Friday, January 27, 2023

#BeautySpot: Yemi Alade’s Bold Bantu Knots

Nigerian singer, Yemi Alade has been busy this past week, travelling to the US ahead of the 2016 BET Awards, where she was nominated alongside Wizkid for the “Best International Act: Africa” award.


Before hitting the red carpet there, styled by Linek into a floral princess gown and made up by Aimee De La Torre (who worked a an amazing matching eye and lip on the star), Ms Alade debuted her Bantu Knot hairstyle as she arrived at the airport, then headed to the Grammy Museum Metal Exhibit, while garbed in a heavily shredded ankara dress, designed by Mademoiselle Aglaia.



The “Johnny” star has since posted several pics of her LA journey so far on Instagram, and we at SPICE have fallen in love with the look.

A video posted by Yemi Alade (@yemialade) on


Get the Look

Want to do it like Yemi? Well, despite the general assumption that the protective style is just for afro hair, Bantu Knots can actually works well in straight, curly or wavy hair too, so long as you’ve a little length.

The style is easy to make too, but follow these steps to ensure you do it well.


1. First, wash or co-wash your hair (we like Cantu’s “Shea Butter Complete Conditioning Co-Wash”, ₦ 2,799 here )  and let it dry.

2. Next, separate your hair it into four parts using a tail comb, then oil it and gently comb through each section with a brush.

3. After combing each of the four sections through, part your hair into further sections according to the amount of bantu knots you would like in each quadrant.

4. Before twisting, add a holding product to keep your style in place. You may want to use a moisturising product with a light hold rather than plain gel or mousse – our favourite being Cantu’s “Shea Butter for Natural Hair Moisturising Twist & Lock Hair Gel” (₦ 3,000 here).


5. Next, taking one of the smaller sections and using a small hair tie (you’ll need one for each bantu knot), tightly make a ponytail and separate the ends into two.

6. Once you have your two pieces of hair in your hands, begin a two strand twist.

7. After twisting the two strands together, take the whole twist and wrap it around the ponytail’s base, working clockwise, creating a knot. To secure your knot, use a bobby pin.

8. Repeat steps 4 through to 7, until all the hair is twisted and wrapped into knots.

And there you have it – a brilliant look to rival any hairdo out there! But tell us what you think to Yemi Alade’s Bantu Knot look online, by tagging us in your thoughts @SPICETVAFRICA.


Image source: @Yemialade,

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