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Old 09-02-2009, 08:32 PM   #1
 
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Default Bantu mistake. WTF?

Ok so I thought I would try doing bantu knots to get nicely defined curls without using a diffuser. This is what my hair usually looks like when I use a diffuser:


And this is what it looked like when I took out the bantu knots.



Frizzy, messy, and far less curly than usual. What on earth did I do wrong?
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How did you do them? Wet or dry? What did you use when you did them? Gel? Styling cream? Walk us through the process.
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Old 09-02-2009, 09:11 PM   #3
 
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How did you do them? Wet or dry? What did you use when you did them? Gel? Styling cream? Walk us through the process.
I did them in 2nd day hair, I had product in from the day before so I just wet my hair in the shower (no washing). Sectioned them off into about 8 knots, twisted each section up and secured with a hair elastic. I waited for them to try, took them out and had a big frizzy mess Maybe I twisted them wrong???
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Old 09-02-2009, 09:33 PM   #4
 
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Not an expert at all here but my first thought is that you disrupted your curl pattern with the bantu knots. You temporarily busted up your lovely spirals
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Maybe someone else will chime in but I think you're supposed to put something in your hair for hold when you do it. Either a styling cream or gel or both.
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Old 09-03-2009, 01:57 AM   #6
 
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Hm, I normally use a leave-in when I do bantu knots so the curls come out more defined. I do a lot of knots, about 18-30. It is time consuming but if you have short hair you will need more knots to give the hair a chance to curl, but with long hair you can do less because the hair spirals around itself a lot of times. Did you use two-strand twists or just twist the sections by themselves? xo
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Old 09-03-2009, 03:54 AM   #7
 
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Alannah - I just twisted single sections, should I be doing two? I might try doing more next time.
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Old 09-03-2009, 08:16 AM   #8
 
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I tried both ways and I prefer the two strand twists into bantu knots. They give more definition and curl I've seen it done with one strand but that's just my preference
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