7 Sassy Bantu Knots On Dry Natural Hair Hacks To Try Next!

Who doesn’t love bantu knots on dry natural hair? I am sure that you maybe have tried it before and got it done all wrong and got discouraged! But hey girl, cheer up! Today we are gonna try some pretty cool hacks to get it done right!

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7 Sassy Bantu Knots On Dry Natural Hair Hacks To Try Next!

7 Sassy Bantu Knots On Dry Natural Hair Hacks To Try Next!
7 Sassy Bantu Knots On Dry Natural Hair Hacks To Try Next!

What is a Bantu knot?

Bantuknots are a cute, flirty style traditionally sported by African woman of certain cultural group and some women of African descent but these knots work well with just about all hair types. They are not actually knots, however. Instead, they are small, coiled buns secured against the side of the head.

how to do bantu knots?

Products that was used in the above video: Deva Curl Supercream Coconut Curl Styler

Where did Bantu knots originate?

Bantu knots are said to have originated centuries ago with the Zulu tribes in southern Africa. They’re styled by sectioning the hair into parts all over the head, then twisting those individual sections until they form mini knots.

What are the best products to use for Bantu knots?

  • Shampoo, deep conditioning hair mask, and conditioner
  • Coconut, jojoba, or virgin olive oil (oil of choice)
  • Leave in Conditioner
  • Mousse, setting lotion, or curl defining cream
  • Edge control
  • A wide tooth comb
  • A rat tail comb
  • A wooden boar bristle brush
  • 20-30 Hair pins/bobby pins
  • Ouchless hair ties

bantu knots on short transitioning hair?

This is excellent if you are thinking of going natural and you are scared of doing the big chop! Try this bantu knots on dry hair while transitioning!

One thing that you need to notice is the length of your hair. If your hair is not long enough you may find it a bit difficult to follow these styles but don’t worry, you will get there!

You don’t always need heat to get a great style! All you need is knowledge, inspiration, some length of hair and time!

I love the color combination, her curls are bomb while the length of her hair gives the thickness a whole new level style!

Do you do Bantu knots wet or dry?

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Dripping wet hair will not dry while knotted, however, and the knots or knot-outs may become limp as a result of being over-saturated. As a general rule of thumb, aim for towel-dry hair that is still damp to the touch but no longer wet enough to wring moisture out of.

bantu knots for short hair?

Things You Need

  • First you will need to collect your supplies including:
  • Hair Water Spray Bottle (optional)
  • Shampoo and Conditioner (leave-in or wash-out)
  • Hair clips
  • Comb
  • Oil (olive, coconut, argan, etc.) or Anti-frizz serum
  • Afro Pick or Rattail comb
  • Scarf

1. Wash Your Hair

It’s important that you have a clean scalp before you start because the Bantu knots will leave your scalp exposed for a period of time. If there is build up, dandruff or dirt on your scalp than it can take away from the volume and glam of the Bantu knot curls.

You don’t need a special shampoo, your regular hair care products are fine but a cleansing shampoo could get you more volume and shine. Don’t forget to use conditioner, either leave-in or wash out, especially if your hair is prone to frizz.

2. Detangle

You want to start with detangled and moisturized hair when you start the knots. You definitely don’t want tangled or dry hair for this look.

3. Dry vs. Damp

There are different opinions on which is best for Bantu knots: dry or damp. The main problem with wet hair is that it can take 2-3 days to dry. However, dry hair tends to be more difficult to set the knots and may not hold well, particularly if you have naturally kinky hair.

Therefore, you can decide for yourself based on your time and hair texture, which is best for you. Generally speaking it’s best to have dry hair that is well-moisturized or lightly damp hair.

Video tutorial for very lightly damp bantu knots

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4. Create Bantu Knots

Choose width based on the length and texture of your hair. If you want large curls then create 6-8 sections but if you want tight springy curls than 10+ sections are required. Generally speaking, ladies with short hair should use small sections (about ½ inch).

Tip: Do not over twist the knots. Twisting can damage your hair by causing stress and breakage. Wrap it two or three times around itself.

  • Grab a rattail or Afro comb. Use the comb to separate your hair into sections.
  • Twist a small coup at your scalp. Twist each section a few times between your fingertips as if you were turning a doorknob. Only twist your hair a few times like this to prevent that damage.
  • Gradually wind the rest of the hair around the base coil at the scalp.
  • Set the knots by using small hairpins or elastics to hold the end of the knots in place.
  • Repeat the knots in the rest of your hair.
  • Let your Bantu knots dry. Generally people let their knots set overnight. Place a shower cap over your Bantu knots overnight and then leave it on while you take a shower the next day. This will create the ‘greenhouse effect’, which will help your knots retain moisture.
  • Remove the shower cap and let your hair air-dry for another 15-20 minutes.
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5. Carefully Remove Bantu Knots

Now that you have completed the knots and let them take form overnight, it’s time to remove them to reveal flawless curls. When you take out the Bantu knots you should be as careful as possible to prevent damage and frizz.

  • Unpin and unwrap each knot as if you are unscrewing a bottle.
  • As you are taking out your knots you can apply oils or anti-frizz serum to your hands to help prevent frizz from the friction from your hands.
  • Do not pull apart the knots.

6. Loosen and Style Bantu Knots

Separate each curl with your fingers or gently with a finger-comb. Avoid pulling apart sections or playing with them too much. Lightly fluff your hair to cover your scalp and to make the curls look natural.

7. Night Protection

Once you’ve spent the day showing off your natural curls it’s time to mind them before you sleep. Pin (or use an elastic) to keep your hair on the top of your head and wrap the sides with a hair scarf. In the morning once you release this ponytail and scarf your curls will still be in tact.

7 Sassy Bantu Knots On Dry Natural Hair Hacks To Try Next!
7 Sassy Bantu Knots On Dry Natural Hair Hacks To Try Next!

There you have it, 7 Sassy Bantu Knots On Dry Natural Hair Hacks To Try Next!

Have you tried bantu knots on dry natural hair before?

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Xo, Queen


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