I took my weave out over a couple weeks ago with the intention on finally learning how to deal with my own hair. About three years ago, I was forced to do the “big chop” after deciding to go natural because the relaxed part of my hair broke completely off from my new growth while on vacation in Florida. (Pic below).
Also Read: PICS: INSIDE MY NATURAL HAIR JOURNEY
I was a complete bald head and was forced to rock the little flowers and headbands for a few months till my hair grew long enough to start wearing sew-ins and ever since then I’ve pretty much wore them with little to no weave breaks in between.
After my last weave, I decided to take a break and let my scalp breathe. Don’t ask me why I waited till the hot summer months in HOTLANTA because I honestly don’t have an answer because it was thee absolute worst decision I’ve made because the struggle has been real. Lol!!!
I don’t know why in the hell did I think my kinky, curly ass hair would stay straight in this heat and humidity, but I must have been smoking some LOUD (not for real) when I thought that. I would press my hair out, wrap it and think I was gone be looking cute only to end up looking like Mufasa before it’s all over.
Now mind you, this isn’t after I have been out in the sun for hours or even in water for that matter. This is shortly after taking my hair down from the damn wrap. Ummmmmm, yeah!!!! Soooooo, of course I was all on social media whining and complaining about my hair and all the natural chicas came out the wood works with hairstyle advice and I finally decided to try these Bantu knots I kept hearing so much about.
Now the pics I’m showing you all aren’t from the very first time I tried them, it’s from the second time I tried them. The first time I tried them, they were a complete disaster to the point where I didn’t even want to take a selfie. Can y’all believe that?!? Lol.
Before I even really knew what they were, y’all know I had to go to YouTube University to find out. So I ran across a couple videos of two natural hair vloggers that I actually liked because they weren’t really using any heat. One girl did actually get under the dryer, which I hate, but to me it’s a little safer than using all that direct heat, I guess.
Anywho, I watched the first video (below) and I really liked hers more so than the second one I ended up trying them again later in the week after I washed all that product out of my hair.
Even though I loved Samiah Gilly’s Bantu knots came out, I still had to find what worked for my hair because my hair is not as thick as hers and furthermore, my hair doesn’t like a lot of oil. One thing I have noticed about these natural hair chicks is that most of them use a lot of products on their hair, but that isn’t for everybody because my hair will look like a limp noodle with all that mess in there.
After watching her video and getting the concept, I ended up washing all the Shea butter and oil out my hair and starting over. I washed my hair with Organix Thick & Full Biotin Shampoo and Organix Keratin Anti-Breakage shampoo, deep conditioned, blow dried and pressed it as normal. Once my hair was pressed, I took my brush and sprayed it with some oil sheen and started the Bantu knots. I let them stay over night under a satin bonnet and took them down without applying anymore oil and the end result is below:
I actually love the Bantu knots as they leave my hair looking nice and full. I didn’t like the tight look and my hair isn’t super thick, yet, so I pulled mine out a lot and let them be a little frizzy because that’s how I like them.
If you want to try them, peep the video below and be mindful that your hair may not come out exactly like the girl in the video, but always feel free to style and get your hair to a point where you’re comfortable with it and how it looks on you. Don’t be too bothered by your hair not looking just like theirs because you have to consider your hair texture and thickness may be different.
I was really happy with my results and plan on rocking the Bantu knots a little more until I figure out another style I like to do with my hair. Until next time!!!
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