These Black Bantu Knot-Rocking Celebrities Are Showing Everyone How It's Done  

Borrowing beauty traditions from other cultures is a common practice...and it’s not always a bad thing. However, as evidenced by various members of the Kardashian clan, problems can arise when the borrower doesn't give credit to the originators of the style she's co-opting. 

The water only gets murkier when the style achieves mainstream "cool" status only after the dominant culture appropriates it. Case in point: Bantu knots. This style has repeatedly been tangled up in the appropriation conversation, with non-POC designers even calling them “mini buns.” 

We’ve gathered some of Hollywood’s most beautiful black women rocking the traditional African hairstyle to remind everyone how it's done.

Nikki Brown Aug, 16, 2016

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Rihanna’s bantu knots were the perfect compliment to her gothic ensemble at the 2014 iHeartRadio Awards.

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Blac Chyna’s knots were divided by strategically placed mini braids.

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Amandla Stenberg gave us major ‘90s vibes when she rocked hers at Coachella this year. 

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Dej Loaf’s chose bantu knots for her 25th birthday party.

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Tracee Ellis Ross went for a softer look at the 2016 opening of Refugee

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Teyana Taylor’s black and white knots were a hit on Snapchat.

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In 2015, Teyonah Parris accessorized her bantu knots with an equally stylish headband. 

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Brandy’s hair risk paid off when she molded marley twists into big bantu knots. 

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Tashiana Washington rocked the hairstyle at a red carpet event.

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Karrueche Tran’s bantu knots look effortless and wispy.

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FKA Twigs has never been afraid to rock a head-turning look; bantu knots included. 

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Before her signature dreadlocks, a young Lauryn Hill wore bantu knots to the MTV Awards. 

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Jada Pinkett Smith's bantu knots were the futuristic 'do she needed as Niobe in The Matrix trilogy.

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Who could forget Mel B’s ‘90s bantu style?


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