I did bantu knot outs on dry hair all the time with leave in conditioner. It worked for me. I tried twist outs and braid outs but they just weren't doing it for me. sometimes I would press my hair but I was lucky enough to not get heat damage back then. Good luck with your transition ladies, if you're trying long term it's definitely worth the wait. If you plan on big chopping, rock your TWA with confidence!