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Protecting Your Natural Hair in the Shower

By January 27th, 202139 Comments

Protecting Your Natural Hair in the Shower

Jennifer says:

Thanks so much for this online community! I have been natural for just over a year, and have looked to the Curly Nikki community quite a few times along my journey. I do have one question which I have not seen discussed. We hear so much about how to keep our hairstyles while we sleep, but I am wondering how to maintain my hair while in the shower. My hair is getting longer and I have to stuff it into a shower cap. When I am wearing a Twist-Out or a Rodset, I can’t just wear it out in the shower. So my question is,

What are you doing to preserve your ‘do while you shower?


  • Anonymous says:

    Why do we have to do anything at all to "protect" our hair in the shower or in the rain for that matter?? That's why we're natural–to be free from the fear of our hair "reverting" when getting it wet. Or could it be we are really trying to keep our natural hair from getting NAPPY?????? I think that's what natural hair is supposed to be isn't it? Or is it pouring salt on generational wounds? Let's face it, we still have a long way to go 🙁

  • Jet-Setting Divas says:

    I put my hair in a pineapple and put on a shower cap. Sometimes I'll include a bonnet under the shower cap, if I really don't want to get my hair wet.

  • FunkyStarkitty50 says:

    My silk scarf or just let it mist. My hair is so dry, I think it needs a little more moisture

  • Bitty Boss says:

    I usually cover my hair with a scarf and a turbie twist over the scarf. Works every time!

  • Anonymous says:

    Thanks ladies for sharing your showering tips, I really appreciate it!
    – Jennifer

  • Kimmie0810 says:

    If you're worried about your style, get a Sue Maseta hooded band or a loc sock to cover the length of your hair w/o disturbing the curls. Then you can pull it up (tucking the end in the front) or let it hang down and cover the back/ends with a shower cap.

  • Candace4life says:

    I just shower without an cap on, I don't mind the stean or a little bit of water hitting my hair. Unless it's in an afro style then that hair is under a cap, because that water is like kyropnite to my hair and will shrink like crazy lol…

    On a side note just wanted to let you guys know this as well.

    To all the ladies that use Sheamoisture products, they will now supposedly be sold at Walgreens. I saw this interesting info on LHCF, this is what's stated.
    "Shamonica38663" wrote yesterday:
    SheaMoisture is coming to Walgreens

    Hey everyone,

    Just wanted to let you guys know that on SheaMoisture's face book they announced that their hair collection will be at Walgreens on April 1. On that date every single Walgreens may not have it but soon after all will have it. I think that this is great because I live in a small town where we don't have a Target. I happen to go to school in a town that does have target and SheaMoisture is available to me. When I go home for a visit or for the summer I would like to be available to buy SheaMoisture without going 30-45min away.

  • Anonymous says:

    My hair is chin length when stretched. If I'm wearing a twist out or a defined puff, I put on a shopping bag to accommodate my hair. Then as soon as I get out of the shower, I take of the bag and let the steam do its thing on my hair. I stay in the steam while I towel dry myself and apply lotion all over my body.

  • Rae says:

    I usually use a shower cap, but I just saw an article for an online shop selling over sized shower caps for longer/bigger hair at You may want to check them out. Here's the link:

  • Anonymous says:

    I like to shower with my twists out so they can shrink a little.

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    If I'm wearing a bun, I tie a scarf around my edges and put on a plastic cap. If I'm wearing it out, I'll pineapple or pull it down low and secure with a scrunchy, scarf, and then plastic cap.

  • hiphopmuse says:

    I usually braid my hair, pin up, and use satin lined shower cap. If you don't want to braid your hair, you can pineapple it and use an extra large size shower cap for longer hair.

  • Anonymous says:

    When I had locs, I loved getting my hair steamed and misted by the shower. My hair looked fuller and it felt good. With my loose hair, I wear shower cap.

  • Anonymous says:

    I braid my hair every night for braidouts the next day because unfortunately I can only get one-day hair from a braidout. If my hair is in braids, I don't cover my head and enjoy the moisture from the steam. If my hair is down, I cover it with a satin bonnet because the moisture causes my braidout to loose some of its form and poof out.

  • Curly Cubaminican says:

    I usually wear a satin cap, but sometimes I forget.

  • Sheree says:

    good ole shower cap, or sometimes a scarf. usually if i have to wash my hair the next day i just hop right in but i dont wet my hair

  • Brey says:

    I pineapple and then wrap my silk scarf around my head while it's in the triangle shape and I tie it in the back….the part that lies on the top of my hair i tuck the end in the knot so the steam stays off of my hair which sometimes causes it to be frizzy 🙂

  • Anonymous says:

    Shower cap. I stuff my styles(braid outs, flat twist outs, buns, etc) in a satin bonnet and/or satin scarf followed by a shower cap. This keeps my styles fresh and tangle free until the next wash day (every 5-6 days).

  • Cicely says:

    My hair loves the moisture and steam. It's the perfect fix for "bed head."

  • Franki says:

    Loose bun at the back or top of the head. If I'm wearing it out, I can fluff it when I'm done. Shower caps are reserved for deep conditioning and post-press showers.

  • CazRae says:

    i found the best shower cap years ago; it has a sewn-in satin bonnet. it's a go-to when my hair is styled and i am pressed for time keeping me from re-styling.
    however, most times when i'm going to wear a twist out, i leave my twists in while showering.
    moisture doesn't hurt a coily-curly head, but shrinkage isn't what we're always going for.

  • jadar47 says:

    In the summer I dont care. I live in a very hot summer climate so I'll air dry anyway. but yeah, just like everyone else I use a shower cap or two and shower away.

  • Unknown says:

    Satin durag and a toni towel turban. Works great for me!

  • Anonymous says:

    I finger divide my hair into two sections (left and right) and swoop each section toward the middle and pin loosely. Then I put on a shower cap. Sometimes I wear a satin bonnet under the cap. On a lazy day I'll just stuff it all under a shower cap and hop in.


  • westNDNbeauty says:

    satin bonnet + shower cap.

  • Pecancurls says:

    If I have a rod set, I pineapple (minis because my hair is not that long yet) and put on a satin bonnet. Two strand twists, silk scarf and bonnet.

  • CurlyChefRobin says:

    I'm like the other ladies. I keep my satin bonnet on and allow the steam to make my hair full and moist!

  • KCAS says:

    Well, that's one of the best parts of being natural for me: I rarely cover my hair during shower, mainly because my hair usually gets better with the steam. When I was relaxed, I always had to cover my whole head, paying attention to the roots so that any part got wet (and undone). Nowadays, I never use plastic cap (was told thats bad for the hair and ruins curls), all I do is clipping the hair on the front so that I can wet my face.

  • NaturallyU says:

    I only wear my satin bonnet. I haven't worn a shower cap in years even when I was relaxed. I always felt like shower caps ruined my style. For some reason I never had luck with them. : (

  • socialitedreams says:

    i just hop in with it out and if it gets misted, then the more moisture to it. sometimes i'll wear my bonnet from sleeping, but generally it's just up and out 🙂


  • bkKinksnCurls says:

    I have long hair too and I protect my style from the water and steam by wrapping my hair in a satin scarf and using a Toni Towel on top of that. The Toni Towel acts like wrapping your head with a towel except it's smaller and more manageable.

  • BreukelensFinest says:

    i rarely cover my hair when i shower. if im not washing my hair i loosely put my hair up. I feel like the mist from the shower and the heat is great for my hair strands.

  • Anonymous says:

    I usually wear my scarf and then a shower cap, cause my shower cap doesn't seem to cover my edges.

  • LaToya says:

    two shower caps and a loose ponytail

  • Unknown says:

    A shower cap should be good unless you've got butt length hair. I'm currently at MBL and it's working fine for me. If I want to be extra careful I'll wear 2 (one for the top and one for the back).

  • Anonymous says:

    Shower cap and/or hand held shower attachment.

  • Anonymous says:

    I pineapple then put on a shower cap. Pineappling ability will definitely depend on length but it defintely helps when your hair is long enough

  • Anonymous says:

    Shower cap. If I slept with it loose under a satin bonnet then I'll spray it with an aloe vera spritz and add a cream moisurizer before putting on the shower cap

  • LaNeshe says:

    If I'm wearing a twist out that needs a little boost after sleeping on it, I leave it out, the mist/steam helps give my hair an extra boost. Other than that I shower cap.

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