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Bantu Knot Styling Made Easy, in 8 Simple Steps!

Bantu Knot Styling Made Easy, in 8 Simple Steps!

How to Bantu Knot

For all you natural haired ladies, here is a gorgeous protective hairstyle that will sculpt and mold your locks into the bouncy, beautiful, full curls; the Bantu Knot Out. Now I know the Bantu Knot natural hairstyle has been around for ages, and even singers Rihanna and Scary Spice has been spotted sporting this look.

The bantu twist hairstyle is also well known as Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren's iconic doo, on the hit Netflix show, Orange is the New Black. Though Uzo's portrayal of Suzanne is incredible, even winning her an Emmy this year, this style has sort of caught an unflattering rep, as this particular character's hairstyle of choice. Well, I'm here to set the record straight on this look, because though Crazy Eyes may make some questionable, impulsive, and all be it crazy decisions sometimes, her choice hairstyle is not one of them.

While Suzanne may have mastered the art of making each Bantu knot, it seems as if no one informed her of the glorious, full head of curls that awaited her, after following through with the final steps of the knot out process. In season 2 of OITNB, the newest addition to the Litchfield Federal prison posse, Vee, did attempt to show her the next phase of the process...

But the results still looked a little incomplete, and less than refined...

However, there is a way to make this style work in your naturally curly favor, and perhaps Crazy Eyes wouldn't have looked so crazy, had someone like fellow inmate, salon-trepeneur, and Miss Jessie's fan, Sophia, had intervened, teaching Suzanne about all benefits of her trademark style!

You may not have realized that this look is actually a fast and easy way to effortlessly create elegant curls, without the use of any harsh, damaging heat. Setting hair in Bantu Knots overnight can actually improve hair health by locking in moisture, and the twists themselves lessen the potential for hair shrinkage. Plus, the lack of heat in this styling minimizes hair breakage. So if you desire full, luscious curls, without compromising your hair's health and increasing its length, check out this great demo on how to style a Bantu Knot out, and give it a try yourself!


All you need is:

  • A spritz bottle filled with water
  • A wide-toothed comb
  • A rat-tail comb - To section hair and carefully remove tangles
  • Hair clips- To section hair as you create your knots
  • A moisturizing styler- We recommend Miss Jessie's Curly Pudding or Baby Buttercreme
  • Bobby pins- To secure the ends, if tucking hair in itself is not enough to secure it
  • A satin wrap or shower cap, to protect hair overnight
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1. For a more stretched out curl to a wave look, deep condition hair with Miss Jessie's Super Sweetback Treatment. For best results, start with hair that is at least day old, dirty hair. Section hair, designating your part. The larger the sections for your Bantu knots, the more voluminous and full your curls will be.

2. Start with a front hair section. Moisturize hair by spritzing with water. Add a small amount of your moisturizing styler, then with your wide-toothed comb, detangle your hair.

3. To begin your knot, start by twisting hair, as this will give you a defined, twist outlook, in your final curly product. If you are unsure of how to do a proper twist out method, click here for a quick twist out styling tutorial.

4. To make the actual Bantu Knot, treat the root of your hair as the center of the bun, holding it down and wrapping the rest of your elongated twist around it. Keep winding this twisted section round and round, until there is no hair left and you have a tiny bun.

5. Tuck the end of the hair where you feel it is secure. If you think your Bantu knot is likely to come loose, secure the end with a bobby pin.

6. Repeat making these Bantu knots all around the rest of your head.

7. Wrap with a silk scarf or cap, leaving hair in Bantu knots overnight.

8. When you awaken, carefully unravel and untwist all knots. Manipulate the curls to where you would like them to go.

Now you have completed your Bantu Knot and twist out!

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