Bantu knot outs are like the 8th world wonder when it comes to hair. Doing a bantu knot out will give you the curly look without putting heat to your hair and it can be done on natural hair as well as relaxed hair.
Doing a bantu knot out can be intimidating because it seems like a lot of steps and if it is not done correctly your hair can come out looking like a frizzy matted mess all over your head.
That is why I am here to show you how to do an error proof bantu knot out to eliminate the likelihood of messing up your style. I am going to through step by step in this blog post AND for all the people who need to watch something I also have a video tutorial on how to do a bantu knot out that you can watch at the bottom of this post.
The following steps on a bantu knot out can be used on both natural and straight hair.
How To Get the Perfect Bantu Knot Out On Natural or Straight Hair (Contains affiliate links)
Step 1 Start on Blown out, straight, or stretched hair.
If your hair is relaxed then your hair is already straight, which is ideal for a bantu knot out. Just make sure your hair is detangled. Your bantu knot out will be a mess if you do not fully detangle your hair.
For natural hair, either straighten, stretch, or blow your hair out. I am a natural and I have 4b//4c hair. I find that doing a bantu knot out on natural hair in the 4b/4c will often leave your bantu knot out looking frizzy. So it is better to start on stretched, straight, or blown out hair.
You can check out my blog on the straightening brush by clicking here. This brush gave my hair a more blown out look which you be straight enough to do a bantu knot out. Your hair does not have to be bone straight.
For this particular look I straighten my hair using this straightening comb/brush (Click here to buy). I had my hair straight for a ponytail style I did a few days before (click here to check out that blog). So my hair was straight but it was also about 2-3 days. This is what my hair looked like before I started.
Also please note that my hair was fully moisturized before starting this style. You need to make sure your hair is not dry because it if it, your bantu knot out will be frizzy and look a mess. Below are some of the products that I used to moisturize my hair.
Step 2 Part Your Hair Into Sections
How big you part your hair is up to you. I typically part my hair in about 2 inch sections. Just note that the smaller you part your hair the smaller the curls are. The bigger you part your hair the looser your curls are. Also note that when your curls are small, when you separate your bantu knots it is more likely that your hair will frizz.
You can check out my picture below to see how small you should section your hair. Also note that your parts do not have to be straight. Unless you plan of wearing your bantu knots out in public then it is not needed for your parts to be 100% straight. Once you take out your bantu knots, then you will not see the parts anyway.
Step 3 Twist
This is going to be a difficult process to describe in words but I promise you that this process is not as hard as it sounds. And just a reminder you can check out my video below to see exactly what I am talking about and how to formulate the bantu knots.
You want to take the section of the hair and you want to make sure it is detangled. Also, you want to put product on your hair to ensure that the curl is more likely to stay and to make sure that the curls are going to formulate properly. There are two products that I used during this process, curling moose along with setting lotion.
Here are the products listed below.
Do not use too product much because you do not want your hair to be stiff and you do not want to soak your hair too much that it does no dry. Just use enough to ensure that each strand of your hair has a little bit of product on it.
Next you want to start twisting the hair. Choose to twist the hair in one direction all over your head. Twist, twist, and twist until the twist starts to form a circle.
As you twist the bantu knot will start to form. And as the bantu knots starts to form the hair should circle around itself. As the bantu knot start to form you want to make sure that you continue to twist the hair at the base of the bantu knot. This will not only help the curl form, but it will also help to secure your bantu knot and it will make it easier to take the bantu knot out.
Once the bantu knot is formed keep twisting and secure the ends of your hair at the base of the bantu knot. Once again the video below will assist you in learning how to do this. This way it will prevent you from having to use bobby pins to secure your bantu knots. In the video below that I shot a couple of years ago, my hair was a lot shorter. So if I could secure my bantu knots on my short hair then, I am confident that most people would be able to secure their bantu knots. Below is how my hair looks once the bantu knots are done.
Notice how tight the bantu knots are. Make sure that you do not pull out your hair, but having tighter bantu knots will assist in the formation of tighter curls, assist in making the bantu knots secure, and it will assist in keeping your bantu knots overnight so that they do not come out. It is best to keep in the bantu knots in overnight to set the style.
Make sure you tie it using a satin scarf like the ones below.
Step 4 Taking the Twist Out
There is an art to taking your twist out. You could have done every step perfectly up until this point but if you do not properly take out the bantu knots, you can mess up your entire hair style. As I mentioned before you should have twisted all of your bantu knots in one direction.
So to take them out you need to take out the bantu knots like unscrewing a top off of a bottle twisting in the opposite direction. If you do this the bantu knots should be able to come out seamlessly with the curl still in place. I know I keep referring the video at the bottom, but watching it will tell you exactly what I am taking about.
Step 5 The Final Look
Once you take out the bantu knots you may notice that your hair looks very sectioned off because of the parts and is still in the form of a bantu knot. This is where you need to separate each bantu knot. You can put some oil on your hands to ensure that as you separate your bantu knot your dry hands does not cause friction. When separating your bantu knots remember not to over separate because that can cause the curls to become frizzy.
My suggestions for oils.
The last step you want to do it so ensure that all of your parts of hidden. You can do this by taking a wide tooth comb through the base of the bantu knot. Make sure you do not comb through the entire bantu knot but just at the base to hide the parts and to give it some it to fluff to keep it from looking so flat.
To make the style last longer I tend to put some holding spray (not drenching your hair) you do not want it to be stiff. But barely spraying it so that it will keep throughout the day.
Get this Look:
And remember the video I keep referring to. Here it is at the bottom, I shot it about some years ago but my process is still the same. It entails all of the steps that I was speaking about above.