. Repeat in all sections of your hair.
  8. After completion, cover your hair with a hair cap or scarf.
  9. The following morning, gently take each Bantu knot apart.
  10. Finger style your hair into the shape and movement you prefer.
  11. Use bobby pins or accessories to help style your hair as you see fit.

Tashia Wilson

 
Hello everyone, my name is Tashia. I'm a freelance writer and entrepreneur in the internet marketing world. I enjoy browsing through Black Hair Media's forum during my spare time,among many other things. Hopefully this article was of great use to you.