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How to do Bantu Knots on Short Natural Hair | Bantu Knot Tutorial For Wet or Dry Hair

Updated: Mar 11

Bantu Knots was one of the first natural hair styles I tired after my big chop grew out a little. Still not quite ready for a high puff or bun I focused on my curls and making sure they were defined and hydrated. Learning how to do Bantu knots with natural hair is very simple, especially if you don‘t plan on leaving them in as a style, you just want the curl.

First I like to start off on wet hair if I want tight curls. For loose curls don’t wet your hair. Next I’m going to section and then part my hair to my liking. After separating your hair, take you first section of hair and apply your cream or gel. I used Curls Twist & Shout Cream (my affiliate link: ) in my video tutorial down below. Then comb out your section gently after that start to twist the entire section of hair in one direction. When you twisted it tight enough it should naturally start to form into the bantu knot. As it does you should just go with it and help it along, twisting now in a circle or ball. When you get to the end piece of hair you should tuck it around the base part of the Bantu know so that it stays. Repeat those steps to each section.

Parting is only important when you want the bantu knots to be your hair style, everyone will see your parts, so you want to take your time. I almost never where just the Bantu knots so I just part freely so I won’t see lines in my afro

Check out my “Mane Monday” YouTube tutorial here:

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