Yesterday, I attempted to try a different variation of Bantu Knots by doing them on a seven day old twist out (because I was lazy and didn’t want to wash or co-wash my hair lol). I used the Carols Daughter Macadamia Heat Setting foam to get added curl definition.
I spritzed my hair lightly with water to make the detangling process easier. I guess this wasn’t a great idea because this morning my hair was still semi damp (I don’t understand how it didn’t air dry over night).
The result was horrific (in my opinion..lol) BUT, I decided to share because this is the perfect example of what NOT to do when attempting Bantu Knots.
I didn’t like the fact that my hair came out super frizzy! Usually, I don’t mind a bit of friz but this was literally a friz ball! I didn’t have much definition because apparently my hair didn’t set. The reason for this is because I didn’t sit under the dryer for at least thirty minutes.
I think that going straight to bed with a silk cap on didn’t give my hair enough time to air dry naturally over night.
So, rule #1 to doing a Bantu Knot set is to give yourself enough time before bed to have hair naturally dry without covering it immediately! Also, if accessible use a hooded dryer for at least thirty minutes to give the hair a chance to set if you do decide to go straight to bed.
Rule #2 to a Bantu Knot set is to not do it on dirty hair (hair that’s been weighed down with product for a week or more.) Bantu Knots require you to add a small amount of product as a setter and you never really achieve the best results of any style when your piling on product on hair that’s not clean! I would recommend at least co-washing hair first!
Have you tried Bantu Knots before?? What are some tips that you have??
Let me know!