Bantu knots are dope all on their own, but have you ever considered taking the protective style up a few notches? Yes, the look is a classic (seriously—it dates back thousands of years), but that doesn’t mean you have to create them the same ol’ way every single time. You can get very creative with Bantu knots, and our resident braider, Stasha Harris, is here to show you exactly how to keep your natural hair protected and make a statement at the same damn time. On this week’s Braid Up, we’re introducing braided Bantu knots: Geometric braids, thin cornrows, and colored braids come together to create a style that will turn heads.
Keep reading below for all the tips and tricks you’ll need in your back pocket to try out this look yourself.
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1. Blow out your hair before you start. You want to make sure that your braided Bantu knots have a clean, smooth, and tangle-free foundation to sit on. P.S. Don’t forget to use a heat protectant spray before you hit your hair with any hot tools! It’ll help prevent any potential heat damage.
2. Section off your hair. Before you start braiding, decide how many braided Bantu knots you want to end up with—this determines how many sections you’ll have. Stasha creates six, but feel free to create more (or less) sections. Once you’ve divided everything up, secure your hair with clips.
3. Feed in braiding hair. Typically with Bantu knots, you would two-strand twist your hair to create the mini buns that sit on top of your head. Not with this remix: Instead, feed in a few different packs of colored braiding hair (Stasha uses red, brown, and purple hair), braid it until you reach the ends, and then wrap the braid around itself to create a knot. Secure each Bantu knot with a small rubber band or bobby pin.
4. Dress up your braids. Add some hair jewelry, like cuffs, to the two tiny braids in the front of your head—it’ll transform this hairstyle into a legit fashion statement.
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