Bantu Knots

This was a video request tutorial. I have a list of hairstyles that I need to shoot and a list of videos you've asked for me to make. I'm always willing to add more to that list. Feel free to let me know what you are wanting to see. Just be patient with me, it may take a little while.

For those new to the concept of Bantu knots let me give you a tad bit of a history lesson. Bantu knots originated in Africa they were used to control the very curly hair of the Bantu tribes women. They were later used to loosen and "reform" overly curly hair. When the hair is stretched with heavy product to help weigh the hair down (or stretch it) a looser curl is achieved after Bantu knots have dried. You can now see women of all races wearing Bantu Knots as a style of there own and then letting them out to achieve a "no heat" curl.

The most important part I think in using them as a means to create curl is to be mindful of your parting sections. And the size of the space you use for each knot. Think about it this way... all the hair that is next to the head will not be curled, so the farther that stretches the less hair that will be curled. You want to use smaller sections, but not too small of you will have REALLY curls hard to manage hair. Your partings need to be placed in a way that helps to not make them too definite. It becomes hard to hide them when you don't think about that before hand.
We made this into a video for you. Hopefully this helps. I do mention in the video that I don't like the consistency of the curl. What I mean by that is that it is not the same size curl throughout the strand of hair. And it does more of a wave and twist while curling because of the twisting action. Its still not my favorite, but that doesn't mean it can't or won't be your favorite. I did love how long the curls help up and lasted.



So I kind of relaxed ours a little too far. They still look great and we had a lot of curl to work with, but I found working with that much curl to be a real challenge. I should probably do this again just to get experience working with that much beautiful curl. The last photo in this post was how we styled her hair after the Bantu Knots were let down. The curl lasted well into the day, and the night and I had to have her take a bath to get it back under control before school on Monday, so this is really one of the best longest lasting no heat curls I have found.
Thanks for visiting and if you have suggestions of requests you'd like Beans and me to add to our list please feel free to leave a comment here or drop a line on our Facebook Page. Have a happy week.

17 comments:

  1. how did you relax them so much in the second photo?? love it!

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    1. Water on my hands and scrunching--- A LOT OF SCRUNCHING.

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  2. Will these work in Long Hair??

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    1. I tried it with my hair (my hairs really long) and I did it after my shower and added some mousse and put in the bantu knots and my when I took it out in the morning it was barely curled and it look like I had bed head. I was wondering is there anything I can do to accomplish this look with my long hair because I watched the video and really wanted those wild curls bean had.

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  3. I'd have loved to see how you took that head full of curls at the end of the video and tamed it... I can never figure out what to do right at the front of the head when I pull my DDs hair and braid or twist it over night. It just lays so flat compared to the wild curls!

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    1. I'll put that on my to do list. Relaxing wild curls. I should have just showed it to start with. Hindsight!

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  4. The video is very helpful, and I hope to try them soon, but honestly my very overwhelming thought after watching is, BEANS IS JUST SO STINKIN' CUTE!! lol

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  5. My daughter loved her curls! Thank you so much :)

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  6. Hmmmm, maybe there's something wrong with my hair cuz every sleepin/no heat curl I try has my hair looking like that wild mess and whenever I try to relax it with water on my hands it just goes back to straight right away, even if I only use a little water.

    But even though I can't actually use this to curl my hair, I do these kind of knots all the time in place of half-pigtails. Super easy and quick look that everyone loves.

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  7. I tried this last night on my daughter. The curls turned out very kinky, and when I added water to them they all went away. I will have to try this again. But next time I will make the knots bigger and try scrunching...

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    1. Remember to use a mouse or gel before hand. It will help it to not overly relax with a little water to loosen the kink.

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  8. My daughter wants to be a curly girl b/c my hair is super curly. Her hair is wavy. So last night we did Bantu Knots....she was SOOOO excited to feel the curls spring up when I let the knots down. We love the results! Thank you for your site, great options. I just hate there is no search box =(.

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  9. We have done this twice now, my daughter LOVES them and I love the fact they she will let me curl it now because she always complained about sleeping in curlers and she doesn't complain about these. THANKS!!!

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  10. I liked this hairstyle and thanks for sharing this video.

    Curly Hairstyles

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