Last week I decided to give my hair a break by installing mini twists. This is probably my go to protective style. They are super cute but still allow for some creative styling. In an effort to add some curls and make this style a little more fun I did a bantu knot out. LOVED the results
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My favorite style from wearing mini twists last month has got to be my Bantu knot out. I always struggle doing this style but with twists it was so much easier! And the curls, the curls came out beautifully.
I used the same typical method for the knots and I can definitely say that I’ll be doing this style again.
Plus, the definition lasted for days!
What do you think?
You all know that I don’t do a whole lot in the area of curl defining styles, but l do enjoy playing with curls every once in a while. There are a slew of ways to get curl definition but just a few that I continue to gravitate to. Here’s a look at my favorite curl defining styles and why I adore them.
Twist outs & Braid outs
These two curl defining styles allow for some of the best definition on my particular hair texture. What I love most about these styles is that they are super easy to transition into an updo and can last for multiple days. You can check out the video tutorial for this twist out turned updo using Camille Rose a Naturals products here. The transition from a twist out to an updo starts at about 7:15.
The most fun and flirty curl defining style ever! That’s the main reason I adore Flexi rod sets. The curls come out so beautifully and even though they don’t have the longevity of a twist or braid out, they’re so much fun to wear that I don’t even care! Lol! Check out these curls.
Bantu Knot Out
This is the curl defining style I have the hardest time mastering and for that reason I love them! Of course the curl definition is amazing but there really is an art to bantu knots. I seem to get a little better every time I do them. This is another style that doesn’t come with a long life span with my hair. But this look challenges me and yall know how much I love a challenge.
Wash and go
Last but not least, the wash and go. This style is great for longevity. They’re easy to transition into buns but not as flexible for styling as a twist or braid out. Either way, there’s nothing quite like defining your natursl curl pattern.
That’s it! What are your favorite curl defining styles?
On the Curly Christians blog last month I did a post about the art of bantu knot outs. I have to admit, bantu knot outs is not an art that I have quite figured out yet. Yesterday I sported what I’d say was a solid attempt at a classic bantu knot style…after my initial style attempt failed. Let me take you through the evolution of the style.
I started with dry stretched hair. I used Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk and Eco Styler Gel to do my knots.
I slept with a satin scarf and after an uncomfortable night sleep (these things are a beast to sleep on!) I went to work at unravelling the knots. At first glance they looked to have taken pretty well. So naturally I was excited!
Then, as I started carefully separating them things started to go downhill. They did not separate with ease as I hoped and as a result the ends started to get frizzy. I tried to just go with it. Got all the way to work, took a couple of pics and quickly realized it just wasn’t working for me.
Soooo…I quickly improvised. I grabbed a couple of bobby pins and tucked the ends under. I managed to find a super quick and easy way to turn my frizzy not so awesome bantu knot out into a solid attempt at a classic style. Best I could do…considering.
I suppose I’ll just keep working at this bantu knot out thing until I get it down. Let me know if you have any tips!
This is my current situation! We all know that one of the great benefits of having natural hair is not having to really be concerned about the weather. However, if you’re going to go through the challenges of prepping and sleeping on bantu knots it might be a good idea to make sure you’re not going to face rainy weather the next day!
This lighter more bouncy curl style is generally not conducive to rainy or humid weather. Fortunately I think my mad dashing in and out of daycare and back into work was swift enough to save the style. Good thing because I would not be a happy camper if these curls were to completely fall after that uncomfortable night sleep I had!
So…here’s a look at the final result. I used Motions Define My Curls Creme. Not too bad…considering.