I have been meaning to try a Bantu Knot-Out for awhile since Guest Blogger, Phiphi216 tried it. Even though it was not my original intention to get Bantu Knots when I went toI love Lulu's hair salonto get my hair done for a special event, I was still somewhat satisfied with the hairstyle. The Bantu Knots took about 20 minutes to do for US$55 (which I thought was kind of steep for this salon and the service I was getting). Only some coconut oil was used to twist and wrap the hair into knots while it was still damp. Its recommended that the hair dry while in Bantu Knots prior to taking it out, so that the curly fry pattern can hold when you take it out.
I was anticipating soft wavy spiral curls but I was not looking forward to rocking sectioned knots on my head for a play I had to go to that night. After my hairstylist AND mother told me 'Oh you look like a Nubian Princess!,' I felt slightly dated, bringing back the late 90s/early 2000s hairstyles - where Bantu Knots were sought out for the style, not the curly aftereffects. I really like volume and I was thinking of ways to play up the LACK of hair balled up on my head. I decided hoops were a must and a little bit more makeup than I was used to wearing would help.
I actually thought it was fun and different to try this style out for the night and would of worn it for a second day if I didn't have to go to a company sponsored formal affair. I think my boss would of been pleasantly surprised if I showed up in a gown and Bantu-Knots - he might of called me a Nubian Princess as well!
The next day I undid the bantu knots and further separated each individual twist to give the hair volume. I thought the curly fry pattern of the curl was cute and gave it a classic edge. I was worried about the looseness of the curl, however, given that three days later there might be more poof than curl and the last thing I wanna do during a busy week is figure out how to re-style my hair - but don't worry I'm pulling off some sort of Bouffant three days out.
Bantu Knots and Knot-outs can be done on all types of hair. I have a friend with thick, naturally straight hair do bantu knots with some coconut oil and the next day she had these marvelous waves and curls. If I would Bantu Knots again, I would probably not use coconut oil (since it tends to dry out my hair when not washed out - great pre-shampoo treatment though!) but some sort of setting solution. My favorite at the moment is Jane Carter Solution Wrap and Roll, which I will do a review on next time!