Get Big Curls with Tiny Buns or Bantu Knots + Video

This morning . . . after sleeping on the little spiral buns


Remove pins and let spirals un-twirl . .. .make sure they are fully dry …you can use a hair dryer a bit but it’s better to do it before unravelling buns. …I don’t mind a little frizzzzzzz …

Use your fingers to separate waves …do not brush out.


I made the top section a little larger/thicker so the curl wasn’t as tight which sort of lays over the rest. . . .The smaller sections and more twisted spiral buns you do all over your head, the curlier it turns out.

Use a small barrel curling iron {in this fashion} on stray pieces. But really, the point of it is NOT to be perfect. You want it big and messy and crazy!


Watch this very old video of me creating my bantu knots…

You would think that …uh, I dunno, I’d put on some make-up and maybe . … uhhh, something cute least a bra – before I did one of these …lol.

* Find my a video tutorial removing the buns and styling the curls here.


LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • Style Porn

    June 5, 2009 | Reply

    Damn girl, you sure have a shit-ton of hair. I think my whole head has about as much hair as one of your little buns…

  • Bunny

    June 5, 2009 | Reply

    WOW! That is amazing!! I have major hair envy right now. My hair is a lot shorter than yours but I’m going to give it a go this weekend – yay for a blond afro!

  • Elizabeth Marie

    June 5, 2009 | Reply

    SO AWESOME. I’m so doing this. Thats pretty effing unbeweavable. Love it, it’s gorgeous.

    Lakers are killlling. YAY!


    June 5, 2009 | Reply

    … Dahlink, look Mauvelous!!!

    Nice transformation.

    I have not been ambitious enough to do that trick since I was a tween.
    I’m hoping your video-pictorial will light that spark up in me soon! ;P

  • Ms. Butterfly

    June 5, 2009 | Reply

    Just gorgeous! Ur so sultry Meagan.

  • Pamela

    June 5, 2009 | Reply

    thats sooo fun!
    but i have like super long and lot of hair, i would be doing that like the whole night tho! :p
    love how u look with curls!

  • Allison aka HaselBride

    June 5, 2009 | Reply

    This hair-to is making me miss my really long hair! I love it. Thanks for sharing!

  • Naturally Caffeinated Family

    June 5, 2009 | Reply

    love it love it!! if only mine could look like that if i tried it=)! and laughing about your not wearing make up comment…still gorgeous!

  • clorivak

    June 5, 2009 | Reply

    Sexay…I looove it. When I do this my hair gets too short,I am def trying the larger buns on top…nicer look.
    Now those are some Bridgette volume!!

  • black vanilla rose

    June 5, 2009 | Reply

    I’m going to a party tomorrow night as a playboy bunny so wanted to do my hair all curly nd wavy so this post couldn’t have come at a better time xxx great tips!!

  • Bambola

    June 5, 2009 | Reply

    I have rather short hair & some days, it just doesn’t do as it’s told. I’ll definitely be giving this a go =) x

  • Vanessa

    June 5, 2009 | Reply

    Gorgeous hair! I wish my hair curled like that…it would straighten within an hour.

  • Crissy

    June 5, 2009 | Reply

    I think I may have to try this out on my short hair.

    I’ve tried this on my longer hair and it just didn’t work at all. :[

  • Kristin

    June 5, 2009 | Reply

    Fabulous. I used to do something similar to this when I was younger and completely forgot about it. Way to be.

  • BellaCene

    June 5, 2009 | Reply

    I have naturally curly hair and I just DON’T see my hair doing that! You are lucky! lol (but i’m gonna try 😉 ) Thanks for sharing. You’re hair looks fantastic! (but what’s new?)

  • kelly

    June 5, 2009 | Reply

    wow! that was uhmazing!!! you never cease to amaze me my dear! i totally need to try this ! thanks for posting!

  • hautepocket

    June 5, 2009 | Reply

    I love that you’re not wearing any make-up. The thing is, if I did this with *my* hair I would look like a total Orphan Annie freakshow because my length is too short. LOVE yours though.

    Also, how ’bout those Lakera?! 25 point massacre, whhhhhhatt!

  • bianca

    June 5, 2009 | Reply

    soo excited to try this!!!

  • Violet

    June 5, 2009 | Reply

    i love it!!! i wish i had ur head of hair u look great

    glad to catch up with ur blog after being busy for so long

    Vi from Cali

  • A little Princess

    June 5, 2009 | Reply

    I’m going to try this out! You have uber princess hair, you’re very lucky xoxo

  • A little Princess

    June 5, 2009 | Reply

    I’m going to try this out! You have uber princess hair, you’re very lucky xoxo

  • Carlotta

    June 5, 2009 | Reply

    gorgeous!! I’ve tried something like this but my hair are so fine and straight that it’s impssible to style them.

  • vicen

    June 5, 2009 | Reply

    For you an “AWARD” go to:


  • Cathy Voyage

    June 5, 2009 | Reply

    I HAVE to try this!

  • Tiffany

    June 5, 2009 | Reply

    I’ve done braids but never spirals buns. will have to try! love that shot of the back of your hair, it totally looks natural!

  • Tiffany

    June 5, 2009 | Reply

    I also have to tell you that I LOVE your style archive with the Polaroids of each outfit. So adorable. I was thinking of making a photo book of a year of my lookbooks. I may have to borrow (or rather steal) your idea as the polaroid outfits as my layout for the title page.

    haha, totally vain right? but i figure once I’m old it will be nice to see what I used to wear! 🙂


    June 5, 2009 | Reply

    Beautiful!! and easy!! I wish i had your hair!!.

  • Ana

    June 5, 2009 | Reply

    Con esta super melena que tienes no me extraña que te haya quedado tan bien. Muchas gracias por compartirlo 😉
    With this super hair you have no wonder you have been so good. Thank you very much for sharing;)

  • Ailurophile

    June 5, 2009 | Reply

    Pretty hair, and beautiful blog 🙂

  • Chris

    June 5, 2009 | Reply

    Wow…your hair makes me want to weep because it’s so gorgeous, lol 🙂

  • Aartee

    June 5, 2009 | Reply

    This looks great on you! I have naturally wavy hair but with gel it goes curly…blah I prefer sleek and straight on me 🙂

  • anhesty

    June 5, 2009 | Reply

    looks great!! makes me wish i had long hair again…

  • Erin

    June 5, 2009 | Reply

    Freakin love it!

    I had been lusting after these types of curls my entire life- I have never been satisfied with my natrual curls-

    If only you had posted this before I chopped of my hair…sigh!

  • Mary

    June 5, 2009 | Reply

    gorgeous! I’m not sure my hair would curl like this!

  • TheBeautyFile

    June 5, 2009 | Reply

    I am SO EXCITED to try this…I love me some mini buns…your curls are heavenly.

    So, I saw this today on another blog & because of its ridiculously prohibitive price tag ($265) I wanted to see if you liked it & were perhaps up for a DIY challenge:

  • Piper Jacquelyn

    June 5, 2009 | Reply

    I’m pretty sure my hair equals MAYBE one quarter of yours, ha! It’s fine, so say the least. Gorgeous – you did a great job!

  • Bernadette

    June 5, 2009 | Reply

    Love it! I forgot how easy that is to do.
    ..and you are too cute singing along to lady gaga 🙂

  • scarlethue

    June 5, 2009 | Reply

    I love it! I may have to try it this weekend. I had been spiral-curling it with a curling iron but it was destroying my hair. This seems much less damaging, especially if you don’t do it too tightly.

  • Chessa!

    June 5, 2009 | Reply

    love it! you look amazing with that hair and I love your method!

  • love and youth

    June 5, 2009 | Reply

    lovely curls, have to try that some time! thanks for the tip x

  • Federica

    June 5, 2009 | Reply

    Oh wow! Amazing! You have wonderful hair!
    Thanks for this post!

    Happy friday!

  • Snarky A.

    June 5, 2009 | Reply

    Love your hair! Maybe even my hair can take to these curls? It is so straight it refuses all attempts to shape it into any unnatural shapes or forms…. annoying.

  • J-Diggety

    June 5, 2009 | Reply

    Thank you thank you thank you… and of course it doesn’t seem so hard now that you broke it down for us… silly me, I can do my hair in 40’s pinup rolls… why was I so scared of these little twists? lol 🙂 Curly hair will be mine!!

  • Lauren From Texas

    June 5, 2009 | Reply

    Um, I have a giant girl-crush on you. Haha!! Your hair is awesome. Thanks for the how-to. I need to try it soon – hopefully my hubby likes big hair too!

  • Lila Sweetheart

    June 5, 2009 | Reply

    Wow!! That looks amazing, I will have to try it.

  • stacy

    June 5, 2009 | Reply

    make up or bra?


    great video.

  • Jayci

    June 5, 2009 | Reply

    Um…so on yesterday’s outfit post I was totally loving the hair & wondering how you did it. So now I’ll be trying this over the weekend. Thanks! Oh! & I love the little sing-a-longs during the video. You’re so cute!

  • *~! megs !~*

    June 5, 2009 | Reply

    Girl you have a ton of hair! I wonder if this will look half as good on my measly head of hair!! So trying it.

  • little bits of splendor

    June 5, 2009 | Reply

    Thanks for sharing this how-to, it motivates me to do something more with my hair then simply pulling it back.

  • HoneyBunny

    June 5, 2009 | Reply

    Wow, love it! You’ve got such beautiful hair:))

  • Jennifer Juniper

    June 5, 2009 | Reply

    Whimsy girl did this a few months ago and I was reminded again of my gramma who called these “pin curls” and did this every night before she went to bed. It really does work!

  • Milly

    June 5, 2009 | Reply

    i have wavy/curly hair….if i did this…i would have an afro lol and wouldnt look great like you…but i think i should try it just for the heck of it!

  • shortmama

    June 5, 2009 | Reply

    So glad you made a hair to on this! I am going to get me some bobbi pins tonight and do this for the weekend! Love the way it looks! I wonder if my hair is already wavy if it will make the curls tighter?? Oh well, cant wait to try it!

  • The Socialite

    June 5, 2009 | Reply

    Ok I will follow theses exact steps! 😉 Love how it turned out!

  • blondie-lox

    June 5, 2009 | Reply

    awesomely done, that bun. gonna try it tonight! thanks for the tip! your site is awesome because you give all the tips a cool sister would give!

  • drollgirl

    June 5, 2009 | Reply


    and i just want to say “tiny buns” all the time. 🙂

  • FJ

    June 5, 2009 | Reply

    I suddenly want to do my hair big tomorrow. I tried this once with those sponge rollers and it was awful in the morning. I haven’t tried twisties though.

  • Hanako66

    June 5, 2009 | Reply

    it turned out so awesome!!! I am so doing this….maybe tonight!

    thanks…love your hair-to’s:)

  • steph

    June 5, 2009 | Reply

    Ah I’m so jealous you can get crazy curls! My hair is too stick-straight to anything with – although I may have to try that out to see if it works. =)

  • Jill

    June 5, 2009 | Reply

    I think I’m convinced…I’m growing out my bangs! Maybe…

  • TeeTee

    June 6, 2009 | Reply

    I have to try it!

  • Keeley

    June 6, 2009 | Reply

    I need to try this on my mop!!

  • ♥ Marta ♥

    June 6, 2009 | Reply

    Love this… got to try 🙂

    Thank you

  • Tali

    June 7, 2009 | Reply

    You have soo much hair. Im so jealous.. i have flat, straight boring hair. I love the curls on you!

  • Roarclothing

    June 7, 2009 | Reply

    your hair is so so beautiful. i cant believe how lovely those curls look. im going to try that asap!! xxx

  • Anonymous

    June 7, 2009 | Reply

    I have to say…you remind me of Taylor Swift in this post. You are so beautiful!!! Lovely post!

  • Gina

    June 7, 2009 | Reply

    Ooh, thanks for the tutorial! I’m so excited to try this. =)

  • Miss Eve

    June 8, 2009 | Reply

    Oh yes I love this…such a long time since I did it. I think this is the best way to create gorgeous curles (and it’s much more protective than the curling iron).

  • Kristen

    June 8, 2009 | Reply

    you are awesome/amazing and all the above!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE THIS!!! thanks!!!!

  • FashionConsciou$

    June 9, 2009 | Reply

    ooohh LOVE this! Your hair looks gorgeous…sigh 🙂

  • erinleighheart

    June 9, 2009 | Reply

    i so wish i had your hair 🙂

  • Talk Pretty To Me

    June 9, 2009 | Reply

    HOW FUN! Definately going to have to try this! Love you blog love!


  • Jenny -

    June 10, 2009 | Reply

    love your hair, it’s beautiful! Wish mine would grow a little faster..

  • Joelyne

    June 11, 2009 | Reply

    great tutorial!!!! i’m going to try it!!!


  • Girl Japan

    June 12, 2009 | Reply

    You inspire me to be BIG and messy Maegan! I me not me.. the HAIR… derr… “smacks self”!

  • Mademoiselle Frou-Frou

    June 12, 2009 | Reply

    ok, i am doing this technique tonight with my hair – wish me luck!!! it’s such a cute style!

  • Jen Ell

    July 7, 2009 | Reply

    I love this…I have done it four or five times now. Works like charm even on my stick straight hair! It’s wonderful for lounging by the pool, and then taking it down for a night out.

  • Risa

    September 1, 2009 | Reply

    I love how this turns out! I have wavy hair but this is so cute!!

  • Dubai Stylista

    September 4, 2009 | Reply

    Awesome!! You have FABULOUS hair 🙂 Great tutorial. Must try this out. I’ve tried sleeping with my hair in braids… but its not a pretty picture the next morning, na-ahh.

  • Anonymous

    November 3, 2009 | Reply

    It’s called a bantu know out, and it came out beautifully!

  • Anonymous

    January 4, 2010 | Reply

    does the hair have to be wet to do this?

  • Prisca Lynch

    January 8, 2010 | Reply

    This is so cute. It looks totally Taylor Swift in the final outcome. My hair is a bit too shot but I’ll totally try it 😀

  • Anonymous

    April 14, 2010 | Reply

    The hair is cute, those are also called bantu knots.

  • Ife'

    November 4, 2010 | Reply

    okay, definitely going to try this. I’m black, and a lot of black girls do flat twists and braids to get waves, but my hair is to fine and the waves always fall flat. This technique might be a little more successful for me! I’ll let you know!.

  • Anonymous

    September 29, 2011 | Reply

    I did it and it worked great!! thanks 🙂

  • schelley

    December 9, 2011 | Reply

    thanks for the tutorial. m gona try it this weekend. have always been wondering how to get natural curls. this sure is helpful!

  • Anonymous

    December 14, 2011 | Reply

    Love, love, love, love, LOVE your hair! You are sooo pretty. I have always wanted curly hair not my annoying half-wavy, half-staight hair, but I never wanted the heat. You make this so easy! I’m so trying it tonight! 😀

    P.S. Once you take down your hair you remind me of Taylor Swift so much. You’re so pretty! Rock on the big, messy waves!

  • Anonymous

    February 20, 2012 | Reply

    nice job, pretty hair, pretty girl, but be real, you have make up on.

  • jules

    March 20, 2012 | Reply

    I’ve always done this and never really perfected it. Thanks for posting this I’m loving it! Wish my hair was as long as yours though!


  • Anonymous

    July 3, 2012 | Reply

    I just wanted to say, that I LOVE YOU! I have never, EVER been able to have curly hair. Even when I curl it with a curling iron and use a whole can of hair spray it would fall out within 4 hours. I saw your post on Pinterest a few weeks back and saved it, and this morning I was feeling a little spontanious so I hopped out of the shower and twisted up my hair. I let it dry (used a hair dryer as well) and when I took it out I started wondering if it was really going to stay. It has been 12 hours and I STILL have my curly hair. I am so thankful that I stumbled acrossed your blog. I am forever a follower!! 🙂

    Thank you!
    -Nikki Ring

  • Lizzie

    July 26, 2012 | Reply

    Next time my whims demand curls, I’m going to try this. I’ve got a TON of stick-straight hair and I’ve never been happy with any of the other tricks I’ve tried (pin curls were a huge mess, emphasis on huge).

    PS – I’ve watched a LOT of hair tutorials, and I usually end up muting them because the girls sound either inane or like huge bitches… but I love yours! You are totally the kind of girl I could get ready for a party with. ^_^

  • Anonymous

    October 7, 2012 | Reply

    The only way to get “naturally curly hair” is to be born with it. I think you meant “How to get curly hair naturally.”

  • Salon Singapore

    December 6, 2012 | Reply

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  • Anonymous

    December 25, 2012 | Reply

    Lol. Your face… i cant even deal. Trying to vogue in the mirror as you unroll your hair…

  • Anonymous

    December 28, 2012 | Reply

    I love it im trying this tonight FINGERS CROSSED!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    January 24, 2013 | Reply

    I did this and I look like the mom from that 70s show lol

  • Sidney

    February 9, 2013 | Reply

    you’re really really pretty!!

  • Deep

    April 9, 2013 | Reply

    In how many sections did you part the hair? Love it!!!

  • Danika

    February 5, 2014 | Reply

    Hi i was just wondering if the hair needs to be dry to do this. I showered and my hairs probably close to dry now, but im very interested in trying it. Thank you

    • Maegan Tintari

      February 6, 2014 | Reply

      wet or damp hair is the best. You can wet the individual sections with water from your sink if necessary or use a spray bottle. Good luck 🙂

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