My 4C hair tends to be quite intimidating, especially when it comes to various twisting styles that usually work best when hair is detangled with a hair tool, such as a comb or Denman brush. Bantu Knots can be a stylish approach if you are looking to switch up your hair from a twist-out or other style.
Since I finger-detangle my hair I assumed this style would not achieve results similar to this:
But I went for it anyway! These were my results:
Here are some tips for those of you who finger detangle (or don’t) and want to achieve this similar look.
- A little spritz is all you need. My hair is of high porosity so it struggles with retaining moisture. I found that my hair did fine with a little water even though some recommend to style on dry hair. The moisture is what gave my hair the bounce to begin with.
- Seal the deal with oils or butters. Since it is much colder outside, I used my shea butter mixture to seal in the moisture. This was an added benefit that not only kept my hair protected, but helped my curl pattern last.
- If you have low porosity hair, it would be wise to make sure you either steam or have deep conditioned your hair. The winter weather is more harsh on your strands, so you need to find a way to get the moisture in your hair shaft.
- If you plan to leave your knots in overnight then I suggest not twisting so close to your scalp for several reasons. You want to avoid bringing tension to your hair which leads to breakage. And, if you don’t plan to sleep on your face, you will be in a whirlwind of discomfort from dealing with a painful night of rest. A half an inch to an inch of space is all you need.
- Big sections vs small sections. Do you want tighter spirals that are more defined? Part your hair in smaller sections. I like to think my head isn’t that big so I would make about 12 to 16 knots. If you want them loose with a wavy pattern, make larger sections. 8 to 10 should do the trick.
- If you use a brush then you have a nice luxury of having a nice bantu knot out that will look great. However, if you finger detangle, then I suggest as you twist you smooth out your hair in a downard motion. The added moisture makes this process much easier to accomplish. I wouldn’t recommend doing this on dry hair; that could lead to breakage due to the stress and friction you would put on your hair.
- Unravel when they are dry! I mean that’s the rule of thumb however, I think it’s really up to you and the look you want to achieve. I personally don’t mind a little frizz or shrinkage. So in this style my hair was a tad damp in the back of my crown, I still keep my pattern but it wasn’t as defined as the spirals in front of my head.
- There are two ways to unravel. You can use the unscrewing method by twisting the knots the opposite direction from which you put them in. What I did was find the end of my hair and unravel from there. If you aren’t careful your ends could go wrong but again, I don’t mind frizzy.
- For the ladies that like big hair! My hair appears to be thick however it isn’t as thick as it looks so I like to run my pick through my hair a few times to give my hair more volume. I start at the root. If you are looking for volume, then I suggest you do the same.
I hope these are useful tips to help get your Bantu Knots on the right path. Feel free to share your own tips!