Over the weekend…

Over the weekend...

So, just like any other naturalista…I tend to get stuck in one particular style that I love wearing.

Currently, that style is bantu knots. Seriously, I cannot get ENOUGH!

This is me over the weekend at a Sushi place in the metro Detroit area. What are your thoughts? Share them below!

My curls are so fluffy today!

My curls are so fluffy today!

Hey naturalista’s!

Last night I did a bantu knot, styled it with a very creamy styling product and my curls came out so fluffy and fun. I am loving them today.

What do you think? Share your thoughts and comments below!

Always remember: You are Fearfully, Wonderfully and “Beautifully mane.”

How to achieve the BEST bantu knot out in 5 easy steps!

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Happy nap day, Naturals! 🙂 

So…I had a dilemma last Friday.

Last Friday I had a big wedding to attend that I was super excited about, right. Now, all last week I was in a wash and go mood. Like, every single day last week I was wearing wash and gos and two day old wash and gos, which I never do. Then Thursday night rolls around and it hits me…wait, I can’t wear a wash and go to a wedding!

I nearly panicked. Am I out of my mind? What am I gonna do to my hair in such little time?

We all know that, whether you are just starting to wear your natural hair heat free or are currently transitioning, the most popular go to style is the bantu knot out. A bantu knot out is a hairstyle created by sectioning the hair into Bantu Knots on damp, wet, or dry hair and then after it dries, the knots are taken out in order to achieve defined curly hair. 

Since this was a formal event, I knew I needed a style that had a little more definition as opposed to a more carefree look. I chose to go with going for a bantu knot out on completely dry, blown out hair, using very little styling product. I was so nervous beforehand, seeing that I have never tried to style my hair this way. But it actually came out pretty good! 

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Heres how I achieved my bantu knot out on dry hair:

1. Start out with freshly washed and blown out hair.

Before I wash my hair, I make sure to always pre poo. Since I am a certified 4a type natural, heavy oils and butters work WONDERS for my hair. I used Cantu Shea butter leave in conditioner and unrefined virgin coconut oil as my pre poo treatment, and let it sit on my hair for about 10 minutes, or until the product was completely saturated into my hair. This prevents breakage from happening during detangling, and helps your hair retain the moisture that tends to be lost when shampooing. I use trader joe’s tea tree tingle shampoo as my shampoo of choice, followed by Pantene Natural’s deep conditioner and deep conditioned my hair for 30 minutes under a plastic cap.

After the conditioner is rinsed out, I proceeded to section my hair into four sections and begin the blow drying process.

Quick Tip on blow drying: always use a concentration nozzle. The concentration nozzle helps control the heat that is coming from the blow dryer in order to dry your hair faster, and to stretch your hair more. 😉

2. Divide hair into four big sections.

Sectioning your hair is important if you want to achieve very defined curls. You can section your hair with hair ties ( recommended for shorter hair ), or hair clips. 

It’s recommended that you first divide the hair at the back of your head (as if you were going to put your hair into pigtails) then start at the bottom. You simply gather the bottom part of your hair, then take the rest of the hair and either keep it whole or split it into two even pieces, then clip or tie them up.

3. Begin to knot

Creating a bantu knot is very simple! For this style, I chose to do about 20 knots total on my head, five in each section that I separated on my head. Simply twist the hair in efforts create a long spiral, then wrap the spiral around itself to make a circle and secure with a bobby pin, or tuck the end of the hair into the knot so it won’t come apart. I used a thumb size amount of styling product for each knot before twisting ( not too much because you don’t want your texture to revert ). Repeat until you have the amount of knots desired for your style.

4. Wrap your hair and go to sleep!

I wrapped my hair with saran wrap to secure the moisture, and tied it up with a silk scarf. Off to bed and to unravel in the morning!

5. Remove the knots

In order to remove your knots and achieve your desired style, you are going to want to remove the bobby pins, and unscrew the Bantu Knots like your unscrewing a cap. You want to twist them in the opposite direction that you twisted to secure them, and once they are all removed, simply separate. Once they are all separated, your hair may look a little flat. You can use a pick to pick out the roots and achieve more of a full look for this style, and get your hair lookin’ FLY! 

Here are some close ups of the results: 

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😉 Im crazy, yall.

What do we think? What method do you use in order to achieve a bangin’ bantu knot out? Share your thoughts and comments below!

Always remember: You are Fearfully, Wonderfully and “Beautifully mane.”

Guess who took their weave out?

Happy Monday, Naturals!

Hope you all are having a FANTASTIC start to your day.

So guess who took their weave out? ME!!!

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Yes, I finally removed my sew in weave and BOY do I feel “re – weaved.” It had been two months since the installation of my sew in to prep for the harsh winter. Im from Detroit and let me tell you, we got TONS of snow and frigid weather. Have you ever heard of wind chills below -10 degrees? Yeah, me neither.

Needless to say, since I knew winter was going to be intense this year, I made sure I was prepared.

When I made the decision of taking out my sew in this weekend, I didn’t know whether or not I should go to a salon, or if I should just watch some YouTube tutorials and do it myself. Well, I did neither. I actually had my younger sister watch some YouTube tutorials instead and she did the honors of removing my weave. Thanks, sissy!

When removing your sew in, all you really need are a pair of styling scissors and PATIENCE. Yes, patience. Removing this installiation is a tedious process, and its very important to take your time.

To remove my sew in, all I did was simply:

1. Separate my hair row by row (preferably start from the back and work your way up, its alot easier). Once you find the row you are going to start with, you secure the rest of the hair with a ponytail holder.

2. I began to search for the thread on the row, pull it out and gently snip.

Again, it is SO important to take your time with this process, and to be careful not to cut your own hair out. Hence why I had my sister do it! You really have to be steady with your hands as well. Sometimes its harder to find the thread when the tracks are loose, usually if the sew in is older.

Once my tracks were removed and my braids were taken a lose, it was time for the wash process.

Because my hair was so dry and brittle, it was important that I made sure to not only clarify my hair, but also restore the moisture using a good deep conditioning treatment.

I decided to start with a pre poo mix – Half Cantu Shea Butter leave – in repair cream and half unrefined coconut oil. I smoothed the mixture on my strands, root to end, and let it penetrate for about 15 minutes. I then proceeded to the shower to shampoo using Trader Joe’s Tea Tree tingle shampoo, giving my hair a good shampoo and scalp massage, making sure I rid of all of the bacteria and build up from the installation.

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This shampoo is literally amazing. A must have for a clarifier. It is a sulfate free shampoo, infused with tea tree and peppermint oil. This product gave my scalp a tingling sensation; LITERALLY feeling like a massage and opening up my pores.

After I was all rinsed out, I separated my hair into four sections, securing with hair clips, and began to apply Pantene’s Truly Natural deep conditioner from root to end.

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All four sections coated, I wrapped saran wrap around my hair to lock in the moisture and let it penetrate. I do not own a hooded dryer, so I decided to let this sit for approximately 45 minutes. When it comes to deep conditioning, alot of naturals will tell you to make sure to use a hooded dryer when deep conditioning for maximum results, but there are ALWAYS alternatives when you are lacking. Not every tip given is a NECESSITY.

So 45 minutes are up, I went back into the shower and rinsed out the treatment, section by section, sealing coconut oil on my strands immediately after the rinsing. This step is important simply because, I use warm water when rinsing my hair of conditioner and warm water typically lifts your hair shaft, making your hair more susceptible to losing moisture. Sealing in oil makes sure the moisture isn’t completely lost, and making it easier on my strands since my hair was VERY DRY.

I then applied my Cantu Shea Butter leave in and twisted my hair up for bed! Here are the results:

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My weave journey was a PROCESS, needless to say, but it was worth it. I DEFINITELY noticed some growth.

Would I protective style again? ABSOLUTELY, especially for the winter months. Now the question remains… Box braids or Senagalese twists next? lol 🙂

Have you recently removed your protective style? How are your treating your hair during these harsh winter months? Share your thoughts and comments below! Always remember: You are Fearfully, Wonderfully and “Beautifully mane.”