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Fluffy Curl Night Time Routine

By January 27th, 202113 Comments

I haven’t slept in a satin bonnet for months now…mainly because the hubs refers to me as ‘Alien’ when I do (affectionately of course). Also, the elastic band can be a pain, and some mornings, my hair would be completely squished and undefined in places. I’d say the bonnet yielded a 75% success rate.

As most of you know, I’ve had great success sleeping with my hair out and on a satin pillow case. Knock on wood, I’ve yet to experience a crappy hair day because of it. I also feel much sexier now that I’ve retired the bonnet for a spell 😉

When I first started wearing natural styles I smothered my hair in gel until the curls resembled crunchy ramen noodles. It was very easy to preserve this style — clip it down, scrunchy it up…it didn’t matter, it would still be defined the next day. Preserving fluffy, soft hair is another story.

Here’s what I do:

  • Scoop out a dime sized amount of Shea. Melt it between your palms, and apply in a downward motion to the top layers of your hair. It’s a ‘slicking’ action to control some of the halo frizz.
  • Secure both sides with a duckbill clip. This keeps the hair from wandering into your face and standing the chance of getting drooled on, flattened out, or shrunk up 🙂
  • Twirl any frizzy ends with DevaCurl Set it Free or Shea Butter. I slick a bit of it on the ends and twirl away. The curls never look like they do on day 1, but it’s better than nothing.
  • Sleep on a satin pillow case. I try to flip my hair over the pillow case to avoid smooshing the curls. Usually at around 1am, I remove the duckbill from the side I’m sleeping on (being mindful to keep the hair hanging off the top of the pillow)…not very comfy, lol. But hey, if it works, it works 🙂

Fluffy Curl Night Time Routine
Fluffy Curl Night Time Routine


  • shannon r says:

    I tried this last night and omg! perfection finally. I don't have a satin pillowcase yet. when i laid down i flip my hair upwards on the pillow and drifted away to sleep land. this morning i woke up and immediately dashed to the mirror: for the first time i have great day2 hair. This may actually lead to me having day 5 curls.(i usually never make it past day 1)

  • KQ says:

    Ok I tried this and my curls didn't stay?!?! I don't know if its what I used when I originally styled it or what but its starting to frustrate. I'm also wondering if its b/c of the length of my hair? My hair is almost WL. I did a braidout then left about 2-3in loose and rolled them on rods and it turned out PERFECT its retaining it where I struggle

  • Anonymous says:

    Has anyone tried Karitin Treatment? If so how are the results on Natural Hair?

  • Anonymous says:

    I am a busy wife and mother of 2, in nursing school. Not much time on my hands to care for myself, but it's time for a change. I turned natural when pregnant with my first child, my hair began to shed, and relaxers made things worse. I have been natural for about 2.5 years now. I have tried curly pudding from Miss Jessies, which did not do well after day 2 for me and is quite costly for my buget. I use gel daily, and I am tiard of the crunchy ramen noodle cirls. My hair is left dry, and has slowed down on growth. I know that I am very rough with my hair trying to tame the beast. I have recently found breakage around my ponytail area. I want to take better care of my cirls, and promote growth. I will try some of your treatments to see if there is any change to my cirls, and growth. Thanks for posting this website.

  • Maria says:

    My husband lies and says the rollers and satin bonnets make me look cute. He's a liah!

    I love how brown your hair looks in the first picture. OK i'm off to get a burrito

  • Anonymous says:

    great pics! I'm feeling the no-fuss sleep. I use satin pillowcase also. tried lots. got mine from an online site: neero-ana. doesn't absorb hair creams. thanks for sharing your tips.

  • Tamandra says:

    Does this present any skin problems with hair products getting on your pillow and eventually onto your face?

  • Shelly says:

    My nighttime routine is still under assessment. I'm lucky if I can maintain day 3 hair.

  • momo7 says:

    @CN your edges r poppin'

    @Natakue lmao I've been fiending for a burrito for the past few days.

  • ChiChi says:

    I can't be a careful sleeper, I'm sorry. LOL I'll just have to deal in the morning.

  • Anonymous says:

    Nikki, Nikki, Nikki! You make some of us so jealous! As frustrated as I am with this transitioning phase, you make me keep going.

    Natakue, that's funny. I am hungry too.

  • KurlyQue says:

    Thanks. I will def be doing this.

  • Natakue says:

    thanks for spelling this out. but if this requires me being a "careful" sleeper, i might flunk this one. i rotate like a rotisserie at night. sometimes i end up wrapped up like a burrito. =P

    dang, i just made myself hungry and lunch is no time soon, haha!

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