How Long Do Bantu Knots Last

Bantu knots are a unique hairstyle genre, mainly because of their ease of installation and maintenance. However, there is a quite weird confusion regarding the hairstyle. Most people tend to go overboard with the length of time, let’s clear that dilemma.

How long do Bantu knots last

How Long Do Bantu Knots Last

Bantu knots are predominantly classified as a protective hairstyle as it shields the hair strands from external harmful elements like dust. Most of the hair strands are tucked inside the knots which keeps them protected. 

Interestingly enough, Bantu knots are also popular as it is one of the select braided hairstyles that does not call for expert intervention. You can do it all by yourself from the comfort of your own house.

Coming to the question itself, Bantu knots do not sustain for too long. Holding on to them intentionally for a longer stretch of time will lead to the same problems as the other complicated hairstyles like hair loss and breakage.

The specific timeline depends on the texture of your hair. But the general count is about three to five days. Considering you want to carry the style for longer than that, then you will have to maintain it that way.

Bantu knots on transitional hair will stay put for a week to a week and a half. The same style on micro-tips (Hair of small length) might last a few weeks. And be careful with doing this on kids, they won’t last for more than one or two days.

Can you keep your Bantu knots in until you are ready for a new style

keep your Bantu knots

Yes, you definitely can. Some people install Bantu knots for a short burst of time, just to explore a new look, and also prepare for another one in the meantime. 

If you like to juggle your hairstyle on a regular basis, Bantu knots can definitely come to your help. When you properly uninstall them from your hair, you will observe your strands have got a natural curl, this can look majestic on you. 

To create that look, you need to tacitly open up your knots, do not leave a single twist behind. Appropriately use your fingers to keep the curls intact. This way the look of your Bantu knots will sustain for another few days, even after their removal. 

How to make Bantu knots last longer

Bantu knots last longer

Do you still want to keep your Bantu knots for more than a week? No worries, we have still got you covered. You just need to be committed to the maintenance regime. You slack on that and your hair is in deep trouble. 

Note: You might love the Bantu hairstyle, but do not go beyond two weeks. Release that after this milestone, and prepare your hair again, otherwise, your hair will be losing its strength and texture. 

So, to ensure the Bantu knots stay on your head for long enough, you need to braid your strands first. Doing the hairstyle on properly braided hair will allow it to stay put for one to two weeks. 

You can use extensions to add some extra volume as well. Finding the right balance of comfort is key to getting the perfect hairstyle. 

To stop the physical roughness to get into your knots, you need to wear a head scarf made of silk or satin fabric. Doing so will prevent friction between your strands when you sleep or sit back. 

Moisturizing the hair regularly will stop the strands from getting frizzy and in turn intertwingling. Leave-in conditioners can help in this regard, along with edge control products. Find whichever suits you better. 


Bantu knots make you look great, and it is also obvious for you to want to keep it for longer. But you need to understand that your hair is sensitive. It needs a break every once in a while. So give it what it wants, so that you can embrace a style soon. 

By Cindy Mahlangu

Hey there! I'm Cindy Mahlangu, a pro hairstylist with a serious passion for natural hair care. My mission? To inspire and educate others on the beauty and benefits of protective hairstyles. Through my creative writing, aim to empower individuals to embrace their unique hair texture and confidently care for their locks. So, whether you're rocking locs, braids, or twists, join me on this hair journey and let's achieve healthy, fabulous tresses together!

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