Category Archives: Protective Styling

SuperStyle Tutorial: Bantu Knots

Raquel L.



I consider this to be one of the most unique natural hairstyles that I do. I don’t really see many people rocking this style, at least in my area. So if you’re looking for a style that’s cute, edgy, and protective, bantu knots or “Chinee bumps” (as we call them in Jamaica) are for you.

Time: 30 mins. to wash, condition, and detangle, 1.5 hours to set hair in Bantu knots

Products/ Tools Used: Parnevu Leave-In, Ecostyler Clear Gel, rat-tail comb to part, metal clips to hold back sections of hair

Lasts: Foreva! Seriously, this could hold up quite nicely for 4 weeks, if you wanted it to. However, I have an incurable disease that prohibits me from wearing a style for longer than one week…:D Careful, it’s contagious.

Begin on freshly washed, wet hair-Part in half.

You can either make horizontal parts or vertical. I started with horizontal. Use mirrors to ensure your parts are neat.

Section off a small square of hair using the end of your rat-tail comb. Two-strand twist the section, using the gel to keep the hair smooth and non-frizzy.

Tightly coil the hair around itself into a little ball. Add a small amount of gel to the ends to ensure the hair will stay. This takes practice, but once you get the hang of the hand motion, it's simple.

Continue until you've finished an entire row. Repeat until you're finished with your entire head. Make sure to keep the sizing of your parts consistent.

Side view. This was my second day wearing the style. At night, I simply wrap a scarf around my edges and throw a bonnet over the whole thing.

Reactions You’ll Get: People will have so many different reactions to this unique hairstyle. Prepare to be asked if you’ve cut your hair. Prepare to get looks of amazement, like, “What’s going on, exactly?” Prepare to get some guffaws of ridicule from people who don’t find it cute-this happened to me on the bus. Seriously.

My bottom line: I LOVE this hairstyle, it’s MY HAIR and that’s all that matters. Ciao!

SuperStyle Tutorial: Double Strand Twist Pin-Up

Bianca G.

Style: Double Strand Twist Pin-up (w/a hint of a Mohawk)
Time: 2-3hrs (I have thick, shoulder length hair)
Products used: cantu shea butter conditioner, coconut oil, oil sheen, rat tail comb, bobby pins(plenty)
Lasts: for about 2-3 weeks max.

 

HOW TO:
I got this style idea from a model in essence magazine who was rocking a lock pin-up look. Although I don’t have locks I still really wanted to have her look! I had this style during the warmer seasons. It works great with large earrings and maxi dresses. I was surprised and the numerous complements I received. Many people thought I had locks, so this is an easy way to get a ‘lock look’ without the permanence of locks. I Here is a simple how to if you want a similar style:

  1. First thing to do is have the proper parts. I sectioned off the front sides of my hair in squares. You can do this by beginning to part a Mohawk but only parting half way through. Instead of bringing the part all the way back swing it behind your ears. From the front it looks like a Mohawk but the back is un-parted.
  2. The next step is double strand twisting yourhair (excluding the front sides). Double strand twisting is the longest part of this style process. You want to go through your hair in small, even square sections and individually twist each part, using the conditioner and oil to moisturise along the way. The difference between regular twists and double strand twists is you twist your hair backwards then twist it forward (hence the double strand). I would look up an instructional video on youtube if you need extra help.
  3. I wanted to go for a mohawk look as well so I decided to mix it up and braid the sides. When you finish braiding you will have twist hanging down in the front/bang area and braids on the sides.
  4. The last part is a little tricky. Starting from the back of the head, using bobby pins, slowly pin your twists upward. It looks neater if you align them down the middle, pulling the twists on the sides toward the center. Take the ends of the braids from the mohawk and pin them toward the center. Then pull the twist hanging in the front back toward the center as well. If you want a funky-er look create a hump in the front for style sake.
  5. Finally spray with oil sheen for a clean shiny look.