Formal Natural Hairstyles: Two Bantu Knot Styles

by Andrea Arterbery
Bantu Knots aren’t just a great protective style – especially for the coilier textures like 4c hair—but it’s also a fabulous way to jazz up your natural hair for special events—especially a summer wedding.

Origins for Bantu Knots, also known as Zulu Knots, can be traced back to the 1800s. The word “bantu” means “people” and describes hundreds of groups within southern Africa, one being the Zulu people, who are the originators of this enchanting natural hairstyle.

Yes, the Bantu Knot hairstyle looks great wherever you decide to wear it, but we’re also adding this protective style to our prom hairstyles and wedding hairstyles wish list, starting with these two different, equally stylish variations.

First Look: Bantu Crown

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1. Comb through clean, freshly washed and blow dried hair. Make a horizontal part at the top part of the head.

2. Part hair into a small section and apply Marguerite’s Magic Restorative Cream to edges and throughout the parted section. This light, intense moisturizing cream contains good-for-you ingredients such as Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter and Sweet Almond Oil.

3. Apply elastic to the sectioned-off part of the hair.

4. Twist the hair and then loop around to create a small bun or knot. Secure the end by tucking into the invisible hair elastic.

5. Repeat steps 2-4 until the entire Bantu Knot crown is finished.

6. Add a fly hair accessory (like this headband) and strike a quick Snapchat-worthy pose to show off your perfect prom or wedding hairstyle.

Second Look: Bantu Floral Hawk

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7. Part a top front section of hair from ear to ear and secure into a ponytail.

8. Twist the hair and then loop around to create a small bun. Secure the bun with an invisible hair elastic.

9. Part the middle of the hair and repeat Steps 1 and 2.

10. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 on the bottom, remaining portion of the hair.

11. Scoop out a dime-sized portion of the Black Vanilla Edge Control Smoother and run it over the edges of your hair. Formulated with ingredients such as honey, aloe and rosemary, this clear edge control works to fight frizz and tame flyaways.

12. Using bobby pins, add in flowers around the Bantu Knots to finish off your pretty formal hairstyle.

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