How to Do Bantu Knots

Bantu Knots 3


I’m linking up with Dani from Ok, Dani to talk about all things hair! Recently I’ve been loving bantu knots. When I first started doing natural hairstyles, I used to bantu knot my hair every single night (I’m so glad I found out how to pineapple my hair). That got tiring after a while so I just stopped doing them and stuck to wash and go’s, and when I couldn’t do those I got braids. Now that I know how to preserve my hair for days at a time, I’m back to doing my bantu knots and I love em!

Here’s a quick tutorial on how I do my bantu knots:

Products used

Starting off with freshly washed, or co-washed, hair I section off my hair using about 3 or 4 clips. I usually prefer either bangs or a side part, so I make sure I part it where I want in the front and then put a clip on that section so I can get to it later. For the rest of my hair I just part it down the middle and work one side at a time. I take small to medium sections, spray the section with water, add about a dime sized amount of Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie and about three dabs of Shea Moisture Curling Souffle (a little goes a long way with this product), and two strand twist them. Then I take the twists and wrap them around each other. Some ladies add a small rubber band or bobby pin to the ends of the twists after they wrap them just to make sure that the knots don’t come down. I’ve never done it though. I just make sure that I wrap the twists tight enough around themselves that they won’t come down. That’s it! It’s super easy and it doesn’t take long at all. This is how I look with the bantu knots in my hair:

Bantu Knots 1

My mom calls them little turds lol. When I take them down I put a little coconut oil on my hands. This step is optional. I do it just to add a little more shine and to cut down on the frizz. Who doesn’t want that?? After taking the bantu knots down and separating my hair these are my results:

Bantu Knots 2

Cute right?! I love it. It’s definitely a good winter style cause you’re not coming out of the house with wet hair. The only con about bantu knots is that they take a while to dry. Your hair isn’t getting that much air cause it’s all wrapped up. Some people do them while their hair is already dry but I have yet to try that. When I do I’ll let you guys know! Oh! Before I forget, I plan on doing a video tutorial showing how I do my bantu knots. It should be up next week. I’ll post it here when it’s live!


  • Ayisha Ogbara
    Posted at 13:47h, 27 January Reply

    They look so cute; my sister does the same thing!

    • Darrica Jackson
      Posted at 14:49h, 27 January Reply

      Thanks girl! What products does your sister use?

  • Camille Walker
    Posted at 19:47h, 27 January Reply

    I tried bantu Knots before but there did not turn out soo hot. I am going to try again though, yours came out super cute.

    • Darrica Jackson
      Posted at 19:49h, 27 January Reply

      Give em another shot Camille. What products did you use?

      • Camille Walker
        Posted at 20:11h, 27 January Reply

        I definitily will, I use Shea Moisture Curling Souffle and Shea Moisture Leave In-Conditioner. I think I might be using too much product.

        • Darrica Jackson
          Posted at 20:13h, 27 January Reply

          With the Curling Soufflé you don’t need a lot at all. I just dab my finger on the product three times and that’s all I use for one section.

          • Camille Walker
            Posted at 20:23h, 27 January

            ahh okay 🙂 Thanks you. I will try again and let you know how it goes.

          • Darrica Jackson
            Posted at 20:24h, 27 January

            Please do!

  • Brie Stevens
    Posted at 11:40h, 22 February Reply

    This is gorgeous! It looks a lot like when I do bantu knots with my hair, Out of curiosity, what is your hair type?

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