19 Amazing Bantu Knots to Try in 2018

These trendy Bantu Knots are making a comeback with black women who have natural, relaxed or transitioning hair. If you’re looking for a bold new look that will also protect your hair, then these Bantu “Zulu” Knots just might be for you. These small coiled buns work great for medium to long hair lengths. The shorter your hair is, the harder it will be to separate out all the different sections. 4b and 4c hair work amazingly well with these – the more your hair is kinky curly, the better! Even if you don’t like the look, the good news is that you can undo it and have amazingly looking natural curls.

The other benefit of doing Bantu knots is that it’s cheap to pull off. Here are the products you’ll need:

  • Wide tooth comb
  • Bristle Brush
  • Bobby pins
  • Hair ties
  • Coconut oil
  • Moisturizing Mist
  • Leave-in conditioner

Here are some pictures of the most popular Bantu Knots right now

On Natural Hair

Bantu knots on natural hair
Instagram @salonnoa

Bantu knots is a hairstyle that magically leads into a more gorgeous hairstyle. Knots done on naturally hair usually crush the look especially when the hair is well moisturized and taken care of.

With Cornrows

Bantu knots with cornrows
Instagram @mzshidab

If you’re hair is still short for other protective styles like braids then these stylish Bantu knots can do the magic. For added style and dimension, you can add cornrows and accessorized braids in between those knots.

On Relaxed Hair

Bantu knots on relaxed hair
Instagram @shanillia26

For all of you who want to achieve Bantu knots on your relaxed natural hair, don’t be afraid to try it! Just remember that it’s super important to have your hair completely dry before you coil them. You can leave them for a few days and add some pretty braids and cute accessories to spice up your look!

Burgundy Hair

Burgundy Bantu knots
Instagram @stylesb._

Think again if you’re scared to try high maintenance fashion colors for your natural hair! This vibrant red will absolutely look flattering on dark skin as it has a brightening effect. Try them on any protective style like these thick braided Bantu knots and you’ll be surprised.

On Wet Hair

Bantu knots on wet hair
Instagram @trini4true

It’s so amazing when you combine two top-notch hairstyles like these locs and knots at the same time! Try doing your knots on wet hair for a nice and slippery perfectly curled twist outs. Always remember to have deep conditioning before doing it.

On 4C Hair

Bantu knots on 4C hair
Instagram @jaynellenicole

Embrace the versatility of natural hair by trying these classic Bantu knots out! These knots are actually and perfectly ideal for 4C hair as they create more defined curls when twisted out.

Twists Outs

Twist outs Bantu knots
Instagram @jolieluvlee

These impossibly perfect twist outs wouldn’t come out right if not done with the right products. If you’re looking for definition for your natural hair, this is absolutely one of the top hairstyles to try and you can do it in just under an hour!

On a Weave

Bantu knots on a weave
Instagram @mandi_luv24

These huge knots are more attainable by using trendy crochet braids. Still super easy to do yet gives you the loveliest outcome you could have.

With Straight Hair

Bantu knots with straight hair
Instagram @gabriela_clesca

Straight or curly, long or short, Bantu knots will never fail to be the cutest and flirtiest African hairstyle anyone can try by themselves! You can wear them for a few days then remove them and rock those twisty curls after!

Short Hair

Short hair in Bantu knots
Instagram @mosdefhair

Though tricky, it’s not impossible to do Bantu knots on short hair. A trick is to apply more mousse or setting lotion to your natural hair for more control and ease in twisting and styling.

Transitioning Hair

Transitioning hair in Bantu knots
Instagram @curlyzizi

Make sure to create larger partitions if you’re doing Bantu knots on transitioning hair after conditioning well. You can also opt for extensions if you want a more stylish and versatile look.

On Dry Hair

Bantu knots on dry hair
Instagram @mosdefhair

The most important thing to remember when doing these fabulous knots on dry hair is to be careful especially when detangling as dry hair can be coarse and brittle. Moisturize, be gentle, and take your time, and it’ll be all worth it!

On Afro Hair

Bantu knots on afro hair
Instagram @mosdefhair

These marvelous coils are particularly trendy on short natural African-American hair. This is an impressive way to style your hair without damaging it with heat.

For Little Girls

Bantu knots for little girls
Instagram @bellamanestudio

Get playful and imaginative with your little girl’s hair by doing these creative hairstyle. Combine cornrows and cute beads together and finish with a crown of knots for a fresh look that’s perfect for the most active kids.

On Locs

Bantu knots on locs
Instagram @locsbyroxie

Locs are already a striking hairstyle on their own but that shouldn’t stop you from doing a more gorgeous one! There is really not much difference in doing Bantu knots on dreadlocked hair than on loose strands. Just keep your favorite moisturizing product beside you at all times while doing it and you’re good to go!

Purple Hair

Purple hair on bantu knots
Instagram @aunestly

Purple screams of glam and royalty when worn on those trendy knots. Add some golden jewelries to complement and highlight your super fashionable hairstyle.

With Braids

Bantu knots with braids
Instagram @signed_byelle

Q&A with style creator, Elle Bee
Master Cosmetologist / Stylist @ Hair Signed by Elle in Atlanta, GA

How would you describe this look?

Bantu knots is an out of the box hairstyle and deserves someone who is confident, a person who can be the nucleus of a room without trying.

What I love about this style is that it doesn’t take long to do yet it’s so unique and chic.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Know that your hair only needs to be long enough to put into ponytails and the rest can be done with extensions if you don’t have the length. Also, you won’t need too many products for upkeep, only oil for the scalp and a satin wrap or bonnet to cover your hair while sleeping.

This style is for those who don’t have styling restrictions at their place of work or for those who don’t put restrictions on themselves. Be natural and free!

Before and After

Bantu knots before and after
Instagram @schaelove

Q&A with style creator, Schaelove Pollins
Hairstylist & Makeup Artist @ Schaé Love Hair & Makeup in Las Vegas, NV


How would you describe this look?

These are Bantu Knots or Zulu knots as they are also known by the Zulu people, a Bantu ethnic group who are the originators of the look. They are regal, fun, sleek, elegant and of course big! My favorite thing about wearing them is the longevity I get.

It’s two styles in one. I can wear my knots for a few days and then when I’m ready to take them down I have defined curls that will last me a week or more, with proper night care.

Any advice for someone considering it?

There is more than one way to achieve this look depending on your hair type, texture, and the amount of time you have to dedicate to doing your hair.

For my 4B type hair, I have found that the best and easiest way to achieve this look is on blow-dried hair with the use of minimal moisturizing twisting creams. To see the full process of how I achieve this look see my video on my youtube channel: https://youtu.be/4SlnwcThDPI

Night care is also a major factor in making this style last as well. I make sure to do scalp massages and tie my hair up each night in a pineapple (for this particular style) with a silk scarf and/or bonnet. You can also see my night time hair routine here: https://youtu.be/-VwUMYCNBYs

With Triangle Patterns

Q&A with style creator, Desireé Ward
Head Hairstylist @ The Hair Blessings Salon in Austin, TX


How would you describe this look?

Bantu knots are great for protecting your hair. In the black culture/community it’s important to keep our hair moisturized to prevent it from breakage. It’s a unique look that the Zulu and Bantu people in Africa tend to rock.

It’s a strong look for women that typically have a lot to do and care for. It’s seemingly a carefree stress-free style. I love the Bantu look because it gives people a chance to look outside the box, most importantly, look beyond the look and of the person. It creates conversation for sure!

There’s no one hair type for this style. A lot of people nowadays get their hair done this way for fashion purposes, but in reality, it’s a sign of strength & unity for the Bantu/African culture. It’s mainly used for protective styling.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Before getting this style, shampoo with moisturizing products and detangle with a leave-in conditioner or a light oil. It’s best to do this style while damped but some stylist or hair lovers do it dry before bed for a nice beach wave. In the morning just take them down with a light oil and finer then apart.

If you are getting them done while they are damped, they do not require shampoo. This style can last up to two weeks. Light on the scalp with tea tree oil. This will help with the itch (if you have any) and moisture.

Gently wrap them at night with a silk scarf!