When I sat down to write about Bantu knots, I have to admit I was a little enamored with it. The style was reminiscent of my admiration for the 90's music videos and stars such as Janet Jackson and Lauryn Hill - two talented powerhouses, who both brought such a unique and foreign style, to the forefront.
What is a Bantu knot?
A Bantu knot is style that is used to create funky curls, or waves, without using heat in the process. Similar to the two-strand twist out, this look can be created with wet or dry hair. First, the hair is sectioned off into triangular or pyramid shapes. Each section is twisted until it coils (in a tire-like shape), then wrapped around itself and the ends are tucked under the coil. To start the twisting process, try using Carol's Daughter's "Macadamia Hold and Control Smoother" moisturizer to keep the hair soft and pliable. This moisturizer will also give your hair a good, medium hold. Since there is no heat in the process, you'll want to give yourself ample time to allow the curls to form. I recommend wearing them overnight for the best outcome. When your hair is ready, you can use a coconut or Moroccan Argan oil to release each section. The coiling process takes about 20-25 minutes depending on hair length.
A little history behind the Bantu:
Having been worn to keep unruly curls in their place, many of the Bantu women from various tribes all over South Africa have sported the look for centuries. Bantu is both a people and a language with many different dialects .The word Bantu itself means 'people'. In awe yet? I am.
So what makes people go crazy about this hairstyle? It's heat-free technique allows you to wear your hair in curls without having to worry about heat damage. It's a favorite in the Naturalista community, and even celebrities such as Corinne Bailey Rae, Gwen Stefani, and Jada Pinkett have all been spotted rockin' this 'do.
All this history in one style! So, I figured, why not try it? Here's my attempt at Bantu knots! Take some time to yourself this week (you know, that "me" time you've heard about?) Let your hair down and have fun with it. I did! don't forget to send us your best Bantu knot styles @shopJadaBeauty on twitter!
For the love of hair,