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Bantu Knot Out Tutorial for Shorter Hair

Bantu Knot Out Tutorial For Shorter Hair I have previously posted a bantu knot out tutorial which included tips for getting consistent curls, but that tutorial really only applied to hair that is arm pit length or longer.  When you have shorter hair, doing only six knots won’t give you curls or waves, instead you will probably end up with wonky looking pieces of hair because your hair isn’t long enough to wrap around so few knots.  Not to worry, first of all, it will grow and you will be able to do those looser wave styles soon enough.  Secondly, doing more knots will give you a head full of coily curls; So here is my bantu knot out tutorial for shorter hair specifically (Hey Robyn! The reader who inspired this post!)

To complete this style, I started with hair that had been airdried, moisturized and sealed.  I used Jane Carter Wrap & Roll foam setting lotion for hold and shine – I really love the fact that this product does not dry my hair out and it feels soft and moisturized after using it, definitely a favorite.

Wrapped my hair overnight and took down the knots in the morning without adding any additional product.  I liked the shorter look so before I left home I noticed the back had started to fall so I pinned it up into a faux bob type look which I loved!  Check out the tutorial below.

Bantu Knot Out Tutorial For Shorter Hair

All of the photos in this post were taken at the end of the day…when I first finished separating and fluffing, I couldn’t find my regular camera and instead instagrammed the finished results (@EbonyCPrincess).  I’m trying to do better with not leaving those of you who do not have instagram out with the lack of photos!  But as you can see at the end of the day the curls were still largely in tact with a few random straight pieces here and there that weren’t wrapped too tightly evidently.

Bantu Knot Out Tutorial For Shorter Hair

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Ebony C. Princess About Ebony C. Princess

A self proclaimed hair enthusiast and healthy hair advocate, Ebony C, Princess is the chief editor of Longing 4 Length. She shares her personal journey towards growing long, healthy hair while providing hair care tips and information.

  • Robyn Kleinhans

    Hey girl!! Thanks for that shout out! And those curls are just TOO cute!!!

    • http://www.longing4length.com/ EbonyCPrincess

      You are welcome! Thanks!

  • http://www.EatStylePlay.com/ Eat.Style.Play

    Those curls came out perfect!! <3

    • http://www.longing4length.com/ EbonyCPrincess

      Thank you!

  • alexismoore611

    nice tutorial! how long does this style usually lasts you?

    • http://www.longing4length.com/ EbonyCPrincess

      It really depends, without re-knotting at night I can only get two days wear.

      • heeelllppp

        How do you make this last 2 days? What do you do at night? If you re-knot at night, do you try to make the curls match back up or just throw them in anywhere?

        • heeelllppp

          Oh and your hair is really pretty! :) mine is just barely shoulder length but i want this style

          • http://www.longing4length.com/ EbonyCPrincess

            Thank you, at shoulder length you can achieve a beautiful bantu knot out!

        • Latisha BeautyforAshes

          I did the knot out on my hair last night, and it came out great! I want to follow up on this question about your routine for a second day’s wear, or do u just reknot it?

          • http://www.longing4length.com/ EbonyCPrincess

            I’m so glad it worked out well for you. If I use setting lotion on very very lightly damp hair, I can get away with 2-3 days of wear without re-knotting provided I pineapple the curls at night (see link below) but other times when I am especially active, do bigger sections or don’t use much product I have to re-knot each night.

            Pineappling to preserve curls: http://longing4length.com/2011/12/preserving-a-flexirod-set.html

  • Jenna Garrett

    great tutorial. the curls came out really defined and your hair looks super soft :)

    • http://www.longing4length.com/ EbonyCPrincess

      Thanks, that JC Wrap n’ Roll does leave it very soft!

  • http://Missfoodiefab.com/ Miss Foodie Fab

    I need to try this tutorial, cause my hair looks like straight garbage post bantu knots. To say I’m Haitian is an understatement.

    • http://www.longing4length.com/ EbonyCPrincess

      LOL, your such a mess…I didn’t know you were Haitian. And from Cali? You know you are meant to be an East-Coaster!

      • http://Missfoodiefab.com/ Miss Foodie Fab

        No, that was meant to say “I’m hating,” damn spell check. Naw, not Haitian but I do love some Haitian food. Heck, I just love food.

  • Jazzy

    Cute! My bantu knot outs never seem to come out right. I might need to revisit.

    • http://www.longing4length.com/ EbonyCPrincess

      You know…for the first 2 years of my HHJ neither did mine. Shika from HIA World kept posting gorgeous picks and jealousy got the best of me and I revisited. My issues were doing it on wet hair (it NEVER dried) and over-twisting the sections.

  • Erratic Assassin

    I’m so jealous of your bantu knot outs. My hair just sticks up in the air so I either wear it like a fro or do a faux hawk. I have to use caruso rollers if I’m going to get anything close to how your hair came out.

    • http://www.longing4length.com/ EbonyCPrincess

      I’m sorry but your comment made me LOL! I love carusos too!

  • Blessed Tresses (Robin)

    Your curls are gorgeous~I really love your bantu knot out!!!

    • http://www.longing4length.com/ EbonyCPrincess

      Thank you!

  • Traycee

    So pretty

    • http://www.longing4length.com/ EbonyCPrincess

      Thanks yours was too!

  • http://Www.youtube.com/DrMystique12 Carmelita

    Ok. Setting lotion it is… Trying that next time!

    • http://www.longing4length.com/ EbonyCPrincess

      Yep, it held mine up all day! :-)