How To Get the Perfect Bantu Knots on Natural Hair & Transitioning Hair


Bantu Knots vs. Chiney Bumps 

So Bantu Knots…Honestly I didn’t know what a Bantu knot was until I started my transition to natural hair journey. I saw a picture of it and I was like wait a minute, isn’t this chiney bumps? Not realizing it was the same thing, it’s just where I’m from, we actually refer to them as, “Chiney Bumps”. To this day, I honestly don’t know why their called chiney bumps. So if you’re Caribbean and you know the reason why, then leave it in the comment down below.

All I know is when I was a child, I used to hate wearing my hair in bantu knots. Every Sunday my mom used to wash my hair, grease it with DAX and make me rock this hairstyle in public. Everyone would stare at me like I was a legit alien and I hated every minute of it. I swear every chance I got, I would try to pull those knots out, so that they would unravel and let my curls show. But my mom was not having it.

But as I got older, I actually started to embrace the art of the bantu knot and rock the style in public as is, instead of unraveling the knot so that my hair is curly. So enough about my love hate relationship with bantu knots, let’s get back to the hair.

Straight Parts and Detangling are a must! (atleast for me)

I usually part my hair beforehand to ensure that all my parts are as straight as possible and that they don’t overlap. When you have even sections all around, it will really add to the neatness of this particular style and help it look more uniformed. I gave myself some medium size diamond shaped parts to kind of add some edgy flare or personality to this style.

Okay so whether you do this hairstyle on wet or dry hair you want to make sure your hair is fully detangled before beginning your knot. So just begin by taking your comb and smoothing out your hair until there are no tangles left. Since I’m leaving my hair in the bantu knots, I went ahead and spritz my hair with water and then proceeded to add a quarter size amount of my moisturizer of choice. I’m using Deva Curl Supercream Coconut Curl Styler.

Master the Art of the Bantu Knot

So to master the art of the bantu knot, you start with twisting or winding up your hair from the root. Be careful not to twist your hair too tight because the more you twist around the knot, it’s going to tighten on its own. So just begin to wrap your twist in a circular motion around the base of the knot itself or the previous raveled hair. By layering each twist one on top of the other, it will eventually begin to stack outward/upward and form a mini beehive.

Secure the Ends

Once you get to the ends of your hair, you want to add a little more product and continue to twist the hair down to the ends. Be sure to tuck the ends in as much as possible so your knot doesn’t become loose and unravel on its own. All you have to do is just wrap those straight ends in a circular motion underneath the knot you just created so that it can stay in place and you’re done.

Tips for a Secure Bantu Knot

  • Take a medium section of hair
  • Spritz it with water (this is optional of course)
  • Add your moisturizer of choice
  • Twist your hair from the root
  • Wrap hair in a circular motion to form the bantu knot (be careful not to wrap hair too tight)
  • Secure the ends underneath the knot, by wrapping it around the base of the knot.

Hope I was able to simplify bantu knots for you guys and you feel more comfortable to master it on your own. Honestly this is like the perfect protective style, especially if you’re transitioning. Bantu knots are one of the most versatile methods for protecting the hair and achieving the best curls on any head. So whether you leave it up or let it down, you should definitely give it a try. Just remember practice makes perfect, so keep at it. If you want a visual of what I explained above, check out my youtube video down below. It’s a detailed tutorial, in which I show you step by step how to master the bantu knot every single time. Hope you find it helpful. Enjoy!

Have you ever did bantu knots on your hair? If so, were you successful at it? If not, what did you struggle with the most? Also what other tips or tricks did you use that worked for your hair, that I may have not mentioned?

Post your experiences in the field below and share your knowledge!