There are so many ways to achieve beautiful curly natural hair, but sometimes the method can be the deciding factor. I am constantly on the go, and I love methods that allow me to wear them out and about and still look cute. In a recent post, I tried out barrel curls (and I must say I love them). But barrel curls are very tight, and sometimes women with locks want to also rock a loose and wavy style. Enter Bantu knots. Versatile and chic, this technique is perfect for women with natural hair and with locks. Follow my easy steps to achieve this sexy style. 

What you’ll need: spray bottle, Miss Jessie’s Curly Buttercreme (or your favorite styling product that will add moisture and give your hair a firm hold).

Editor’s note: For best results, style after washing and conditioning your hair. Also, the smaller you make the Bantu knots, the more definition you’ll have.

Step 1: Section a piece of your hair or two to four locks, depending on how thick your locks are, and apply Miss Jessie’s Curly Buttercreme or your favorite styling product and gently rub through your hair.

Step 2:  Take the same sectioned portion of your hair and begin to two-strand twist all the way down to the end of your hair. Next, take the two-strand twist and begin to twist it counterclockwise to tighten the twist.

Step 3: This step depends on the length of your hair. If your hair is shoulder-length or longer, make a small fold at the root of your hair. Begin to wrap the twisted hair around the fold, starting at the top and working your way down to the root.

Step 4: Once your hair has formed the knot, tuck your hair underneath the Bantu knot at the root.

Repeat steps 1-4 for the remainder of your hair and locks. Once you have completed all of the Bantu knots, you can wear them for a few days as a style, allowing your hair to air dry, or you can blow dry your hair and take them down immediately. Just make sure they are completely dry before unraveling them.

How to unravel the knots: When taking down the Bantu knots, start at the root where you tucked the ends. Hold the entire knot and begin to slowly unravel it. Once you’ve unraveled the knot, separate the two-strand twists and you should see the beautiful curls unfold.

After the knots are unraveled, massage oil or use a spray to moisturize the scalp and your strands.

We would love to see the results! Tweet us your Bantu knot at @EBONYMagStyles

—LaParis Hawkins