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Our Resident Curly Guy on Bantu Knots

By January 27th, 202122 Comments

I saw Curlee’s Bantu-Knot out results on a few weeks ago and just had to get an exclusive. I’m incredibly jealous- his hair is AMAZING!

Here’s what he had to say:

First, I separated my hair into the separate Bantu knots on dry hair so it would be easier to manage in the shower. I had maybe about 5 or 6, but that’s just a personal preference. I’m lazy and impatient when it comes to my hair, so any more than that would drive me crazy, lol. Then in the shower, I took down each section separately and detangled with Pantene moisture renewal and a wide tooth comb. Next, I added suave coconut conditioner on top of the Pantene, and set it back in the Bantu knots (mind you, I did not rinse out the sections). The final step is done after your shower duties are complete- with the Bantu knots still in place I rinse my hair, leaving what ever conditioner is left on the inside there.

When I did this it was at night, and I did not cover my hair, in hopes that it would dry over night. That was not the case, so I took the advice of Autumn from curlychronicles on youtube and took them down and let them dry that way for a bit. But of course my impatience with my hair got the best of me, and I used a blowdryer on them while they were hanging loose, and then I set them back up in the knots. The last step was taking them down and pulling them apart and fluffing. I didn’t really like the results the first day, it was a bit to feminine for me. But about two days later when it got fluffier and less defined, it looked better in my opinion. But if you’re looking for a loose curly fro pattern, this definitely works. I found it to be pretty time consuming personally, so I don’t think I would do it too often. The pictures were taken over the course of the first day.

Our Resident Curly Guy on Bantu Knots
Our Resident Curly Guy on Bantu Knots
Our Resident Curly Guy on Bantu Knots
Our Resident Curly Guy on Bantu Knots


  • Alex says:

    I've never tried bantu knots before, mostly b/c I didn't know how to do them, but from your description & other tutorials, it doesn't seem too hard. Your hair came out quite nice, it's awesome!
    P.S.- you look pretty suave in a button- down. 🙂

  • Anonymous says:

    hey u go to NSU!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    wow, i love it! it makes me SOOO angry that i cut all of my hair off. i am mixed with half dominican, and the other half black and white. i'm growing it back out now, i cant wait to see what it looks like this time next year…

  • Anonymous says:

    I just decided that I want to transition from permed hair and rock my natural. I really didn't want to cut my hair down short so Im trying bantu knots. It turns out okay on my permed hair, but im really exited to see what it will look like as more of my natural hair grows. 😀

  • Oasis says:

    At first I wasn’t sure how I felt about it but now I’m really feeling it. He and the hairstyle are very cute! I think I might try it tonight.

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  • Anonymous says:

    mmmmmmm, he is fine!

  • LBell says:

    Nice! I hear him on finding something that’s not too time-consuming.

    Nikki, Kimmaytube did a great tutorial that combines flat twists and Bantu knots to give a cute “knot-twist-out” (“twist-knot-out”? lol) that resembles Corinne Bailey Rae’s hairstyle. I’m spreading the word because this technique worked REALLY well on my mostly CNapp hair. (part 1 of 2)

  • Anonymous says:

    he’s a cutie!

  • Anonymous says:

    You are too CUTE!

  • Maria says:

    CurlLee I hate you

  • BMR says:

    Now that’s how I want my bantu knots to look. Unfortunately they did turn out that way lol. But I might have to try his routine.

  • Jonesy says:

    His hair is fab!

  • Dee says:

    Your hair looks great! I have to try this also, it just takes so long for my hair to dry!

  • Anonymous says:

    lol at the feminine comment… i think it turned out very nice.

    hey GREAT new layout design! love it.

  • Twisted Kurlzz says:

    Wow, this turned out great and it looks really nice.

  • Anonymous says:

    His hair looks sooo good. Okay, I’m just about ready to give it a shot. Digging it.

  • Unknown says:

    your hair is gorgeous!!! I can only sit and wait until I get another 2 inches to try this bantu-knot thing. I’m a believer now..I’m loving all the results I’ve seen thus far!

  • puff says:

    yet another amazing set of pictures that have me convinced that the bantu knot out is the first style i’m trying as soon as i take my braids out.

  • Skibies says:

    Wow amazing hair. So nice!

  • Unknown says:

    With practice it gets easier. If I work really fast without interruptions, I can twist my hair up in about an 1hr and 15mins. When I first started this it would take 2-2.5 hours.

  • A. says:

    That’s what my hair looks like when I bantu knot it.

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