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Hair Style :: Dry Bantu Knot Out

Hair Style :: Dry Bantu Knot Out

Hey!

So the other day I posted my last experience blow-drying my hair and if you noticed at the very end of the post, I mentioned a YouTube video I remembered from awhile back. (here’s the link to the video if you missed it).

One of my fav natural hair bloggers, Elle of Quest for the Perfect Curl, made a video tutorial on how she did heatless curls by bantu knotting her hair on blow dried hair! Now, I often bantu knot my hair while it is wet and in two-strand twists (check out this post about that) but I have never done it on dry hair. So since I had just blow-dried my hair, I figured it would be a perfect opportunity to give it a shot….and I love, love, LOVED the results! Why had I NEVER done this before?!

So the process was super easy. I will do my best to briefly walk through what I did and note my observations but I highly recommend you watch Elle’s video for a live, step-by-step version on what she did. She’s always thorough with her videos/tutorials. Here it is below if you wanna watch it right now…

So I started out with clean hair, of course blow dried, and sectioned my hair, like I would for any regular twist-out. I never use a comb to section the parts, I just use my finger and do my best to make it straight lol. But one thing I would say is that for this particular style, using a comb and making the parts neater may make it look more polished. I say that because a regular twist-out can be a bit messier and camouflage the parts more whereas the bantu knot curls need to be a bit more uniform.

So as I made each section, I applied a SHEA-based product (Oyin Handmade Whipped Pudding was the product of choice becase I tend to get great hold with it). I emphasize SHEA because you do not want to use a water-based product because  it will revert all the effort of blow drying!

I then twisted each section (not two-strand twist, just simply twist as if you were twirling your hair around your finger) and then wrap the section around itself and secure it by tucking the ends at the base of the knot. I also made sure I applied a sealant to the ends, just because it’s what I always do lol. The knot should stay on its own but if it keeps unraveling, you can secure it with a bobbi pin.

As you are wrapping the knot, you will notice that it gets tighter, which is good because your roots will be smooth but be careful not to make it too tight because you don’t want to pull your hair out due to the tension! Plus it makes it a bit uncomfortable to sleep on! Some people just let the knots set for few hours but I let mine set overnight. I just tied my scarf over the knots. It was a bit uncomfortable at times but nothing unbearable :o)

Here’s what the knots looked like the next morning.

It was so nice to see my roots all smooth and straight! lol

oh, yea my kitchen in the back…you like that huh lol

The next pic below is of the sections untwisted but not yet separated. You can see the curl pattern!

And here are the final results!

(here’s that weird flash hair color again lol my hair is not that color)

The next pics are of my hair at the end of the day. It has been ridiculously HUMID these past few weeks and I discovered that this hair style does not do well with high dew points. As much as I love this style, I think I will have to reserve it for the winter/fall (or if move back to Cali hehe). Check out how my hair got a bit poofier by the end of the day, specifically my roots. The ends stayed defined. I guess because my scalp sweats a lot and creates like a mini steam house on my head lol

The next pics are of 2nd day hair. I did not retwist or anything, I just tied my scarf over it at night. It wasn’t as pretty as the first day, the curls kinda fell.

By end of the 3rd day, my hair was a mess. I retwisted my hair one time over the course of the week and it didn’t look anywhere near as good/fresh as the first day. So this style is sort of a 1-2 day hair-euphoria lol but anything after that, you gotta start all over from the beginning…at least for me.

I will definitely have to try this style out again when the humidity goes away and see how long I can make this style last. I’ll also have to experiment with other products and see if I can get better hold. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted!

— Have you tried this style? How were your results?!

 

Hair Steam Treatment

Hair Steam Treatment

A couple of weekends ago I borrowed my friend/neighbor Fleurzty’s hair steamer and I loved the results!! This was my second ever steam treatment of life! I am not doing a review on the actual steamer since it was not mine, but I will discuss the benefits of steam treatments in general and how I liked the experience.

As I always mention, I have low porosity hair so steam treatments work wonders! It opens up your hair cuticle so that your hair can absorb moisture and makes your conditioner more effective. When I did the treatment, I added some rosemary, lavender and tea tree oil to the water for an even BETTER steam experience. It smelt soooo wonderful. It was like an aroma therapy hair moisturizing deep conditioning treatment in one lol

I washed my hair and then applied Oyin Handmade’s Honey Hemp Conditioner (review on this BOMB conditioner soon!) and sat under the steamer for about 30 mins. My hair absorbed that conditioner right up! That stuff went in like a vacuum haha It felt so soft, shiny and stronger due to the improvement of my hair’s elasticity. Some folks like to also apply an oil to their hair prior to steaming to really lock in the moisture. I will try that next time I can get my hands on a steamer hehe…

I also really loved the treatment because it also increases the blood flow to your scalp and I also learned that steaming can help you detoxify and clarify your scalp. The pores on your scalp will be open, so any excess dirt/oil will be released. Unclogged pores on your scalp means healthier environment for hair to groooow!

ManI really wish I owned a steamer that I could use every week lol hopefully Flo won’t get mad at me when I knock on her door to borrow it again hehe :o)) Randomly….this made me miss when I did Bikram Yoga….that hot, steamy, sweaty room does wonders for dry hair lol guess I need to just invest in one… *sigh*

I don’t have any pics of how my hair looked wet immediately after the treatment but here’s some the next couple of days after I styled it, etc. My curls were bouncy and soft for quite a few days after the treatment!

— Do you own a steamer? Do you have any other methods of “steaming” your hair?!

My Visit to Oyin Handmade in Baltimore

My Visit to Oyin Handmade in Baltimore

Guess where I went yesterday?! hehe Oyin Handmade’s flagship storefront! lol I was so excited lol I get geeked over stuff like this haha.

I know I talk about Oyin aaaallll the time but NO I don’t work for them and NO I am not getting paid for anything regarding their company. I simply just love their stuff and I was in the neighborhood having a YUMMY brunch with my Neo’s at Miss Shirley’s (which was amazing btw…mmmmm)

Check out the flicks from a super fan lol

Aren’t my neos beautiful & those GORGEOUS big curls. Ugh…jealous but whatev… love my baby Skee Wees :o)

 

Product :: Oyin Handmade Sugar Berries Humectant Hair Pomade

Product :: Oyin Handmade Sugar Berries Humectant Hair Pomade

So my last post was about sealing your hair, so I feel like this would be a good opportunity to introduce one of my new fav products…Oyin Handmade Sugar Berries Humectant Hair Pomade! It’s an all-vegetable oil pomade that is great for sealing. I bought mine off of CurlMart for $12 for 4 oz. of product.

This stuff smells sooo yummy! It’s super sweet, juicy and fruity. I also recently got the sample size of Oyin’s Burnt Sugar Pomade, which is the exact same thing but their original scent . That one smells really yummy too and is more of a caramel, sugary scent (which I think I actually like better). Either way, your hair will be smellin good!

Here’s what’s inside:

castor oil, soy wax, organic virgin coconut oil, mango seed oil, olive oil, unrefined hempseed oil, cocoa butter, broccoli seed oil, and fragrance.

I was kind of surprised at the consistency when I first got it. When I thought of pomade, what came to mind is something really thick, waxy, hard and would smooth down edges (like Murray’s Hair Dresssing lol) but this definitely dispelled that thought. I guess that was my naivety. But it turns out I love it so it worked out!

This pomade is definitely rich in oil and is a humectant (great for my low porosity hair). It is solid in the jar but as soon as you rub it with your fingers it melts into a thick (but not heavy) oil. It will definitely keep your hair coated and lock in the moisture. You don’t have to reapply this often. Keep this in a cool place or you may have a greasy, liquidy mess!

I’ve been using this on my ends for twist outs and it keeps my ends nice and sealed for days at a time. I do go a little heavy on this since it is pretty light. It ads lots of shine yet it doesn’t feel super greasy or weighted down.

I paired this with Oyin’s Whipped Pudding (on the length of my hair for a twist-out) and I really, really liked the results! Now I have NOT used the pomade with other products yet so I we will have to see how it turns out.

Check out some pics of my week old hair (I re-twisted my hair 2x since I had washed it):

— Have you tried this product? Do you use it in any other way besides sealing?

Product :: Oyin Handmade Whipped Pudding

Product :: Oyin Handmade Whipped Pudding

It’s like buttah baybay!

It really is lol I think I really love this stuff. First let me say, my linesister (hey Fe!) put me on to Oyin Handmade products. I had heard so many great things about this brand ( located in Maryland hehe) so I had to join the hype and see for myself. I bought the Whipped Pudding along with the Sugar Berries Pomade from CurlMart a few weeks ago. *Sidebar* I like to use a product for a week before I go ahead and judge whether I like it or not but I had some mixed feelings about this when I first used it but I think I have it figured out now…

(here are the ingredients by the way)

Ingredients

purified water, shea butter, organic aloe vera gel, cocoa butter, castor oil, coconut oil, sweet almond & olive oils, vegetable emulsifier, beeswax, palm stearic acid, vegetable glycerine, honey, optiphen (preservative), fragrance. Preserved with a paraben-free, wide-spectrum cosmetic preservative

So I used it as my moisturizer for a twist-out on my wash day (I always use one product as my moisturizer on wash days. This is what I use to “set” my hair for the week). I applied it to damp hair and man, the consistency felt soooo weird on my hair. I don’t know what it was but I just did not like how it felt when I was applying it to my hair! I think it had to do with the incredibly fluffy consistency mixed with water; it made my hair feel “squeaky” (if that makes any kind of sense). I mean this stuff is like super whipped (made me wanna take a bite of it and the chocolate vanilla scent made it harder to resist lol).  I’m not saying I don’t like the consistency of the actual product (I actually love the fluffy feeling in my hands) I just didn’t like how it felt on wet hair.I don’t know, maybe I’m just trippin’ and am used to products with more slip. I’ve never used anything whipped before so it was a bit foreign to me, it was just….weird lol.

Despite the funny feelings, I went ahead and finished twisting my freshly washed hair for the night (and sealing my ends with the Sugar Berries) and figured I’d wait until the morning to really see what this stuff did for my hair.

And then the next day came…

My my, this stuff shocked the heck out of me! I think I had the best First Day hair of my life. I mean, my hair was light, fluffy, frizz-free, moisturized and bouncy curls defined! Usually I despise First Day hair, my hair tends to feel weighted down, my fro isn’t as fluffy as I’d like it to be, it’s just blah. But THIS changed the game lol. This stuff gave great hold to my curls even after I just put a bonnet over it and slept on it for Second day Hair!

And wait, it gets better…

Second Third Day hair (technically the next time I re-twisted my hair. Washed/twisted on Sunday night, slept on it Monday night and re-twisted on Tuesday night…)…on point!! My hair was super light, big, defined, I just really really liked it. I think what did the trick was that I re-twisted and applied a little more of the Whipped Pudding on DRY hair. Twisting on dry hair creates more body and volume, it didn’t feel so “weird” when I was applying it lol. It kind of just melted into my hair. Loved it.

(yea don’t mind the crazy colors, I had no idea my head looked like a chameleon until I used the flash.
THIS is why I don’t need to dye my hair on my own lol)

So overall, I will definitely use this regularly (I’ll get over the funky wet whipped feeling lol). This is my first whipped hair product so I’d like to try other brands before I deem this as a “staple” product!

—What are your thoughts, are you whipped?!