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.


Cardi B half up hairstyle

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Rapsody simple bantu knots

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Kiki Lin’s Chic Bantu Knots


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.


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.


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.


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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