As its moniker indicates, this hairstyle protects hair from external factors like environmental conditions, such as humidity and heat - both of which are enemies of natural, textured curls. To combat these conditions, textured hair needs nutrients and moisture sealed and locked into every strand. One of the best protective styles to achieve this is Bantu knots.

Simple and easy to create, Bantu knots are a staple in the African-American community and beyond. According to Ebony magazine writer Princess Gabbara, “Bantu knots made a comeback in recent years with celebrities such as Mel B. a.k.a. Scary Spice, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Rihanna, Blac Chyna, and Teyana Taylor stunning the masses. These women and plenty of others slayed Bantu knots, helping to bring them to the forefront. However, the hairstyle can be traced as far back to at least 1898.”

Now, it is your turn to get this stunning look that is steeped with tradition!

Watch this super cute How-to-Bantu video, starring your favorite mommy blogger and SheaMoisture Ambassador Jenell B. Stewart:

YouTube video provided by sponsor: SheaMoisture

Jenell used the Jojoba Oil & Ucuuba Butter Braid-Up Conditioning Gel with Carrot Seed Oil to achieve her gorgeous Bantu Knots. Each of the hero ingredients aforementioned are rich emollients that provide deep moisturization to curls. Because Bantu knots help curls retain moisture and keep fragile ends free from dryness and snagging, this reliable gel will help curls stay healthy and strong.

The Braid-Up Conditioning Gel is great to use for other protective styles such as box braids, cornrows, extensions, and weaves. It is color-safe and also free of sulfates, mineral oil, parabens, petrolatum, phthalates, and propylene glycol. The Track Tension & Itch Relief Serum is a must to cool the scalp and soothe tightness, itching, and discomfort.

For travelers, summertime sunbathers, and curly girls that want to switch up their look, Bantu knots are a beautiful way to protect curls while looking beautiful at every turn. Grab your 12 oz jar of the SheaMoisture Jojoba Oil & Ucuuba Butter Braid-Up Conditioning Gel with Carrot Seed Oil today at Walmart stores and now to get the look of the season!

This post and video are both sponsored by SheaMoisture.

As ever, stay curly!