Bantu Knots Styles: 40 Ideas To Inspire You


Bantu knots are not only gorgeous, but they also have a rich history behind them. Known as a staple among African hairstyles, they date back hundreds of years. Their origins are in Africa, among the Zulu tribe. For these reasons, they are also sometimes referred to as Zulu knots. Bantu knot styles can be worn with the twisted buns in place or unwrapped in big, soft curls.

How To Style Bantu Knots:

  • Make sure your hair is washed and conditioned. Don’t forget to untangle your hair.
  • For best results, make sure your hair is damp, not wet or dry.
  • Create partitions by sectioning off the hair.
  • Take the first section and apply oil, cream, mousse or gel to it. Do not use any heavy cream, oil or butter to your hair as this might lead to hair breakage.
  • Twist or braid all the hair in that section. You can add in extensions or colorful ribbons if desired.
  • Then, twist and tight wrap the hair around itself to form a bun. You can twist and wrap simultaneously; it depends on what you’re comfortable with.
  • Keep coiling the hair around until you reach the end. Tuck the end off inside the bun and secure it in place with a pin. If your Bantu knots are tight, then your hair might stay in place without a pin.
  • Wrap the Bantu knots in a silk or satin head scarf. The next day, when you unravel the knots, your hair will be in perfect curls. This hairstyle is called the Bantu knot out.

See below for Bantu knot hair styles you can rock!

1. RED COLORED KNOTS :  Why not add a bit of color to your African hairstyle? There are plenty you can choose from, but this deep shade of wine red is a great way to start. Feel free to use your favorite hair color. Wedding soon? click here for beautiful bridal hairstyles

Bantu knot style on red mohawk hair

woman with beautiful red bantu knots hairstyle

Cool trendy red bantu knots

woman with wine red hair twiste dinto cornrows at the side and bantu knots on top

Red hairstyle, cornrows with bantu knots on top

black woman in bold red hair twisted into bantu knots

Bold red knots

2. HALF UP HALF DOWN STYLEWe’re accustomed to seeing a full head of Bantu knots, but there aren’t any rules when it comes to this hairstyle. Bantu knots can be worn in a half-up half-down style, as seen in the beautiful images below:

woman wearing 4 bantu knots in half up half down style

4 bantu knots half up half down style

woman wearing two big bantu knots in half up half down style

Another trendy pattern with the two knots style…

woman wearing 2 bantu knots in half up half down style

2 bantu knots in half up half down style

woman wearing 3 bantu knots in half up half down style

3 knots half up half down

3. BLACK, GOLD AND BABY HAIRS : If your hair has blonde highlights, you can get a unique set of Bantu knots. Slick down your baby hairs on the sides for an even more urban look.

black women with ombre hair twisted into bantu knots

black women with bantu knots on curvy cornrows

bantu knots on curly braids

black woman with gorgoeous big bantu knots

black woman with bantu knots and golden hair accessory

All black and classy

Even ladies with short hair can enjoy this hairstyle. If you’re growing out your natural hair, it’s a great way to protect your hair and encourage curls later on. Twist tightly, tie and rock it. Click here to see more helpful tips for short hair

Black woman with little bantu knots on the side, and bantu knot out on top

Side pattern bantu knot style.

black woman with mohawk twisted into bantu knots

Punk styled baby knots on short hair

black woman with cute bantu knots on short hair

more knots on short hair

5.  ALTERNATIVE BANTU KNOTS SHORT HAIR :  Another example for Bantu knots and short hair. Even if you have longer hair and you want to get a similar look, all you have to do is tie the knots tightly. 

beautiful black woman with hair in bantu knots

beautiful black woman with small bantu knots hairstyle

All short, Natural and simple.

beautiful black woman with hair in bantu knot style

All styled simple, cool and stunning.

black woman with gorgeous bantu knot out style on short hair

On the low it curls…

Arguably one of the best benefits of Bantu knots is that they can be created with natural hair. It’s an excellent way to protect your natural locks while having a funky and fresh appearance.

Black woman with bantu knot style on 4c hair

Looking natural feels good.

back view of bantu knots style on black woman

back view of hairstyle

front view of bantu knots on black woman

Front view of hairstyle

Blac woman in hair salon getting her hair twisted into bantu knots by a stylist

Bantu knots being made
credit: @jawad_ntlhane_maphoto

It is actually encouraged that you get creative with the design of your knots. You can part your hair strategically to get curls in all the right places after you unravel them. Click here to see more hairstyle ideas for little girls.

Little black girl with creative Bantu knots style with braids and accessories.

Creative Bantu knots style with braids and accessories.

Little black girl with beautiful twisted bantu knots style

Little girl with beautiful twisted bantu knots style

Woman with blackbantu knots with cornrow in front

Black knots with cornrow in front

Bantu knot style with geometric parts

Geometric parts

8. BANTU KNOT-OUT CURLS : This is a delightful example of how these knots look when unwrapped. Even more so, the look is unique by leaving a few knots on top for a half up half down hairstyle. Click here for useful tips on growing your hair long.

woman with blonde hair in curly bantu knot-out style

Blonde curls from knot-out

woman with curly long hair from bantu knot out

Bantu knot-out on long black hair

woman with flat twists with baantu knots at the end, resulting in gorgeous twist-out

Flat twists with bantu knot-out

Black woman with beautiful curls from bantu knot out

Gorgeous curls from knot out

This wheel of down to up cornrows and braided Bantu knots looks so fierce! Part your hair in triangular sections and take a bit of hair from the sides of each section. These side sections of hair will make up the ten braids (two each on the sides and six making the wheel).

black woman with cornrows and the side and bantu knots on top

Cornrows with bantu knots on top

black lady with cornrows and little bantu knots on top

Front Bantu with side braids and cornrow at the back.

lady with bold cornrows twisted into an updo knot

Cornrow with up side braids…

litle girl with cute cornrow braids and two stylish bantu knots

cornrow with side braids and side pigtails


10. PIGTAIL KNOTS: For a truly special African hairstyle, try mixing the following techniques: Bantu knots, a few cornrows and braided pigtails. The baby hair in the front is the icing on the cake for this exotic look. 

black girl in grey bob box braids, with top part twisted into two bantu knots

Two knots on grey bob box braids

black girl with red box braids twisted into two bantu knots in half uo half down style

Colored side braids with two front knots.

Girl twisted ponytail and braided bantu knots on top

Black long pigtail with three front row knots.

Janelle Monae in black with braided pigtails

Twisted front row with two side tails.


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