This is How You Can Rock Rihanna's Bantu Knots: Billboard 'Rock the Look'

Welcome back to’s series, “Rock the Look”, where celebrity makeup artists and hairstylists recreate their clients most iconic, current and covetable looks on a Billboard editor. This week, Yusef Williams, Rihanna's hairstylist of 7 years, shows us how to rock Rihanna's classic bantu knots.

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The key to getting this look is proper sectioning and parting of the hair. You can go wild with a zig-zag part a-la 1998, or you can stay a little more "classic" and go with equally sized rows. Yusef chose the latter, first separating the hair at the front of the head into 1-2 inch sections using a ghd Tail Comb and then lightly spraying the sections with a flexible hairspray, like Amika's Touchable Hairspray. He then twisted the sections in a backwards motion, securing the base of the twist with tiny clear hair elastics and twisting the hair around the base to cover the band, creating a knot. To make sure the knot stays in place all day, Yusef used 4 hairpins (not bobby pins as those are too large) per knot, pushing the hairpin into all 4 sides. 

Since the Shira had straight, fine hair, Yusef then went in with a light texturizing spray, like Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray, and randomly chose pieces of hair to curl with his ghd Premium Flat Iron (the flat iron was what he had on hand, but you can also use a curling iron like ghd Classic Waves Wand). He then straightened her bangs and flipped her head upside down, messing up the curl to activate a messier wave.


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