Bantu knots on relaxed hair is a great heat free, low maintenance style that can be done on wet or dry hair. Bantu knots generate gorgeous wavy curls as this post will show.
My hair performs best when I wash before it becomes dry. Unfortunately, that did not happen, thus I experienced a good bit of breakage as I went about my regimen. The heat is a beast and I definitely need to figure out a way to keep my hair hydrated from wash day to wash day which ranges every 5 to 7 days. Toss in several days of workouts with heavy sweating and dryness really kicks in mid-week. If my hair had its way, it would receive two pampering sessions per week but ANGTFT! More to come on this saga….Needless to say, I was being a lazy bone and was totally not feeling up to doing hair, thus I cut corners and it showed.
Cleanse | Condition:
Rather than overnight pre-pooing, I applied Claudie’s Tea Sprtiz (scalp), layered on dabur vatika enriched coconut oil and HairVeda Red Tea Conditioner (length) and sat under the steamer for 15 mins. Dry hair steaming normally works lovely but this did absolutely nothing for my hair. My goal was to accelerate the prep-poo step but it just didn’t turn out how I had hoped.
I shampooed with Bee Mine Botanicals, oil rinsed with wheat germ and deep conditioned (with steam | 30 minutes) with Annabelle’s Perfect Blends Ultra Conditioning Soufflé. SN: Great news on the horizon for APB. They will be adding a new emollient to all conditioners across the board in the near future, thus I plan to review the updated Cherry Bling when it becomes available. That way, you all are getting the most accurate review possible on the latest, greatest products.
Leaves Ins | Style:
I seriously need to use my other leave-ins but these are working so well that I seriously don’t wanna stray for that good-good. I did, however, throw a new item into the mix – Annabelle’s Perfect Blends Leave-In. The leave-in has a thin, serum-like consistency that comes in a spray bottle which makes application really easy.
Applied leave-ins using the LOC (liquid, oil, cream) method:
L: Water from rinsing out the deep conditioner
O: Squeezed drippies from my hair with dabur vatika enriched coconut oil soaked hands
C: Spritzed Annabelle’s Perfect Blends Leave In to the scalp and length
T-shirt dried for 20 minutes
Applied Pura Body Naturals MuruMuru Moisture Milk
Sprtized hair with Pureology 21 Benefits for heat protection
Bantu Knots on Relaxed Hair
At this point, it was like the wee hours of the morning. I was so tired and wanted so badly to crawl in the bed but air drying, roller setting and flexi rod setting were not an option. Therefore, I tossed in 8 bantu knots, hopped under the dryer for an hour and immediately crawled in bed thereafter. The next day, I had nowhere to go so I let the bantu knots stay twisted for most of the day. Upon takedown, can you believe, my hair was still a little damp. Geez! Here’s my hair after separating the curls. These curls are popping and resemble a flexi rod set but with a lot less work. Could this be my new boo?
Taking shortcuts and skipping steps doesn’t always reap benefits as you can see but thankfully, my hair turned out nicely in the end.
Need style inspiration — peep my flexi rod rolling techniques post with video.