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Hair Makeover Series II: Bantu Knot out

May 24, 2011

In the 90’s along with velvet chokers, chunky high heels, Aaliyah Mid-drifts and wide-legged jeans, I remember a trend that was relevant for a little while. Girls would step out of their houses with their hair separated in little knots pinned all over their heads.

Jada Pinkett, like many of us wore her hair like this as a statement

My mother would laugh at me as I stepped out with my “Chiney-bumps” as she would call them. She assured me that I would look back at that era in my life and laugh at myself. Fast forward more than a decade later and the memory flooded back with hysterical laughter as I looked back at old photos of myself. SMH!

I was recently sitting in a salon and a girl with long extensions wavy extensions was getting her hair done. After the stylist washed it, I watched an amazing transformation occur without the use of direct heat or products. I soon learned that I was watching a Bantu knot out (no longer called chiney-bumps) which can be categorized under protective styling ( styling that protects your hair from the ordinary hazards, harsh chemicals, and heat while helping it to grow). The difference that has occurred in a decade is that ladies are no longer walking around with these little bumps on their hair, they are then twisting them out to achieve amazing twisty/wavy/curly/bouncy hair. The final result is SUPER cute hair that gives an end result as large and fierce as Teyanna Taylors or as chiq and natural as Corinne Bailey Rae’s.

Teyanna Taylor opts to take her extensions to another level by using a bantu knot out to achieve this large and fierce look


Corinne Bailey Rae rocks the Bantu knot out effortlessly


Achieving Bantu Knots

  1. Thoroughly wash, condition, and detangle hair
  2. Part damp hair into sections, using a comb.
  3. To get wavy hair for a looser look, use fewer, medium-sized to large knots
  4. If you want to get curly hair or more curl definition, create smaller knots
  5. Using a styling lotion or mousse for control work product into the hair one section at a time, and, starting at the roots, twist each section between your fingers , twisting and working your way down the hair shaft, keeping tension high, until you are holding the very end of the section away from your head.
  6. Coil the twisted length around itself and secure in place with wide tooth bobbi pins. (On longer hair, this will create a twisted funnels shaped knot)  


7.  Repeat steps 5 and 6 on each section until all of hair is knotted.

8.  Wait a few hours, until hair is dry. You may sit under a hair dryer, by air drying works best. Stay away from blow-drying knots as it can leave it frizzy and unmanageable.

9.  Once hair is completely dry, carefully unwrap each knot, starting from the tip of your hair leaving coils of curled, twisted together.

10. Work a sealing product, or shine through the twists and carefully pull apart coils until you achieve the volume desired.

If you are looking for versatility with the use of your extensions, Bantu knots work great with all SONOMA collection hair types! Yet another way to switch up your look! Keep turning heads girls! Contact us to discuss how we can help you to achieve these styles.


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