Bantu Knots are coil buns pinned together in multiple sections. It is a traditional African style and can last up to two weeks. Because the roots of your hair are wrapped and covered, you can increase the gap between re-twists and achieve barrel curls after removing the knots. To do so, carefully remove any pins or hair bands and release the twist.
Bantu knots are an excellent protective style for dreadlocks. It is versatile, long-lasting, and is a staple in black culture. This hairstyle has been used in runways, red carpets and celebrities have sampled this style. With dreadlocks, there is a bit of manoeuvring, but the overall result looks better than undreaded hair (let’s debate).
Just kidding! After you have worn the Bantu knots, you can rock the curls that appear after twisting your hair into the knots for a few days to prolong your re-twist. There are many ways to achieve barrel curls with dreadlocks, but the Bantu method is the easiest and safest way. This post will help you install Bantu knots in dreaded hair.
Let’s get started.
The Method To Install Bantu Knots With Dreadlocks
What you’ll need:
- Spray bottle with water.
- Homemade moisturizing oil.
- Pins or small black rubber band.
- Start with freshly washed hair.
- Apply natural oils to hair and scalp.
- Use your spray bottle and lightly spritz the hair with water (soften locs).
- Section hair depending on how big or small you want your buns.
- Then take each section and begin the two-strand twist method.
- Wrap in a bun.
- You can take a rubber band and secure the ends of the previous twisted hair. (optional, if ends are thick).
- If dreadlocks are short, you can take an additional rubber band and secure the Bantu. If not, tuck in the dreads.
Maintenance of Bantu Knots
Moisturize as usual with your knots. Also, sleeping with a bonnet instead of a silk wrap keeps the buns in place. Apart from this, treat your Bantu knots like any other protective style. You can lay your edges with the Aloe Vera gel since it is a good edge control to use.
My name is Penny Thomas, I love blogging, and the founder of HTW dreads. I had dreadlocks for the past tens years. However, I cut my hair off to grow them with natural oils and no wax. Apart from my hair, I love reading and swimming.