Bantu Knots-Outs are the bane of many a naturalista’s existence. Once you master a bantu-knot out, however, it will be as though the natural hair Gods opened up their gates and welcomed you home. A bantu-knot out done well is a glorious glorious thing.
According to Ebony Magazine, Bantu Knots, or Chiney Bumps (in the Carribean), is a hairstyle originated by the Zulu people.
“Bantu knots also are known as Zulu knots because the Zulu people, a Bantu ethnic group, are the originators of the look we love and wear today,” says NaturallyCurly Branded Content Editor Gerilyn Hayes.”
Seen below on a Madagascan woman circa 1800s.
The hairstyle is achieved by parting the hair into even sections. If you have short hair like mine, you’ll want to do smaller sections. Next, gather the hair at the base of each section and twist/wrap the hair into a knot. You can secure the ends with a bobby pin to hold the style, however, I usually skip this step as I only create the knots to take them down for a bantu knot-out style.
Watch How I Achieve a Bantu-Knot Out Style
LAWD Jesus father in Heaven!! I am RUSTY AF when it comes to these natural hair tutorials!! TOOK me ALL day! Anyhoo, it’s up and live on my YouTube channel (for those of you who leave the gram, lol). In the meantime, watch this here mini video and tag a friend or 5! I better get some views on this raggedy video ????. #bantuknots #naturalhairtutorial #teamnatural_ #thecutlife Products featured: @camillerosenaturals twisting butter and @devacurl styling gel.
As you can see, a Bantu knot out is achieved by slowly taking down your bantu knots, unraveling them, and then picking/fluffing them into a glorious, curly hairstyle. Bantu knot-outs, in my experience, are best achieved on dry, stretched hair. A blow dryer with a comb attachment is your best bet. This one is my fav.
Now, without further ado, I give you 15 glorious examples of bantu knot out perfection:
Watch my Full Wash Day and Bantu Knot Out Routine Below:
Don’t Forget to PIN IT!
Share your questions, suggestions, or thoughts below!
Hey, Boo! My name is Lisa and you’ve stumbled upon my own little corner of the world. I’m a 30 something-year-old writer/mother/wife who happens to love lipstick, high heels, blackness, and the truth. You’ll find a mix of everything on this site, so I won’t bore you by trying to define this space. I hope you stay awhile!