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Bantu Knots


Hey readers, it’s your girl Charish, trying a new hairstyle! Last night I gave myself a whole bunch of Bantu Knots. Here’s how they look:

After watching a few YouTube videos, I set out to try it. My hair is long enough for chunky twist-outs nowadays, so I figured the knots were manageable. They were! I used my flaxseed gel and knotted good sized sections with my fingers, no combs. I’ve slept in the hairstyle, using a satin cap, and today I’m sure it’s dry enough to take down. But I’m keeping it up for a little while longer. I wanted to take the style out into the public. My head was a little cold because of all the wind whipping about, but I think I looked cute.

Zones of Africa where Bantu is spoken

Do you know that I had to ask my husband where Bantu Knots come from? I knew that the term was African, but I didn’t know where in Africa it originated. Noah wasn’t sure about the hairstyle, but he did know that Bantu was more a language group than an specific ethnic group of people. I sometimes delight in how smart Noah is! I went ahead and looked the rest up online. Facts about the Bantu:

  • There are about 60 million Bantu speakers today
  • Due to migration, Bantu has been split into two major language families:
    • Eastern Bantu (people of Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and S. Africa) 
    • Western Bantu (people of Angola, Namibia, and parts of Botswana)
  • Some ethnic groups that make up the Bantu are: Xhosa, Zulu, Kikuyu, and Shona
  • Did you know that the Black Association for Nationalism Through Unity or BANTU was an activist group of young people in Omaha, NE during the 60’s? They were affiliated with the Black Panther movement.


Author: Charish Halliburton

Writer and Editor for The Motley News

3 thoughts on “Bantu Knots

  1. Too cute!!! Have you done this style since doing this post?

    And I like the information that you shared about the language. Really appropriate.


  2. I have not and I should because it's easy to do! Lately, I've been wearing twists and afro puffs.


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