NEW SERIES: Wedding Hair Inspiration – Bantu Knots

Today we are starting a new series, where we look at different wedding hair styles and give you inspirations on what wedding jewellery, tiaras and veils would suit that look. Every little helps right?

The term, Bantu Knots, also known as China Bumps originated from the Bantu peoples of southern Africa who were characterised by their hair texture. Bantu Knots can be used to give your hair curls and waves – known as a Bantu Knot braid out, as seen here in this tutorial.

Since Bantu Knots are very dramatic, and very symmetrical in design, there is not often much hair or space to pin things in like tiaras, but that is not to say that that you can’t seriously rock a glamorous wedding day look!

Usually finding ‘the’ dress, decides to a large extent what hair style, jewellery and shoes will suit what you are wearing, but if you are starting with a blank slate and want to wear Bantu Knots, here is some wedding day inspiration….

1) Leave the Bantu Knots plain and go for dramatic earrings and a necklace.  Firefly Necklace by Enchanted Touches.

wedding hairpins for bantu knots

2) Instead of using plain pins, use pins with diamontes, or pearls like the crystal Angelic Hairpins from Aye Do to fix the Bantu Knot.  Even very decorative pins can be used like this Tangle Hairgrip from Flutterby Weddings, twisting the beads around the Bantu Knot itself, though watch when taking them out in case they catch on your hair!

3) Use hair swirls at the base of each Bantu Knot, such as these Pearl Diamanté swirls from Aye Do or  a few random hairgrips scattered around the hair such as this Crystal Feather Hairpin  on Etsy or this side Crystal Burst Butterfly Side Hair Comb Tiara from Bridal Gems.


4) If you have set your heart on a tiara, consider a hair vine which can manipulated into many shapes, or ribbon tied tiara which can tied at the back like this Bohemia headband from Aye Do. The hair vine can be secured at each end by a grip or hair pin. Calla Lilly Hair Vine from Wedding and Gems. Pink Hair Vine from Aye Do. Angel Ribbon Headband by Glamorous Gowns. Daisy Flower Diamanté Tiara Comb by Sheena Holland. Grecian Multi Strand Wedding Headband by the Boutique Company.

5) Go for a birdcage veil which can be pinned in with grips, and is light on the hair. Birdcage veil from Aye Do.


If you are wearing Bantu Knots for your wedding day, share your wedding hair inspiration in the comments box below. Have you found a great veil or tiara that looks great with Bantu Knots? If so, we would love to know!

Till next time, Louisa

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4 Responses to “NEW SERIES: Wedding Hair Inspiration – Bantu Knots”
  1. zoe lemon says:

    I recently went to an anniversary celebration and the sister rocked the China bumps/ Bantu knots for her wedding anniversary she had bangs, hair sticks and twists pins – her hair was stunning!
    check it out on this link :

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