Top Tips for Caring for Natural Hair at Bedtime


By Sabrina Perkins of

What to do with your natural hair at night is just as important as what to do with it in the morning. While relaxed we really didn't worry much about it other than making sure to not ruin the style but as we learn more about how to care for our natural tresses we find the importance of everything we do!


Should I Use a Satin Pillowcase?

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by Mary Wolff

There are so many beauty trends out there today that it can be hard to keep up. One of the biggest beauty trends that started with the natural hair community is sleeping on a satin pillowcase. If you haven’t heard of it, you may be wondering what all the fuss is about.

There are many reasons why a satin pillowcase might be better than rougher fabrics like cotton, flannel, or wool. Here are a few of the most popular reasons why you should consider making the switch:


The Best Nighttime Routines for Natural Hair Care

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by Sabrina Perkins of

What to do with your natural hair at night is just as important as what to do with it in the morning. While relaxed we really didn't worry much about it other than making sure to not ruin the style but as we learn more about how to care for our natural tresses we find the importance of everything we do!

When developing a regimen, the same points are pounded into our heads- cleanse, deep condition, moisturize, do protective styles, and etc. but when it comes down to our nighttime routine, we’re given general tips, some that aren’t really universal.

Caring for your hair as you sleep is just as important as caring for it when you’re awake, and even more-so because what you do before bed can be the difference between your curls being on point and being a big matted mess in the morning. Whether you’re rocking a TWA or waist-length Locs, it is important to protect your hair as you sleep in order to retain moisture and preserve your style.


How to Pineapple Natural Hair to Preserve it at Night

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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.


Tips For Maintaining Curly Hair Overnight

by NaturallyChelsea via

Oh, to be newbie again! I can only imagine the things that I would have done differently. I can remember only too well the many, many hairstyles that were spoiled from not having a good curly hair care routine at night. Going to bed without means of protecting your style just means waking up to disappointment from the remnants of yesterday’s beautiful style suddenly a flat, lifeless look or just a plain hot mess. A more seasoned natural will have more than a few tips for maintaining curly hair overnight up her sleeve.

This post is for all the curlies out there who just want to sleep in and not spend an hour in front of the mirror in the morning redoing a style that was perfect the day before. It is possible, there is a way and now you can master it with these tips for maintaining curly hair overnight covering the most common styles.

3 Easy Ways to Maintain Your Twist-Outs at Night

Tiffany writes:
"I did some small twists and wore those for a few days and now I have the best twist out I've ever had. But I can never seem to keep the results for more than a day, and I REFUSE to put all those twists back in every night. Anybody have any suggestions on how to maintain the definition overnight? I usually just put my bonnet on and pray for the best in the morning!"
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3 Tips for Protecting Your Hair at Night

You want your edges, or nah?

Sorry, I had to do it! We are all about our healthy hair journey right? You take all that time washing, deep conditioning, detangling and moisturizing your hair, but sometimes we are too tired to protect it while we sleep. Newsflash… don’t skip the last step!

Here are a few tips to keep your hair healthy while you get your beauty sleep.

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Caring for Natural Hair at Bedtime- The Pineapple

by Michelle Thames of HappilyEverNatural

I get so many questions on how I preserve my hair at night to achieve second and third day hair. I even achieved 5th day hair from a rod set once! Yes, you heard that right-- 5th day hair! Can I get an, Amen?

The key is to pineapple your hair at night. What is pineappling? Pineappling is described as 'a quick styling method to preserve your hair at night to achieve multiple days of your hairstyle'.  Below, I will give you a quick rundown as well as what you will need in order to pineapple your hair, so you can breathe new life into your twist-outs!

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A Nighttime Routine for Twist-Out Maintenance

Shekia Renea writes:

"I thought it'd be helpful to share how I maintain my natural hair over night.  It's been about 9 months since my 3rd big chop, and I use this routine every single night to keep my twist-outs defined and moisturized."

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How to Maintain Your Wash and Go Throughout the Week

 by Kanisha Parks of

Not only is this style fairly easy to execute (depending on your routine) but it showcases the beauty of your natural curl pattern and can be modified into other styles as well. When wearing wash and go’s as an easy style for busy routines and active lifestyles, it can be helpful to know how to keep this style up for 5-7 days until wash day comes around again. Here are some tips to help guide you:

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Will Twisting My Hair Every Night Cause Breakage?

by Amanda

When I big chopped in 2011 after transitioning for ten months, I rocked fingercoils that I only had to touch up twice a week. Then came the awkward stage. My coils were not long enough for a ponytail and the fingercoils were starting to hang like starter locs. Twist outs left my hair looking like Icarus from the Disney Hercules cartoon (I am not offended if you laugh), so I was frantically trying to figure out my next style. My fingers cramped at every attempt to braid, so flat-twist outs became my best friend! For the next two years, I would reserve an hour an every night to flat twist my fine, 4a coils. Did you notice I said fine? Do I regret that? Well, I can address that in my response to AmandaCurls101 from Q&A.

Is it okay to retwist/rebraid/rebantu etc. every night? So I have short very kinky hair that has a ton of shrinkage. If I don't retwist or rebraid my hair at night it will get very matted up and very tangled. Will retwisting at night cause too much breakage?

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4C Natural Hair- A Nighttime Regimen

NaturalMe4c has an easy nighttime routine that doesn't involve re-twisting and it gets her to Day 3 hair!  Watch and learn!

Quick Tip: Wig Caps for Smooth Roots

by Shelli of Hairscapades 

This is just a quick little tip that I’ve been meaning to share for a while. As some of you may know, I have been using hairnets to tie down my crown at night when I’ve set my hair wet/damp and need it to dry overnight. The hairnet allows for far more airflow than a satin/silk scarf so that the area that stays wet the longest will dry more quickly, while still keeping the hair flat. I sleep on a satin pillowcase to reduce friction overnight.

Night Time Routine for Natural Hair- Short to Medium Length

Whether the texture, type, or temperament, having a nighttime routine for your tresses is essential and can make or break your hair, style, or regimen if not implemented. Sorry, you must prepare your hair and even if you are dead set against nightly routines, even the simplest of things can make for healthier hair and a healthier hair relationship. We also need to be reminded that the length of your hair does not determine if you need a nighttime routine but rather what type of nighttime routine you need to incorporate. Taking out the necessary time to ensure your style will be preserved or to keep your hair from being dry is what you do the night before and even though many (or most) naturals are aware of this sometimes we need to be reminded.

That’s right my shorter-haired naturals. Just flopping down on the satin pillowcase is usually not enough to preserve a style or to keep your hydration up.

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10 Nighttime Solutions for Natural Hair Care

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I don't like to wear my hair out that often because I really don't feel like spending the extra time every morning styling my hair and then having to spend another 30 minutes to an hour putting it away at night. Although I have to admit that I do enjoy the variety of styles that I'm able to put my hair in when it's out.

If you have medium to long hair, you might be looking for easy ways to put your hair away at night. The hairstyles that I choose to wear to bed is often dependent on the style that I plan to wear the next morning, as well as the time that I'm willing to spend on my hair that night.

So below, I've listed 10 different styles that our hair can be styled in for bed. As usual, you can either choose to wear a satin bonnet or scarf to protect the style or you could sleep on a satin pillow case instead. 

4 Tips for 'Second-Day Hair'

Q: How can I get my style to last? Is there an alternative to wetting and putting leave-in conditioner in my hair every day?

CN: We are always in search of that elusive ‘second-day hair’ — a style that lasts forty-eight hours and still looks fab! Here’s the thing: achieving predictable second, third, or fourth-day hair takes preparation, starting with a solid, moisture-based regimen on wash day, followed by protective measures at night, and if necessary, some refreshing the morning after. Here’s how:

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Nighttime Routines- An Alternative to the Pineapple

by Shelli of Hairscapades

First, my fine strands don’t do well with daily manipulation and nightly re-braiding/re-twisting routines. So, I need a nighttime routine that involves minimal hair handling. But, the “pineapple,” high unicorn horn ponytail just never worked well for me. I mean, I gave it the ol’ college try! Really I did. Over and over again. But, my curls just don’t defy gravity *sad face* (don’t you love that song though?). So, they would just flop all up in my face, or fall back down onto my neck (no matter that I started the night with them daintily draped over my satin pillowcase). Inevitably, I’d end up sleeping on and crushing at least half of my curls. Not only that, when it was time to take the pineapple down in the morning, my less curly nape hair “tail” would be even longer (ughhh!!! Yes! The dreaded curly mullet) and my hair would be frizzy. So, finally, I gave up on the pineapple and just started bunning my hair instead. I still had to deal with flattened curls and ends, but not so much frizz, no excessive tail, and no face-flop for sleepy time.

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3 Ways Smart Transitioners Sleep- Nighttime Hair Protection

Oh, to be fully natural and not have a care in the world...

Just kidding, I know plenty of naturals still struggle with their hair - especially at bedtime. But for transitioners, the struggle is especially unique - how do you preserve styles and prevent tangles without accidentally returning all hair to straight? Here are 3 ways to preserve styles, prevent matting, and reduce damage to transitioning hair at nighttime:

1. Scarf Pineapple
When it comes to the pineapple, I generally warn transitioners to stay away. Although the pineapple is simple and brilliant, it will inevitably lead to ruining a transitioning style via stretching the styled hair back straight. However, if you've reached at least the mid-point in your transition, the scarf pineapple method is a viable option. As a spin-off of the original, I use a satin scarf to secure and pineapple my hair. I bend over at the waist, lay the triangular shaped (achieved by folding in half diagonally) scarf at the back of my head, then bring the sides around to the front and tie them in a knot to secure my hair. Then I take the two ends and tie them at the back of my hair, to further secure. It ends up looking like a ponytail, but minus the scrunchie, which significantly decreases the likelihood of stretching or re-straightening styled hair.

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A Night Time Routine for Curly Kids

In this video, Brown Girl shows you her easy and simple night routine. Here are a few night time tips to remember-

The 7 Day Wash and Go- Natural Hair Care Tips

by Alicia James of

I do so many different things to my natural hair. One of the things that I love the most about being natural is how versatile it is. I like it straightened, I like it blown out, big, and I enjoy my wash and gos! When I wear a wash and go it is usually more about convenience. If I wear the hairstyle I don’t want to have to do a lot to my hair throughout the week. I definitely don’t want to have to co wash my hair daily. My goal is to make my wash and go last at least 3-5 days, and if I can go 7 days my week has been phenomenal! As I type this I am currently on day 5 of my wash and go, so it looks like I am going to make it to day 6! Alright nooooow!

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