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For women with African hair, bantu knots are a cool option for the summer months – and we mean literally cool. Unlike full weaves, they’re light and let your scalp breathe as the sun beats down and the temperature soars. Bantu knots are also super cute and multifunctional. They scream personality and presentability, making them a thumbs-up option for first meetings and job interviews.
If you’re into natural African hairstyles, here are five twists on bantu knots that are perfect for making a great first impression.
To get this classic look, start by dividing your hair evenly, according to the number of knots you want. Twist the hair in each section tightly, making a long strip. Finally, wind each strip around itself in a circular motion to make a knot. Secure each knot with an elastic band or hairpin.
Why not play around with your parting when you’re dividing your hair? You can create interesting geometric patterns using your visible scalp.
There isn’t much difference between basic and micro bantu knots, other than the size of the knots, and the hair sections used to make the knots. The smaller, the better in both cases. This style works especially well for women with shorter hair.
Braids are a great way to customise many hairstyles.
For this combo style, you only set the top half of your head in bantu knots, while the lower half is brushed out and straight.
First part your hair at ear level and then tie up the bottom part with an elastic. This will keep your hair out of the way while you create bantu knots at the top of your head. Once done, remove the elastic and carefully brush the rest of your hair.
Hanson Ndabeni, Dark and Lovely brand educator has some handy tips for women attempting bantu knots at home. “Bantu knots require great care when it comes to styling. Cleansing the hair is always important and should be done once a week. Also, make sure not to pull too tightly on the braids or bantu knots as this can lead to hair breakage and a receding hairline,” explains Ndabeni.
If you’re worried about damaging your delicate strands, consult your nearest salon for styling advice.
Ndabeni recommends the Dark and Lovely Au Naturale range throughout the bantu knot styling process – starting with the Dark and Lovely Au Naturale Moisture Replenishing Shampoo, which is enriched with soothing mango oil and bamboo milk. To gently detangle the hair, follow shampooing with a bit of Dark and Lovely Au Naturale Knot-Out Conditioner.
When it’s time to style the knots, Dark and Lovely Au Naturale Plaiting Pudding Cream is Ndabeni’s first pick, followed by Dark and Lovely Au Naturale Afro Moisturising Butter to add a final touch of moisture, lustrous shine and control. This will ensure that your natural hairstyles are backed up by great hair care products.
Hairstyles can do so much more than just enhance your crowning glory – they also accentuate your best features like your face and eyes or vibrant personality. With all this information, it is time to take one giant leap for African hairstyles and give bantu knots a go!
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