No Heat SJP BIG CURLS w/ Twisted Buns // AKA Bantu Knots

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If you follow me on Instagram you already know about this because I shared it there see photos below but the other night I slept on twisted buns to get these BIG CURLS just to switch it up a little which the husband LOVES. In fact he said “You know, you could do that MORE OFTEN if you wanted to”. Big curls are a BIG hit around here 😉

Going to sleep in a head full of twisted buns for BIG curls tomorrow. #hair BIG curls from twisted buns (see last Instagram photo) #hair

In 2009 I did a quick video demonstrating how I twist my hair into the little buns whilst singing to Lady Gaga – but I only did a photo tutorial of how to get the finished look. So the other morning before I left for the gallery I filmed it for you and hopefully answered all the questions I’ve gotten about this easy little tutorial. Enjoy…

The first and last photos were taken at around 5:30pm in the afternoon so you can see how the curls fall a little and become big waves, though my hair doesn’t get any smaller. I love doing these because they last a few days as well and they still look good. I get a real “natural” type of curly hair feel when I have them… and I love it.

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* CLICK HERE for outfit photos and details.

Video of me removing the bantu knots and styling my hair…

Again find my original and very old video demonstrating how I twist my hair into the little buns

Have Fun!

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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.


  • Vixi

    September 15, 2011 | Reply

    Hehe!! Your phone looks like kermit ;P
    Hair looks FAB!!! <3!

  • Vixi

    September 15, 2011 | Reply

    AND you have the perfect hair, so so unfair 😉

  • essu

    September 15, 2011 | Reply

    very nice:)

  • Neris / Fashion Fractions

    September 15, 2011 | Reply

    in love with your curls 🙂 oh, i also can’t wait to see the rest of this outfit! looks great from the back 🙂


    Fashion Fractions

  • Melanie

    September 15, 2011 | Reply

    I am the BIGGEST fan of giant curls. The fact that you used NO heat, makes me love this without even trying it first. I cannot wait to go home tonight and give this a go.. Thanks for your amazing tips!!! You are definitely one of my hair inspirations!! 🙂 xo

  • WobiSobi

    September 15, 2011 | Reply

    You are super adorable. Love the curls! I can not wait to share this with my daughter..

  • JennaBrooke

    September 15, 2011 | Reply

    I’m loving this look! So fun and sexy!


  • Anonymous

    September 15, 2011 | Reply

    Kim Basinger!!!!!!

  • Tina

    September 15, 2011 | Reply

    LOVE your hair like this! mine would probably look terrible with big curls but you rock it! lol

  • Kayla

    September 15, 2011 | Reply

    I adore my short hair, but each of your hair tutorials does make me think for a second how nice long hair would be.

  • Kelly

    September 15, 2011 | Reply

    Wow!! I stumbled upon your blog recently and got VERY excited to see the hair tutorials! I actually use a lot of the same techniques on my hair, including this sleep-on-twisty-buns thing. I’ve since checked out your other videos and have gotten a few awesome pointers, so thank you very much! (I especially like the French braid low updo and cascading hair ones – those were totally new for me and totally gorgeous.)

    What’s funny is that absolutely no one I know messes with their hair like I do (and like you do) and some of the things you say – it’s hilarious because I totally understand what you’re talking about. Such as getting the best curling iron or hot roller curls after a blow dry. I hate to do it, but sometimes I really want those extra special curls. 🙂 But if I said that to most of my girlfriends, they would have no clue what I was talking about.

    Anyway, I just had to comment – was so excited to find someone else who plays with hair like this! It looks great!! Sorry for the novel of a comment, but I’m quite inspired by you, I think!

  • Lexy of BeautyFash

    September 15, 2011 | Reply

    WOW! absolutely STUNNING!

  • Summer

    September 15, 2011 | Reply

    I LOVE it!!!! So much. Like MASS. =)

    it’s just so BIG. And UNEXPECTED!!! hahahah

  • Nuha

    September 15, 2011 | Reply

    you always have the best hair tutorials!! my hair is already extremely curly, but i wonder if i did the same trick if it would actually loosen up the curls…i’ll have to try it 🙂

  • Taylor

    September 15, 2011 | Reply

    Ah, your hair looks fantastic! Thanks for the tutorial & a big thanks to Ashe @ Dramatis Personae for introducing me to your blog! xx Taylor

  • my little celebration

    September 15, 2011 | Reply

    LOVE it. THanks for sharing!

  • Anonymous

    September 15, 2011 | Reply

    Just great! 🙂

  • Bunny Girl

    September 15, 2011 | Reply

    You hair look so fab!

  • T

    September 15, 2011 | Reply

    Looks great on you!

    However, this is my hair’s natural state and I spend a lot of time (and product!) calming it down to something more tame. 🙂

  • Huda

    September 15, 2011 | Reply

    twisted buns are my to go style to keep my curls tighter. You look amazing as usual.

  • Vanessa, Take only Memories

    September 15, 2011 | Reply

    Looks super lovely! I just got my hair cut short so I won’t be doing this for a couple of years but you look stunning!

  • Mawiyah

    September 16, 2011 | Reply

    These are also called “bantu knots” or a “bantu knot out” Very nice!!!

  • Master Blogger

    September 16, 2011 | Reply

    I love your hair, the curls are perfect, so lovely you looks so hot!

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  • K.M.

    September 16, 2011 | Reply

    your hair is beautiful♥

  • Ly

    September 16, 2011 | Reply

    I love your hair. It’s so cute.

  • Sarah

    September 16, 2011 | Reply

    Your hair is gorgeous, I love the curls!

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  • Cyn

    September 16, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Maegan, this video reminded me to tell you about this infomercial I watched the other day on these new “curlers” that came out, it’s called the TopStyler. I think you’d be interested in checking it out since you’re big on curling your hair 🙂

  • Victoria

    September 20, 2011 | Reply

    you make me want blonde hair again. i try curls sometimes but it just doesn’t look the same.x

  • Rachellyndsay

    September 20, 2011 | Reply

    Well I have naturally curly hair but wanted to try this because I wanted to achieve a more wavy look. I did it last night and slept in it and took them out this morning and totally didnt get the same effect. It was a mess. It wasnt perfect spirals like yours were. Not sure what I did wrong. And you also have to be really careful of the bobby pin placement because it can leave indentions in your hair that can be ugly. Any additional tips? I think my sections were too small.

  • Beauty Tips and Tricks

    September 23, 2011 | Reply

    Wow that is some amazing volume. Great job and that totally reminds me of SJP.

  • Hair Romance

    September 29, 2011 | Reply

    Gorgeous! I can’t get enough of big hair

  • Erna

    October 12, 2011 | Reply

    Hi, I’ve been following your blog for a while now, and I love your style, hair and home.
    I was so excited about this, and then I woke up this morning. And my boyfriend couldn’t stop laughing. My hair didn’t become amazingly perfectly curly like yours. I do remember my mom trying this on me though when I was a kid, after an hour of tying my hair up I said it hurt and she had to take them all out.
    No curls for me I guess.

  • Sav Grace

    December 7, 2011 | Reply

    Love Love Love it.

  • Marissa B.

    January 20, 2012 | Reply

    Fabulousness! Can’t wait to try this…maybe this will help revitalize my postpartum limp hair 🙂

  • Kayla L. McKinney

    February 9, 2012 | Reply

    I love this!! I’ve got massively thick, long hair, too, so I can’t wait to rock this beast of a ‘do. Thank you for sharing!

  • Liesl

    February 20, 2012 | Reply

    Gorgeous, just gorgeous!!! I’m going to have to try this! 🙂

  • asian

    March 7, 2012 | Reply

    SO beautiful!! Please answer: where did you get your outfit in the picture at the beginning? So cute!!! I love it saw it on your blog and had to ask.cant wait til my hair grows back out. first no heat tutorial ive seen that gives you lots of volume! i love it!So pretty! Question, how many buns do you have in all? I couldnt really tell in the video.

  • Anonymous

    May 18, 2012 | Reply

    i have naturally straight hair, and it such a pain with a curling iron. I LOVE this look! I just cut all my long hair offf and now its short, still trying it, but now i wish it was still your length! really gorgeous though, thank you 🙂

  • Fashion Clothing

    May 19, 2012 | Reply

    I love this!! I’ve got massively thick, long hair, too, so I can’t wait to rock this beast of a ‘do. Thank you for sharing!
    I really like fashion clothing.

  • Beauty Tutorials

    June 17, 2012 | Reply

    Yes! I tried this look for school today and i got so many compliments.

  • josephine

    August 15, 2012 | Reply

    Doing this one now! The buns make me feel like scary spice 🙂

  • Kate

    August 21, 2012 | Reply

    Gorgeous!! Your hair looks beautiful!

  • Siany

    September 4, 2012 | Reply

    Stunning! You’re prettier than sjp, just sayin’ 😉

  • Nicole

    December 8, 2012 | Reply

    Amazing hair! It looks natural as well. I tried it the other day, but some of the buns had fallen out during the night and other curls just didn’t work out.

    It would be great if you posted another video of how you did the buns; the placement of them to create the volume would be so useful!

  • Katrina Carlisle

    March 12, 2013 | Reply

    Did this one about a yr ago and it turned out kinda Taylor Swift-ish. Loved it…more importantly, my husband LOVED it. I have the longest, straightest, finest hair and could not believe how long it held. You’re a beauty genius woman 🙂 Apologies for such a late comment & thanks. Youda best!

  • trendy clothing

    April 18, 2013 | Reply

    Your hair is awesome and i love it.
    Taylor Swift has the same hair style about 2 years ago.
    Thanks for sharing the hair style and the video.

  • Anonymous

    July 28, 2013 | Reply

    I have the straightest hair in the world, and live in the most humid place in the world (The South). Normally curls fall out fast….within a few hours, if not within an hour of curling. This. Worked. With no product other than leave-in conditioner. Ah-mazing! Thanks for posting this!

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