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March 29, 2009

Jenius J on Bantu Knot-Outs

Jenius J: I used this style to transition without doing the BC. I do double-strand twists, then roll into the knots, and fix with bobby pins. I have a big head so I do AT LEAST 20 knots...I typically twist one day, air dry overnight, then wear for a week. The twists come out really tight, and loosen up and get bigger over the course of the week. I will send you pics!

I have used many different products over the years for styling, but am currently using conditioner (Lush-H'Suan wen hua) that I dilute with water before applying to my hair. I typically try to let the hair dry most of the way, then apply enough conditioner solution just to make sure the section is damp throughout.

I think the hardest part is making sure your ends are completely inside the twist and that it doesn't unravel when you are setting with the bobby pins...GL and I LOVE your blog!!!






CN: Wow! Gorgeous!! Have you ever done it w/out 2 stranding? If so. What was the result?
How do you sleep on it?

Jenius J: Thanks!! So, I have done it without 2-stranding before, And I found that I preferred two stranding because then you don't have to do as much separating, aside from the twists themselves. Whereas when I just did single strands, I would have to separate the section once it dried, and risk creating more frizz and losing definition from it not splitting cleanly. But If I am retouching certain sections throughout the week, which I do sometimes depending on how they turn out, if it is a very small section, I probably would not double strand it when re-twisting.

So in terms of sleeping on it, I just kinda cross my fingers lol But I have definitely found that the tighter the curl, the better it keeps, whereas when it is looser, and wavier, it is more likely to straighten or flatten out when slept on.

17 Chime in!:

D Alexandra said...

omg her hair is gorgeous! i'm honestly scared of the tight knots on my head though. i'm scared of pulling too tightly at the roots.

Monzurat said...

Love love love! I have 4b hair, so when I do bantu knots it definitely does not look anything like that but I like the way it comes out in my hair. Btw, can someone tell that gorgeous sister that she does NOT have a big head? Full hair, maybe, but big head, no way.

Maya A.D. said...

wow! her hair looks beautiful! she makes me want to try a bantu-knotout.

Tia said...

Gawwwwgeous! I'm going to try this tonight.

Anonymous said...

does two strand mean you take two things of hair and twist them together? i'm not sure. also, i tried bantu knots for the first time today and i couldn't get them to start the twist at the base of my scalp. it was like they were too fine or something and i couldn't make the knot from the very beginning. i have 3b hair and i really would love to try them. any advice?? by the way, beautiful hair and beautiful face! you too, nikki!

mary

Ayomide said...

beautiful hair!!!! The bantu knots are a great hair style for your face. for me I don't like the way they look on me but I have found a great way to curl my hair with two strand twist to get her look, I pin curl my hair after I twist, then dry, then I take them loose. Sometimes I wear the pin curl when I go out, if I did them nicely anyway, I also Love the second picture!!

blackmagicrose said...

So so pretty! If my bantu knot out is even half as pretty then I'll deem it a success!

Anonymous said...

beautiful!!!!!

Maria said...

I love the second picture. I want that dress! Very elegant and her hair is on point.

jeniusj said...

Thanks everyone! I am really flattered!

D Alexandra - I think that is a valid concern. You can definitely do loose twists that are a good distance away from your scalp. I would say just focus on the twist itself and making sure that the ends are properly secured so that you get a good curl when you take them down.

Monzurat - I definitely have 4a/4b hair as well. But I have found that as long as my hair is wet when it is set, it will end up however it dries. Try making sure that the hair is damp and fully detangled before you twist it. Also take a look at the products you are using and make sure that the twist is dry when you take them down. I have also found that if I use a little oil on the hair before twisting, it does create a smoother effect. And thanks for making me feel better about my head size! lol

Mary - Thanks! Yes, that is a two-strand twist. Try to twist as far down the hair shaft as possible. In terms of getting the knots started, if you just keep twisting your two-strand at the end, it will naturally start twisting at the base (at the scalp) as well. Then you can just start wrapping the hair around and underneath where the hair naturally starts to bend by your scalp.

Email me at jeniusj@gmail.com if you have anymore questions!

thegirlsmom511 said...

Yes!! Your hair is fabulous too!! Nice and shiny. I love shiny hair.

Michelle

Angel said...

Your hair looks beautiful

CocoaDiva said...

The net is too small. Love the hair J. MuPi is errrywhere lol. I am gonna try the Bantu knots this weekend.

KinkedUp said...

Looks fantstic! She reminds me of the actress from Diary of a Mad Black Woman, who I think is gorgeous lady, so it's to be taken as a compliment :)

Anonymous said...

Definitely going to try this style. Thank you so much for this post. I have had natural hair my whole life and I have gotten really bored with my current arsenal of styles. I'm going to see if I can post pictures of my results to give homage to my source.

Catrina

Anonymous said...

Jenius J: does the style look the same on transitioning relaxed hair?

Thanks
MsJones1015

jeniusj said...

Hey Ms. Jones!

This is so random that I came to this page! I just happened to be looking at this site with my neice and showed her this page and low and behold, I saw your comment! So to answer your question, yes! This is the style I used to transition from relaxed to natural hair. So for instance, if you look at the last pic, you will see the hair closest to my hairline is my real texture, and the rest of the hair is still all uniform, and u can't see the actual demarcation point. It's a great way to get a consistent texture throughout your length that you can style however you wish. If you have anymore questions, let me know on twitter! @jeniusj

GL!

J

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