March 31, 2016

How to Pineapple Natural Hair to Preserve it at Night

via KalaG

What does "Pineapple" mean?

The pineapple is a great method for keeping your curly hair looking amazing while you sleep. The natural hair community created it in order to stretch out the amount of time between wash days. By tying your hair up on top of your head, you keep it out of the way and reduce breakage, tangling, and disrupting your curl definition. For highly textured girls, this is a great way to stretch your coils too, depending on the length of your hair.

There are a lot of variations on the pineapple depending on your length of hair. But the basics are below.

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Step 1 - the Pineapple

Gather your hair into a high ponytail so that it sits on the top of your head. The key is to keep the hair from the back and sides of your head while sleeping. You can also create multiple ponies if your hair is either too thick or too short to gather in one ponytail. Be sure to use a satin scrunchie so that there is no crease in the morning.

Step 2 - the Satin Scarf

Use a satin scarf to wrap around your pineappled hair. Tie it around the front of your head so that you don't lay your head on the knot. You can skip this is if you sleep on a satin pillowcase.

Step 3 - the Takedown

There are multiple ways to take down your pineapple, and they are all a matter of preference. You will need to discover what works for you, so try a couple of methods. The most common way to take down your pineapple is to release the hair and fluff it with your fingers so that it regains its shape. Some pineapplers prefer to release their hair and spritz it with hair refresher to get some more definition. However, some naturalistas prefer not to tough the hair at all in order not to disrupt the curl pattern. Watch how Amanda lets down her type 4 coily hair after the pineapple without any manipulation:



Finished!

This technique will keep your curls from being completely flattened in the morning. Many kinky , coily, curly girls pineapple to keep their hair stretched, combating shrinkage. Adding the pineapple technique to your regimen will protect your curls and give you great looking hair between wash days!

Pineapple for All Lengths

If you have shorter natural hair, or extra long hair, you may be thinking that the pineapple isn't for you. You may have to modify your pineapple a bit, but it's not impossible. Check out this article on how to modify the pineapple for short, natural hair.

Troubleshooting the Pineapple Method

It may take a couple of tries for you to get the pineapple method just right. Sometimes the pineapple doesn’t work. Don’t give up! Try out these different techniques to refresh your hair after a pineapple. It may take multiple efforts, but you can definitely make the pineapple work for you. Read more: The Pineapple Method Didn't Work, Now What? 

Do you pineapple? What's your preferred nightly routine? 

This article was originally written in 2013 and has been updated for grammar, clarity, and relevance.

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