Bantu Knots and Why They’re so Beautiful

It seems as though there are a lot of hairstyles that aren’t only beautiful, but seem to find controversy in the media. The edgy style known as Bantu Knots have found its way in the middle of numerous arguments and misunderstandings when assumed they were made popular by the latest singers and public figures. The fact is Bantu Knots were created by the “Bantu people” which is a term referring to over 300 ethnic groups within southern Africa. Just like numerous other protective styles, ANYONE can rock this one too! It’s just important that we know its origin.

Model showing off her Bantu Knots

So what exactly are Bantu Knots and how do we achieve them, you ask? It’s actually really easy to do! You’ll use a rat tail comb to part small sections of your hair, twist each section separately and wrap that twist around itself until you form a small knot or “bun.” The style is great for naturally curly hair, straight hair, short hair, long hair, young hair and old hair.

A meme showing Oprah. The text on the graphic says You get to wear bantu knots and you get to wear bantu knots!

Another bantu knot style.

Bantu Knots are not only a common protective style in the black community but it’s also a great way to achieve heat-less waves or tight curls for all hair types. The smaller the knot, the tighter the curl. Large knots will result in a loose wave. You can also pair the knots with another hairstyle. Try an edgy half bantu-half curls look or even a sophisticated half bantu-half ponytail. You’ll also notice that they can be worn with anything; you’ll find celebrities on the red carpet, models on the cover of magazines and your best friend chillin’ on her couch. This hairstyle is extremely versatile!

Collage of bantu knot styles.
Bantu knots in hair dyed light blue.

Another bantu knot style.

Whichever way you choose to wear them, just know that you look amazing in them!

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