Tracee Ellis Ross Just Showed Off The Practically Perfect Bantu Knots She Did Herself

Women's Health Editors
Photo credit: Tracee Ellis Ross / Instagram
Photo credit: Tracee Ellis Ross / Instagram

From Women's Health

  • Tracee Ellis Ross just showed off her DIY bantu knots in a new Instagram video.

  • She also showed a video of the protective hairstyle in progress—pins and all.

  • You can try bantu knots for yourself by following Vlogger Bella Mecia's tutorial.

You already know Tracee Ellis Ross is a talented actress, but apparently, she's a solid hairstylist, too. On June 11, The High Note star shared her new Bantu knots with her Instagram followers, which she DIY'd earlier that day.

"Guys, look what I did. I Bantu-knotted myself," Tracee says in one of two videos. "Look at my parts! I mean, they're not perfect and the grey is coming back, but look at this, can you see it? Oh my god, I'm so proud of myself. I'm going the kitchen." (Her parts look pretty perfect, tbh.)

In the second video, she showed what her hair looked like halfway through the process. "I am in the process of making Bantu knots," she said, turning her head to show her followers. "Look at that. Okay, ignore the pins. I don't know how to make it stay without a pin."

Bantu knots are a form of protective, low-maintenance hairstyle for women with natural hair. "The benefits of healthy protective styling are length retention, stress-free maintenance, and versatility," Robin Groover, hairstylist and African Pride brand educator, previously told Women's Health. "The objective is healthy hair with style ease that does not require lots of time to look good."

FYI: If you're looking to try a protective hairstyle for yourself, it’s important to go to a stylist and to let that stylist know if the process is painful at any point, according to Women's Health writer Taylor Bryant. But obviously, that's not exactly possible if your local hair salon is closed due to COVID-19, hence Tracee's DIY 'do.

Whether you're at home or in the salon chair, before going for a new look, you should wash, detangle, and trim your hair, and once it's in, moisturizing is key. "Products that have penetrating ingredients like coconut oil, jojoba oil, and olive oil are great to use while wearing these styles," said celebrity hairstylist Ursula Stephen.

Wan to give Tracee's knots a try for yourself? Vlogger Bella Mecia posted a DIY bantu knot tutorial:

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