Tutorial: How to Create Waterfall Inspired Bantu Knots

Alyssa François | 27 June 2016
woman with brown hair wears bantu knots outside

You’ll probably wear this new hairstyle all season long.

Bantu knots are more than a stylish updo. This hairstyle has been a part of the African culture for centuries. Today, there are many red carpet, runway and street style hairstyles worn amongst the celebrity and fashion set that all have been inspired by the origination of Bantu knots. We love the many ways this hairstyle can be worn (check out our fierce Bantu tutorial), and we love that anyone can try it out and make it work for them.

The knots are so easy to create and the style is an amazing way to try out this fun hairstyle while making a statement with your hair. Looking to try this out? Learn how to create this beautiful waterfall-inspired Bantu knot tutorial on your hair following these easy steps.

Waterfall Bantu Knots Tutorial

woman with brown hair preps for bantu knots

Begin with dry hair.

To begin, start off with clean and dry hair. Spritz hair with a heat protectant like TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray then create loose curls on the ends of your hair with a curling iron.




woman with brown hair applies product for bantu knots

Apply some styling product.

Section off the top middle section of your hair. This is where you’ll create your Bantu knots. Make your first ponytail then apply a styling product to the ends before coiling your first knot. We like Dove Youthful Vitality Silk Créme, which provides manageability while styling.




woman with brown hair smooths product for bantu knots

Smooth product through hair.

Smooth product throughout the length of your hair. You will do this step for before each Bantu knot.



woman with brown hair twists bantu knots

Create your Bantu knot.

To create your knot, hold your hair with one hand at the base, then hold the ends with another. Begin to twirl the length of your hair to begin the coiling process.



woman with brown hair pins bantu knots

Wrap into a knot and secure.

Wrap your coiled hair into a knot, then secure with some bobby pins



woman with brown hair continues creating bantu knots

Continue creating your knots.

Continue to repeat steps 3-5, creating a new Bantu knot directly behind the previous.



woman with brown hair wears bantu knots


Here’s your finished look. Use a hairspray that keeps frizz at bay like Suave Professionals Anti-Humidity Hairspray to lock in your hairstyle.




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