Hi CurlyNikki World,
I am Frances and a huge Curly Nikki Fan – I have tried all of her great hair advice and ideas. I have done the Henna treatment, Twist-and-Curl, Braid-outs, and now I am on to the Bantu Knot Set. Okay, believe me when I say, it definitely takes practice, but once you get the hang of it – it’s smooth sailing. Oh-yeah off of the subject – since I am 5 months pregnant (me and Nikki are belly buddies…Smile) convenience and simplicity are very important.
Anyway on to the how I did my Bantu knot set, results, and pros/ cons:
- Washed my hair once (Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Moisturizing Shampoo)
- Co-washed once with (Pantene Pro-V Intensive Moisturizing Conditioner, sometimes I use Hello Hydration Moisturizing Conditioner)
- De-tangled in the shower, with conditioner still in hair then rinsed
- I applied Pantene Pro-V Deep Conditioning Mask and left in for 45min-1 hour and rinsed
- Applied White Camellia Ultra-Smoothing Conditioner (handful) and Taliah Waajid Protective Mist Bodifer (Handful) – raked through my hair with my hands until nice and soft
- Then I started with the front and worked my way to the back parting as I went
- Right before I two-strand twisted each knot, I applied a squirt of Nairobi Wrap-It Shine Foaming Lotion (love this stuff as it hold my curls for at least 5-7 days) combed out and began twisting, remembering to wind them until they began to knot themselves or corkscrew. I kept wrapping with each loop below the next one and tucked the end under the last row (same as Nikki’s process). With the difficult knots, I used a bobby pin to hold the end of the twist in place
- Complete entire head (I had about 18-20 knots total) – takes about 1 hour
- Sit under the dryer for about 1 hour and then go to bed – this helps to ensure they are dry by morning
- Go to sleep (I used an airplane pillow and put it around my neck, which allowed me neck support -without anything touching my head, because it is a little uncomfortable to sleep directly on the knots
- In the morning take down by unwinding slowly to keep curls in tact
- Then fluff as desired….sometimes I let my curls hang the first day and then fluff the second day so the style will last longer….Smile
- The end
It’s a lot I know – but I love the results and this style lasts me for about 5 to 7 days depending on if I put a satin cap on at night (helps preserve style longer). In the mornings when I wake, I just shake and go.
Pros- cute hair style, lasts a week or more, shake-and –go hair
Cons- sleeping on the bantu-knots, mastering the bantu knot procedure (it took me about 3 times to master, but once you get it you are a pro…)
Awesome! I googled curly hair styles and found this , I'm gonna try it!
Wow! Your hair and your skin are glowing!!! Your curls are absolutely amazing. Thanks for sharing
I am loving your hair!!!!! I am in the transition phase, 🙂 my hair is about 4 inches below my shoulders, I am having trouble keeping my hair to last for more than a day or so any suggestions on how to perserve my hair styles.
I loved it ! try it you'll like to !
This was great! I want to try it. I'm 4b and my hair justs hits the top of my neck when it's straightened. I'm not sure how this my turn out on me. Also do the size of the twists matter?
This style is beautiful on you! I have tried it 2x an loved the results. I would like to make it my transition style, but the only problem I have is that the curls flatten out when I sleep. What do you do to preserve the style?
Love your hair! That bantu knot out is wonderful!;-)
I love it!
Your hair looks fab. Great tips. Can't wait to test them. Congrats on the bundle joy on the way. 🙂
Your hair is gorgeous!
You and your hair are absolutely beautiful.
OMGoodness, I will definitely be trying this!
Gorgeous hair!!!! I wish I could get my bantu knot outs to look like that.
Your hair is beautiful!!!!
You have absolutely put my bantu knot-out to shame. I MUST try it again. You look gorgeous and many congratulations. I just had my first baby boy in January. Tis the season!
Nice hair, & congrats on your pregnancy.