Bantu Knots Equal Taut High Puff

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Nine bantu knots

High puffs are like coconut oil, they make everything better.

Does your twist-out look like you rolled down a hill, then fell head first into a river? Throw it in a high puff. It’s the cure-all style.

As my hair grows I alter my methods of mastering the high puff.  To get my kinky curls taut and in formation at medium hair length, I bantu knot them. Twist-outs worked when my hair was shorter. Hair pours down my face at medium-length, so shrinkage is my friend.

I began with freshly cleansed, conditioned and blow-dried hair. This look can be created on an old style too. Need a bantu tutorial? Check out Mini Marley’s ‘Heatless Bantu Knot-Out on Dry Hair’ video.  And iknowlee has you covered with the high puff tutorial. See my completed look below.

Warning! Do not risk loosing your edges. Frequent tension on the edges can cause traction alopecia. Toia B sums up the risk nicely in a post featured on Curly Nikki.com

Products I Used

Wash | Marula Oil Rare Oil Replenishing Shampoo

Condition | Marula Oil Rare Oil Replenishing Conditioner

Moisturize| H20 and DevaCurl Set It Free Moisture

Style| DevaCurl SuperCream Coconut Curl Styler

Seal (hair+scalp)| Tropic Isle Living Lavender Jamaican Black Castor Oil

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Bantu shrinkage is great for taut curls

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The look – High Puff w/ taut curls

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Products used

 

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So, You’re Thinking About Going Natural?

So, you’re thinking about going natural? That means you’re researching and probably want to understand shit naturals say.

While researching, I had so many  WTF moments. By research, I of course  mean watching countless YouTube videos for days on end that teach you how to care for your natural texture. Sometimes I stopped 30 seconds into a video to open another window to find the meaning of some random term.  It can be frustrating like a foreigner giving you directions in Japanese when you clearly only speak English. To help minimize your WTF moments i’ve compiled a list of basic terms. I will continue adding to the list. You can find it under the Curl Talk tab titled Terminology.

A        

armpit length (APL): refers to hair length

B

baggy method: to cover hair with a plastic shower cap or bag while deep conditioning

big chop (BC): cutting off all the relaxed and/or chemically treated hair

bra strap length (BSL):  refers to hair length

braid out: a style achieved by sectioning hair, braiding it and unbraiding it once it has dried

C

creamy crack: chemical relaxer or perm product                         

co-wash: to wash hair with conditioner instead of shampoo

D

deep condition: allowing conditioner to sit in hair for an extended period of time

dust: a minimal hair trim (cut ends look like dust on the floor)      

E – M

extra virgin olive oil (EVOO): oil used to seal in moisture

hand in hair: a disease that causes one to constantly touch one’s hair

N

naturalversary: the anniversary of the day one became natural

P

pre-poo: to condition hair before shampooing to help maintain moisture through the shampooing process

product junkie: a person addicted to buying hair products

pineapple: a method of securing hair to preserve curls overnight. Hair is gathered in a loose high ponytail and the end result resembles a pineapple

R

rod set: using perm rods to set curls      

S

seal: to secure moisture in hair by applying oil or butter after applying a water based moisturizer

second day hair: hair that looks good when you wake up the next morning and doesn’t need much if anything done to it

shea butter: conditioning cream used to moisturize hair

shoulder length (SL): refers to hair length

slip: refers to how slippery a product is. Often used to describe a conditioner or detangling product

straw set: using drinking straws to set curls

T – Z

teeny weeny afro (TWA): refers to hair length often after a big chop

transitioning: the time period between your last relaxer and becoming fully natural

twist out: a style achieved by sectioning it, two-stand twisting it and untwisting it once dried

waist length hair (WSL): refers to hair length

wash n go: co-washing hair and going