How to achieve stylish bantu knots

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Bantu knots are a great way to protect your hair in winter, and they result in wonderful curls when undone. Screen Shot 2016-06-15 at 11.36.08 AM

  1.  Make sure your hair is dry and stretched. Relaxed hair will give you bouncy curls, but a well-detangled twist or braid works just as well.
  2. Never set the knots on wet or damp hair if you intend on undoing them in the morning. They won’t be dry, leaving you with big frizzy hair.
  3. Use non-water based products such as shea butter. The point is to boost moisture while setting the knots to ensure complete dryness the following day.
  4. Smooth the product evenly on the strands, especially on the ends so that they are well moisturised.
  5. Start twisting sections of hair at least an inch away from the roots. This will prevent excessive tension on the scalp, and not make it painful.
  6. Wrap the hair underneath to tuck away the ends and secure the bantu knot. If your hair is short, you may need to use a bobby pin to hold the knots in place.
  7. Wrapping this way reduces tension and makes it pain-free to sleep.
Pictures: @Lajawi Instagram
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