We’ve all been there before. You try out a new hairstyle you saw on YouTube and it comes out as an epic fail. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t turn things around and rock a super cute look. I’m sharing how I got this fun half updo look from Bantu knots.
I started writing this post hoping to share my Bantu knot out routine. Bantu knots have always been my go-to style, ever since I started my transition to natural hair. However, ever since I did my “big chop” in December, I’ve only been rocking wash and go’s.
I decided to try Bantu knots out recently and although it didn’t turn out as nice as it usually does (check out my Grammy post to see how it should have turned out haha), I decided to try out a new style and I loved it!
I’m sharing how I got this half updo style from Bantu knots today.
I am in love with how much my hair has grown since the hair growth challenge I did a few months ago.
A hair product line I have been loving is the Extraordinary Oil Hair products from L’Oreal Hair for my curls. I received these complimentary products from Influenster for testing purposes.
What I love about these products is that they leave my hair feeling very moisturized and soft. They also provide so much shine, which you’ll be able to see throughout my photos. The scent of these products is amazing!
The products from the line include Coconut, Argan, Chamomile, Amla, Soja, and Sunflower oils. My curls absolutely love this combination of oils and they just pop back to life every time I use these products.
Bantu Knots Tutorial
After my hair was washed, conditioned, and detangled, I split my hair into four sections and put the hair in clips. I made sure to let my hair air dry for a little while before starting. You want to make sure your hair is damp, not soaking wet, for this style.
Next, it was time to start working on the first section. I unclipped one section and using a quarter-sized portion, I smoothed the Extraordinary Oil Transforming Oil-in-Cream into my hair, followed by the Lustrous Oil Serum.
After adding the cream and serum, I took a small one-inch section of hair. To get the style to hold, I always add a gel as the final product. I used a small amount of the Biotin Infused Styling Gel from The Mane Choice to get that hold. I smoothed this throughout the section of hair, focusing especially on the ends of the hair.
Once all of the products were in my hair, I used a Denman brush to detangle my hair and followed that by brushing through the section with a boar bristle brush. The key to successful Bantu knots is to make sure the hair is as smooth as possible. That’s why I detangle the hair and follow that up by smoothing the hair through brushing.
Time to start twisting! I took the section of hair and started twirling it from the root until I reach the end of the hair. As I mentioned, it’s really important to make sure the hair is as smooth as possible, so I make sure to smooth my hair with my fingers as I twirl.
Once I was done twirling, I held my hair at the root and continued to twirl the hair. Holding at the root helped as I started to twist the section around itself.
Once I was done twisting the hair around itself, I had the first Bantu knot! Because my hair is shorter, I like to keep it in place by sticking a Bobby pin in the knot. It’s also helpful because I usually sleep in the Bantu knots overnight so this ensures that they stay in place.
Here’s what one section looks like with the Bantu knots completed. In the end, I have about 4-5 Bantu knots per section. For this, I just part each section with my fingers and grab the sections randomly, no precise parting of the sections here.
I continued the process with the rest of my hair. My hair dries very quickly so as I moved on to other sections, the hair was a bit more dry. I usually keep a water spray bottle with me to add a few sprays to dry sections, making sure that the hair is only damp, not drenched.
Here’s my hair once the Bantu knots are done.
After my hair is done, I put a scarf on it and head to bed so I can let the hair dry overnight.
It’s the next morning and the hair was ready to be taken down!
I started by removing all of the Bobby pins from my hair. I then untwisted my Bantu knots by twisting them counterclockwise until they all unraveled.
To make my hair fluffier and more full of volume, I separated each section into smaller sections. I did this by first coating my fingers with the same oil serum I used the night before. Then I went into each section of hair and split the hair in half. I followed that by taking a hair pick and lightly pulling my hair at the roots. Not only does this last step provide volume, I also use this step to shape my hair and get rid of the appearance of the separate parts of my hair.
At this point, I realized that my hair didn’t come out as I intended. Usually, the sections are more defined. The problem is that I didn’t give my hair enough time to dry. I started doing my hair way too late at night and my hair didn’t have enough time to dry overnight. Usually, I don’t do this style on freshly washed hair so it doesn’t have to take as long to dry. It’s usually better to do this style on hair that’s been washed the day before or blow-dried/fully air dried.
But, that just gave me an excuse to try a cute style I had seen on Instagram, which was a bit funkier and fun. This was perfect since I was going to a concert that night!
Turning a Hair Uh-Oh to a Hair Uh-Huhhhh
I opted for a half updo style for my hair. First, I started by applying an edge control gel to the front of my hair to help get the extra hold for the ponytail. Then, I used my fingers to apply the Extra Hold Edge Stay Gel from Cantu Shea Butter to the edges of my hairline. Next, I used a boar bristle brush to brush my hair back and slick the edges down. After, I then parted my hair from ear to ear.
I used my brush to then part my hair from ear to ear. Finally, I brushed the front section into a ponytail at the top of my head and secured with a hair elastic. And that’s it!
I just fluffed out the top ponytail and smoothed out any out of place hairs with my brush.
I love the finished result and I think it went perfectly with the edgier look I was going for that day.
Have you ever tried a new hairstyle that didn’t turn out at all how you originally envisioned? What did you do to make your hair work for you? What’s your favorite way to rock your hair when you’re going to music concerts?
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
Thanks for reading!
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