Natural Hair Trend: Bantu Knots Vs. Twist Outs

The new natural hair trend is honestly hard and frustrating.  Not straightening or relaxing your hair is just the first step in the natural hair process. Next, you need to figure out what is the best way to manage and protect your hair. Somehow I have survived with the help of bantu knots and twist outs. They help give my afro definition and volume.

Bantu knots are small, coiled buns secured against the head. They were originally worn by African women of certain cultural groups. Today, so many people rock them as a protective hairstyle. When secured right the style will last you a few days, just slick out those edges and yourself a cool look. The unfavorable thing about knots is sleeping in them. If you like to sleep on your back this is not something you want to wear overnight. However, it is all worth it when you take them out and are left with some amazing curls. I like to break mines apart then pick my hair out, the fro be defined and volumized.

When doing a twist out you part your hair and make a bunch of two strands twist. After letting your hair dry you separate them and wear them out. Personally, I like to twist my hair after I wash it and then I'll sleep in them. In the morning I would separate and wear them out. They are much easier to sleep in then the knots but do not offer the best curl definition. I think the bantu knot wins in definition but the twist out is hands down the most comfortable protective style.