A Bantu Knot Out are strands of hair that are twirled and wrapped in a circular motion and later unwrapped to create a loose, somewhat springy hair texture. Bantu Knot Outs are ideal for 4c hair as they create a coil look on hair that does not have a promiment curl pattern when dry.
Bantu Knot Outs can be styled into an afro puff, a mohawk, or an up do. Follow these tips from Black Hair Information to create a Bantu Knot Out on 4c, short natural hair and then watch the video tutorials for additional help.
Tips for Styling Bantu Knots with 4c Natural Hair
1. Section size determines curl size - The more sections you have the curlier your hair will be and the larger the section the wavier you hair will be.
2. Moisture levels – For some reason Bantu knots work better when the hair is at least slightly wet and moisturized but not soaking wet. Let you hair air dry first or use a blow dryer on a cool/warm setting before twisting. Moisturize your hair with a hair spritz that contains water. You can also make your own by mixing together a little Aloe Vera Juice and water in a spray bottle.
3. Make sure your hair is smooth – Use a Denman brush if necessary but make sure your hair is smooth and the product is spread evenly throughout the section before twisting.
4. Use a styler – Aint nothing wrong with a little hold! So pick out your best styler and use it on each section. Holding creams are probably a little better than hardcore gels, but it really depends on what works best on your hair. Put the styler on your hair first then follow up with a dime size amount of gel before twisting.
5. Air Dry – Air dry your hair if possible, it will take longer but the results are well worth it. Still a hooded dryer or a bonnet dryer are also really great in a pinch because they use gentle diffuse heat rather than direct heat. But make sure to wait until your hair is completely dry before unraveling the knots.
Products to Use for Styling with 4c Natural Hair
- Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie
- Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curling Gel Souffle
How to Create Bantu Knots on 4c Natural Hair - Video Tutorials
This article is part of My Fair Hair's "Hairstyles for 4c Hair" series. These hairstyles are selected especially for women with 4c, short to medium length natural hair. If you have thick hair, thinning edges, or a less "visible" curl pattern, these styles are for you as well!
Ladies, do you have any tips for styling Bantu Knots on 4c natural hair?