I‘m back to share how I’ve been doing my faux-tapered bantu knotout for the past couple months. This has been a favorite go-to style that garners compliment after compliment. I haven’t been to the barber since April of 2013 so I need to fake the funk when it comes to a tapered shape on the sides and back.
Here’s how I do it:
- Start with detangled, damp hair
- Add a leave-in conditioner, I love Senk
- Add a sealant/oil to your hair, I use my homemade shea butter coconut oil mix
- Add a styling product with some hold to your hair, I use Cantu Coconut Curling Cream
- Grab a small section of hair and secure the rest out of the way
- Detangle that section from the ends to root if necessary
- Twist the section at the root until it rolls on itself. Continue twisting holding hair tight, rolling it through the pads of your index finger and thumb until your at the end. Coil the end on your finger.
- With the other hand, pinch the twist at the base then roll the twisted section into a small rosette on your scalp. Tuck the end underneath and, if necessary, secure with a bobby pin.
- Repeat steps 5-8 until all your hair is bantu knoted.
- Let hair dry completely.
- Remove the bobby pins
- Cover hands with an oil, I use Alikay Naturals Essential 17 Hair Growth Oil
- Remove each knot by rolling in the opposite direction of the rosette
- Spray hair with a leave in conditioner
- Separate with your fingers and use a pick to lift hair at the root trying to hide any parts
- Shape hair with fingers then tie a scarf around the sides and back to shape. Use the pick to lift at the crown