Knot-Out Curly Afro (3 Year Old)

I had a quick style that I wanted to share.  A few weeks ago, I shampooed my daughter’s hair and sat there trying to decide what to do with it.  I started styling her hair and ended up removing the style a few times, before deciding what style to do.  I ended up revisiting the “knot” style that I often did when she was younger.  She wore the knots for a few days, before I removed them and used the texture created by the knots for a knot-out curly afro.  Here are the results:

The knots left a slightly looser texture than a typical braid or twist-out.  I added a head band to accessorized and loved the result.

Although I liked the style,the texture did not last very long.  I ended up styling her hair in a puff the next day.

Next time I attempt this style, I will try using some type of gel to get longer lasting results.

Here is her hair with the knots that created the knot-out.  To create a knot, I braid her hair into medium sections.  I then twist the braid upon itself like you would for a bantu-knot.  I then added bands to secure each knot.

I parted her hair diagonally in the back.  She wore the knots for about a week, (I had to redo some of the knots every few days or so), before I removed them for the knot-out.

Braided Bantu Knots (3 year old)

I posted about my daughter’s box braids on Sunday.  Well, below are the same box braids styled in Bantu Knots all over.

I had a lot of fun styling these smaller box braids.  Here is what they looked like when twisted into Bantu Knots.

To complete this style, I lightly spritzed her hair with a water and conditioner mix, then I grabbed about four braids together, twisted them and secured them with a goody band.

She only wore this style during the day.  At night I removed the knots, because I could imagine them being a bit hard to sleep on.

I left the two braids out in the front as bangs, but as you can see, they soon lost their curl.

Diagonal Knots (3 year old)

Last month, I did another bantu knot style on my daughter that I really liked.  To do her knots, I used the same technique that I use on my own hair, seen here: Bantu Knots Video

As you can see, I cornrowed the front and added beads.  At the top, I first divided her hair in half.  I proceeded to divide each section diagonally.  The four sections were then twisted into Bantu Knots and secured with bands.

Here’s a view of the side.  You can see the diagonal part a little better here.

Here’s the other side with the diagonal part.  The only product I used for the knots was coconut oil.

The back of her hair was also parted diagonally.  My daughter’s hair coils very tightly, so the hair that you see near the parts are actually escaped coils 🙂 .  This happens when I try to avoid making the bands or twisting the knots too tight.

Hair Experiment Gone Wrong (3 year old)

Have you ever had a style in your mind, but when you actually try it out…let’s just say, it does not come out like you imagined it would.  The only reason I am posting the pictures below is I want to document the whole process of me learning to better care for my daughter’s hair.  I’m dedicated to posting the good, the bad and the ugly, so here goes…

Everything started out OK.   I had this vision of combining braids and knots.  It’s a bit hard to see in this picture, but the middle top of the front of my daughter’s hair is divided into two braids.  Each braid is then connected to the knot next to it.

I took the braided bang and connected it to the knot on the left side of her head.

I took the diagonal knots from this post: knots with diagonal parts and had the bright idea to create this sort of interconnected braid and knot…thing (for lack of a better term).

Needless to say, 20 minutes later after I completed the style, it did not look at all how I pictured it.  I did not have the heart to make my daughter sit there while I took the whole thing down and restyled it, so she had to walk around with my experiment gone wrong on her head – sorry baby 🙁

The next day, I went back to regular knots.  My advice – don’t be afraid to experiment, but sometimes the style may not come out exactly how you foresaw it.  That’s ok, we can learn from these bad experiments.

Bantu Knot-Out Puff with Cornrow (3 year old)

I’m still learning to take better care of my daughter’s hair.  I’ve been experimenting with coconut oil and a product that I had never tried before, Curly Q’s Curly Q Custard Medium Curl Styling Cream.  I use the Curly Q (review coming soon) product like you would a gel, not a curl definer.  After my daughter’s last bantu knots, shown here:

I removed the knots and combed her hair back into a knot-out puff, using Coconut Oil and Curly Q cream to smooth her hair back.  Here is the resulting puff:

Knots (almost 3 year old)

This is an old hair favorite that I just recently brought back.  I used to do the knot style quite a bit before my daughter turned 2, now I’m bringing it back just shy of her 3rd birthday.

To achieve this style, I just part my daughter’s hair, as if I am doing regular ponytails.  I then 2-strand twist or braid the hair, like I normally would do.  After braiding or (in this case) twisting the ponytails, I then grab the whole twist and begin twisting it upon itself into bantu-like knots.  I secure the knots with an elastic band.

Here is the style again on another day.  I liked the results of these knots even better.

I created seven knots.  I decorated the knot at the top of her hair with a special elastic band.

The back of her hair is in four knots.

Here’s a better view of the front with the decorated elastic band.  When tied up at night, this style can be worn for a few days.

Knots #2 (20 months old)

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Here are newer pictures of DD with the knot hair style. This time I used straight parts (rather than diagonal). Once again, this is simple and quick.  My parts could be straighter, but this was the best I could do on a very active 20 month old.  If anyone is interested in seeing a how-to video on this style, please let me know in a comment below.

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Knots (12-24 months old)

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This style is one of my favorite styles on DD.  I just call it the knot style for lack of a better name. I usually do this style by using a diagonal part in the front.  I then gather one section of DD’s hair into a pony tail, securing it with a small hair band.  I braid the section and twist it around itself until it for a knot.  I then secure it with another band.

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Here is a slightly better view of the style.  The back part of her hair is also parted diagonally in the opposite direction.

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The top part of her hair here is in knots, decorated with bows.

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