I’m back again with another hair style I tried on my short natural hair. Quarantine has been making me do things I wouldn’t do on a normal day. Since I took down my braids, I’ve been trying out hairstyles which I never have time to do on a normal day. But with so much time on my hands now, I can experiment with new styles and not care whether it turns out good or not.
Initially, I was going to do a flexi rod set or perm rod set but I found out that I didn’t have enough flexi rods and not enough perm rods for my whole head. I then decided to use both the flexi rods and perm rods since I’m not going anywhere and I really wanted to try out the hairstyle. I started the process but wasn’t getting the hang of it so I just changed my mind.
I still wanted a look that would give me a curly effect like that of perm rods, so I decided to do a Bantu knot out.
So this hairstyle was a fail and not a fail at the same time. First of all, when I was styling my hair I didn’t have high hopes for it because I didn’t boil my okros enough to give me the right consistency I needed so I couldn’t use my normal okro gel as my styler and I’ve run out of leave in conditioner so I had to use a random moisturizer I too from my mum as my styler.
As usual, I started on freshly washed and deep conditioned hair, but I made sure my hair was about 70% dry before I started styling my hair.
Doing Bantu knots was not that hard. There are two ways to do a Bantu knot, and you can check it out on YouTube. I did the one were you do a two strand twist first then wrap it around itself as opposed to the when were you roll it then wrap it around itself.
I washed my hair hair on Thursday, then took down the Bantu knots on Saturday. I always leave my hair to dry for 2 days or at least a day and a half to make sure it’s properly set.
The takedown process is the same as taking down a braid out or twist out. You can check out my previous post on braid out to see how I take down my hairstyles.
The Bantu knot out came out decent. I really didn’t like the look a normal afro was giving me so I went ahead to style it in a half up half down look and it came out cute.
I can’t say how long the style lasted since I didn’t use a gel or any styler. I ended up fluffing out all the curls the next day and put my hair in 2 chunky flat twists till my next wash day.
I want to try out a cowash for the first time and see how my hair will like it. Will keep you guys updated on how it goes.
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