Bantu Knots are an easy way to create big, defined curls.
But Almonte actually prefers them kept in their protective style like Jada Pinkett in The Matrix.
Here’s how Almonte does his Bantu Knots:
Moisturize & Detangle
After a good deep conditioner, your hair takes in moisturizer best when it is damp– not soaked.
Use something revitalizing like jojoba oil for split ends; aloe vera for the scalp. Coconut oil can be too heavy for some causing more build up. But you can never go wrong with something water-based like aloe vera to prevent dandruff during the cold winter.
Go light. You will use more moisturizer as you create the actual bantu knot.
Detangle the ends while holding your roots in place to minimize hair breakage. THEN go for the roots, gently.
Probably more gentle than Almonte was TBH.
Part & Tie Back
Separate your hair how you see fit. The bigger the part, the thicker the knots.
Tie or clip back parts you are not working on.
Work from the back to the front so that you don’t touch any previous parts/knots while you work on the new one.
Do a two strand twist as seen in this tutorial to make some of the hair easier to coil into the bantu knot.
Twist & Coil
Moisturize your hands. Grab the part close– not tight– to your scalp. Pick a direction. Stick with it.
Twist around your fingers into a cylindrical shape.
You’ll find it will naturally start to coil as you twist. Go for it.
Continue the loop, tucking the next coil under the previous. When you get to the end, moisturize more. Coil around tight this time so it locks in. If that’s too tight for you, keep it looser and use a bobby pin.