There have been frequent talks about conditioning, shampooing, or styling the hair.
Unfortunately, I haven't heard as much conversations about taking care of the hair at night.
I know that when it comes to creating a night time routine, I haven't been the best in doing what I need to do to prepare my hair for the next day.
As soon as the day is over, I am usually too tired to be able to do the whole night routine.
Unfortunately, even if we do everything right during the day without your night time routine, it can mess up the work you did instantly.
It's 8 hours that you're sleeping on your hair so that can easily lead to breakage, dryness and the worse part knots.
There have been plenty of times I would wake up, and it would look like I didn't even do a style because I wouldn't do my night time routine. You can wake up and not even realize what also happened.
The significant part is if you're consistent with your nighttime routine, you'll begin to find more natural methods that fit you.
Sleep on a satin, silk pillowcase, bonnet or scarf
If I could tell you to buy any tool to buy a silk pillowcase. Even though I have a bonnet and scarf that I could efficiently utilize. There has been plenty of times I have woken up with no scarf on my head.
However, even if that happens with a satin and silk pillowcase, I won't have to worry about my hair breaking or being on cotton when I sleep.
Satin and silk pillowcases will not snag or break your hair due to it being able to glide smoothly on the pillow. It will also help with your hair, not drying while you sleep.
Also, when it comes to wearing a scarf, be careful not to pull it too tightly each night. I talked about this in a prior post, but I want to make sure to emphasize to switch up how you cover up your hair at night to prevent breakage from occurring.
Styles that preserve the curls
Hair is Out:
When you're asleep at night, it's good to have your hair in low manipulation styles as much as possible. So, if you have your hair in braids or twist already, then you're good to go.
However, for those that have their hair out, it's always good to have a pineapple style to keep it in place. If you didn't know a pineapple is a loose high ponytail that's on top of the head. There is an example of this below towards the right
It will help stretch your curls but also maintain the definition. It also helps with your defined curls, not getting crushed underneath your head overnight. I know pineapple my hair doesn't always work for me if I put all my hair on top of my head so sometimes what helps is doing it in sections 3- 4 sections to help with preserving my curls.
On the left is an example of putting the hair in 3-4 sections with the banding method to keep it stretched. If you don't want pineapple or banding at all, placing a satin bonnet on, can help keep the hair looking good as well but might deal with tangles. Ladies be sure to share with post with your guy friends.
Sometimes it's trial and error seeing what will work for you when it comes to how to wear your hair at night to give you the best results.
Twist/ Braid :
If you're doing a twist or braid out, you would want to twist your hair at night. This is something I have to continue to work on since it isn't as quick as the one where my hair is out. I find that immediately after dinner when the kids are getting settled, I try to twist my hair then because after a particular time, I know I will not have the energy to do so.
Rebraiding or retwisting is what's going to keep your twist and braid outs still looking good throughout the week. Just so you are aware your twist does not have to be neat at all. You can put in big twists in if you want. The main point is being able to protect your hair during you sleep.
Also when you do your twist, spritzing your hair with a few sprays that can help with your hair being moisturized at night. Taking care of your hair at night can help with continuing to have the definition you want.
Remember you want to spray then begin twisting your hair before it dries.
Keep the hair nourished
Being able to keep the hair moisturized and hydrated is critical before you go to sleep.
So using your DIY leave in spray or your aloe vera and water-juice mix will help with this.
Now, if you do spray you don't want to over saturate the hair so that it's wet, but 1-3 spritzes to get it a little damp and hydrated.
Giving yourself a gentle scalp massage can increase the blood circulation while you're sleeping.
You can use your fingertips and castor oil if you are going for thicker hair. You can also use a light oil to help with dandruff-like jojoba oil with a couple of drops of lavender.
Also, using jojoba oil with rosemary or tea tree oil can help with dandruff. A scalp massage does not have to be done every day, but it is a bonus that can be added to your routine.
These are all essential tips to add to your nighttime routine. Did I miss anything that you add to your nighttime routine that I didn't mention? Let me know below?