Pictoral: Two-Strand Bantu Knot-Out

Style Tutorial

I am always experimenting with ways to create curls and volume without heat. And the bantu knot-out is a wonderful style for naturals, relaxed and transitioning hair beauties to create voluminous curls at any length. Here’s how I created my two-strand twisted, bantu knot-out!

I began with a co-wash using III Sisters of Nature Avocado Cleansing Co-Wash and deep conditioning with Eden Body Works Jojoba Monoi deep conditioner, both received in my September curlBOX. I am not a routine co-washer, but I’m always willing to give good products a try! I really liked how the III Sisters and Eden Body Works conditioner installed lots of moisture and nutrients into my hair. Both products also have a wonderful smell.

I allowed my hair to air dry completely that night, then fluffed and styled my hair the next morning with a wide tooth comb and a little Organix Healing Dry Oil spray. I wore my fro without definition for the first time and loved it!

Undefined fro with III Sisters Co-Wash and Eden Body Works Jojoba Monoi Conditioner.

Undefined fro with III Sisters Co-Wash and Eden Body Works Jojoba Monoi Conditioner.

The following day, I decided I wanted to add some definition, so I installed two-strand twisted bantu knots using ORS Smooth-N-Hold Pudding. What I like most about this product is the flexible, moisturizing hold. It also “plays nicely” with other products, meaning there’s no sticky residue or film, and it is very affordable.

ORS Smooth-N-Hold Pudding, Organix Healing Dry Oil and black bob pins.

ORS Smooth-N-Hold Pudding, Organix Healing Dry Oil and black bob pins.

After twisting and knotting all eight sections, I bob pinned each knot to keep them in place. I made the sections larger so the waves and curls would have more volume.

Separate sections of hair, add ORS pudding and two strand twist, then wrap and pin to make bantu-knot.

Separate sections of hair, add ORS pudding and two strand twist, then wrap and pin to make bantu-knot.

I then wrapped my head in a silk scarf and slept overnight with the bantu-knots.

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Eight two-strand twisted bantu knots.

The next morning, I unwound each knot and pulled the twisted sections apart.

Bantu knot sections unwound the next morning.

Bantu knot sections unwound the next morning.

I used my fingers, then my wide tooth comb to fluff sections and finished my style with a little more of the Organix Healing Dry Oil spray. And that’s it! This was a simple, easy way to create a different curl texture without heat.

Final result after fluffing the bantu knot sections.

Final result after fluffing the bantu knot sections.

 

5 Comments to Pictoral: Two-Strand Bantu Knot-Out

  1. Beautiful!

  2. Annette Simmons // January 20, 2014 at 5:52 pm //

    Whenever I follow your direction I never go wrong Thanks

  3. do you think it’s better to do them on dry or damp hair?

  4. Another gorgeous style….I co wash often so I may try that III Sisters of Nature….I dindnt like their hair gel too much.

  5. Marceda Bailey // September 17, 2014 at 1:32 pm //

    What products would you recommend for this style on a 4c hair type?

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