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March 30, 2009

My Bantu Knot-Out Results

Now ya'll know I can be slow sometimes, right? Well, what was supposed to have been a 30 minute hair style (according to the Youtubers) took me an hour and a half! I didn't get the hang of the knots until I got to the second side of my head. The actual process of starting the knot is much harder than they make it look on YouTube. I actually did two-strand twists like Jenius J, and I learned to wind them tight until they began to knot themselves, or corkscrew like she put it. However, I didn't learn this until 30 minutes in...I was completely frustrated and close to reaching for my rollers!

Here's what I did:

  • Co-washed, Detangled, Rinsed
  • Applied DevaCare One to the 4 sections (2 on the right, 2 on the left). FYI, I did 5 or 6 knots per section (20ish in total)
  • Started with the back, left section. Two-strand twisted, applied Set it Free to the ends, and knotted. Initially I used clips to hold the knots, but I quickly learned that it was an unnecessary step...they hold themselves
  • Again, to make the knot, after twisting, begin to roll it really tight at the root, then wind it a bit...the tightly wound hair will make a corkscrew. Use that as a base to wind the rest of the hair around it, with each loop below the next one. The end should be tucked under the last row
  • Completed all sections
  • Dried over night, or so I thought :)
  • Woke up this morning to hair that was 95% dry...everything but my roots were dry. Some knots were completely dry, but others (the fatter ones) weren't even close.
  • Take down, carefully and slowly
  • Apply Shea Butter to the ends
  • Separate gently, and fluff
I just finished applying shea butter to my ends, and as I type, I'm sitting under my soft bonnet dryer....drove. I hate sitting under the dryer. Plus, I'm supposed to be making my breakfast and lunch, and out the door in the next 30 minutes ;) Not gonna happen.

So was it worth it? Not sure yet. The knots were a bit painful. I was careful how I slept, until I learned that I could lay directly on them without causing them to unravel. I'm sure the actual styling time will decrease once I become an old hat. The results are definitely soft, springy, Shirley Temple curls. I'm curious to see how this will fluff up!

Knots this morn, after taking one down

Knots are down, but twists are still in

I need to go, but I'll post the results when I get in today.

Later Gators,
Nik

p.s. We have a Giveaway closing in the next 24 hours!

38 Chime in!:

Anonymous said...

o.m.g. lovely results!

Wes said...

OMG!! You always have the BEST results- I love it!!!

Anonymous said...

They look gorgeous already! Can't wait to see the finished results!

so1913 said...

Well, from the looks of the pictures, it appears as though you should have some really nice results!!! Trying something new is ALWAYS challenging the first time around ;)

Tia said...

GORGEOUS!!! As always.
I was supposed do knots last night but I didn't have any wig pins. LOL I'll do it mid-week.

Anonymous said...

I used to do this when I was in H.S. My parents are Jamaican and we called it "china bumps".

Your hair looks great!

Gia said...

gorgeous results...WOW

cul-ture-queen said...

Ok, so weird that you are doing this style now, because I was just thinking of doing this as well. I am so tired of my twists, and twist outs!

Eva said...

Your hair is beautiful. Looks great!

Maria said...

OMG your hair looks so shiny and moisturized! Is it the sheabutter?

Jacqueline said...

It's official - I'm JEALOUS!!! Your hair looks great, can't wait to see the 'end of day' results.

Mimi said...

OMG! Your hair is gorgeous!

satin doll said...

it looks great so far...i can't wait to see the results!

Sum Kinda Wonderful... said...

Pretty pretty.

Koos said...

I'm really excited to see what happens. Looks pretty so far!

Laquita said...

Very nice :o)

prettysunshyne said...

Aww..looks cute. Can't wait to see results this evening.

-Prettysunshyne

thegirlsmom511 said...

I think they look great. Nice and shiny!! I tried to do some last night and I had a head full of frizz this am. Not sure what wrong.I did use Organic Twist and Loc gel so maybe that's what gave me the frizz. I will give it another try this week. This style brings back memories....Do you guys remember back in the day when our Mother's used to wash our hair and put these little twisted knots on our hair so that it could naturally dry?? After that it was the old press and curl.

Michelle

Jonesy said...

The result is gonna be Gaw-jus! I love ya hair!

Anonymous said...

I used to do this when I was younger. When you lightly comb it out, your hair becomes wavy and it has a great effect. Try it, don't just leave it in twists* Trust!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous results already! I love your blog!

Ayomide said...

turned out nice!

Mzbush said...

Beautiful as always! I've seen these done plenty of times but I've never seen them look so fresh. Good look Jenius J!

Tia said...

You already know I'm counting down the minutes...

BTW, thanks for all your help!

blackmagicrose said...

Yours look so much better than mine! Mine took about that long as well, but I take that to be the case since it was my first time doing them.

jeniusj said...

Michelle - Were your twists still wet when you took them down? If there was too much product, it may be hard for your hair too dry completely when it is twisted up. Also, how many twists did you do? the more splitting you have to do after you take them down, the more frizz you will create. Hope this helps!

Thanks Mzbush!

Jalaine

CURLYNIKKI said...

Thanks ladies!!!! All in all, it was a good experience. I'll definitely try it again soon :)

If you guys try it, please send your results!

Tia said...

WOW!!!! I love it!

thegirlsmom511 said...

Hi there,

Yes my twist were a little wet when I took them down this morning and I'm sure I used too much product. Thanks for the tips!! I will try it again in a few days.

Anonymous said...

my mom is Jamaican and calls them china bumps too haha. Me likey!!

AnyaPosh said...

I hope you never bought that lie that 'a black woman must relax her hair' because your hair is absolutely gorgeous. The sleekness, the shine is just so radiant. Wow.

Bianca said...

Gurl your hair looks lovely almost like you could have left it as is!!

epage16788 said...

Nikki can you do a video tutorial on how you do your Bantu knots and the results? Also I would like to know your hair type and what else do you use for shine? Does the henna make your hair so silky looking or some other product does that or is that your normal hair grade? Sorry for so many questions but I have been researching your site to answer these questions and have not come across them.

Christiana Boyd said...

So cute! Why dont you try doing them on dry hair using a cream leave in conditioner. Only way it will work for me

Anonymous said...

This is one of my favorite styles. I used a cream leave in conditioner also and it came out just as bouncy. and i love that the bantu knots secure themselves.

Vera said...

So gorgeous!
This is what I do every evening to preserve my twist-out for the week. Only I don't put back in the same # of original twists...only 8 and then knot up. Never knew I could Bantu knot without securing with a bobby pin until now. I tried it just now and OMG it worked LOL! Thanks for the tip :)

Discovery said...

Do you have a picture of what they looked like after you fluffed the bantu knots?!

Romi said...

i tried it and i looove the results!

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