Bantu knots fashion originates from Africa, where women have been wearing their hair in sleek and polished mini buns to keep it hair neat and beat the hot weather. Now Bantu knots are going global and it’s easy to see why everyone wants to get twisty.
Ethnic beauty is for everyone – no matter what type of hair you have. Whether you are rocking curly locks or sleek straight hair you can get in on these fashionable and fun Bantu knot styles right now!
# 1 Beautiful Buds
Natural is beautiful and that’s why we love these cute Bantu knots that have been set out in neat rows across the head. Don’t worry if you can’t get them all the same size – just make sure they are twisted and secured tightly and you’ll have a look that will last all day and night without needing constant attention – perfect for the busy girl who loves an active life!
Turn partings into artwork and team with thick twisted mini buns and braids for an eye-catching style just like this one. To create this hairstyle the hair was first parted into various sections and the hair within each one has been curled over into a knot. The knots all connect to the well-defined partings by thin Dutch braids. A perfectly polished look!
# 3 Partial Knots
Knots like this are a great way to try out the popular undercut and asymmetrical hair fashions without making dramatic cut and changes. For this look, a rounded section of hair has been separated and coiled into four dazzling knots. The rest of her lovely locks are crimped to have a soft texture and springy appearance. Partial Bantu knots are an awesome way to have an elegant look that is still trendy.
# 4 Teeming With Passion
Longer locks mean stretched knots! In this picture, the hair has been sectioned into small groups and then finely twisted into pushed up long knots. When the weather is hot, multi-knot hairstyles like this can be a lifesaver – keeping you looking cool and hip at the same time.
# 5 Naughty Bantu Knots
It may take a while to create the Bantu knot style, but once it’s in it lasts a while. We love the small squares fashioned into the hair in this picture and the aerial knots that have been twisted within each one. Top knots are not always rounded like regular buns and they look super chic when worn up like this.
# 6 Sunrise Twist
In this example, the hair has been colored in shades of copper and sunflower blonde before being styled into thin braids. The braids have been parted into squared off sections and each of these bunches was then twisted into a thick knot. It’s such a striking look, but still professional enough for a day at the office.
# 7 Teeny Braids
Long thin braids are the basis for this unique hairstyle. To begin her lengthy gold and brown locks have been plaited into strands of tight braids. The braids have been bunched together and sectioned off, then twisted into curly Bantu knots. Notice the symmetry created here and the height this hairstyle adds to her face.
# 8 Straightforward Style
Beautiful features and polished looks are enhanced with simple, no-fuss hairstyles and the knot is an ace at keeping hair neat. Judging by the size of her knots we can see that her hair is quite long and has been pulled into curled knots over the top of her head. Shiny hair is also well emphasized by Bantu knots!
# 9 Cute Coils
If the hair is twisted out in fine strands than adorable mini coils like this can be made. In this picture, the knots in the front are slightly bigger and this gives the style a balanced look. This hairstyle is great as it is but you could choose to spice up girly coils by using bright bands or pins when you secure them.
# 10 Curly Top
Want to show off your natural length, but still wear Bantu knots? Why not try this funky style? Starting from the front we can see a tight braid followed by large sections of hair that have been styled into voluminous curled buns. From the crown back the hair has been crimped and left loose looking soft and bouncy.
# 11 Bunch Of Braided Buns
One braided bun is never enough so why not combine the pristine look of braids with the fun style of Bantu knots? In these knots, the hair has a relaxed texture and while the sections are tight we can still see some loose hair along the edges with softens the feel of this hairstyle. For a refined look make sure that your knots are symmetrical.
# 12 Gold Thread Buns
Add a sparkle to your top knots by using a small piece of ribbon or twine to draw attention to their shape. In this example, a bright gold thread is woven around the bulky top knots helping hold them in place and add interest. This swept up look would be suitable for an evening event or date night.
# 13 Curly Sue
There’s so much choice in the Bantu knot style and one of those is the size of the knots themselves. This lady has chosen a thicker knot – which is slightly easier to fashion and perfect for those ladies who are short on time. Her knots are set in a rounded spiral shape, perfect for creating volume and drama.
# 14 Immaculate Knots
Is there a style that is both sleekly elegant but uncomplicated? Yes, and you are looking at it! These knots hit all the right notes; excellently spaced, straight partings and uniformly sized. These are the elements to look at when you want a knot look that will fit in with any outfit or occasion. Add a little pop by including a small braid in the center like this one.
# 15 African Chic
African style outfits and jewelry are the perfect complements for Bantu knots because this hairstyle is simple, allowing more attention to be focused on the bright colors of the attire. This hairstyle has a more relaxed feel as the mini buns are not set out in defined lines and vary slightly in size.
# 16 Classy Couture Knots
In this hairstyle, three Bantu knots have been created that run in a line from front to back. Her long locks have been straightened and gathered sharply into tight sections. These strands have been twisted and coiled, then secured. To add interest a few thin strands have been curled and draped over her face.
# 17 Just For Knotty Fun
Ladies have often used knots to keep their hair neat at night, but now the knots are a hot look for any time of the day. In this look, the mini buns have all been coiled in a similar fashion, adding uniformity to this fun and funky style. Don’t be afraid to wear your knots as high as you please!
# 18 Go Big Or Go Home
Got long braided hair? Feeling brave? Try this knot style next! Here you can see that the hair has been set into thin box braids and colored to have bright blonde streaks. This color draws attention to the impressive size of these bold Bantu knots. These could be heavy, so make sure you use pins to secure them before you go show them off.
# 19 Rainbow Princess
Flowing locks, hot color, and knots? Yes, you can definitely wear them together. Here her long rainbow-hued hair has been styled with waves and loose curls. The hair has a center parting and on each side, a large twisty bun has been added. These give this fantasy hairstyle height and draw attention to the bright contrasting colors.
# 20 Rose Twirl
Add a little extra life to your buns by adding a soft rosy red color like this. We can see well defined angled partings that have been used to section the locks, which have then been braided and curled into little rosebud twists that expertly light up her creamy cocoa complexion.
# 21 Queen of Curls
Big knots or small knots – there’s a look for everyone! These mini knots are particularly cute and it’s a girly look that anyone can rock! We love this mass of small Bantu knots that are neat and just a little cheeky. Be sure to keep your hair well conditioned to keep the curls from fraying and becoming untidy.
# 22 Regal Rows
Bring out your inner queen with rows of thick fancy buns like these. You’ll need to start by sectioning the hair equally like she has done. These neat diagonal lines are the perfect base for the high knots that have been coiled in. We love the detail and texture that has been created here.
# 23 Ready to Twist and Pop
In this picture, the hair has been crimped to provide lovely bouncy texture and the left to spring free. Along the side, just above the ear, three little Bantu knots have been fashioned, breaking the wild feel of this hairstyle ever so slightly and supplying contrast for the volume on the other side.
# 24 Braid and Bun
In this hairstyle the hair has been box braided and pulled into tight little buns all over the head and in-between, all along the partings; Dutch braids have been added for interest. Bantu knot hairstyles don’t need to include braids, but they do go well together. Patterns created using braids like this are becoming trendier so get in on this look now.
# 25 Glam Bantu Knots
Who needs a crown when instead you can have a crown of gorgeous curled buns? In this hairstyle, the buns are big and fashioned into neat rows. The hair itself has been sectioned and twisted tightly to create seashell shaped mini buns. Knots are perfect for evening looks and dressy styles like this.
The word “Bantu” means people, and these knots certainly are for everyone. Bantu knots are an excellent way to tie different looks together. As you have seen you can use braided hair to create these knots, however it is not necessary as the same look can be achieved by tightly twisting sections of hair instead. Dutch braids set in-between knots add another dimension to this style and the best part of this trend is the height it creates and the way that locks can shine in shimmering buns.
Remember to start with finely combed out hair that is well conditioned to ensure that you get the best results from your very own Bantu knot hairstyle – you’ll have everyone simply green with envy at your style prowess!