The way you maintain your natural hair at night can make a big difference to how your hair looks and feels. Not just for tomorrow, but for many weeks, months, and years to come!
Sleep takes up 8 hours of the day. That’s one-third of the day you could spend making your hair fantastic, without tons of effort.
It’s the perfect time to set the hair for the next day, and it will make your morning routine MUCH easier because you won’t be dealing with frizz and unmanageable hair.
Of course, you should always rock a Satin-lined Bonnet or Satin Headscarf … but what else can you do? In this post, you’ll find out four ways to make sure you have beautiful hair in the morning.
Twists or braids at night is a favorite of many curlies because it’s an easy way to keep the hair organized, and it sets curls for next day wear.
To do this nighttime routine, form several twists or braids, then put your Nighttime Bonnet on or use a Satin Pillowcase (or both for the best beauty sleep!).
Lightly dampen your hair with a bit of Mango Moringa Styling Cream before you twist.
This water-based curl cream will help you create good twists without having to completely drench your hair. You'll want your hair to be completley dry by morning, so don't use too much.
5-10 chunky twists will probably be enough to give you a beautiful twist-out the following day. If you're looking for curlier hair, do more twists.
However, the more twists you create, the more time you'll need to spend on your hair at night and in the morning.
When you wake up, use oiled fingers to unravel your twists and fluff out with an afro pick.
The pineapple is one of the most popular ways to maintain natural hair at night and it does an amazing job of preserving the volume of natural hair because you’re placing all of the hair on top of your head.
Have you noticed that the back or top-back part of your hair is constantly flat?
If you’re a back-sleeper, you’re most likely flattening your hair for 5-8 hours during the night. It's a little trickier to make a come-back in the morning after laying on your hair in one spot for so long.
The pineapple allows you to get good shut-eye without compromising the volume of your curls. Sleep with your SwirlyCurly Satin Pillowcase for even more comfort.
Pineapples are easy to do if you’re tired and need a quick way to protect your curls for the night.
To do a pineapple, gather your hair to the front of your head and wrap 1-2 Snappees around the bunch.
Then wrap your hair in a Satin Headscarf, allowing the ponytail or puff to come out at the top.
In the morning, fluff out your hair and use Mango Moringa Styling Cream and Gel to create curl defintion.
Making an afro or wash and go last for longer than just one day isn't hard if you preserve your curls each night. It takes some know-how to make sure they don’t tangle, mat, or flatten overnight.
The key is to strategically place loose twists or buns in areas likely to flatten or mat—like the back. Use your Snappees for this technique, and don’t make them tight or too organized. In fact, you want them uneven and you’ll want to avoid fully parting or dividing the hair.
You can also use bobby pins to hold the twists, to maintain volume, and to keep the curls in clumps.
Then, place your Satin-lined Bonnet on your hair overnight. Our large, adjustable bonnets will help to avoid flattening your curls.
In the morning, remove your twists or hair ties. Then spritz your hair with a little water and Mango Moringa Moisture Max Gel. Fluff or pick out your hair, and voila!
Here’s a great video on this method:
How to preserve your Afro at night | Night time routine for thick, kinky, curly hair by Keziah Dhamma.
While I don't recommend straightening your hair, there may be special occasions when you want to do it.
It takes time to flat iron your hair, and every straightening session carries a risk that you may be damaging your hair.
So, the last thing you want is about of frizz to come in and revert it prematurely. If you’re going to do it, do it right. Getting the most out of your straight hair means preserving it each night so that it stays straight until you’re ready for a wash.
Wraps suit straight-haired naturals very well, because they keep the hair stretched, but they don’t create a curl pattern like twists or braids would.
Plus, wraps are very protective and even stylish. If Rihanna can rock her wrap out in public, so can we.
Wraps cover the front part of your hair well. To make the wrap, begin by parting your hair on the side, and wrapping your hair completely around your head. Secure it with bobby pins as you go.
Straight hair works well with the Satin Headscarf and Satin Pillowcase instead of the Bonnet because they compresses the hair and help to keep it straight.
Using these night maintenance routines will preserve your hairstyle and make next-day styling breezy. They serve to protect the hair so that it stays organized and free of tangles.
Developing a good night routine is one of the best choices you can make as a natural. What do you do to maintain your hair at night?