How to get lustrous curls from your straight hair? How to tame your kinky/curly hair into larger and softer waves simply and effectively? Fortunately, Bantu knots and Bantu knot-outs can help you. Try the following steps to create this truly versatile style.
Step 1. Wash hair.
Wash hair carefully, especially the scalp as it will be exposed.
Step 2. Condition hair.
Try using a leave-in conditioner to protect tresses and keep flyaways in check.
Step 3. Detangle hair.
Detangle hair to prep for styling.
Step 4. Use a comb to part damp hair into sections.
The crucial component of having great Bantu knots is to create precise parts. Depending on the length of your hair and the ultimate style you want, you can divide hair into small, medium, or large sections by using a rattail comb. For short hair, use smaller sections. For long hair, use larger ones, up to 3 or 4 inches across.
Please consider the texture you want to achieve if you intend to take down your knots for a Bantu knot-out later:
- Use fewer, medium-sized to large knots (about 1 ½ to 3 inches across) to get wavy hair for a looser, free-flowing effect.
- You can create smaller knots, and more of them if you want to get curly hair or more curl definition.
When sporting Bantu knots, many people like to make creative patterns. If you make sure to be consistent around your whole head, and have fun with it, you can divide hair into interlocked triangles, diamonds, or squares.
Step 5. Screw hair into a taut rope.
To save time as well as works, some stylists prefer to two-strand twist hair first. Hold product into the hair one section at a time. Twist each section between your fingers as if you were turning a doorknob, starting at the roots. Keep tension fairly high. Continue to twisting until you are holding the very end of the section away from your head, like a rope.
Step 6. Coil the twisted length around itself, and secure in place.
Still working one section at a time. Add a few extra turns to the “rope” you’ve just created. You will have a nice base coil after a few turns. Wrap the rest of the twisted hair to the around of the base. Wrap each layer closer to your head than the previous one.
Step 7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 on each section to knot all hair.
Step 8. Remove pins or elastics, un-tuck ends and reverse the process for a knot-out.
Let hair air dry. Never blow-dry knots. Carefully unwrap each knot when hair is completely dry, leaving coils of curled–yet still twisted together. Next, comb hair with a wide-toothed comb or finger to apply a bit of light pomade, styling mousse or even leave-in conditioner over tresses and loosen the twists. Remember too much handling will reduce your curls to a frizzy mess.
Finally, mist hair with a bit of hairspray, spritz, or oil sheen. Use a satin bonnet to cover hair or wrap hair at night. If you cleanse the scalp with an astringent like witch hazel every 3 or 4 days, the style should last for 1 or 2 weeks, perhaps even longer.