How to Do a Perfect Hollywood-Style Bantu Knot Out on Blow-Dried Hair

by Laurscurls
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9 Hours

In today’s tutorial, I am showing you how to do a Bantu knot out on blow-dried hair. I have been doing this hairstyle for years, I have experimented a lot and this method has always worked for me!

A Bantu knot blowout when done right is an absolutely beautiful and luxurious curly hairstyle, giving you big, bouncy, Hollywood-like curls. Here's how to do it.

Tools and materials:

  • Blow dryer 
  • Brush 
  • Bobby pins 
  • Hair cream 
  • Heat protectant spray 
  • Hair oil 
  • Silk scarf 
  • Hair spray
Tying hair into sections

1. Section your hair 

Tie up your hair in four to six sections.

Applying blow-out cream to hair

2. Apply cream 

Take down a section of the hair and apply blow-out cream thoroughly. 

Brushing hair to detangle and spread products

3. Detangle your hair

Brush out the section until there are no knots. 

*This is a really important step. It is crucial to detangle your hair properly before you blow-dry. Otherwise, your hair will come out knotty and damaged. 

Spraying heat protectant on hair

4. Prep your hair 

Spray a generous amount of heat protectant spray to the section of hair. 

This will protect your hair from the heat and leave it feeling really soft and silky. 

Blow-drying hair from root to tip

5. Blow dry your hair 

Blow your hair out with a hairdryer.

I am going from root to tip using my hairbrush.

Twisting a section of hair out of the way

6. Tuck the finished section to the side

Once you are finished with the section, twist it into a rope-style braid, or however you prefer, and tuck it to the side and out of the way.

Repeat these steps with the rest of your hair.

Applying baobab oil to hair sections

7. Apply hydrating oil

Once finished, put your hair back into sections and apply hydrating oil to each section one by one. I'm using baobab oil.

Applying leave-in conditioner to hair

8. Apply leave-in conditioner

Apply leave-in conditioner to each section.

How to do Bantu knots

9. Time to create the Bantu knots 

Tie your hair into a twist and keep going at the root, wrapping it around itself to create a Bantu knot. 

Pin in place with a bobby pin.

Bantu knots on dry natural hair

Repeat this process with the rest of your hair.

Laying edges with gel and a brush

10. Lay the edges

Smooth down your baby hairs using gel.

Spraying Bantu knots with hair spray

11. Apply hair spray

Spray all your Bantu knots with hair spray so that they don’t come apart through the night. 

How to sleep with Bantu knots

12. Put on a satin scarf

Tie on a satin bonnet or silk headscarf over the knots so that they don’t come apart. 

Wait five to eight hours or just go to sleep before unwrapping your headscarf and untying the knots.

Bantu knot out tutorial on natural hair

13. Unravel the Bantu knots

Once you wake up, remove the satin scarf and apply hydrating hair oil to your hands. Begin to unravel the knots one by one super gently.  

You can see that they are extremely moisturized and silky-looking. This is because of the moisturizing oils and conditioners that we used prior to tying up the knots. 

Bantu knot out

14. Smooth out the curls

Gently separate the curls along their natural curl pattern using your fingers. 

Bantu knot out on blow-dried hair

Bantu knot out on blow-dried hair tutorial

This is the finished look! My complete Bantu knot blowout. As you can see, the curls are soft and luxurious. They are big, bouncy and super healthy looking. This is honestly such an amazing style and can last from four days to one week!

Bantu knot out updo

Bantu knot blowout half-up half-down style

Blowout on natural hair with Bantu knots

As you can see you can try so many different hairstyles with this blowout. You can wear it in a pony, half-up, or just pinned away from your face. Feel free to experiment and find your unique style!

Let me know if you try this at home in the comments below.

Products used

Suggested materials:
  • Blow dryer
  • Brush
  • Bobby pins
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