This post has nothing to do with photography lol!!! But one of the keys to a good photo is having great hair right? For those that know me, my hair is usually flat ironed, in a ponytail or up in a bun. I’ve had sew ins, twists, braids but wanted to venture out of my comfort zone. Last week my cousin posted a link on Facebook about three strand twists. I clicked and it led me to this tutorial on youtube:
And needless to say I spent the next two hours looking at different tutorials on how to do Bantu Knots, Braid Outs, Twist Outs etc. I’m normally watching tutorials on photoshop tricks, lighting tips and photography. Didn’t realize there were soooooo many hair tutorials on youtube. It’s almost like photoshop: 10 different ways to achieve one task.
I’m not fully natural. Still in the transition phase. The last time I relaxed my hair was August of 2012. Since then, I’ve been letting it grow out and getting it trimmed every 3 or 4 months. Now I have 3 textures in my hair. The crown area has a mind of its own. Lately I’ve been wanting to cut it in a short Bob and start with all natural hair. Granted I’m not really into the natural hair movement. I don’t know my hair type and quite frankly don’t care. I don’t identify myself by curl pattern so it doesn’t matter to me. I’m not even hip to all the lingo hahaha!
The last few days we’ve been stuck in the house because of the snow and ice. So I have had plenty of time to watch more tutorials on hairstyles for transitioning and natural hair. I went out to Sally’s yesterday and bought some products. I was excited to try the Bantu Knot out first. Seemed easy enough-wash, condition, blow dry, twist and secure with a bobby pin. Well um, I was ready to quit after the first knot. Who would of thought it would take an hour to do 8 knots? I mean, I watched the tutorial and I can follow directions. After much frustration, I finally finished my knots, put a satin bonnet on my head and went to sleep. And sleeping in the knots is no fun!! I got up this morning and took them down. Well, it didn’t look like the youtube tutorial that’s for sure. One, she has way more hair than I do and her hair is thicker than mine. But it wasn’t a total fail but I do know what to do differently next time. I should of taken a photo but I wasn’t thinking. My curls have fallen since I styled my hair. My hair is allergic to rain and wind and that is one of the main reasons I don’t get roller sets or roll my hair that often. Right now my hair doesn’t look like it ever had a curl in it. 🙁 Darn Oregon rain.
Tonight I plan on trying the Bantu Knot Out again but here is what I will do differently:
- Don’t blow dry my hair with the comb attachment. I believe my hair was too straight. I will let it air dry.
- I don’t have a big head, but I will section my hair another way. My hair is thinner and shorter in the front. My knots need to be the same size.
- Add more knots and sit under the dryer to set.
- Oil the twists before separating them. I didn’t put enough which caused frizziness.
- Make sure the ends are secured. One of my knots didn’t secure properly and the curl was straight.
- Practice, Practice, Practice.
If I like it tomorrow, I will post a photo. And it will definitely be before I leave the house so my curls don’t fall like they did today. If they do, then I will do the Bantu Knots in the summer when there is much less humidity here in Portland.
Hopefully tomorrow’s results will be better!!!
Products used were: Carol’s Daughter Lisa Elixer, Shea Moisture Shampoo, Deep Condition Masque and Conditioner, ORS Smooth & Hold Pudding and ORS Edge Control.
Edited: I did the Bantu Knot out again, this time adding Shea Moisture hair milk along with the ORS Pudding on damp hair. Tighter curls and less frizz. Will try the pineapple method to preserve the curls for tomorrow.