Bantu Knot-Out Tutorial
This past weekend I did my first Bantu Knot-Out. When I was in college, I used to do this to my relaxed hair all of the time. I called it my “Jill Scott” look. I didn’t know the style actually had a name. I thought I made it up. I was just trying to get my hair to look curly…if only I had known then what I know now. Well, now I do. I finally felt I had enough length to try this style out on my natural hair so I did.
I washed (Kalpi Tone), conditioned and detangled my hair first. I sectioned my hair and applied my shea butter/cupuaçu butter to each section and thoroughly detangled. Next I single twisted, twirled the ends and wrapped the hair around to form each knot. When wrapping, I made sure to go underneath the previous round. My hair wouldn’t stay, so I used bobby pins to secure each knot.
I slept in them and they were NOT comfortable at all. Next time, I might sit under the dryer…maybe not. I always feel like I’m wasting my life away just sitting there. I need a bonnet dryer that is on a stand so that I can sit at my desk and work like I do with my steamer. I put a little grapeseed oil on my hands and lightly rubbed it on each knot. I pulled out all of the pins and untwirled each knot. I separated each one into about 3-4 pieces. Next I picked out the roots and fluffed. I was not entirely in love with the results…kinda how I feel on the first day of a twist out. I’m always like “meh.” So, I tied a scarf around my head and liked it better.
That night, I slept with my hair out on my satin pillowcase. When I woke up, I fluffed it and tied another scarf around my head. I think the style is cuter with a scarf or headband. I received several compliments on day one, but since I am trying to get the style to last through Christmas, I haven’t tried to separate the pieces any further. I plan to do that as it gets towards the end of the style’s life. Lol.