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Get Pillow Soft Curls on Kinky Hair (and other types)

Ever wonder the secret to gorgeous curls? Are you tired of the plain old twistout or braidout? Does the curl fall out of your bantu knots as soon as you take them down? The other day a lady complimented me on my hair. She was like, “Wow, it looks so soft and shiny…Can I touch it?” Proudly, I said, “Sure!” Normally, I might hesitate  but I was feeling my curls. Here’s my technique using bantu knots to achieve an optimum curl.

1. Start with stretched or blown out hair. If you are strictly a no heat person, then working with an old twistout or banding technique will do fine. Stretching will give you more length and flexibility and dry faster.

2. Go one section at a time. Section hair into medium to large chunks, about 1-2 inches wide.

3. Smooth out kinks with oil and a wide-tooth comb. I used Eden Body Works Jojoba and Monoi Oil and coconut oil to smooth out my hair. Using the oil will prevent hair from becoming too hard or flaking. A dab of oil on each section will do.

4. Do not use gel. Use a good curly pudding. For this I used Miss Jessie’s Curly Pudding. A dab or two will do. You don’t want too much because the product mixed with oil will be too gloppy.

5. MY SECRET: Two-strand twist the hair before bantu knotting…why? Makes kinky hair more curly, and lasts longer. Kinky hair is thick, so the more sections you make, the more curl you can add.

6. Allow bantu knots to set over night. Before taking down your hair, squeeze the knot to make sure the hair is completely dry. It is still feels damp, or if too much oil is coming out, your hair will be frizzy and have little curl. If you have time, wait another day…seriously. Or, sit under a hooded dry on a low setting to speed up drying time.

Day 1 Bed Time 

You should still have enough curl left in your hair to not have to do much to it. All I did for day one is make sure my curls where laying uniform and gently crunched them under my satin hair bonnet.

Day 2 Bed Time (and beyond)
By the end of day 2, my hair was pretty frizzy. So, I decided to retwist and re-bantu only using a moisturizing cream. I focused primarily on smoothing product on my ends, then smoothed down from root to end. At Day 3 you might consider spritzing with water to rehydrate your hair. You can repeat the day 1 routine with the curly pudding which I find gives more sheen than just using the moisturizing cream. However, if this is my day to day style, then I like using just the cream for less build up. I would not do this past a week due to product build up and the potential for overstyling abuse.

Hope you enjoyed this style. Let us know if you have tried or plan to try this style.

Reunion Hair: Bantu Knot-Out Updo and LifeOrganics Product Review

I was running late, so in taking the pic in the car
was the best I could do for the finished look. lol

So, my class reunion was this past Saturday. That entire week leading up to the event I was fretting about what to do with my hair. I know I wanted something a little fancy. I get tired of just the normal twistout. I knew I wanted my hair up, so I began to plan out a style. Originally, I was going to just pin my hair up and do the twistout on top. The Bantu knot-out was last minute decision because I wanted curls. I also tested out a new, full product line by LifeOrganics, using the product line exclusively to achieve the style (accept for an olive oil pre-poo). Looking back, I think that was kind of stupid considering how important this event was too me. It could have ended in disaster had the products not worked properly or I didn’t use them correctly. Thankfully, my hair turned out really cute. Here are some tips I used to achieve this look:

1. I pre-pooed my hair with olive oil. Then washed and conditioned my hair with LifeOrganics Herbal Hair Wash and Detangling Conditioner. The shampoo had a little less lather than I had hoped for as with many all-natural products. Overall, I was pleased with the results. My hair felt clean and moisturized.

2. Blowing drying: I used some of LifeOrganics Acai & Hibiscus Styling Milk for added protection from the heat and moisture. Next, I sectioned my hair off into about 8 sections. Since I have lots of shrinkage, and I wanted to pull all my hair up to the top, I felt the need to stretch my hair with a blow dryer and comb attachment. I blew it out section by section, not bone-straight (I left my ends poofy), but straight enough to easily brush my hair up. Also, I sprayed each section with LifeOrganics Healthy Oil Sheen spray to aid in the straightening process and add more protection from heat damage.

3. I blew out the back and the sides and left the top shrunken. I used the shrinkage to my advantage in order to create sort of a bang in front. Depending on how wide you want your bang is how much hair you decide to leave shrunken. Secure the shrunken hair with a hair tie to keep it out of the way.

4. Flat-twist or smooth the sides: Starting at my temple, I made two parts going on a diagonal toward the top of my head, creating a section about the width of my finger. I flat-twisted that section and secured with a bobby pin. Next, I put another flat-twist in front of the that one and one behind that one. I tried to replicate this exactly on the other side. And that was it, three flat-twists on each side. (Note: you don’t have to flat-twist the sides. You could just brush the sides up and secure with bobby pins. I do so, to prevent frizz and make the style last longer.) Also, I used LifeOrganics Styling Custard to twist with. It has a nice hold without leaving the hair hard.

5. The back of the head: Next, I used a boar bristle brush (yes, a regular ole hair brush) to smooth up the back of the hair toward the top of my head. I brushed little by little, securing with bobby pins as I go.

6. The top of the head: Two strand twist the entire top of the head. I made the sections about a square inch. Before twisting each twist I sprayed the hair with LifeOrganics Mane Moisturizer to restore moisture and coated each section with a dab of the Styling Custard, then proceeded to twist. I find that twisting the hair before creating the Bantu knots eliminates poofyness and frizz.

7 Creating the Bantu knots: After the twists were done, I took each twist and began twisting it in the same direction of the twist. I created a loop as if tying a shoe and wrapped the remainder of the twist around and around the loop until all the hair is secured around the loop. Now, because my hair is kinky, I actually didn’t need to secure it with anything, it just stayed in place. You can use a hair pin to secure the knot if need be.

8. Setting the style: I let my hair air dry and set for one hour. My hair had already become pretty dry. If your hair is really wet, or thick, or long, you might consider a longer air-dry time or sitting under a dryer for longer-lasting hold.

This pic is about 8 hours AFTER partying with
old friends. Still looks pretty good, eh?

9. Lastly, I unraveled the knots and twists, being careful not to disrupt them too much. I was left with beautful, spirally curls. Some sections of the hair didn’t lay exactly how I wanted so I just tucked them in and secured with hair pins.

Let us know what you think of this style and if you plan to do it or have different technique!