Knot My Afro – Tefo Katse

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In the second part of this three part blog series that celebrates the beauty in boys of colour, we will take a closer look at an ancient African hairstyle. This is my online content contribution to Black History Month.

Bantu knots made a comeback in recent years with Rihanna, Blac Chyna, and Teyana Taylor stunning the masses with this simple yet intrinsic hairstyle.

Sources suggest that the Zulu people are the originators of the hairstyle. “Bantu” is a general term used to describe the almost six hundred ethnic groups within Southern Africa. There is no official “African” language, however; “Bantu” means “people” and remains consistent across the different ethnic groups.

Bantu knots are particularly favored for their no-fuss routine. No special hair treatment is needed in preparation and once your hair is sectioned off and knotted, you have one heck of an awesome hairstyle as well as a heatless method of achieving gorgeous curls. When undoing your knots it is recommended that you lightly coat your fingers with an anti-frizz serum beforehand. Then gently separate each section and fluff as you go.

In Jamaica, Bantu knots are known as Chiney or China bumps. Others prefer to call them Nubian knots, no matter what you call them, there’s no disputing that Bantu knots are ancient African.

Below are some photographs that I took of model Tefo Katse to show-off the hairstyle and the effect of it after just two hours, as well as the beauty in black boys in the twenty-first century.

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Thank you for reading this blog. I hope it you find it to be insightful.

Take care and stay blessed. Xx

 

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