June 19, 2009

Bantu Knots

So, I’ve finally figured out how to do Bantu Knots after a few weeks of trying. The problem is, I never get the consistency I want. One day, they’re perfect, the next I’ll have to do some kind of funky updo to conceal the mess that is my hair!!! Today is that day. I was doing 2 strand twists with perm rods every night. But that took up so much time, that Bantu knots would be a better option. But, with this hot mess on my head, I may go back to the 2 strand twists.

I’m 4 months into my transition and I have about 1 inch of new growth. Although, it seems like I have more than that in the crown area. Everyday, I rehydrate my hair to make it more manageable. I have a 12oz spray bottle filled with Distilled Water, 20 drops of Rosemary EO and 20 drops of Lemon EO. That area being the hardest to comb thru! It works out o.k. I get some breakage and my hair is dry in the morning. So I tried something different.

After watching several youtube.com clips, I saw several people talk about Vegetable Glycerin (I always think of Nitroglycerin when I think of it..not the same). Well, Vegetable Glycerin is supposed to make your hair soft and keep it moisturized. Since I need moisture, I picked up a 32 oz bottle from the health foods store for $20. One video on YouTube said that it should be a 75/25 ratio in your spray bottle. That’s 75% water and 25% vegetable glycerin. That’s what I did last night.

I lightly sprayed my hair, combed it thru and did my Bantu knots. I blow dried the knots a lil and tied my hair up. I woke up this morning and took out my knots and some were still damp. But, my hair is definitely softer!!!! Not only is that, but my curls in my natural hair are more open and loose. I just wish I had more than an inch…


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