12 Bantu Knots Hairstyles Worn By Celebrities

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  • Aug 02, 2022

12 Bantu Knots Hairstyles Worn By Celebrities

Whether it’s because you’ve got pool party plans or you’re anticipating harsh winter weather, protective hairstyles are a great idea year-round—especially for naturally drier curly hair types. Arguably the most stunning of the protective styles are Bantu knots, artistic bun-like twists that date back to the Zulu kingdom of South Africa. Whenever a celebrity hits the red carpet with a Bantu braided hairstyle, it feels like a special nod to black culture and African ancestry, whether it’s Rihanna in a chic style or Yara Shahidi in a fierce look.

Bantu knots belong to an exclusive group of protective styles because they are actually a two-in-one position. You can wear them as a style or use them to create highlighted curls without heat. Perhaps the most attractive thing is that the hairstyle is a beautiful dream that goes hand in hand. Full disclosure: it’s not simply a ponytail. So it may take a few tries (or more) to get your bantu knots worked out, but with patience, the right products, and a good YouTube tutorial, you can maintain the no-makeup look.

For inspiration, keep scrolling for the most memorable times your favorite celebs rocked eye-catching Bantu knots, each looking more precious than the other.

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Cardi B half up hairstyle

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2

Rapsody simple bantu knots

Rapper Rapsody rocks classic bantu knots, soft glam makeup, and chunky hoop earrings at Black Girls Rock! event in 2019

3

Yara Shahidi bantu knot

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Grown up Star Yara Shahidi showed up at the Tom Brown show at Paris Fashion Week 2020 with dreads that were turned into fully undone bantu knots.

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Fluffy bantu knots by Amandella Stenberg

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In the final monochromatic look, The Hunger Games Actress Amandla Stenberg wore bold blue eyeshadow and a matching dress with light-as-air bantu knots at a press party at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.

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Loose Bantu Knots by Joan Smalls

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Supermodel Joan Smalls wore twisted bantu knots for an ultra-chic water-wave look at a Karl Lagerfeld Paris launch in New York City in 2016.

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Isa Rae Multiple Bantu Knots

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Issa Rae wore her natural hair into a bantu knot for the 2022 Black American Film Festival in Miami Beach in 2022.

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Rwan Rehana Bantu Knots

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Beauty chameleon Rihanna rocked bantu knots and emerald green lipstick to accept the Best Fan Army Award at the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Awards in Los Angeles.

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Kiki Lin’s Chic Bantu Knots

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Mohawk Bantu Knots Logan Browning

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You can wear your bantu knots in a mohawk style, Logan Browning style, who dresses up pink clothes with a pretty pink dress.

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Marsai Martin’s Bantu Knot Crown

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blackish The Marsay Martin star wore a beautiful crown of bantu knots and blown hair at the 11th Annual Shorty Awards in 2019.

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Tiana Taylor’s 90s style

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With bantu knots, face-framing tendrils, and bamboo earrings, Tiana Taylor channeled the perfect ’90s vibe at the opening of Joni B’s nail salon in New York City.

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Tikka Sumpter braided knots

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Take inspo from Tika Sumpter and try braided bantu knots for a chic and glamorous look.

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