The contenders for the November Weekly Webcam were: Twisty Locs, Red Velvet and The Twist Out. The winner was Twisty Locs. You can check out the video (Part I and Part II) on our YouTube channel. This post will provide you with an step-by-step guide on how to create the style:
Step One: Two-strand twists
- With clean and de-tangled tresses, begin to section your hair into the first 1/2 inch row.
- Create your first vertical part (approximately 1/2 inch).
- Divide that section into two equal sub-sections.
- Roll each sub-section in the same direction (close to the scalp).
- If you rolled the sub-section to the right, you must twist (or cross over) to the left.
- Repeat this roll/twist process down the remainder of your strands until you have a twist.
- Repeat throughout entire head of hair.
Products used: I applied coconut oil to each section prior to twisting.
Note: I actually made my twists larger the second time around. If you want more springy curls go with smaller twists.
Step: Two: Dampen Hair
Wet your hair: You can use a spray bottle or repeatedly dip your hands into running water and apply to your fresh twists. The hair does not have to be completely wet.
Step Three: Bantu Knots
- Grab a few twists (approximately 4 or 5).
- Apply a generous amount (1 - 2 pumps) of the Curls: Goddess Curls (or a setting product of your choice).
- Roll the twists together.
- As you continue to roll, you will feel some tension on the scalp. All you need is a little. Your rolled twist should appear as if it is one larger strand coming from your scalp.
- Place your index finger down for security and begin to wind the rolled twist around in a circular motion. Once you have a few turns you will be able to wrap the hair more quickly.
- When you get to the end of the rolled twist tuck under. That's your first Bantu knot. Yay!
- Repeat these steps until you have a head full of bantu knots.
Step Four: Undo
If you're anything like me, the hair dryer is torture. I actually prefer to let my hair air dry. I actually let the bantu knots stay in for roughly three days before I took them down.
Apply your favorite hair moisturizer to your hands. I choose coconut oil.
- Locate and un-tuck the end of your bantu knot.
- Repeat these steps until all knots are undone.
- Separate each loose bantu knot and style as desired.
As the week progressed, my Twisty Locs began to transform a bit. They were rained on and then I got lazy and decided not to tie them up. This resulted in them taking on a character of their own. Some of them separated while others started to embrace my natural curl pattern. Very interesting to say the least. Nonetheless, folks loved how they looked and actually mistook them for locs on many occasions. This is a great style to wear if you are contemplating locs or perhaps would like to have the look of locs without the commitment.
Remember, you have to be careful with this style. It is one of those styles that are used to begin the process of locking. If you are not interested in locking, I recommend keeping this style for no longer than three weeks. If you start to get nervous go with two weeks just to play it safe.
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