I was just past 10 weeks post relaxer and was getting quite bored with putting my hair up in a bun or ponytail, so I decided to change things up a bit and try something new. A few weeks prior, I came by series of YouTube videos in my quest to be more versatile with protective styles.
I have always wanted to try Bantu Knots but I never took the time to learn, as I find it quite cumbersome. A few weeks ago, I came by the gorgeous YouTuber, Jaleesa Moses’s tutorial where she only split her hair into 4 sections. Though she is natural, her hair was in a straightened state, which made me quite excited because it means that I can replicate her technique. So I got to work.
- I sectioned my hair into 4 equal parts.
- I gently detangled each section to eliminate tangles and knots that might impede the style.
- After detangling, I mist each section with water and sealed with a pea-sized amount of Jojoba oil.
- I twisted the front 2 sections in counterclockwise direction and the back in opposing direction (i.e. clockwise)
- As I twisted, I wrapped the hair around the base of the section (see Jaleesa’s video for illustration). Once fully twisted, i secured the section with a suede hair band.
I waited for the products to be fully absorbed in my hair, then secured the style with a silk scarf before heading to bed. The next morning, I unraveled each knots by first coating my fingertips with jojoba oil then unraveled in the opposite direction of the twist. I ensured to do this gently to avoid frizz. I used my hands to separate the sections, then followed with a wide teeth comb to get the desired style and below is the result.
Overall, I am very impressed with the result. My hair felt so soft, tousled and the volume was just wow! I will definitely be doing this style again, but with more knots.
Have you tried Bantu knots? Share your thoughts below