Bantu knot outs! I was super anxious to try this style after seeing so many YouTube videos of beautifully done bantu knot outs. However, while reading various blogs and watching different YouTube videos, I noticed that some people like to do their bantu knots on damp hair while others like to do this style on dry hair. I prefer dry hair because my hair is way too thick and crazy to ever turn out correctly on damp hair. This is a personal preference and as bantu knot outs are trial and error, I would suggest trying both ways to see what works for your hair.
WHAT WILL YOU NEED
When doing Bantu knots you will need to have freshly washed your hair. So, you’ll need:
Leave In Conditioner
Blow Dryer + rounded brush
Heat Styling Protectant
Split End Serum (optional)
WHAT I USED
The YouTube video I used can explain how to do a bantu knot out far better than my fingers can type it out! BUT, I can provide you with the products that I used when doing my bantu knot out. I shampooed with SheaMoisture Yucca & Baobab Thickening Shampoo (needed to make sure I had some volume!) and then followed with the SheaMoisture Yucca & Baobab Volumizing Conditioner. I love both of these products and when used together, they work that much better! After drying my hair with an old t shirt (washed of course), I applied the SheaMoisture Yucca & Aloe Thickening Growth Milk along with one of my own DIY leave in conditioner/sealants. This DIY is included in my blog and contains coconut oil, shea and mango butter, and jojoba oil providing shine and moisture while sealing in all the moisture already in my hair. Next, before blowdrying, I like to use Tresemme’s Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Spray as a protectant against heat styling. This product is also within my blog and truly protects hair against heat damage!! Once all this is done, I blow dry my hair out. The holding product I then applied is Nothing But Pure Pudding. It gets the job done but I am thinking of switching to another product simply because I have that product junkie feeling that there is a better product out there. True product junkies feel me on this.
Again, not going to go into too much detail cause a wonderful YouTube video awaits you but I will offer a few last tips
*pay SPECIAL attention to your ends! Make sure they are tucked under your hair, smoothly, but firmly into the bantu knot.
*Apply extra product to your ends to ensure smoothness and moisture. I like to use Nexxus Pro-Mend Split End Binding Creme because it really moisturizes my ends and gives the apperance of a fresh trim
*Please do the greenhouse effect as she does in the video cause it ensures a nice set, BUT do AIR DRY! Take the time to do your make up, eat breakfast, walk the dog whatever you have do! No one likes a damp frizzy bantu knot out
*Bantu knots out are truly trial and error. My first time doing this style I had about 17 bantu knots and it came out way too curly for my liking. This resulted in endless finger combs through my hair and waiting for my hair to fall a bit, which it thankfully did. So, if at first you don’t suceed, just try it again. and again…and again!
Here is the YouTube video I have been ranting and raving about! Below, are the pictures of my first bantu knot out. The first picture is my Bantu knots (before the knot out), the second and third are pictures of my hair immeditaely after I took the bantu knots out and the last picture is when they finally, and thankfully, fell a little and I pinned up the back.