Wednesday, May 21, 2014

[Hairstyle] Bantu Knots on Transitioning Hair | Wash Day


Contrary to what it looks like, I usually wear my hair up 5 days out of the week. On wash days, I typically set my hair in bantu knots to stretch my roots, wear them out for a day, maybe two, then it's back to the usual bun, braid, or updo. I promise you that my hair life is far less than ordinary and really quite boring. Any who, here's how I washed my hair this week:


  1. Pre-Shampoo- I gently detangled with my fingers and slathered on extra virgin coconut oil. 
  2. Shampoo- with Bobeam Rootz Herbal Hair Grower Shampoo bar. (Tutorial: How to use a shampoo bar)
  3. Extreme deep condition- I deep conditioned with Jessicurl Deep Treatment on my roots and  Joico K-pak Reconstructor conditioner on my ends. Then I massaged my stands with extra virgin coconut oil, covered with a plastic cap and sat under my hooded dryer for an hour.
  4. Rosemary Green Aloe Hair Rinse- After rinsing the conditioner, I applied 1 part steeped green tea + 1 part aloe vera juice + 2 springs of rosemary, using a narrow tip applicator to my strands--focusing on the roots. I let it sit for a few minutes then rinsed.
  5. Smoothing Treatment- with a large dollop of Matrix Biolage Detangling Solution.
  6. Air Dried- to 80-85% wrapped in a cotton t-shirt.
  7. Leave ins- I used the LOC method, starting with a little extra virgin coconut oil, Jessicurl Too Shea Extra Moisturizing Conditioner, + my kitchenista Tangerine Vanilla Whipped Hair Butter, I tension blow dried my roots on cool. Then using a dab of Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie on my ends, I bantu knotted in about 10 sections.

Results: 
Happy curls! When I stick to the basic ABCs of bantu knots, my curls are usually happy go lucky. When I don't...well...it's not all pixie dust and rainbows. I'm really glad that I deep conditioned with a little Joico K-pak on my ends. After writing this post, I realized it's been a while since my last protein treatment. This wash should buy me a little more time. It's been a while since my last straightening/trim too---about 3 months I think. I probably should do that soon too. Too much to do never enough time to do it in!

How was your last wash day?

Besitos!
KLP




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    22 comments:

    1. I love your big, fluffy bantu knots! They look so soft, too.

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      1. Thanks Melanie! They were super soft. Jessicurl NEVER fails *runs over to knock on wood* LOL

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    2. Too much to do is the story of our lives:-) Happy curls, indeed! I love your hair. I stopped pre-pooing my hair with coconut oil awhile ago. Now I am back to doing it. I has made a difference.

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    3. ohhh your Bantus KOs aint nothing to play with chica! As per usual..great definition and shine

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      1. Thanks Sammy! I'm totally a one trick pony!

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    4. Love the results! You've made me want to revisit joico too! x

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      1. I've yet to meet a Joico product that I didn't like! The Kpak and Moisture Recovery balm are great!

        Thanks for stopping by chica!

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    5. UGH! Why do your bantus always come out SO GOOD?!?!?!
      Gorgeous as always!

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      1. I don't know but I hope that it never stops! Then what will I do? Ha-ha!

        Thanks for stopping by chica!

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    6. Your bantu knots are gorgeous. I really want to try some Jessi curl products but I'm abit unsure of how my hair will react.

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      1. I've used Jessicurl Too Shea on all of my relatives with curly hair---Then they try to steal it from me. It's just that good!

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    7. Oh how I wish my bantu knots would come out half as gorgeous as yours. The shine! I'm drooling (in a good way, obviously) x

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      1. Ha-ha! You're too much Lesley! Thanks a mil chica!

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    8. You are definitely the BKO boss. I need to revisit this style soon.

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      1. I'm starting to think that I'm bantu knot obsessed. I try to convince myself to try other things---but it doesn't work. LOL!

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    9. Your BKO is to die for! I will definitely be incorporating a holding product in my BKO I am being to love them more and more!

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      1. Just a dab of holding product keeps my curls happy when I want to wear them out. When I'm just using bantu knots to stretch my roots---I skip that step.

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    10. Your BKO is great! Would you consider showing us a picture of your BK next time you do them? I'd like to see how you do it because don't come out as nice.

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      1. Absolutely! Check out this YT tutorial from whoissuga---I studied it a thousand times when I was trying to learn how to bantu knot: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4nTT6XuRU0

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