Night time can make or break a hairstyle when it comes to curly hair. With many rules to abide by, preparing your hair for sleep is a routine all in itself.
Curly hair follows different rules in the realm of sleeping, so certain precautions need to be taken before hitting your head to pillow.
Today we’ll go over 4 of the most basic steps to take when preparing to sleep with curly hair.
1 . Add Moisture
At the end of the day curls begin to look a tad dry due to fighting environmental elements such as wind, heat, and cold. Environmental factors have a tendancy to suck out moisture from the hair strands leaving them parched, sometimes resulting in frizz, dry curls, and over time split ends.
To combat dry curls rehydrate them by adding moisture before bedtime. This will ensure that curls stay hydrated as you snuggle up for the night.
My Tip : Using a simple spritz comprised of Aloe Vera Juice and Water, I lightly mist my scalp and hair and smooth the water in from root to tip.
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It’s important to remember that oils and butters do not add moisture to your hair. The purpose of oils and butters are to seal the hair strands by closing the hair cuticle. If you used oils and butters on dry hair, you are just sealing in the dryness.
The best source of hydration for your hair is water or water based conditioning sprays and leave in conditioners. If necessary add styling cream to hair after misting, to nourish and coat hair strands for more defined smooth curls for the morning to come.
2 . Set Your Hair
Setting your hair is a helpful step in a nighttime routine. It can be as simple as putting hair into a pineapple or 2 strand twisting or braiding hair to keep a desired curl pattern.
Pineapples are perfect for those rocking roller sets, wash n’ gos, flexi rods, and shingles. Pineappling the hair will not disturb the curl pattern of the styled curls, as the curls are placed on top of the head. Pineappling your hair is as simple as gathering your hair into a high ponytail on top of your head and using a silk or satin scrunchie to band it loosely.
Braids, 2 strand twists, flat twists, and plats are also great styles to set curls in before bed. 2 strand twists and flat twists provide a looser wavy curl pattern while braid outs and plats provide a more texturized L shaped curl.
No matter your preference on how you like to set your curls, it is a definite time saving step to take for styling the next morning. Upon waking up the pineapple can be taken down by removing the scrunchie and shaking or fluffing out the hair. 2 strand twists and braids can be unraveled into beautiful curl patterns and left as is. If wanting more body from a twist or braid out lightly picking the hair will do the trick.
3 . Satin or Silk
Satin or silk are the only materials that will keep your hairline and curls intact when you sleep at night. Regular fiber materials that pillow cases are made out of are not appropriate for curly hair.
When you sleep at night the friction the pillow case makes when contacting the edges of your hairline cause breakage. Satin and silk glide across curls and enable hair to maintain their moisture instead of drying it out like normal fabric.
Taking all the necessary steps of moisturizing and setting are useless if not sleeping on the appropriate materials for your hair. Regular bedding materials have fibers that pull moisture from hair strands, leaving you with frizzy dry hair in the morning.
To save all your hard work and maintain your moisture and style in the morning you HAVE to use bonnets, pillows, or dubbies to protect your strands.
4 . Bonnet, Pillow, or Dubbie?
Bonnet, pillow, or dubbie? Probably the most important question to ask yourself when ending your curly hair night care routine! There is no excuse allowing your curls to endure damage when you sleep at night with multiple protective options available. Lets explore some of these options below to find the right fit for your needs.
A bonnet is enclosed hair net sometimes infused with hair oils to condition and seal hair strands. Bonnets come in multiple sizes from child to extra large, with an elastic band on the inside to secure it in place.
A satin or silk pillow case can be purchased at your local hair store, dollar tree, or amazon. A satin or silk pillow case is a great option for rough sleepers who can’t keep a bonnet on at night. As mentioned before, satin and silk glide across the hairline and curls, keeping hair smooth and hydrated throughout the night.
A dubbie is the general term for a hair wrap like a doo rag, a scarf, or an edge wrapper. A dubbie is used to wrap up Pineapples, as it does not smoosh the curls on the top of the head and wraps around the back and front of the hairline.
Bonnets, pillows, and dubbies will secure all the hard work and effort you put into your hair after styling. If you go to sleep without one of these options you will surely regret it. Bedding fabrics are rough on hair strands and add a teasing effect to your hair. This teasing effect ends in matting up and drying out curls.
With these 4 steps in hand curls will rock from morning to night to morning again. These curly hair night time routine basics require little effort to implement, providing the best results possible. What does your curly hair night time routine look like? Comment to tell me below!