This post is all about how to bantu knot out on blown out natural hair. Bantu Knot outs’ have been a thorn in many naturals side for a long time, with this step by step tutorial the stress and anxiety will be removed and all that will be left are great results.

Bantu Knots also referred to as Zulu Knots originated from West Africa centuries ago, and have since left a permeant impact on the world. The Bantu Knot is a intricate style created by parting your hair into square, triangle or circle; then braiding or twisting the hair to create tiny buns within the parted sections. Naturals have since learned that this technique sets the hair into amazing curls without the added stress of heat.

Day 1


How to Bantu Knot Out on Blown Out Natural Hair:

  • This style can be done on relaxed hair too, start with air dried relaxed hair.
  • Start in the back of your head part out:
    • For thin/fine hair a medium size section of hair
    • For thick/course hair a smaller size section of hair
  • Added your favorite styling cream, make sure to use a small amount so you don’t over saturate the section causing the hair to revert into it’s curly state.
  • Twist the hair starting about a half inch from the root/bases of your sectioned off hair
    • Please keep that space because once you start twisting it will get tight
  • Allow the hair to twist into a bun. This will occur naturally once you start twisting.
  • Secure each bantu knot with a bobby pin
  • Secure your completed head of knots with a silk or satin scarf
  • Allow the knots to set over night
  • In the AM remove the scarf, let your hair and scalp cool to room temperature, this will set the style so it won’t poof/fluff out
  • Remove all bobby pin
  • Emulsify oil in your hands, untwist the bantu knot
  • Separate each knot 2 -3 times
  • Once all knots are loose and separated take a wide tooth comb or pick and lift the roots to create volume and give the illusion of fullness


Over night care:

  • Pineapple your hair, (Pull all of your hair into a loose ponytail on the top of your head)
  • Around you hair line tie a silk/satin scarf, (Fold the scarf like a bandana)
  • In the AM remove the scarf and pineapple, fluff and go
  • Repeat everynight

Day 5

I achieved this look by brushing my curls out with a Denman like brush.


Frequently asked questions:

Q: My hair poofed/frizzed up after I separated my knots, why?
A: The process starts with shampooing and conditioning. You are going to want to make sure you are using a shampoo and conditioner that is good for when you wear your hair straight…one that promotes humidity blockage. Next when blowing out your natural hair it is paramount to use heat protectors and get your hair as straight as possible with the blow dryer. Next don’t over use the setting product this can cause too much moister and when the hair is taken down it starts to revert back to it’s natural state.
Q: Can this style be done on naturally straight or relaxed hair?
A: Yes and Yes the difference is if your hair is straight do this style on damp hair and set with a gel or setting lotion/foam. You can hair dry or sit under a hooded dryer.
Q: How can I achieve this style if I don’t use heat?
A: You would do everything just like the video except blow out with heat. In your case you would want to stretch your hair out as much as possible with either a braid out or after an old twist out and gentle brush out your stretched hair before starting the sectioning and twisting.

I hope you found these steps to be helpful and can achieve a great bantu knot out. I would like to invite you to sign up for my newsletter, this way you will always be in the know with all things MA!

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Maria Antionette is a professional hairstylist, DIY creator and fashion lover with a belief that beauty can be fun, easy and simple.
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