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Bantu Knots Tutorial Plus 25 Hot Pictures

Here are four simple steps on a how to do bantu knots tutorial. We have also listed some cute hairstyle pictures to view as well.

Learning how to twist natural hair or create bantu knots is important. They are not just for looks. Twisting your thirsty roots using this unique method is great great for hair protection.

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The protective styling is also another way to introduce curly hair after taken down. The bantu knot out is a very popular option amongst natural hair divas. Knot curls can be seen in images below for proof.

The bantu knot tutorial is detailed out so you can dive into the magic of protection and curls whenever you like.

It doesn’t matter if you have short hair or have opted for weave. Even though it’s a far cry from crochet braids. This DIY hairstyle will allow you to care for your hair while you maintain a great look.

We must say that African American women with 4b and 4c hair usually crush the bantu knot out hairstyles. Something about that kinky curly course hair 🙂

Let’s look at steps on how to do bantu knots through a picture tutorial posted on A Beautiful Mess


Step Two: Using the “praying hands” technique, apply all of your products to each section one by one. After applying your products, comb through your smaller hair sections gently and thoroughly.


Step Three: Using your hair tie, tightly tie one of your smaller sections creating a ponytail. Then separate that ponytail into two once it’s securely in the hair tie. Once you have your two pieces of hair in your hands, begin a two strand twist. (Some people create a braid for a different curl pattern. Personally, I prefer a two strand twist. You can choose whatever you like best.)

These are steps 2 and 3. The complete bantu knots tutorial can be viewed by going here.
Now lets look at 25 pictures of bantu knots on natural hair. You should be able to pull some inspiration and styling ideas pretty fast.

1. All Black and Braided Up Bantu

A beautiful black braided hairstyle using her natural hair versus extensions for easy protection. The profile is on point and the tattoos are sexy. All black everything comes to mind while looking at this picture. The photographer positioned her right. The lighting also played an important role on show casing the look.

2. Simple Twisted Silky Selfie

3. Bantu Knot Out Picture Collage

Six steps to twisted spiral curls for your next hair do. This is for the DIY ladies who frequent the site Pinterest on a weekly basis looking for tips.

4. Natural Curls After Untwisting

Dirty blonde naturally curly hair color for pizzaz. Her thirsty roots appear to be short but don’t be fooled. The coils stretch out between 9-12 inches. You can tell that the hair is soft and has plenty of moisture. This is always a good thing for natural hair care.

5. Easy Knotted Up Protective Hairstyle with Edge Control

When you want to look gorgeous even when you are in a protective mode for your thirsty roots, this is it. These little African knots get a lot of attention when out in public. They give each individual black women a unique look.

6. How To Wear Bantu Knots In A Body Dress

Salute to the model and photographer for posting this hot picture on the web. The dress is incredible and her necklace is probably a one of a kind. Flawless skin with uniformed bantu twist are made for natural hair photography.

7. Neck Rose Tattoo & Knot Curls

No need to waste precious time sitting at the red light. Pull that iPhone out and snap a selfie of those 5 knot curls you hooked up last night. Make sure we can all see the golden accessories in the hair too. For those that have a black rose tattoo on your neck… let that shine. Individuality rocks!

8. The Beginning of Small Knot Curls

Black and white photography is still one of the best art forms in the world. The flawless appearance of this African American queen is breath taking. Even with her beginning knot curl hairstyle without color, she stops time with little effort. This look can be easily achieved with wet hair. Test it out for yourself the next time you are in your bathroom. turn a camera on and knock out a Youtube tutorial while you are at it.

9. Even If You Had Relaxed Hair

Now wait! “The Georgia Rose” does not have relaxed hair. Even though it appears this way in the photo, we assure you she is ALL natural. Visit her Instagram page where you will see many types of bantu knots. Other protective styles include braids and two strand twists.

10. Dreadlocks and Bantu Knots

We have been taking pictures of women loc’d up with dreads since 2010. There have been plenty who have twisted them up into bantu styles over those years. On dry hair you can still achieve a good look.

11. A Possible Look for Transitioning Hair

Hey ladies, if you are going to transition from relaxed to natural hair this serves as some inspiration. Olive Curls is a natural hair diva who pulled this threaded wearable bantu style off without a hitch. Her hair is lovely and almost looks relaxed it’s so smooth and silky.

12. Bantu Knots On Short Hair

Short hair and curls go together well. This display is what is looks like when you undo bantu knots. The result is curly natural hair. You can take them all the way out or stop for a half mohawk style. Either way will produce hotness.

13. Big Bantus and Extensions

Big knots made possible by extensions allow for a more dynamic look. Bold makeup along with face jewelry uniquely place you on your own platform. To pull more attention to your hair simply make sure your 90’s style makeup matches the color of your outfit. One selfie or Snapchat post like this will set it all the way off.

14. Simple Twist On Natural Hair

When you that quick protective style for your thirsty roots to care for your hair choose this optional look. As you can see it’s not complicated. Twisted buns on your head do a lot for healthy hair. Moisture is retained better. Plus you get a cool hairstyle afterwards.

15. Loose Curls from a Fresh Bantu Out

Loose medium sized bouncy curls. You have to moisturize and seal the hair good in order to get this look. It’s harder to achieve with 4b and 4c hair. The tight wound, kinky hair just won’t stretch out far enough to hang like this.

16. The Ultimate Knot Out

Good gosh. This bantu knot out is the definition of “On Fleek”. The style was prepped with smooth infusion, glossing straightener, and finished with some brilliant spray. Tangle free rubber bands were used to hold.

17. Perfect Bantu Knots

Well these knots are just perfect with a brand across the front scalp line for some flare. This is how you maintain a healthy head of hair by protecting it with style. Look closely you will see a hint of purple highlights in this hairstyle. Subtle but powerful.

18. Knots Pulled Out for Bounce

Sometimes you may feel a bit silly putting your hair up in bantus, but look what happens when you take them out. You create instant curls and bounce. Results will vary depending on the grade of your hair. Being relaxed or natural will also make a huge difference. Gotta love it though.

19. 4B and 4C Natural Hair Knot Out

Okay, kinky curly 4b and 4c girls. Here is a good look of what you can do with those lovely thirsty roots of yours. Look at the definition of those curls in this picture.

20. Daddy Doing Some Work

It’s always nice to see a father doing his daughter’s hair. Black men seem to to be left out of the conversation when it comes to their daughter’s hair. Things are changing though. We posted an article called “Daddy Doing Work” and it went viral on our Facebook Page. Women want to see more of this kind of Dad love.

21. Braided Bantu Hairstyle for Black Women

Black braided hairstyles are some of the coolest in the black hair community. Placed in a bantu knot hairstyle makes the designs that much more interesting. Stylist can get so creative with braids. Check the link out to see the talent on 75 black women.

22. Bantu Knotted or Fashion Makeup Tips

Dayum! Sometimes you just get your makeup so right that it over shadows anything you could ever do to your hair. This picture is an example. The bantu knot hairdo is on point, but it’s lost in the flawless makeup worn by this beautiful women.

23. Flat Twist Bantu Knot Out

6 pictures showing any black women how to use flat twists and bantu knots to get a voluminous curly hairstyle. If you like big curls and want to show them off look no further. We all can see that this style looks good. Try it next time and see how it works for you.

24. Dirty Blonde Bantu Knot Out

This is such a pretty knot out on this woman. The dirty blonde color is so fitting on her. If you decide to put a little color in your hair this is a popular option. It’s not to wild and can be worn in a corporate setting. Protecting your hair with bantus can look absolutely amazing after you drop them. Curls and bounce will turn many heads.

25. Classic Bantu Knot Styles

Take a good look at the hairstyle without all the glitz and glam of makeup and fashionable clothing. These two African American women look fantastic. The dull green heightens the look without taking away from what is natural beauty. When you wanna keep things basic don’t hesitate to go this route. Embrace natural beauty!

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Our goal is to share the beauty of Afro-textured hair and to have a place where we can come together to get examples, advice, and information of black hair growth and hairstyles. Whether you have permed, pressed, or natural hair it's still black hair and it's beautiful.

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  • Beautiful! I only have about three inches of hair now – growing slowly but surely. Can’t wait to try this style. I’ll have to do it myself though. Difficult to find someone in this area who is willing to take the time and do it right.

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