New Do: Bantu Knot Out

Today I rocked a new do:  a bantu knot out.  I don't know why I try new styles in the middle of a work week, knowing that if it doesn't work out I have to just deal until the end of the week, but I just had to try it.  Tired of the status quo.  Anyhoo, I'm so glad it worked out.  I got some compliments today on it, even from my mom.

So what did I do?

I started with a clean head of hair.  I washed my hair on Saturday.

Phase 1:  Here I am with my typical 'fro.  I wear this between styles, usually because I don't have time for anything else.  Just braid at night, pick it in the morning, and slap on a headband.

Phase 2:  Moisturize, condition, oil.  Two-strand twist sections of hair and wrap the twist around itself to create the bantu knot.  Tie a silk or satin scarf or bonnet and wear to bed.   
  • Since my hair tends to truly dry out in this season, I am trying something new.  Plus, I have a case of dermatitis that flared up right when I was about to graduate from college, then again my first year teaching, again when I was trying to graduate with my master's degree, and also while working on National Board certification.  Notice a pattern here?  So I have to be extra cautious during stressful times so I won't lose hair due to dryness.  
  • Anyways,  I greased my scalp with a little of the hair grease pictured.  My friend's dad made it and it's amazing.  
  • I also spritzed my hair lightly with my modified version of Natural Chica's Refreshing Moisturizing Spritz.  Her original recipe here.  For my mods, keep on reading:
    • (1) spray bottle
      (1/3 c) filtered water
      (1/4 c)aloe vera juice
      a blend of these essential oils:  tea tree, lemon grass, lemon, and lavender
      (1 tbsp) sweet almond oil 
  • After spritzing my hair lightly, I added Shea Moisture's Coconut and Hibiscus Conditioning Hair milk and a little of the hair grease on each section, especially the ends.  (I know it sounds like I used tons of hair grease, but I really didn't.  Trust me, my hair will suck it in within two days during this season.  Trust me.)
  • Two-strand twist and create the bantu knots.

Phase 3:  The next morning, unroll the bantu knots, separate the twists and then use your fingers (not your fingernails) to massage your scalp and close up any parts you may notice between the bantu-knotted sections.  I chose to add a headband because I love to having my hair pulled away from my face.

I know I'll try this style again.  I'll play around with how large to make the bantu knots and the angle of the parts, etc.  I know I'll definitely love this style when my hair gets even bigger, like this:

This was me when I was natural the first time around.  I had only been teaching about 3 or 4 years.  This is years of growth.  Super thick, huh?  Now my goal is to get to this point faster than it took the first time around.  I now know what to do with this thick head of hair.  Grow hair, grow!


  1. Wow that is a whole of "stuff you have to do". However, it has a nice natural look to it. So I take it that you use the bantu knots in place of using brades over night? It really gives your hair a nice curly feel.

  2. @Ivan: Natural hair doesn't mean less maintenance. I learned that really soon the first time around. The bantu knots will give it that curly look because the hair is coiled around itself. But, unlike the braids, I won't have to create bantu knots every night. Thank goodness. :-)

  3. Look at all that HAIR!!! LOL, the bantu knot out is super cute, and your hair is looking full and healthy - go you! I had an epic FAIL w/ them a year ago and have strayed away since...perhaps I will re-visit the style. We'll see :)

  4. Super cute Libby!!! Phase 2 & 3 are my favorites though!!!


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