Bantu knots

Bantu knots. Image: Perfect looks PRO

Bantu knots: Here’s how to take care of your hair this spring

You’re probably wondering why everyone is talking about Bantu knots, where they came from and why everyone is rocking them…

Bantu knots

Bantu knots. Image: Perfect looks PRO

The Bantu knots, popularised by the AmaZulu people of South Africa, is a hairstyle where the hair is combed and divided. After the hair is sectioned, you twist it in a way that the hair stacks up and creates a spiralled knot. 

The hairstyle has become the “It” hairstyle globally, with renowned artists such as Rihanna and Beyoncé, to mention a few, giving the hairstyle a shot and looking stunning! And not only is it the “it” hairstyle but it’s also to go-to look for those with a tight budget.

We’re in the middle of a sweltering spring and hairstyles tend to get sweaty when we are in the heat, leading to bad odours if they aren’t taken care of.

As beautiful as the hairstyle is, it needs a lot of care because Bantu knots don’t last if you don’t maintain them well. Here’s a step-by-step guide to take care of them, keep them clean and shiny, and smelling great.

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Bantu knots. Image: Jumbo

Step 1: Wash your hair

Make sure that your hair is washed and cleaned with shampoo and conditioner to remove dandruff. By doing this, your Bantu knots will look pretty, with a clean scalp appearing on the section lines.

Step 2: Comb your hair

Make sure that your hair is nicely combed and detangled so that it’s easier to section it. Then moisturise it with your preferred hair food to give it that healthy look.

Step 3: Section your hair

Create sections in accordance with your desired knot size and don’t forget to keep a consistent size.

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Bantu knots. Image: Mane Addicts

Step 4: Twist and twirl

Begin with twisting your hair sections. Twist them individually until they form the desired curls. You can even do the two-strand twist for a long-lasting look.

Step 5: Protect your Bantu knots

Wear a satin bonnet at night to make sure that your Bantu knots last longer. Don’t forget to swap your cotton pillowcase for a satin one so that it doesn’t ruin your hairstyle.

Step 6: Boost your knots

Give them a boost by spraying them with oil sheen spray for that shiny look that will make your knots look even more fresh and beautiful.