Natural Hair Styles: 25 Badass Bantu Knots Inspiration Pics
Here’s a shout-out to one of the most well-known but, perhaps, underestimated natural hairstyles – Bantu knots. Plus, they give you an added benefit – you can transform them into a flawless Bantu knot out! Find out how in: Perfecting and Maintaining the Bantu Knot Out – 14 Fantastic Tips.
Enjoy these 25 Bantu knot photos that show just how versatile and glamorous this protective hairstyle can be.
Perfect knots and edges
Slayed edges and immaculate knots really do make a perfect combination. And, it’s an awesome way to kick off our look at just how stylin’ Bantu knots can be!
Knots and long braids
Long braids pair beautifully with these braided knots. Add some chunky beads to complete the look and… it’s everything!
Undercut and Bantu knots
This natural hairstyle has got it going on – on all levels, literally! From the undercut sides to the pony in the back and those sweet knots in between, it has so much style to offer.
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Whether you decide to really go green or just tweak the lighting a bit – these big knots and chunky braids will get you noticed. Just add that look of confidence and work it, girl!
Forget highlights! We’re simply loving these knots done completely and boldly in vibrant orange hues.
Bantu knots and beads
Cornrow tendrils with dangling beads add a touch of sophistication to this protective hairstyle. If it’s making you think of a fauxhawk, don’t worry – we’ve got one coming up just for you!
And, those earrings tell us it’s time to remind ourselves of a little bit of history: “Bantu” is a Zulu word for “people.” Over 100 million people from about 500 ethnic groups in Africa make up the Bantu peoples. They speak roughly 600 distinct Bantu languages.
Go ahead – let your confidence shine right through with braided knots in the front and your luscious curls framing them in the back.
Pink and blonde knots
Who says baby pink is only for babies? It’s for beautiful knots on big girls, too. We love these!
Rope twist knots
Bantu knots can be made in a number of ways and how you do them is really up to you. These rope twist knots have a mesmerizing quality, making you feel like you could get lost in those coils!
Knots with orange highlights
If you’re not the kind to hold back or shy away from standing out, then these knots with orange highlights are definitely for you.
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Many curly girls do their knots with extensions to add more volume to the style. That’s awesome but – bigger isn’t always better. These small, neat, and spikey knots are all the proof you need!
Emerald Bantu knots
Shades of green give these small Bantu knots a big style boost. If you’re considering coloring your hair, too, be sure to read Caring for Your Natural Hair Before and After a Dye Job – 11 Tips.
Accessorizing your knots is one way to show off your personal sense of style. Of course, the accessories don’t actually have to be in your hair. We’re loving how this African choker and pearl necklace combo pairs with these super-neat knots – regal!!
If you’re in a hurry and need a natural hairstyle that’s both simple and stylish – this is it!
Big and tall knots
Plan on going big with your knots? Get some inspo from this natural beauty. These big and tall knots rock!
Want more inspiration that best suits your hair type? See our recent feature: 12 Natural Hair Influencers to Follow (According to Hair Type)
Brown and fuzzy Bantu knots
These natural and naturally beautiful knots are giving us all the feels. We can’t stop staring at them!
Dreamy pink Bantu knots
This color is off the charts! Want your own dreamy pink knots but you’re a little wary of using commercial hair dyes? We’ve got you covered, girl! Read all about natural dyes for natural hair.
Zigzags and Bantu knots
Not sure whether to call these knots or buns? No worries – the “knot bun” is a thing!
Twisted zigzags and knots
Continuing on our zigzag theme… Here’s a chic and creative way to incorporate your twists into your Bantu knots style.
Fauxhawk Bantu knots
Here’s that fauxhawk we promised you earlier. It’s delicately decorated and the look is rounded off with sublime edges.
Knots and hoops
We have to keep highlighting the accessories. ‘Cause when you dress up your knots the right way, then you can bask in that African queen vibe – enjoy!.
It’s important to enjoy your hair at every stage of your life. These gray Bantu knots have ‘Happy Hair” written all over them!
Red Bantu knots
“You may not be a natural redhead, but don’t let that stop you from rocking red hair (and these sweet red knots) at least once in your life.” —- Pretty sure somebody famous once said that!
Pink Bantu knots
Looking to make a statement with your hair? Go with these pink-wrapped Bantu knots. They definitely and confidently scream “pink hair don’t care!”
Textured hair – gotta love it! Let your curls do the talking by showing them off in your knots, bangs, and all over!
Want to see more beautiful natural hairstyle pics? Check out our recent post: 27 Really Gorgeous No-Heat Natural Hair Styles
Do you do Bantu knots as part of your natural hair styles lineup? Let’s hear about it!