It’s difficult to get my hair to hold a curl, probably because I relax it. Through trial & error, I’ve found that plain old water is the best option when styling a curly ‘do, which is why Caruso steam rollers, CurlFormers, and Bantu Knot-outs (See my results on blow-dried hair here & on air-dried hair here) work so well for me. After trying bantu knots on both air-dried & blow-dried hair, I’ve been trying to find a middle ground that takes the best of both versions. I like the smoothness of the blow-dried version, but I love the fullness of the air-dried version.
After some experimentation, I think I’ve found the answer – I’ll call them Bantu Wraps. After washing/conditioning/rinsing my hair, I sectioned my hair the way I usually do when blowdrying. After applying Ask “Shiny” & MoroccanOil to a section, I rough-blowdried with a giant vented round brush (like this Phillips MonsterVent one or this ScalpMaster one). My goal was to get it 80% dry with most of the frizz smoothed away, but not completely shiny & straight (because then all the water would have evaporated from the strands. When I finished a section, I immediately put it back up into a bantu knot, but altered my technique a little. Instead of twisting a section of hair root to tip, then winding it into a bun/Bantu Knot, I only twisted the roots – enough to get the knot started. After half of a revolution, I wrapped the remaining hair around without twisting it, making sure to tuck the ends under. Basically it’s like a pincurl, but instead of the hair lying flat against your head, it looks more like a bantu knot.
After letting my hair dry in the knots overnight, I took them down in the morning. I LOVE! The curls are smooth & shiny, but still full & bouncy! I need to perfect my technique, but after I’ve figured it out I’ll probably make a tutorial video – it’s kind of hard to explain otherwise.