Thursday, March 20, 2014

How To Do Bantu Knots


Bantu knots are my favorite heat free way to style my hair. I first discovered them last spring and it's been love since. Bantu knots are usually the base of all of my updos and perfectly smooths my roots whilst giving my ends some life. Here's an update on how I get my big fluffy curls.
  1. Detangled and Air Dried: I start with detangled air dried hair. I get the best results when my hair has been washed 24-48 hours before I try to install the knots.
  2. Large Sections: I prefer my curls in big sections because I love volume. Big hair; KLP don't care. Ha-ha! The smaller your sections, the smaller the curls. You can experiment to see which curl you like the best. I usually end up with 10-12 knots. My knots take about 15 minutes to install.
  3. Cocktail: Moisturizer + Oil + Holding product. Use whatever floats your boat. My go to cocktail has been Jessicurl Too Shea! Extra Moisturizing Conditioner + my kitchenista Tangerine Vanilla Whipped Hair Butter + Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie. I do believe that order of operations matter on this one. I've found that many products that "hold" aren't particularly moisturizing and can make my hair feel or look very dry over time. Layering on a moisturizer and oil prior to the holding product traps that moisture in and keeps the frizz at bay.
  4. How to knot: Bantu knots can be best explained as mini coiled buns that are twisted around itself and secured in place. It's easier seen than explained. Anybody else in love with Whoissugar on YouTube? She is hilarious honey! *in my best whoissugar singing voice* She has some of the best natural hair tutorials on the block and her bantu knot tutorial can not be beat. Watch it a few times, until you get the hang of the technique. 



Troubleshooting
Chicas, I can not count how many bantu knot fails I've had since I started my HHJ. One time, my knots were so bad that I had to go and re-washing my hair just to leave the house with my hair in a high bun. Simply. Terrible. Here are the 3 biggest reasons that my knot-outs were so awful:
  • Poor product selection- My cocktail selection can make or break my curls. The wrong products make my hair dry, frizzy or won't provide enough hold. End result: chia pet.
  • Not drying completely- I've attempted wet bantu knot sets and well----y'all will never see pics of that. I waited 8 hours and my hair never dried. When I took them down, I looked like I got stuck by lighting. *shudders* I achieve my best results when my hair has been air dried. Also, note that if you use too much of anything in your cocktail, the knots either won't set and it will frizz. End result: chia pet.
  • Knots un-raveling: First, be sure that your knots are coiled tightly. Not so tight that your scalp hurts and your eyebrows looked snatched, but tight enough that your ends are tucked securely near the base of the knot. When in doubt, use a pin to secure your ends. If your knots unravel unbeknownst, in that section your curl will be wonky. End result: chia pet.
So your first set was awful. No sweat. You're totally not alone. Throw it all up and rock a curly bun or tuck it under and work a faux bob. Whatever you do, do not give up!  

Besitos!  
KLP

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12 comments:

  1. Thanks for these tips, hun. I have never tried a bantu knot-out (weird, right?). But I think I will soon.

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    1. Omgosh! You've gotta try them. If you struggle with other low manipulation styles like I do, then you'll find bantu knots much simpler.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Your bantu knots are perfection, KLP! And whoissugar is hilarious, I agree. Thanks for sharing! I know one day I'll achieve a great bantu knot out instead of that looks great in an updo. Lol

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    1. Her videos make me giggle! Keep trying, doll. I know that you'll get it soon. Practice makes perfect.

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  3. Your knot-out is fab!!! I love it! Thanks for sharing these tips and for the trouble-shooting section. After my first two failed bantu knot attempts, I swore them off. But after realizing I chose the wrong products (the first time) and didn't let them dry completely (the second time), I tried again. Reading this makes me want to do some this weekend! Great post, KLP!

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    1. I really hope that you give them another try chica! They're sooo perfect for Spring---if it ever gets here!

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    1. You're so welcome Lydz! I hope that they help!

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  5. I laughed SO hard at each instance where you said "End result: chia pet"!!! Been there girl, been there!! Currently weaved up, but it's coming down end of the month then I'm gonna start knotting again. I have not done it in a while and my hair is longer now than in the past when I did it regularly. Very true on the wet knots. Even slightly damp knots equal a hot mess! Hair should be well moisturised, but thoroughly air dried.

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    1. There is nothing worse than going to take down your bantu knots and realizing that they are still damp #fail! Ha-ha!

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  6. Love your bantu knot out!
    Tried this on my kinky hair once, and failed :( tried it on my relaxed friend and that didn't go well either lol
    Love your results, I'll look up whoissugar, thanks for the tips! X

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    1. Practice definitely makes perfect AB! Whoissuga is HILARIOUS. You'll love her!

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