Bantu Knots Traditional African Hairstyle: Fashionistas Reinvent Oldies Hairstyle

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March 20, 2016 – Bantu Knots Traditional African Hairstyle: Fashionistas Reinvent Oldies Hairstyle

Bantu Knots, a traditional African hairstyle that’s been around for over a thousand years has been reinvented in recent times and fashionable ladies, especially those rocking their natural hair have embraced this hair style with gusto! Bantu knot, is a protective style for both natural and relaxed hair.

Your hair could be straight, curly, wavy, and super curly and it will hold and be beautiful. For some, it’ll create looser waves, and for others it will have a cute “curly q” effect with a head of tight, springy curls. The strength of the Bantu knots actually lies in the patterns that are created on the scalp for the knots. Those patterns can be so intricate and very beautiful. It doesn’t take a ton of tools and very little money to do it. This style is formed when your hair is twisted around itself until it forms a knot that resembles a stack of tires.

Once you get to the end of the rolled section, you can tuck it under the Bantu knot and the pressure should keep it in place. If not, use a bobby pin or hair pin to keep it from unraveling. To create curls or what is called Bantu knot-outs, when you remove the knots your hair will resemble a corkscrew rope.

The “rope” may then be separated with your fingers and, if necessary, finger combed to loosen the curl and shape it into the style you desire. The finished result is a head full of springy, bouncy curls that may be as tight or loose, as defined or tousled as you desire. It is an awesome way to style your hair without using heat and does not require much manipulation. It’s a great way to get gorgeous voluminous curls whether your hair is natural or relaxed.

And the results will last you a few days–slightly dropping each day to give you a modified look as it wears on. For this reason, Bantu knots are not only gorgeous, they will also save you time. It takes a certain level of confidence to rock a bunch of knots in your hair.

But once you do, it really becomes this threshold of style and hair confidence.