This post is a bit of a challenge for me. As beauty bloggers, we tend to post our best looks and tutorials. This can lead to a false perception that we don’t struggle with styling and that we always have good hair days. Well, I can honestly say as for me, that is not true. Though I have styles that I have pretty much gotten down to a science, there are still those styles that I struggle with thus leading to EPIC FAILS which bloggers rarely share.
This post is to show you the steps that I took to transform an old twist out into a bantu knot out and from a bantu knot out to a pin up. I’ve done this process in the past but bantu knot outs are a hit or miss for me but I will continue to work on getting it right! The thing that was frustrating is that as I was unraveling, the definition looked promising. I did discover that there were a few that were still a tad bit wet. That's why I always prefer to do bantu knot outs on dry hair with just using a leave in for a stylant.
- I started on an old twist out and divided my hair into sections.
- Once my hair was in sections, I spritzed lately with water to aid in finger detangeling
- Apply a leave in and use denman brush from ends to roots
- Twirl hair to form a bantu knot
- Secure bantu knot in place with bobby pin
- Allow to set overnight (sitting under a soft bonnet dryer lessons drying time)
- The next morning, remove all bobby pins
- Untwist knots
- Separate knots from roots to ends
- Take pick and lift at roots
After all of the separation, I knew it was not going to work for me. Since I added water, there was a bit more shrinkage than I really wanted. So I decided to pin the sides and back up with bobby pins. I used a little edge control for hold.
This option allowed me to at least have a way to walk out the house looking decent. At the end of the day, you can rick any style as long as you rock it with confidence.
Here is a video of the process.