Bantu knots and bantu knot outs have become a staple in the natural hair world, but our extension wearing sisters can also join in on the fun. If you’re taking a break from your hair with a weave, you can add volume to your look with bantu knots or create glamorous waves. If on the other hand you’re rocking your own natural hair but want a funky bantu knot look, you can use braiding hair to get it. Read on for deets!
Bantu Knots on Kinky Curly Hair
If you’re rocking a kinky weave or crochet braids and don’t feel like you’re getting as much volume as you could, doing a bantu knot-out could give you the lift you’re looking for. Vlogger, Sasha Dahl DollieCouture did it on her weave because she likes big hair and bantu knots don’t work on her own natural hair. The video shows the take-down but it looks like she two-strand twisted each piece then rolled them up into knots (check out the video below if you need to see it done). She suggests you take your time taking down the ends because otherwise, you’ll end up with undefined curls. She doesn’t say what products she used but typically, you can get this look by simply dampening the hair and letting it dry over night. Putting some oil on your hands while taking down the knots will help make the end result look less frizzy.
Bantu Knot Out on Silky Straight Hair
Quiesha Jay achieved an old Hollywood look with bantu knots on her silky straight hair. When creating the knots, she uses no product on the actual hair. She two-strand twists them and keeps them over night with a bonnet and a scarf around her edges.
Bantu Knots on a TWA with Extensions
This tutorial is really really great if you have a TWA (teeny weeny afro) but want to rock gigantic Afropunk-esque bantu knots. Vlogger ‘Knotty. Knots’ created this look by putting braiding hair half way through a small rubber band. (Note: she uses two packs). She then two-strand twists the hair. She sections her own hair, putting them in hair ties that form tiny puffs. Then ties the twists onto her hair using rubber bands. (Be careful with rubber bands as they can pull out your hair when you take them out. It’s better to use hair ties whose elastic is covered). With the twists attached to her hair she wraps them into big beautiful knots.