Bantu knots are a great way to achieve a curly hair style without having to worry about heat damage. Frequent curling can cause a lot of damage to our hair if we don’t use the proper tools to protect it. I have tried this style before and loved the results! So to achieve the perfect Bantu knot you were going to need a few things: shampoo, conditioner, a leave in conditioner, Bobby pins, hair ties, a shine spray and a head scarf (if you will be drying overnight). The “LOC” with Shea – Extreme Bundle will work great for this style.
The first thing you want to do is wash and condition your hair. This style will not turn out well on dirty or greasy hair so make sure that you wash thoroughly before you begin. After washing and conditioning your hair you will need to detangle and section your hair off into 4 large sections. I find it easiest to section your hair into big sections first and then the smaller sections from there. It’s easier to detangle as well as manage the knot as you go.
Now that your hair is parted into four sections I recommend starting with the back, you’re going to want to put your hair into smaller sections. For bigger curls you’ll want to keep bigger sections for your knots. For smaller, tighter curls you should use smaller sections.
For each smaller section that you want to mix a small amount of leave in conditioner like Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen and Grow Leave-in Conditioner and the Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie to ether and work it through the section you have out. Make sure to evenly distribute the conditioner by using a comb or a brush and don’t skimp on the ends. This is the area where the most breakage happens so you want to make sure to thoroughly hydrate this area to prevent future breakage. The Curl Enhancing Smoothie will help define the curls from the bantu knots giving you more volume and shapely curls. Once your section is completely conditioned to take the hair and twisted around your finger into a coiling motion. The more you twist the tighter the coil will be and it will start to wrap around itself. Once the coil is completely wrapped in a knot take your bobby pins and secure the knot in place. Repeat for the entire head.
Once you have your entire head in Bantu knots you can either wait for your hair to air dry overnight or you can sit under a hair dryer to help speed the process. If you were going to sit under a hair dryer, I recommend using a thermal spray like the Jamaican
Black Castor Oil Strengthen and Grow Thermal Protectant Spray to protect your hair from heat damage. If you’re going to wrap your hair and let it air dry overnight, you should spray a little bit of your hair sheen b fefore wrapping to cut down on the moisture that could be pulled out by your scarf and/or pillowcase.
Use a pea sized amount of 100% Pure Argan Oil on your fingertips then begin to slowly take your knots down. Using the oil to help take down your knots will help you eliminate frizz. Once you have completely taken out your knots you can leave as is for a tight coil or begin to separate each coil to create more volume. Use a wide-tooth comb or pick to lift your hair at the roots, this will give you hair more volume and disguise the parts made by separating your bantu knots. Sleep in a satin bonnet to help preserve your style for the next few days and enjoy! Swapping your curling iron for bantu knots will dramatically help with maintaining the health and strength of your hair.