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June 21, 2010

Night Time Routine

Hola Chicas,

As promised, I'm elaborating a bit on my night time pineapple routine. I don't do this every night. Other nights I just sleep with it out, sweeping my hair (on the side I'm laying on) over the top of my satin pillow so that I don't smoosh the curls. I like this 'out' routine as well, as it usually results in shrinkier, poofier results. I guess it just depends on my mood.

On nights that I decide to pineapple:

  • I search for thirty minutes to find my one and only black satin scrunchy. I like scrunchies because they don't leave indentations in the hair.

  • I then bend over at the waist, and loosely gather my hair at the crown of my head. I pull my hair through twice to make it secure, but not tight.

  • Then it's off to bed-- tossing and turning for several hours until the baby stops kicking long enough to let me fall asleep. I don't use a scarf... I just sleep on my satin pillow case.
  • The next morning, I take it down and shake vigorously. My hair, like many divas in the 4a/3c category, has to be coaxed back down.... it would be perfectly happy standing up in a Don King-esque style. So, I use the same scrunchy to gather it all at my nape while I workout, eat breakfast, shower, and dress for the day. Before I head out the door, I shake it out and it's usually just the way I like it :) **This last step helps for when I've slept with my hair out too.

The key to the pineapple routine is to keep the scrunchy loose. A too tight scrunchy could lead to flat, stretched out, sad looking curls. Trust me.


Do you pineapple? What's your bed time routine?


Randomness:

1. Is it wrong to eat a donut while on the treadmill? 'Cause that's what just happened...

2. I'll be announcing a Karens Body Beautiful Giveaway in the next 24 hours... stay tuned :-)

46 Chime in!:

Kingsmomma said...

LOL can't be worse than running 5 miles only to stop at Coldstones

loveK said...

Too cute about the donut!

Brown Babe said...

Thanks for sharing that - I always wondered maybe you had "special" hair that fell right back down after sleeping with it on top your head...'cause I know I would remove the scrunchy and look like Marge Simpson...seriously! Great tip!

mothereartha said...

now that was funny!

Angelina said...

You can eat donuts here, eat donuts there, eat them everywhere!

KiNkYnEsT said...

Lol that's too funny about the donut! Well your burning the calories as your eating them :)

Nikia said...

your hair is so beautiful, Nikki. I just started doing the pineapple at night and its given me 5 day hair! Love it.
If you actually bend at the waist at this point in your pregnancy then go you!!

Anonymous said...

I, too, thought I was the only one who had to coax the hair back down after a "pineapple" night. LOL

CURLYNIKKI said...

lol @ Kingsmomma... in the past few months, I've walked 3 miles only to hop in the car and drive to McDonalds for a breakfast sandwhich, or to Ihop for strawberry pancakes! yum :) I felt particularly bad eating that donut on the treadmill today...something was fundamentally wrong with that, lol. But I wanted to walk, and baby wanted to eat, so I compromised :)

@brown babe, lol @ Marge Simpson... my sentiments exactly. Our hair is like cotton...at least mine is. The last step (pulling it down at the nape) is essential.

@Angelina, thank you chica :)

@kinkynest...but what about the one I ate afterward?!

@Nikia, yep, still able to bend over. She's treating me good. We'll see though... I'll be 8 months on Friday.

Sarah said...

i usually sleep with a satin cap, but since my hair is longer it just smooshed my curls and i'm sick of it. i just bought a Sue Maesta Hood so i hope that works out. also, i've been trying to remember to put some sort of conditioner in my hair before i sleep.

Jazz Stanton (The Date Experiment) said...

I am so happy to hear that your hair doesn't just "magically' fall back into place, because when I pineapple, it takes at least an hour for my hair to re-adjust so I don't look like I stood in front of a high-powered fan all night.

ChrLvsBks said...

LOL @ donut while on treadmill. At least you have the energy and will to workout while nearly 8 months pregnant. Your delivery will be a breeze. I'm speaking it into existence ;oD!

At night, I typically moisturize seal and put on a bonnet. I have done a pineapple but typically still put on bonnet. You must not be a fitful sleeper cause I can only imagine how my hair would look if I simply put hair to side on satin pillowcase, that is great!

OloriOba said...

I need to get a satin pillow and bedsheets because sometimes I end up throwing the pillow on the floor and sleeping without the pillow. I'm really not sure how to do a wash and go on my hair since I've tried it so many times to no avail. Oh my goodness, you had me cracking up at you eaating donuts on the treadmill LOL!! but you are eating for two right now so you are allowed to do that. At least you are working out during your pregnancy, that takes committment. I hate working out and I'm not pregnant so I really commend you. GO NIKKI!!!

Boca Flaca said...

i once saw a girl eating a cookie while using the leg press machine at Bally's.

Anonymous said...

Well that was to cute of a story.. and you're still able to get on the treadmill and either run or walk. lol... My sister is due to have her 2nd daughter in 3 weeks, so my mom is happy to have another grandchild. I don't have any except for my 2 furbabies.

Jet-Setting Divas said...

Yes, I love the pineapple method. I use it after my braid-outs when I don't think they need to be re-braided just yet. I like to add a bit of coconut oil on the ends once its up in the "pineapple" just to make sure its getting enough moisture.

Anonymous said...

Ladies, what do your husbands/boyfriends think of the pineapple method? I don't want to go to bed looking like a crazy lady! LOL

Anonymous said...

NIKKI OMG I LOVE YOUR HAIR...I FIRST SAW YOU ON THE TYRA SHOW... I'VE BEEN NATURAL FOR 10YRS OFF/ON, AND AT FIRST I RECIEVED A BAD RECEPTION FROM MY VERY OWN BLACK SISTERS FOR A LONG TIME TOO UNTIL THEY SAW I WAS NOT GOING TO PUT AYMORE CHEMICALS IN MY HAIR, BEACUSE ALL THEY DO IS BREAK THE HAIR...WHEN I NOTICE THAT IF I DIDN'T GET A PERM THAT MY HAIR WOULD BREAK THAT WAS ENOUGH FOR ME SO... I JUST SAID FUDGE IT N CUT IT ALL OFF AND NEVER LOOKED BACK SINCE 06...SO SEEING YOU JUST BROUGHT TEARS IN EYES BECAUSE I FELT LIKE WE MADE IT(US NATURALS)YOU MADE NATURAL HAIR ACCEPTABLE... I WAS SOOOO HAPPY FOR US... I JUST WANTED TO SAY THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU FOR COMING TO THE TYRA SHOW LETTING THE WORLD KNOW WE NATURALS ARE HERE TO STAY. I REALLY FEEL LIKE WE MADE IT!! SO THANKS FOR HAVING THE COURAGE TO GO NATURAL AND ALSO FOR HAVING THE HOOK UP TO GO ON THE TRYA SHOW N FOR HER TO HAVE YOU BLOGGING ON TRYA WEBSITE THAT'S SOOOOO BIG GO NIKKI GO NIKKI!!!

Anonymous said...

Now, my hubbs does not say a thing when I have my curls up. A matter of fact, he's as worried about messing up my curls (he feels my pain!)as I am (well almost). This way, your curls are seen in all their glory, but out of the way. But if I wear a bonnet and my curls are hidden, he does have something "smart" to say. I mean, really! Look at Nikki in pic #2 she looks gorgeous with all those curls in full view.

Anonymous said...

Nikki, you are too funny. But no, I don't see nothing wrong with eating a donut while on the treadmill, IMO it's better than eating one while sitting on the couch. At least you were moving. But on to my nite time routine. I just put a little JBCO around my edges, rub a little in my palms and press it into my hair (I don't rub it), put on my satin cap and hit the sheets. My husband is so cute, he puts on his satin cap too. So we both look sexy.

IAmHFJ said...

Thanks for sharing. :)
At nights i ussay do a loose bun/ponytail, and take a satin scarf over it.
Sometimes i do massage my scalps before doing that, but i dont massage my scalps at any plan time at the day, just at least once at day when i fell like it.

CurlyKid78 said...

My 3c/4a curls are dry so I spray a little water and then seal with baby buttercreme before bed and then put on a satin-like head band. It fits very loosely and is comfortable.

In a few months I hope to be able to have enough length to "truely" pineapple..lol

Anonymous said...

i use a satin cap. i tried using a satin pillow case, but my head slides at different angles and i end up with neck cramps. plus i sleep in different positions through out the night. its hard for me to sleep one way all night.

Anonymous said...

I pull my hair through a loose loop on top of my head while it is still wet. When I wake up, my hair is almost dry and when I take it out of the loop the curls are perfect.

Anonymous said...

can I pineapple with locks??

Anonymous said...

I Luhh Your Hair. I Have 3c Hair And I Love IT NEVER AM I GOING TO GET A PERM! My Hair Is 2inches Wen Curly

Kai said...

Would it not be frizzy at the top of the head or in the front if you dont tie it down

MissLauren said...

I have a question. I'm new to this whole natural hair thing. My hair is really long, past my shoulders. When I twist my hair, I wrap my scarf around my head and leave the twisties dangling and then I put on a silk cap on top of the scarf. When I wake up my twisties are bent, is there anyway I can do the twisties and wrap them up without having them get bent?? It's really frustrating me.

lies28 said...

my hair isn't long enough in its natural state for the pineapple. I use a cap with satin lining and my hair always looks smooshed in the morning I need some better ways to keep my curls!! My natural hair is tightly coiled curls, I love them but wish they would last a little longer and not knot up on me

Famodile Morolake said...

A friend just introduced me to ds site, Nikki u ar doing a very good job. I finally decided to take off my permed hair ds saturday that passed and I felt a kind of relief that I haven't experienced in years. Thanks to a woman from Trinidad and Tobago. As I progress in ds new phase of my life I will let u all in on it. I know am gonna enjoy it but I know it might not be as easy as I think. Thumbs up to all the People that have the courage enough to keep their hair natural. Cheers!

Anonymous said...

I am transiting for about 2 and 1/2 months soo i am very new to this and whenever i do the pineapple my hair ends up lookin like a crazy mess in the morning..i am a crazy sleeper so i braid my hair in four braids put a silk scarf and then a silk bonnet on. In the morning i take the braids out and fluff and i am out the door..however my only problem is that by my 3 day my curls are stiff and there are little tangles from my ends that seem to fall out I am freaking and dont know what to do any advise for a crazy sleeper?

Anonymous said...

I need help my hair look broken and dry no matter what i put on it. Im all with the natural but I Have to be honest I feel like I need a perm. HELP

NaturalSisters said...

I'm gonna try this:) I heard of using a satin bonnet too.

Autumn

Let's Talk said...
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Let's Talk said...

I do the pineapple but without a scrunchy or band. I just put my hair on top of my head and cover with a silk scarf. I was a little skeptical at first, but since I started this, I have noticed fewer tangles and knots and my hair looks like I want it to the next day.

Monica S.

Elise Connors said...

This is very helpful. I am now experimenting with a bantu knot twist out. The results were actually pretty good for my first time. I'm hoping to get better, and this little tip, I'm sure will help the curls last because I do want to only retwist once per week. I twisted the hair on Wed night, took them down Thursday early afternoon (Thanksgiving) and I'm going to retwist them again today (Sunday). This is not at all acceptable. :-)

Anonymous said...

Ok I'm lost, what's the pineapple?

Anonymous said...

@ Annonymous with dry hair..you are probably not using the correct products (regardless of how many you've tried). The lesson I had to learn was WATER hydrates - oil does not! Look for this key word as most products do not mention this. They usually say moisturize - not the same! You have to use a water based product that is virtually oil free (read the ingredients well). I like to mix my own water w/ veggie glycerin (humectant)and a few drops of essential oils. Since I have my hair has felt so good and is no longer dry. I use it daily. Your hair needs its thirst quenched just as your body does. Hope this post reaches you and good luck!

Naturalgirl said...

I sleep with my hair out, I sleep on a satin pillow case, and then in the morning I run my fingers through and brush my hair. it only takes a few minutes to finger curl my ends.

Anonymous said...

I have type 4c hair and Im trying of sorts of products but I want, and need a hair regimen to help with my hair.My hair is very thick and I want some advice on what to do...HELP ME PLEASE

Leanna said...

FINALLY something i do right lol. just went and bought a satin pillowcase and already can feel the difference.

Kiwi said...

What do you suggest for short hair? Just sleep on a satin pillow?

Kiwi said...

Because I'm somewhat of a wild sleeper and my pillows always end up on the floor.

Kiwi said...

Great advice. Usually I sleep with a bonnnet on my head. But this sounds good too. Will try.

hunnybun said...

my hair cant get into a pineapple but to combat this I leave my hair in the puff and wrap my scarf around my head to form a cone so my hair is up and it works well for me

Jacki Whitford said...

I have been doing the pineapple (or as I call it the Wilma or Pebbles Flintstone) sleeping tip for years. I keep a bunch of black scrunchies waiting in the wings when each one wears out. Thanks for mentioning about keeping it loose. It took me a few nights to learn that.

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