I love Bantu knots! Before any other style, these have a special place in my heart. I remember back a couple of years ago, with my mom finally letting me play with my hair and me thinking “How can I make this look like Beyonce?” I had no idea what I was doing! Of course, this was before I got into YouTube and Pinterest and even before I knew how to do a decent twist out! I was in awe of how anyone could take what I considered a mop of frizz into defined, shiny coils. One day, I asked one of the people at the naturalistas at my church, “How did you get that hair!” And she said, “Oh baby, haven't you have heard of Bantu knots?” And from that day, that look became my signature style!
When I tried it for the first time, they already looked better than any other hairstyle I had done myself. This style literally began my journey to successfully managing my hair. That’s why I’m so happy to share it with you guys with some tips and videos that helped me improve.
Bantu knots are basically when you “knot” sections of your hair by twisting and coiling it around itself. A lot of people two-strand twist their hair first, and then knot the individual twists, which is my personal preference. After letting the hair set, usually overnight, you take the knots and twists out, therefore making it a (ta-da!) Bantu knot out. I know for me, the very thought of the word “knot” pertaining to my hair freaks me out! But Bantu knots are generally easy to take down even for the least careful or patient in nature.
Bantu knot outs can work on so many different hair types and lengths. Your hair can be blown-out, flat-ironed, or in its natural state: it all turns our beautiful! They can be tight and bouncy, poufy like an afro, or longer and wavy, depending on you. Because it can be styled so many different ways, they look great for formal events, parties, professional events and really any occasion. They’re literally impossible not to love!
Here are some tips that help me have the best Bantu knot out results. :)
So here are some tutorials I’ve fallen in love with. Even though not all these women share my hair type or length, they still use great techniques. I specifically chose a variety Bantu knot out tutorials to help you find the look that works best for your hair. :)
Bantu Knot Out on Shorter Hair : Love her color and how she boldly flaunted her natural hair as her homecoming queen! If you're interested in natural hair in pageantry, check out this link: http://njbnotjustanotherblog.weebly.com/natural-hair/natural-hair-styles-for-pageants-the-diary-of-a-new-pageant-girl-part-3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QU-kKSUR3TE
Bantu Knot Out on Thick Hair: She gets the best curl definition in this video! This really helped me to personally perfect my look.
Bantu Knot Out on Blown-out Hair: Her hair is gorgeous!!! The color and definition are amazing!
Bantu Knot Out on Flat-ironed Hair: This is great to try when your hair starts getting old, but you still want to mantain the straight look. It gives a nice wave without using any extra heat.
Once you've taken out your bantu knot outs, you need to style! Here are some great looks that can give you variety and show off your personality. :)
I hope you guys enjoyed this article! Don't be afraid to experiment with your hair! Try new things and learn new things. Please comment below if this article made you want to try something different! Also, please submit any hair tutorials you would like to see on Not Just Another Blog!
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