by Por­tia of

When you’re just begin­ning your nat­ur­al hair jour­ney and you’re sport­ing a TWA, it can be dis­cour­ag­ing to look at all of the vet­er­ans wear­ing their boda­cious curls. Some­times, these curls are achieved by roller set­ting and ban­tu knot­ting. Unbe­knownst to you, these styles aren’t just for women with medi­um or long hair. Short haired nat­u­rals can rock these styles too. Roller sets and ban­tu knot outs are hard enough to mas­ter with long hair, but it can get bor­der­line frus­trat­ing when try­ing to achieve these looks with short hair. It can take a few times before you final­ly get your curls the way you want them. Luck­i­ly, there are women with short nat­ur­al hair who have mas­tered these looks.


MissKenK Roller Set Short Natural Hair

MissKenK has a short tapered TWA, but that doesn’t stop her from exper­i­ment­ing with her curls! In this tuto­r­i­al, she demon­strates how she turned her nat­ur­al hair into cute curls. MissKenK used a com­bi­na­tion of Ouidad’s leave in con­di­tion­er, coconut oil, can­tu shea but­ter, Eco Styler gel, and white, gray and orange perm rods to cre­ate her look. She also made sure to sep­a­rate her curls and twirl them in the direc­tion of the curl.



Even if you’re tran­si­tion­ing to nat­ur­al and have short hair, you can still wear a roller set. As you can see, this young lady par­tial­ly big chopped and is tran­si­tion­ing to nat­ur­al. She has a tapered TWA and the styl­ist uses perm rods to set it.  She used small­er rods on her hair in the back and larg­er perm rods in the front of her hair where it’s longer. The result is beau­ti­ful and is proof that you can be very ver­sa­tile when tran­si­tion­ing.

Bre­an­na Rut­ter

Breanna Rutter Bantu Knot Out

YouTu­ber Bre­an­na Rut­ter is known for cre­at­ing a pletho­ra of nat­ur­al hair styles. She breaks every­thing down and leaves noth­ing to the imag­i­na­tion. Here, she can be seen demon­strat­ing how she does a ban­tu knot out on her short nat­ur­al 4C hair. Her hair has a lot of vol­ume and tex­ture. I noticed that small­er ban­tu knots are per­fect for short nat­ur­al hair.


LiquidGoldEyes Bantu Knot Out

This ban­tu knot out is very defined and sim­ple. Liq­uid­Gold­Eyes used flaxseed gel and a Pan­tene Pro-V mois­tur­iz­er on each sec­tion of her hair before doing her knots. She twists her hair in two strand twists before ban­tu knot­ting. This method cre­ates a lot of def­i­n­i­tion and is great for type 4 hair. She also uses a brush to smooth down each sec­tion of her hair before she ties her knots.


Have you tried a roller set or ban­tu knot out on short hair? What oth­er styles work great at this stage?

Por­tia is a wife and moth­er who enjoys mak­ing things and peo­ple look pret­ty! As a grad­u­ate of Rowan Uni­ver­si­ty, Por­tia has an insa­tiable crav­ing for nat­ur­al hair, beau­ty, and fash­ion, but she also enjoys trav­el­ing and home decor. If you’d like to know more about her, vis­it her blog at

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6 Comments on "4 Ways to Rock Roller Sets and Bantu Knot Outs on Short Natural Hair"

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none of these styles look cute. ew.


Love these styles. I will try the ban­tu knot out.

Raye Denise
I was enjoy­ing doing roller sets on my 4c tapered hair but have recent­ly stopped because my hair is dense with fine strands and this style requires very detan­gled hair which for me meant comb­ing. A smooth roller­set only comes with thor­ough­ly detan­gled hair. I have rolled the back only on fin­ger detan­gled hair and it was not the same. I was devel­op­ing too many splits and rough ends from comb­ing to get smooth sets. I can’t Ban­tu and for the time being I’m lik­ing twist outs because they don’t require any comb­ing before­hand. Fine 4cs beware of reg­u­lar roller… Read more »



Love these looks! Ban­tu knot outs are great no mat­ter the length. My only dilem­ma is that dur­ing the sum­mer (or humid sea­sons) they become so puffy and lose def­i­n­i­tion so quick­ly. It’s prob­a­bly because I use a lot glyc­erin. The best ban­tu knot outs for me hap­pen dur­ing the fall and win­ter when it isn’t as humid in my area . I sooo look for­ward those times because they would last for like two weeks!


All these short styles are amaz­ing!