How to – The Bantu Knots or Chiney Bumps Hairstyle

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Bantu Knots / Chiney Bumps

Bantu Knots, commonly known as Chiney Bumps in Jamaica, are a well known method for stretching natural hair. As a child, I went through the ritual of getting my hair washed on Saturday mornings then being sent outside to play in the sun while my Bantu Knots dried. Now, bantu knots have become a popular natural hairstyle worn for any occasion. Still, a lot of people do not know how to use this method for stretching or even styling here. Keep reading to find out more.

Bhantu Knots parted in grid form

Bantu Knots are now popularly worn a a hairstyle with sometimes intricate or neat grid-style parting as shown above. The bonus to this style, however, is that once the Chiney Bumps have dried and are removed, you can have a fabulous curly style that should last at least 2-5 days if maintained at night. This is called the bantu knot-out hairstyle because it is achieved by removing or “taking out” the bantu knots. Just look at the bhantu knot-out hairstyle below then watch the video of the takedown process.


Why You Should Know this Natural Hairstyle

I believe that, even before plaiting, this is one of the first natural hairstyle techniques that you should know.  Here is why:

  1. It takes very little skill. You can learn how to do this style in minutes. This is especially good if  you are new to styling natural hair.
  2. This style can be used merely as a way of stretching your hair so you get fewer tangles.
  3. You get two styles in one. You can do this on the weekend for an edgy afro-centric look then release them on Monday morning for a week’s worth of curly styles.
  4. Bantu knot-outs form an excellent base for styling your hair and is fantastic for those of us who love to do curly updos.
  5. Talk about styling on a budget! This style doesn’t require any special products (though holding agents may be used for longevity if desired). Additionally, you may only need a few pins (if desired).

It’s all up to you how you use this style. Watch the video at the end of this post to see two techniques for creating bantu knots via video tutorials from YouTube.


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See a great video below to see the take-down process and results on one woman’s hair.

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