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5 Tips for Protecting & Maintaining Your Natural Hair at Night

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5 Tips for Protecting & Maintaining Your Natural Hair at Night

By: Toia Barry

Healthy hair care doesn't stop when you sleep! Besides, the amount of precious time you spend on it, I'm sure you want to keep it looking good for as long as possible. Today, we're sharing some key ways to protect and maintain your curls, coils, and kinks at bedtime!

Moisturize

It’s a good idea to replenish any moisture your hair might have lost throughout the day before heading to bed. Even if you have a good routine of regularly moisturizing your hair, applying a bit of something lightweight like our White Peony Leave-In Conditioner at night can make a big difference. Adding it at bedtime will ensure that you don’t have wet hair in the morning. Of course, do this as you feel is necessary.

Braid or Twist it Up

To help hold the moisture and make sure your hair stays soft and fairly detangled. You can plait or twist up your hair at night. You don't have to do a ton of them, because who has that kind of time?! But, as you moisturize your hair, you can divide it into about 7-8 medium sections and twist. If you are looking to maintain a style like a twist or braid-out, you can make your nighttime twists rather loose so as not to disturb the definition too much.


If you are trying to stretch your hair in addition to maintaining moisture, plaiting/braiding is best since the hair is more taut than it is with twisting. Twisting can   provide a decent stretch with the right technique.

Pineapple

“Pineappling” your hair, or essentially putting it up in a loose ponytail, does a few things. For one, it protects your wash and go curls or sets (twist-out, braid-out, rod set) by placing everything in the center of your head. When you take it down, the hair that was hidden and protected on the “inside” now lays on top and looks flawless.


Secondly, pulling your hair up to the top of your head and securing with a satin scrunchie gives you a bit of stretch, making for great second, third, fourth-day hair! Thirdly, your hair is likely to appear bigger after pineappling. If you love big hair or you're looking to create more volume, give it a try! Those of you with shorter hair can do multiple pineapples - doing two or more according to your length - for the same results.

Satin Bonnet/Scarf

After setting your hair for the night with one of the above methods, use a silk or satin bonnet or scarf to prevent the hair from losing moisture and from snagging on traditional cotton pillowcases. Many like to use both when pineappling, wrapping the scarf around the sides while protecting the exposed hair at the top with a bonnet.

Satin Pillowcase

If you don't like the feeling of anything on your head while you sleep or think you just don't want to be bothered with any of the above, a satin pillowcase may be the answer for you! You can toss and turn all you like without worrying about a bonnet slipping off while still maintaining the moisture.


What's your go-to way to prep your natural hair for bed?



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