The “correct method” for you will really depend on two things: what type of style you did with your hair and the length of your hair.
Before tackling how to preserve the style, make sure that you are either sleeping on a satin or silk pillow case, or that you are using a bonnet or scarf that is silk and satin. Cotton is not a natural’s friend! Cotton strips moisture and oils from your hair making it brittle and dry. The texture of cotton is much rougher than silk and satin. This can create friction which can lead to breakage.
Once you have selected a bonnet or pillow that is silk or satin, it is time to determine which night routine will work for you:
The Pineapple method
Make a really high and loose ponytail with a loose hair scrunchy on the very top of your head. The point is to collect all of your hair loosely so that you are not pulling or putting stress on your hair strands. If you have short hair you might need to do two or more pineapples with loose hair bubbles.
Instead of using a hair bubble or scrunchy, use a scarf around your head and hair by doing a reverse bandanna. Let the ends of your hair hang out of the gap of the scarf. You might want to try this if a hair bubble or scrunchy leaves a “dent” where it is holding your hair together.
Depending on if you are rocking a twist out, Bantu-knot out, braid out etc. you might want to put your hair back into chunky or large twists/braids/Bantu-knots etc. before bed. This will help preserve the style and reinforce the curl pattern of the style.
If you are constantly rushing in the morning to get out of the house, then re-moisturizing and sealing your hair at night might be necessary. Apply a little water and/or leave-in conditioner and seal with oil and or butter to re-moisturize hair. Doing this will not only hydrate hair, but it can also help to enhance and preserve the style.
How do you preserve your hair at night?
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