So before I even begin to go through the process, me a minute to explain why I opted to (yet again) show you two simple styles. Ignoring the fact that doing an easy style just is my thing, sometimes overdoing our hair can just be annoying, nerve wrecking (especially if this is going to be a first date) and not to mention it can potential cause damage and/or breakage.
Ok, now that I have come up with my “explanation” (excuse) let me share the two really super easy style options 🙂
2 Valentines Day Styles
In all honesty it is one style – two different looks. The first starts with one chunky side twist (pictures 1 below) & is accessorized with a ribbon. The second look is also a chunky twist but I pin the end of the twist by bringing it forwards and over and use a bobby pin to hold the hair down – I pin the hair underneath (by my ear – pictures 2 below).
Loose side two strand twist (1)
Loose side two strand twist (2)
Pinned Loose Side twist (3)
Pinned Loose Side twist (4)
What I use is: a hair bubble, bobby pins and ribbons (you can use a head band).
I have a video of the process and the “looks” can be done in no more than 5 minutes! They are simple yet pretty (in my opinion lol) and you don’t have to worry about curls setting, damp frizzy results etc. on Valentines day.
If you happen to be “celebrating” Valentines Day, I hope you and your significant other have a lovely day/night 🙂
Lets get down to business shall we…and that business is my Twisted Bantu Knot-out.
Twisted Bantu Knot-Out
Let me start off by saying I love the curl results I get from this style. I think they are really “girly” and fun… in my opinion. I did not manage to record how I actually put in the Bantu Knots because I decided to do them late at night but I did demonstrate on one piece before taking down my hair (see video below). I can do a proper demonstration of how I install my twisted Bantu Knots in a separate video & write up (if someone needs to see it) although my method is no different to the other lovely ladies on YouTube.
These particular Bantu Knots were not two strand twist, instead I just twisted single sections of my hair around like you would a rope and then put them into Bantu Knots. Because they were not put into two strand twists I separated each curl a little more than I would when they are in twists. With the two strand Bantu Knots, I already have 2 separate sections and then separate each half of the twist one or two times.
I have a few photos of what my Two Strand Bantu Knot-Outs look like here for you to compare to the images below.
I did not neatly part my hair nor did I use rat-tail comb I just sectioned 5 parts; 2 on the left, 2 on the right and one in the middle of my head and then randomly took small/medium sections of hair and twirl my hair into a Bantu Knot.
Twisted Bantu Knots
I have explained how I achieve this style along with images and text below.
How I install the Bantu Knots
I worked on dry hair that was slightly stretched and finger detangled. I first lightly mist my hair with water, apply my leave-in conditioner and set/seal with my whipped butter.
I twist my hair all the way down to the ends
I use my finger to hold down my hair
I start to wrap my hair around to create a Bantu knot
I continue and tuck the ends under the base of the Bantu Knot
The Take Down & Styling:
I apply a little Mixed Sealing Oil on my fingertips before I take down the Bantu Knots
I unwind them in the opposit direction of how I install the Bantu Knots
This is what it looks like when it is taken down
Once all the Bantu Knots are down they look like this
To separate the curls I use my finger to unwind my hair in the opposite direction
I use my thumb to slowly run down my hair and help separate the curls
Continue slowly separating all the way down
In case I have frizzy bits I finger coil the section to help bring the curl together
This is what it looks like once I have separated my hair
Lifting my roots
This is what the curls looks like after I have separated and fluffed my roots
Twisted Bantu Knot-Out styled and accessorized
What do you think, don’t the curls look light, bouncy and girly? 😀
I bought a couple of ribbons the other day because I had initially wanted to use them to accessorize a few dresses. I then got to thinking what about using them for my hair!
To do the above:
I just put my hair in a big chunky two strand twist
Secured the twist with two hair bubbles; one at the base the other at the end
Took a strip of my ribbon and placed it over the base of my twist wrapping it around once
Then crisscrossed the ribbons down the length of my twist
The ends were tied over the hair bubble
I do not know about you but I really like how the ribbon can make a simple big twist look a little more “chic”. Well actually, I do not know if “chic” is really the right word but I feel that it makes a difference in the appearance of a twist. I have red, white and black ribbons two different sizes (I might have to go back and get the super thin ones as well!)
I also plan on using the bigger ribbon as a “head band” to cause some distraction from my forehead :D! So it will be “play with ribbon time” :).