Have you done the DIY Bantu knots then ended up with cheesy ugly results or curls that disappear within a day or two? Then there is something you are not doing right. When the hair is tied around itself, the Perfect Bantu knots resemble a pile of tyres or a pyramid when your hair is long and small rosettes when the hair is short.
When the knots are untied they resemble a corkscrew. The outcome of the DIY should be bouncy, springs of hair. This hair is a favorite because no heat and hair processing is required. This hairstyle should be done overnight to allow the hair to set. Otherwise you would have to dry the knots with hair dryer. Failure to do so will leave you with wet hair and stick and messy hair.
First wash your hair because with this style the scalp may be exposed. You won’t want to trot around town like a drag queen with dirty hair. This hair should last for several days looking neat.
Then de-tangle and moisturize the washed hair to commence with smooth hair. Dry and rough hair will create difficulty when unscrewing and styling the knots. Do not use wet hair; your hair should always be dry but moisturized. With wet, damp or spritzed hair, the knots never dry hence the style doesn’t sit well. You will achieve a long messy screwed rope that is very sticky.
Remember to section your hair according to the style you want to achieve. Always partition it according the styling you want on your hairstyle. Trying to do this when the Bantu knots are unscrewed will be very difficult. If you want tight curls the section into many parts and vice versa. Do not over twist the hair because over-twisting strains the hair leading to breakage. This would not translate to good curls either. Always twist the hair three times before wrapping on to it. Repeat this until the hair is all wrapped into a knot.
Always to remember to use the shower cap at night. Otherwise the curls will fall off quickly. This creates a greenhouse effect. The shower cap provides similar condition as a greenhouse that allows the hair to set in. when you remove the cap in the morning you should allow the hair to dry for 15 minutes because it will be damp. Dry it with a dryer but do not blow dry. Blow-drying will take away the moisture.
Unscrew the knot like you are opening a bottle. Do not tug or pull the knot apart. When the hair is loose, separate it using your fingers gently. The cork screw could be separated by fingers to loosen the curls and achieve a certain texture. After care maintenance is paramount. At night you should secure all your knots at night and wrap the sides with a scarp this will ensure the curls last for long. The pillow and scarf should be made of satin so as to keep the hair fir.
With all this tricks and tips tucked under your sleeve you can be rest assured that your Bantu knots with maintain the spring and textured hair you require.