After washing & conditioning, I towel-dried my hair turban-style (no rubbing or blotting, just twist it up in a turban for 15-ish minutes). I started this pretty late & was worried it wouldn't fully dry on its own before I went to bed, so I used a blowdryer for 10 minutes to help the process along. After an additional 30 minutes of airdrying, my hair felt 80% dry & was ready for the next step.
Step 1 | Wash & Airdry
Make sure your hair feels dry to the touch before twisting it up, unless you have a full 24 hours to let the Bantu knots dry. When your hair is all twisted up like that, it's hard for the water to evaporate & the knots will take foreverrrrrrr to fully dry. Even though your hair feels dry, there's actually still moisture in the strands that will dry overnight, and help hold the style. The more bantu knots you make, the smaller each one will be, and the tighter your curls/waves will be. I like a nice medium wave, so I only made 4 knots. I parted my hair with my fingers (rough parts are easier to blend in later), and used the way I part my hair as a guide.
Step 2 | Bantu Knots
In the morning, I took the knots out, and used my fingers to separate them. The easiest way is to unwind them, hold them that way, and separate them while unwound. When you let go, the waves/curls will spring back. Don't brush, don't comb!! Just use your fingers - anything else will make your hair a frizzy mess. Voila!
Step 3 | Takedown + Fingercombing