Zulu knots are widely considered to be among the more ethnic hairstyles
for African Americans
Zulu knots are widely considered to be among the more
ethnic hairstyles for African Americans. As the name implies, the style
originated in the Zulu tribes of southern Africa. The style is simple, yet
dramatic and one of my personal favorites.
- Wide tooth comb
- Rat tail comb
- Boars hair brush
- Pomade, or cornrow cream
- Clear elastics
- Styling clips for dividing the hair
- Small, colorful decorative clips (optional)
Begin with clean, tangle free hair. Have
your child sit in front of you and determine the placement of the parts. Zulu
knots can be formed from hair divided into either square or triangle
shaped sections of hair. The size and number of the sections of hair are
personal preference. For the example here, the childs hair is divided into
large triangles. Draw straight parts with a rat tail comb. Once all parts for
the section have been drawn, secure the hair around the section with styling
clips to keep it out of the way.
Apply pomade to the section on which you
are working and secure closely to the head with ouchless elastics.
Be careful here. Secure too loosely and
the style will not hold; too tightly and the scalp will become irritated,
dry and itchy. If small bumps form near the part line, you have secured the
section too tightly.
Divide the ponytail into two equal sections
and twist all the way to the very end. There is no need to secure the end
of the twist with an elastic, the curl will hold it in place. (For further
instructions see the
edition of Rainbow Kids.)
With the fingers from one hand placed at
the base of the twist, wind the twist all around, forming a knot.
Twist the very end of the hair securely
around the base of the knot. Repeat this procedure until all hair is divided
into sections and knotted.
The length of time the knots stay in place
is somewhat dependent on the texture of the hair, but if one pops loose, it is a
simple and quick matter to re-twist it. I have also experimented with
wrapping another elastic around the base of the knot a couple of times to help
hold it but my favorite solution is to take a moment each morning to place
small, colorful clips at the base of each knot. My girls love it too!
Coming soon: Lets Hear it For the Boys: A Visit to an
African American Barber Shop!
*Sherri Gragg is a freelance writer and mom to five, two of
whom are adopted from Haiti. She blogs at
www.everydaymiracle.wordpress.com and offers a wide selection of resources
for adoptive and ethnic families through her Amazon store at
www.sherrigragg.com. Sherri is a member of The Voices of Adoption