Use a great product
The type of product you decide to use for a bantu knot out depends on your hair type and preference. Some people only use a small amount of leave in conditioner* to achieve a lightweight hold, while others may use a heavy styling gel for extra shine, definition, and hold.
If you have a finer hair texture, maybe use a moisturizer to pudding for a hold that won’t leave your hair limp or over saturated. If your hair is thicker or has a hard time holding on to a curl, use a heavier product like gel to give you the definition you want.
If you do decide to use a gel, apply it to your section and follow up by applying an oil directly after. This will lock in the shine (especially in you’re doing this style on wet hair), and it will prevent the hard, dry, crunchy feeling that gels can some times leave. Applying the oil also ensures that your hair will be soft and bouncy once you take down your bantu knots.
Perfect your knot!
One of the biggest mistakes made when doing bantu knot outs is not wrapping the knot correctly. It’s important to make sure that you twist your strand tightly around itself, whether you’re doing a one strand bantu knot or a two strand twist before you knot.
As the strand begins to wrap around itself, make sure that each layer sits underneath the next. You want the final knot to stick out from your head instead of laying flat. That way, you will get the perfect curl that you were looking for on the take down.
Some knots may get flattened overnight in your sleep (because these ARE uncomfortable to sleep in), so you can always sit under a blow dryer* instead to set the style without unnecessary inconvenience.