Hey you all! I'm back with a highly requested tutorial on how I do my bantu knot out. It's a style I wear pretty much every day, and it literally takes me less than an hour to do. It lasts for a little over a week. A little over a week when you put your scarf on at night, keep it moisturized, and freshen up some curls here and there.
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You knew it was coming! Why didn’t I make this the first blog post on my site? I honestly did not want it to be misconstrued that KeturahJaneen.com is strictly about hair: because it’s not! Since I’ve posted about various topics that share my interest, I can catch you up to speed on my natural hair journey; what motivated me, what I’ve learned during the process, and where I am now.
During my senior year of college, I had been interning with Microsoft; I was so anxious to graduate/commission, and my (then, close friend) Husband and I had started to take our relationship to another level! I let go of dead weight & I could feel God moving in my life. He was preparing to take me places I’d never gone before and I was READY! I had matured quite a bit. Learning a lot about what “Keturah” likes; things I loved to do! As my confidence grew more and more each day, my hair was the only thing I felt needed a change to match where I was headed. I had been looking at natural styles for a while thinking how I could pull this off. After much prayer (and screenshots of my favorite naturalistas), I decided to do the big chop!
- Embrace your TWA (teeny weeny afro) stage! Man, what I wouldn’t give to go back to that stage! At your first impression, you met ME! There was nothing to physically hide about my appearance. All of your facial features come to the forefront and people have nothing to be distracted by when talking face-to-face with you. I was so self-conscious about having big ears that I NEVER wore any dangling or hoop earrings. About a week after the big chop, my Mom bought my first official “post-chop earrings”. They were big, round, wooden beauties! I eventually got comfortable with wearing them. I’m still working on that insecurity to this day.
I am now learning the importance of keeping my ends trimmed. My Mom’s hair is down to her butt, so she’s my daily inspiration: I will get there (or close to it) one day! This is for all the naturalistas who’ve inboxed me about hairstyles. All of my sistahs who’ve asked about my hair care regimens, and the ladies who ask what I do to get my hair to grow. Don’t give up on your hair. Learn it, appreciate it, enjoy it, and be patient!
I’m often told I should receive being mistaken for a teenager as a compliment. Well, I don’t. Wearing two under braids doesn’t help my case much. Being in the military, you are to abide by regulations: one of many being your appearance. These braids are a protective style, neat, and within regulations! It is my go to style while in uniform. If you’re a visual learner, there’s a tutorial on how I do them. A few things you want to keep in mind when applying these braids:
1. Ensure you hair is brushed out. There’s nothing pretty about braiding in tangled up hair. Take a good brush, a Denman, if you own one; start at the ends and make your way up to the roots to ensure you can maneuver through your hair as you begin to braid.
2. Use a rat-tail comb to make the part. Rat-tail combs have that sharp point on the ends, which give your part a crispy finish. It should not be used to comb through thick hair! Its sole purpose is to give your head a clean part.
3. Do not use a water-based product prior to braiding. If you have highly shrinkable, 4C hair like mine, then it shrivels at the sight of water! When executing these braids, you need all the length you can get. Oil is fine, but no water-based products before braiding!
4. Avoid pulling tight on your hair. As you start to braid, grabbing the next strand of hair, you may unconsciously begin to pull tight on your hair. This causes the skin to overlap around the hairline and gives the neat braid a bad finish. Periodically check to ensure you are not pulling too tight.
5. Apply the edge control first. If you use any sort of edge tamer, apply it prior to braiding. That is not something you want to brush in after you’ve spent time braiding, and risk messing up.
Remember that practice makes perfect. If your braids don’t turn out like mine on your first try, repeat. Then keep trying until you get it right! Do not get discouraged. Applying all these steps will affect the way your braid comes out. Good luck!
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