Bantu knot outs are great and easy way to achieve cute curls without using heat. First I’ll share some useful tips on how to achieve the sleek curls, and then a couple of simple steps i used to achieve my first bantu knot out and flat twist on dry hair. This is a long and educative post so stick around and brace yourself 😉
Tips to Start with:
- Firstly you have to moisturize and detangle your hair so its smooth and manageable when styling, tangled rough hair will not achieve the curls you desire and it wouldn’t last.
- Try Doing bantu knots on dry hair, doing on wet/damp hair may cause hair to still be damp when you take it down. Also you wouldnt get that definition.
- Create sections according to the final look you desire. For example if you want a side part, you part your hair before doing the knot, if you want to flat braid/flat twist a section, you do this before you start parting the knots. Hope you get me? 😊cool!
- On take down, Do not separate or pull the knot apart (this was the mistake i made during my take down 🙈 but thanks to blacknaps for the correction, my next attempt will be better). Instead unscrew your hair to keep the curl form. Be gently and take your time.
- Kinky curly Knot Today Detangler/ Leave-In conditioner (you can use any leave in conditioner of your choice): This will moisturize your hair and aid easy detangling.
- Cantu shea butter for natural hair, moisturizing twist & lock gel (you can use any styler gel of choice): This will give that light hold, not crunchy when dry but moisturized.
- Coconut Oil for Take down (you can use any oil of choice): This Aids easy take down, adds shine to hair also.
- A wide tooth comb for detangling.
- Denman Brush for detangling.
- Cutting comb for parting.
- Hair clips or band
- Apply moisturizing leave-in conditioner(little amount) all over the hair. At this point if your flat twisting/braiding, you section that part out and secure it with a band, then section remaining hair into 4-6 parts and secure with hair bands or clips.
- If your flat twisting/braiding, you flat twist at this stage so it doesnt disturb the rest of the hair or you forget to flat twist and do a bantu knot on it 😄. Apply your styler gel, detangle and flat twist.
- Open up a section (from the 4 you created earlier). Section hair into small squares using fingers or parting comb. The smaller the section, the curlier the hair will be
- Apply curling cream, pomade, butter or whatever setting product you choose (Avoid being too generous with product, but make sure to apply on every inch of hair).
- Detangle hair (be gentle since hair is dry)
- Once, you have your hair sectioned off the way you want it, twirl the hair and then roll it around itself. Got it??? 😆If you didnt get the twirling and rolling technique will leave a pictorial below.
- Allow to air dry overnight (dont forget to wear a satin scarf/bonnet) to sleep.
- Apply coconut oil on finger tips and take it down carefully, separete the curls for fullness.
This is how it looked on Day 3
I didint add any styler during the week, just water and more fluffing😊
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