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Knotty Girl! 30 Chic Bantu Knots Hairstyles For The Season + Easy Tutorial

Knotty Girl! 30 Chic Bantu Knots Hairstyles For The Season + Easy Tutorial

Bantu knots are a traditional African hairstyle that has been around for centuries and has been reinvented over the decades. The iconic hairstyle is said to have originated with the Zulu tribes of South Africa but has become very popular today among women of different cultures across the world.

According to NaturallyCurly Branded Content Editor Gerilyn Hayes, “Bantu knots are also known as Zulu knots because the Zulu people, a Bantu ethnic group, are the originators of the look we love and wear today.” The history of bantu knots 2020.

Ever since A-list celebs like Beyonce and Rihanna discovered this hairdo, Bantu knots have become a staple for ladies looking to make a proud and authentic statement with their tresses. Furthermore, it is chic, timeless, and serves as a great protective hairstyle for those days you need to lock in the moisture. Isn’t that every day? Add to that the fact that Zulu knots are super easy to do and you have yourself a winning look you can trust all year round. 

 
 
 
 
 
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How to do Bantu knots

Being a protective do, Bantu knots is one that helps to tuck away the tips of the hair which is prone to damage easily. They are made by twisting your hair and/or extensions around itself until it forms a knot. The hairstyle is one that can be easily done by the wearer for those who love to do their hair by themselves. Hello DIY queens!

Whether you have short, medium, or long hair or you go with or without extensions, you’ll find that you can make this hairstyle work for you. It can be styled on natural, relaxed, braided, or even loc’d hair. In addition, you can accessorize with a variety of hair jewelry as subtle or as dramatic as you deem fit. 

The best part about having your hair styled in these knots lies in the fact that once you take them off, your hair is all curled up and you can rock the loose curls for a few extra days before heading off to the salon for a new look. A win-win, right?

Ready to go all knotty?

Check out 29 absolutely chic Bantu knots hairstyles that are totally perfect…

#1. Classic Bantu knots

Start your knotty journey with classic Bantu knots that are a simple pleasure. The look is a complete win for every hair length, including short ones. Don’t forget to leverage the power of your hair gel by getting those baby hairs in line. 

 
 
 
 
 
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#2. On braids/locs hairstyle

If you have braids or locs on and searching for an interesting way to style your hair for the day, Bantu knots are your answer. This option works well with box braids, twists, and locs while updating your look in an instant. The only caveat to note is that the thicker your braids, the bigger your knots. So, it may be a good idea to part your hair into smaller sections for more proportionate knots.

 
 
 
 
 
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#3. Cornrow magic

Another blissful way to rock this hairstyle is with cornrows. This is a great option because it marries the classic feel of cornrows with the edgy vibe of Zulu knots. Part your hair in half from ear to ear and do your choice of cornrows in the front half. Next, finish the ends of the cornrows with knots for a hairdo that flatters your forehead. Whatever you choose to do with the back half is all up to you.  

 
 
 
 
 
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#4. With extensions

Perhaps, you want more width to your hair, that’s fine. Work the wonders of extensions to add volume to your knots. The trick is to braid each parted section into a thick, single braid with extensions and then knot. This style is the Amen to the prayer of ladies with short hair seeking more dimension.

 
 
 
 
 
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#5. The Fulani flair

Remember those extra side drop braids with beads that make Fulani braids so special? Incorporate them into your Bantu knots for the same effect. For this look, endeavor to get crafty with beads as they can be the crowning glory to such a knotty hairdo. 

 
 
 
 
 
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