As long as I have been natural I have never attempted bantu knot-outs. One of the reasons why I waited so long was that I like volume, but controlled volume. When my hair was shorter my attempts of twist-outs were complete fails. I would need to apply several twist because the hair was too short to gather in bigger sections, causing a very tight twist pattern that didn’t have the length to weigh it down for more control, so ended up sticking every which way on my head.
While randomly browsing thru some YouTube channels I saw the video below, and figured now is as good a time as any to try the knot-outs, and it bacame my inspiration for my style.
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I had freshly cleansed and detangled hair that I let air dry in very loose two-strand twist without any product. I would take down one at a time spritz with water, a 50/50 olive & coconut oil mixture, applied a very light leave-in (I used Giovanni Direct Leave-in Conditioner), and used about a nickel size amount of a butter (Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie). I chose to keep the products light to avoid product overload and weigh-down. I combed through with a wide tooth comb first, then a medium toothed comb and finally with my denmen brush. I really wanted to make sure my hair was fully detangled before twisting. I divided the hair in the size knots that I wanted.
I began by two-strand twisting and then wrapped the twist to form the knot. I should mention that before I started knotting I mapped the layout of the style. For what I had in mind it was just a matter adding a side part.
I ended up with 11 knots. The crown of my head had slightly larger twisted for volume and the knots that framed my face I deliberately twisted and knotted in a particular direction (I twisted on both sides of my head with the knots facing away from my face)
Once all knots were completed, I covered my hair with a satin bonnet and just kept it on until it was time for me to style my hair for a party the next evening. During the following afternoon I just threw on a beanie on top of my bonnet to run errands.
To unravel and untwist my hair I lightly coated my fingers with some oil as many twisting aficionados recommend to prevent frizz. I divide each unraveled knot into three to four additional sections to create the volume that I wanted. Did a little finger fluffing and couldn’t be more thrilled with the results.
I literally stared into my mirror asking myself why didn’t I try this before! I loved the final results and felt super sexy once dressed and makeup applied.
And you can tell the quality of the partying by the end of night hair! Even though I was only able to rock the style for a few hours, I will definitely do it again and check out how my second day hair turns out.