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'The Braid Up': How to Do These Butterfly Bantu Knots

A v cute update for a v iconic look.

Bantu knots are absolutely timeless. For generations, Bantu knots have been a tried-and-true protective style staple that always looks so regal and gorgeous. That said, this classic style also looks super cute with a fun spin, so if you're in the mood to try out some unexpected Bantu knots, look no further than the "Butterfly Bantu Knots" on today's episode of The Braid Up.

Our fave hairstylist Stasha Harris is back at this week with a playful and unique braided butterfly version of Bantu knots that's honestly sooo next level. This remix features details that aren't exactly easy to DIY though, so you're def gonna watch her full breakdown in today's video before you try this one at home.

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Don't forget to check out these four pro tips for prepping your hair and properly maintaining this style at home.

1. Deep conditioner is a must. The name of the game? Avoid dry hair at all costs. Use a deep-conditioning mask once a week to lock in moisture and prevent dry, brittle hair and a flaky scalp.

    2. Invest in a wide-tooth comb. A wide-tooth comb is a must-have tool on wash day. It'll detangle your hair with minimize breakage to create the perfect knot-free base for braids.

    3. Peppermint oil = your friend. Dealing with a tight, burny scalp? Do! Not! Itch! Instead, apply a few drops of peppermint oil to cool and soothe your scalp without roughing up your knots in the process.

    4. Use a satin pillowcase. These Bantu knots aren't gonna maintain themselves babe. When it comes to overnight protection, a satin pillowcase is key. Silk scarfs and bonnets can slip off while you're sleeping, so using a satin pillowcase is a great backup method.


    Hair: In collaboration with Stasha Harris of Magic Fingers Studio
    Makeup: Ashley Johnson
    Videographer: Rob Mroczko
    Production Assistant: Jay Aguirre
    Director of Digital Series: Tara O’Connell

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