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How to do bantu knots

how to do bantu knots

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In this post we will talk about “how to do bantu knots”.

Bantu knots are originally worn by African-American woman/man and spread across the globe really fast. Nowadays it  can be easily seen at any race and gender that likes the hair style. Only the name is “knot”, actually you won’t find any actual knots,(it is just the name, dont let yourself fooled by this) instead the actual thing you will find are coiled buns that are held against the side of your head. Also we will talk about a second hair style which you acquire if you uncoil your so called knots and let your hair free. It is called the Bantu knot-out(pretty straight forward).

Will show you how it is done in the following steps:

Step 1:

how to do bantu knots
First, before doing anything you need to wash your hair. A greasy hair is not suitable for any hair style. Also make sure you wash your scalp since a lot of it will be visible as you know after doing the knots.  Also keep in mind that you will not wash your hair for some time after doing the knots. No special shampoo is needed, simply use what you have at hand to make your hair soft until you do the job.
Step 2:
how to do bantu knots
After washing it you will need to use some kind of conditioner for most of the hair types since your hair might not be used with the twisting required for this hair style and can easily break and deteriorate. A conditioner does exactly against this, makes your hair stronger for the time you need to make the hair style.
Step 3:

how to do bantu knots
Use a comb with big teeth to de-tangle your hair after you washed it. Combing it with this type of comb will make combing less painless. (if your hair is not tangled you can use any type of comb to simply get your hair as straight as possible). De-tangling makes the knots shine and smooth.
Step 4:
how to do bantu knots
Now the drying part. Do not dry your hair fully, we need a damp (partially wet) hair to work with. Bantu knots is a really hair soliciting method and you cannot work with a fully wet hair, since it is slippery, and with a fully dried hair (even if you have conditioner applied) you might break your hair. The perfect thing for this type of drying is the towel dry.
Step 5:
how to do bantu knots
Now we need to make small sections of hair. The more sections, the more Bantu knots. In my opinion the more the better, but everyone has their own preferences that is why I won’t tell you how many sections you need.
Use again the big teeth comb for the job to separate the sections. The longer the hair the bigger the sections can be. If your hair is not really long you will have to do many small knots.
Also keep in mind, if you want the knot-out hairstyle as well, the smaller the sections, with more twists the curler your hair will be when you remove the knots.
Step 6:
how to do bantu knots
You will need a hair cream (Hidrating cream or a special curl cream), but be sure not to use a cream that hardens your hair, since then you will not be able to make the curls in time. You will need to apply the cream in every section of hair separately, do not apply on all the hair at once, always apply only on the section you are working with.
After you begin twisting your hair, always start from the rood and go towards the tip and do a constant twist so it will be the same twist everywhere.
Step 7:
how to do bantu knots
Begin twisting a small snake shape at the scalp level as shown in the picture. When doing this you will twist the section on its own one more time as well but make sure you do not over-twist. I am sure you will know when you are overtwisting since it will hurt.
Leave the tip of the section out (the one you were holding to do the job) since that part will be simply placed without a twist on the coil.

how to do bantu knots

how to do bantu knots
Step 8:
The hair tip that remain will be wrapped around the section shown below.

how to do bantu knots

The tip of the section must be really close to your scalp, since this will mainly hold all this together.
how to do bantu knots
Step 9:
how to do bantu knots
If the knots feel loose to you, you can use hair pins to hold it together. If done correctly its own structure should keep it together without any additional help.
Step 10:
how to do bantu knots
Now the one of the knots is done, proceed with the remaining hair. Each section needs to be done the same way, you will need a lot of patience to do this, so if you are not a patient person just give up after the first sections since by now you can see how much time it requires.

how to do bantu knots

 Step 11:

how to do bantu knots

Now go out and impress some friends with your new hairstyle 🙂

If you are not interested by the second hair style you can simply stop reading.
The Knot-out hairstyle
Step 1:
how to do bantu knots
So before doing anything, make sure your hair is ready and for that you need to prepare a night at least before the job. Overnight you will need to wear a shower cap (best solution since it is a bit loose) or any other cap that doesn’t stick to your head.
If you do not do the knot-out hair style right away, be sure you wet your hair and sleep with it fairly wet for a night.
how to do bantu knots
NEVER USE A DRYER since it will ruin everything for you. The elasticity of your hair is lost when using a heat dryer.
Step 2:
how to do bantu knots
Now carefully remove each coil at a time. If you used anything to help keep them in place remove first , and be carefull not to break your hair.

how to do bantu knots

how to do bantu knots
DO NOT USE A COMB to loosen your hair. It will break the curl of it. Use your fingers for the job. They can easily make the job of a comb in this case without the bad parts of it.

how to do bantu knots

 Step 3:
how to do bantu knots
Use hairspray to keep the hair in place and also to preserve the hair style and shine.
Step 4:
how to do bantu knots
Try to take care of your curls even at night. Try to wrap your hair in a scarp or a shower cap again, to make sure you will have the curls as intact as possible when you wake up.
Enjoy your knot-out and party hard 🙂

how to do bantu knots

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