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Last updated: September 29, 2021

Bantu Knots, Foil Rods & Comb Twist Sets: 3 Setting Techniques For Natural Hair


Watch This: 3 Quick Setting Techniques For Curly & Textured Hair

Setting techniques are great for curly and textured hair clients who are looking for ways to keep their curls healthy and intact. So The Salon by InStyle Senior Manager, Salon Education & Services Jaimee Harris Smith (@hairbyjsmith) went live to share not one but THREE setting techniques: bantu knots, foil rod sets and comb twist sets. Watch the full video how-to above to get a demonstration of each, then keep scrolling to get three key tips for all three and peep the finished looks!



3 Must-Know Tips For Each Technique


1. How To Properly Prep For Bantu Knots

Before forming each section into a bantu knot, you first need to do a little prep so that the finished look is super smooth and lays nicely. Regardless if working with wet or dry hair (this technique can be done on both!), you’ll first need to apply a mousse or gel for control. Then, detangle to remove any knots and finish by stretching and elongating each section so you have more length to work with AND get a looser curl type.


2. Foil Rod Sets: 3 Tips For The Smoothest Result

Similar to a classic perm rod set, a foil rod set creates bouncy, defined curls. The only difference is that you use rolled up foil vs. a traditional curler, giving you the ability to customize the length and density of your tool for each client. However, unruly ends can result in a frizzy finish so to get the smoothest result:


  • Make sure each section is evenly saturated with water, especially the ends.


  • Apply Urban Hydration Honey Health & Repair Laid & Slayed Pro Gel to the ends for ultimate control.


  • Place the ends in perm paper before wrapping to ensure they’re smooth and lay nicely. (Note: This is especially important when working with highly textured hair types because their ends struggle to lay nicely.)


3. What To Do If Your Comb Twist Gets Tangled

Tangles can happen when doing a comb twist set because it’s a technique that involves placing a wide-tooth comb at the roots and winding it down the section while feeding hair through. The key to avoiding one is to properly saturate the hair from scalp to ends with either a mousse or gel, giving you more control. If a tangle happens, simply remove the comb (carefully!) and start over. 


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Check out the before & after for each technique below!

Bantu Knots:

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Foil Rod Set:

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Comb Twist Set:

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