Bantu knots are traced back to hundreds of years ago to the Zulu tribes of Africa. The term 'Bantu' describes the over 300 ethnic groups found in parts of southern and central Africa. The style has recently gained controversy over its use by Caucasian women, despite its origins.
Bantu knots have long been a popular hair style for African-American women that has recently gained more traction among all women looking for a cute, yet simple hair style. Despite the name, Bantu knots are not considered knots at all. If done properly, Bantu knots should resemble mini hair buns strategically placed across your scalp allowing for creative up-do’s.
Bantu knots are a popular choice for protective styling because it can be done on both short or long hair. While Bantu knots take to kinky and curly hair the best, women of any type of hair can create the style. As with all natural hair styles, creativity is key. Many women will create shapes such as diamonds, triangles, and hearts into the scalp of their hair. The ‘knots’ may even resemble shapes as well.
Creating Bantu knots is a simple process. The length of time varies depending on the number of Bantu knots being created, as well as the length of the hair itself. As with all natural hair styles, taking proper care of your hair in between styling is the key for upkeep. Most women choose to wear Bantu knots for up to a week. Unraveling Bantu knots creates curls known as a Bantu knot-out.