Nighttime Routine to Keep Curls Intact

Q: I love wearing twist-outs but my hair rarely makes it through the night without frizzing and falling flat. I need a solid nighttime routine that will help me cut back on frequent styling. Help!

A: You’re not alone and honestly, it seems as if my nightly routine changes as often as I change my product — which is super frequent! For me, I settle on a nighttime routine depending on my current hairstyle. If I’m rocking twist-and-curls or twist-outs, I’ll either pineapple my hair or simply throw on a satin bonnet. If I’m rocking a fierce wash-and-go, I find that pineappling pulls the curls out of my looser textured hair, so after applying oil to the ends, I throw my hair over my satin pillow (this moves my hair from under my face and allows it to hang off the top of the pillow) and call it a night. Below, I’ll give you a quick summary of some of the most popular nighttime hair tactics. Experiment with them and see which ones help you achieve that elusive second, third and even fourth day twist-out!

1. Pineapple: Gather your curls in a high, loose ponytail to keep your curls from shrinking, flattening and frizzing during the night. If your hair is shorter, you can try a low, loose pony, or multiple loose ponytails all over your head.

2. Re-twist /Re-braid: Some folks feel the need to re-twist or re-braid every night to keep the definition alive. Some add more product, others don’t. I try to stay away from this technique as excessive nightly manipulation is a no-no for this fine haired curly.

3. Bonnet: This is about as sexy as bedroom hair gets. **Sarcasm.** As mentioned above, you can either prep the hair before donning the bonnet, or simply stuff, stuff, stuff your loose hair underneath prior to bedtime.

4. Go Rogue: Some folks throw caution to the wind and go to bed hoping for the best. I do this sometimes when I wash and go to preserve the curly q’s, but I still sleep on satin. This technique doesn’t stretch or flatten out your curls but if you’re a nighttime sweater, you may go to sleep with a defined chunky twist-out and awake to a compact ‘fro.

Regardless of your routine, always either sleep on a satin pillowcase or cover your hair with a satin scarf or bonnet. Some curly girls do both just in case their scarf or bonnet comes off in the middle of the night. Have fun experimenting!

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