Water, not heat is the secret to curling my hair so that the style lasts, which is why the Caruso steam rollers & Curlformers both work well for me. That said, I have never had a wet-set Bantu Knot Out that I liked – even if I left them in for a full 24 hours, my hair STILL isn’t fully dry when I take them out, and I refuse to go outside with a head full of Bantu Knots. This method is kind of a compromise… Less water, which means faster drying times, but looser curls. I like to do this on dirty hair to refresh it when I don’t feel like washing/blowdrying again, and it gives me soft waves & volume. To see results on freshly washed, air-dried hair, check out this post.
- Your hair should NOT be soaking wet after spraying each section. It should only be slightly damp – you want to re-moisturize the hair enough that it sets in the new, wavy pattern, but not wet it so much that you revert to your natural hair state. You’re trying to maintain the smoothness you have from the blowout.
- Brushing each section helps to evaporate excess water, and gets rid of tangles – don’t skip this step.
- Part your hair so that when you finger comb out the waves later, the parts help to cover themselves. For example, I parted the back of my head into 3 small sections at the very bottom of my head, but with one big section above them. When I take my hair down, that bigger section will help cover the parts from the smaller section under it. Also, if you part your hair a certain way in the front, make sure to maintain that part because it’ll be hard to define it without messing up the waves later.
- Use your fingers or a wide tooth comb to gently separate your hair, and use your fingers to fluff your hair at the roots to break up the parts
- If you opt to sleep on these overnight, position the buns up higher on your head so it isn’t uncomfortable to sleep on your side.