Here’s to hoping that you have had a great two weeks. I missed you guys last week. I was trying to work on a surprise but it seems that it will have to be delayed a while longer. 😦
Now, onto the business of the day…
After the flexirod post, I was lost for how to style my hair before I put it in another (relatively) long-term protective style. My preference was a flat twist-out. The definition is usually insane and it lasts a whole week. My other option was to do a Bantu knot-out and let’s just say that I have some traumatizing history with Bantu knots. What is the story, you ask? Every time I’ve tried to do them, they have backfired a serious one: twice on the eve of weddings and once for a pretty important event. My hair never dries, especially at the roots so I end up with an afro with struggling/ non-existent curls and have to improvise. I guess you can understand why I was hesitant about taking the leap. I decided to do an Instagram poll and leave the decision to the internets while secretly hoping that a flat twist won. It didn’t.
I know how to do Bantu knots but I wanted to see if there is anything in particular I could change-up to get the best results. I decided to re-watch a Bantu knot tutorial by Daye La Soul and Alyssa Forever’s videos on YouTube because I absolutely love the definition they get and their results are not frizzy. You can check them out as well.
- I washed my hair with Crème of Nature argan oil sulfate-free shampoo
- Used Mega Growth to deep condition
- Sealed the moisture with some Pietro Coricelli olice oil
- Braided my hair into four sections so it would stretch a bit as it dried
Starting on dry, semi-stretched hair:
- I parted my hair into five sections
- I made smaller sections and then coiled/ twisted my hair starting about 1 and ½ inches from the root
- Once the length of the section started becoming tight, I coiled the hair around itself (in circles) until it was layered up to the root
- I tucked in the ends and fastened some with bobby pins to secure them
- Since I wasn’t going under a hooded dryer, I had to leave the Bantu knots in for two days before I could undo them
To undo the knots, I:
- Rubbed some oil on my hands to prevent/ reduce frizz
- Removed the bobby pin and loosened the end of each knot
- Unraveled the length of my hair in the opposite direction (of my twisting/ coiling)
After unraveling before fluffing and separating
Once undone, I:
- Gently fluffed my roots to get rid of the parts. I didn’t feel like having big hair so I didn’t fluff it out that much
- Separated each knot twice or thrice
- Shaped my hair
- If you have normal to high porosity hair, it is best to start on dry, stretched hair to cut down drying time and reduce chances of a puffy fro after all your hard work. This is especially important if you are not going to use a hooded drier
- Try as much as possible to loop the hair below the previous circle as opposed to over it as you coil. The latter is called overlapping and chances are that your hair will not be completely dry when you’re taking it down. A great knot will look raised and not flat.
- Fasten your ends with the small bobby pins just to be safe. The Bantu knots can unravel at night as you turn
- Feel for where your hair naturally separates and work with that. It helps to avoid frizz
- Twirl your hair around your finger in the direction of the curl to maintain the pattern as you separate
That’s pretty much it. I’m sure practice makes perfect. I can confidently say this because this is the first time my Bantu knots haven’t backfired and I was ecstatic!!
Also, a big shout out to my friend who took the awesome final product photos. Pewa minty pineade!
Y’all have a lovely week. 🙂