I’ve had natural hair my entire life! I used to want a perm when I was younger, but my mommy would never let me get one and now that I’m 22, I’ve decided I might as well remain natural. Conveniently it works out since the “new thing” is to have natural hair. (Disclaimer: It’s not for everyone.) Nonetheless, despite having natural hair, I’ve never been one to experiment with all of the different hairstyles that people with natural hair can do. I have 3 hairstyles: Wild and Curly, Ponytail/Bun, or Straightened with Loose Curls. I’m simple when it comes to my hair (minus coloring it a little and my most drastic change yet—bangs!). So, imagine my surprise when I discovered YouTube videos and ton of websites that had hairstyle after hairstyle for people with natural hair. Literally, there’s no stone left unturned when it comes to the world of natural hair. And finally after being intrigued by all of these videos I decided to try a hairstyle: Bantu Knot Out. Here’s my journey!
So I started with my wild and crazy, DRY hair. I emphasize dry because some videos start with the hair wet, but I was lazy and didn’t feel like dealing with wet hair. My hair was in a weird state, semi curly, semi straight in the front. Who knows what was going on with it!
The next step was taking a section of the hair and twisting it. I used moose and curl gel to help smooth the fly away pieces of hair. It’s also important to comb out the section of hair before twisting. Again, in most of the videos I watched, they make perfectly parted off sections, but I figured it didn’t have to be perfect, so I just separated some hair and made a section.
So to get the knot, you take the hair and wrap it clockwise/counter clockwise (it doesn’t really matter) until the twist is completely wrapped around the hair and forms a knot. Then I recommend taking a bobby pin and pinning the hair down to secure the knot. Some natural hair experts, can secure the twist without a bobby pin but I have no clue how they do that and didn’t even try to do it! Once you’re done, repeat these knots all over your head until every strand of your hair is in a knot.
After some time has passed (the longer the knots are in, the better the results), it’s time to take them out! When I did the knots this time I left them in for 2-3 hours. Usually when I do this hairstyle, I’ll do it right before bed, which allows the knots to stay in for 6-8 hours.
When you first take the knots out you should have curls all over your head. Some people separate the curls for a fuller look. I don’t like how my hair looks when the curls are separated, so I leave them as they are and opt to “whip my hair back and forth” (Hey Willow!) to loosen up the curls.
And the final product (after looking extremely rough!) isn’t so bad after all! Red earrings to accessorize and a white dress (not done on purpose, but I do love my DST!) and Voilà my journey is complete.