Saturday, April 26, 2014

How to Achieve a (Somewhat) Perfect Bantu Knot Out

Hello my lovelies!!

I hope you all are enjoying your weekend, I know I am! Ok, so I never thought I would be doing a post on how to do a bantu knot out, because frankly, I could never get them to turn out right! I swear the bantu knot was like a natural hair urban legend. It seemed to be rumored that women could achieve a beautiful bantu knot out but I had never achieved one myself.

To be honest, I don't quite understand why this style is so darn hard. I've tried this style on wet hair, damp, towel-dried hair, and lastly dry hair. I've used numerous products and methods. None of them worked. Until--NOW! I decided to give my bantu knots another go because for one thing I don't give up and two, I had seen so many woman achieve beautiful curls with this style. After watching countless YouTube videos I finally found a tutorial that worked for me. Be sure to check out Alyssa Forever's video for a live demonstration! She's amazing!

Enough banter, let's get right into how I achieved this look:

Step 1: Start with freshly washed hair. I usually co-wash (shampoo using conditioner) but this time I used a shampoo because my hair was in need of clarifying.

Step 2: Blow dry your towel dried hair. You can use whatever product you like. Personally, I use Aveda's Hang Straight. I try not to blow dry my hair when it is soaking wet, but usually only when it is damp. It also helps me to blow dry in sections and I start from the top.

Step 3: Section off your hair (you'll want about 10-12 sections) and grab your favorite creme product. For this style, I used Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioner.

Step 4: I start in the back and I section off parts one by one, no need to use a comb. When you have your part sectioned off and detangled, apply a small amount of your creme product and brush through again to make sure the product is evenly distributed. *tip: add more creme to the ends if they feel dry

Step 5: Take the section of hair and begin to twist the hair. Some people like to two strand twist it first, but that doesn't work for me. It's up to you, though. 

Step 6: Wrap the hair around and around, forming a knot (be careful not to wind the knots too tightly). Then you want to secure the ends with a bobby pin. This is important because even if you try and tuck the hair with no bobby pin, I find that my hair is more likely to unravel when not secured with a bobby pin.

We want the knots to be somewhat large and not too small. This will produce a wavy spiral effect as opposed to a stringy, wormy look.
 Step 7: After everything is secured, tie your hair up with a satin bonnet or scarf and go to sleep :)

Step 8: Wake up, take off scarf, and prep your hands with an oil of choice (I use coconut, olive, or grapeseed). Prepping your hands with an oil will reduce frizz when you go to take down your knots. 

Step 9: Unwind your knots much like you are untwisting a top. Be careful when doing this. 

Step 9: Gently separate each twist. I am a serious separater; the bigger the better, in my opinion. The more you separate, the bigger your hair will be. I'm not afraid of the F word (FRIZZ lol).


Step 10: Fluff more if needed, especially at the roots. I usually do a raking motion at my roots only

See the difference? The right side has been separated a bit more than the left. It looks a bit fuller. Continue to do this until you achieve your desired look.

And, voila! You are now finished and you have what I call a damn good bantu knot out! I am so in love with this style that I've been wearing it for about two weeks straight!  To maintain this style, I will either pineapple for a looser curl the next day or I will re knot my hair and if needed, I will apply a teensy bit of creme ( a little goes a long way). 

Hope you all enjoyed! Leave a comment and let me know if you would like to me to do more natural hair posts! Also, if you try this look, please let me know! I would love to see your results! 



Lauren K


  1. I love your posts, I am going to try that butter on my hair soon! Following on bloglovin!


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