AuNaturale Shows Off Her 'Bedroom Hair'

Pineapple Up-Do:

I’ve found that this is the best way to keep my curls from getting squished and tangled while I sleep at night. Here’s what I do:

First, I hold my head down and flip all of my hair over to the front.

Next, I use both hands and pull all my hair into a high ponytail at the top of my head. I try to get the ponytail as close to my front hair line as possible. I find that the higher the ponytail, the further your hair is from the pillow and the less likely you are to squish your curls at night.

Next, I secure the hair with a ponytail holder. I used to use the thin black coated ponytail bands, but they always ripped my hair out in small knots. Then I discovered Conair Pony Wraps. These ponytail holders are thick and made of very soft material. They keep my hair securely in place and I very rarely lose any strands when I take the holder out. Also, the Conair pony wraps don’t pop or lose their elasticity as quickly. Five holders came in the pack I bought, and I’ve been using the same one now for months.

I either slide the holder over my ponytail so my hair is loosely held in place, or sometimes, I’ll wrap it around my ponytail once more so it’s more secure. The point is not to do it too tightly so there won’t be a crease in my hair the next morning.

Here’s the completed pineapple pony. As you can see, it’s a little crooked, but it doesn’t have to be perfect since I’m about to go to bed:

So the next part of this routine is to protect my hair. To do that, I start by tying a satin scarf around my head. First, I take one corner of the scarf and fold it over diagonally to its cata-corner so that scarf is in the shape of a triangle:

From there, I take the scarf in this triangle form and wrap it around the back of my hair. I make sure the top part of the triangle is facing upward at the back of my head. Then I take the two length pieces and tie them in a knot at the front of my forehead. As I’m sure most people are aware, it’s very easy for the satin scarf to come off during the night, so you want to make sure you tight the knot tight enough, but not so tight that you wake up with a headache or an indentation in your forehead (I’ve done that to myself quite a few times). After I’ve tied the knot, I reach to the back of my hair and pull the tip of the triangle upward over the back of my hair and over the top of my curls as far as it will go. I’m not sure if that’s the most clear description, but hopefully, these pictures will help illustrate what I’m talking about:

Lastly, I take my satin bonnet…

…and put it over top of my curly ponytail. The finished product looks like this:

I told you it’s not sexy, but it keeps my hair well protected at night. Just as an extra precaution, I’ll sleep on a satin pillow case.

Two-Strand Twists:

Here’s my second night time routine. It takes a while to put my whole head in twists, so I opt for this when I’m not as sleepy or as lazy.

Whenever I twist my hair, I always make sure to do something to the ends. Sometimes I’ll roll them, but I prefer to seal them with shea butter and twist/coil the end of each twist around my finger until it curls like this:

Sometimes I’ll put product on the length of my hair first before I twist and other times I’ll twist on dry hair. In this instance, I used product, which is why my hair looks so shiny. Here are the finished twists:

Lastly, I cover my hair with my satin bonnet and sleep on the satin pillow case:

***Ladies, submit your night time routines! The Giveaway ends on March 21 at 5pm!!!

8 Weigh in!:
Maria said...

That's definitely not sexy! LOL Thank you for submitting this. I'm going to try the first example right now.

Mzbush said...

I do the same thing with the scarf, bonnet, and pillow case...triple protection! I never thought about the high ponytail though. That's a great idea. Thank you! Also, those Conair ponytail wraps are the BEST and I've been having an impossible time finding them. Any time I see them, I grab all they have. =o)

Desiree said...

As much as I'd love to have perfect 2nd and 3rd day hair, if I came to bed like that my boyfriend would leave me! Heck, I'd leave me too if I were him! Please, isn't there a better way to preserve the sexy hair while preserving the sexy???
I'm struggling over here! :-)

Anonymous said...

Yes, i always pin up too! Sometimes i just use the duck clips to pin on the sides...but what product do you use to twist??

Anonymous said...

@Maria: No problem! I hope you find it works for you.

@Mzbush: I wish someone would have put me up on game about the conair pony wraps a long time ago. I've been ripping my hair out with the Goody Ouchless bands for years. "Ouchless" my a$$.

@Desiree: I know I look a HOT mess, but then again, I go to bed alone at night (*sigh*), so I don't really worry about how I look when I hit the sac. I wish I knew of a better way of having 2nd and 3rd hair without looking crazy when you go to bed, but then again, I think that's just the nature of the beast when it comes to natural hair. At some point, you put your hair in styles that aren't the most attractive, but that help you achieve the desired results. I don't see it as being any different than going to bed with rollers in your hair. Men need to understand that it takes work for us to look fabulous!

@anonymous: When I took these pictures, I used a product called "Twisy Locs" which is by a company called HPO. Nikki gave me a couple of their products to try and review (the review is coming soon!). Ordinarily, when I twist my hair, if I use a product, it's my tried and true SheaMoisture Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioner. But usually, I just twist my hair dry.

Desiree said...

I hear ya! :-) I did a TNC the other night and he looked at me all kinds of crazy! I stuck my tongue out at him and went to sleep - I didn't wear a bonnet or anything but I have to admit my hair looked really good the next morning! :-)

Anonymous said...

Ha ha! I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one who goes to bed looking "odd." LOL! For some reason when I pile my hair into a high ponytail I don't get good results the next day. I'm going to experiment once again though! Great post! Thanks so much for sharing :-)

Jessica said...

Do you have a fotki?

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