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.
Preserve a Wash and Go – Option 1
The first popular method involves keeping the curls moist so that they do not dry in an awkward position while you sleep. Remember those days waking up to flat hair on one side and smooshed curls? Well, no longer! All you will need for this method of preservation is a spray bottle and a shower cap.
Lightly spritz your hair with water then cover it with a shower cap.
Once you’re finished, put on your satin bonnet or scarf and hop into bed.
The slight moisture and your body heat create a green house effect, helping to keep your curls moist so you can simply fluff and go come morning.
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Preserve a Wash and Go – Option 2
Another way to preserve a wash and go is to plait the hair. I know it sounds weird to plait your hair when trying to maintain the curl, but loosely plaiting the hair helps to not only get rid of first day crunchy hair, but it also helps to stretch it to get rid of the Jherri curl look. And because it’s done loosely, the curl pattern will be left undisturbed.
Grab large random sections of hair and braid it loosely remembering to leave the ends (an inch or two) undone to preserve the curl at the end. Use ouchless headbands to secure the braid if it begins to become undone.
Put on your satin scarf or bonnet and tuck yourself in for the night.
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Preserve a Twist or Braid-Out
Second day hair for a twist or braid out seems to be somewhat of a myth or only enjoyed by a select lucky few.
Keeping in mind that the style may never look as defined, frizz free and gorgeous as day one, it is indeed possible to preserve it and get at least two days from a set with the right curly hair care methods!
Begin by applying pomade or gel to your hairline and tie a scarf around it. This will help to keep your edges down so come the next morning, there will be no battle to get them to behave and no need to pull out your hairline’s arch nemesis, the bristle brush.
You can then either loosely twist the hair in large sections or pineapple it. In order to pineapple the hair, bend at the waist and gather your hair at the very top of your head.
Secure it loosely with a satin scrunchy. Ensure that you do not tie your hair too tightly as it will leave a dent in it that will be difficult to remove in the morning. Put on your satin bonnet and hit the sack.
And, voila! Your twist or braid out is ready for day two!
Press and Curl Maintenance
Grab each curl, and going in the same direction that it was formed, loosely begin to wrap it around your finger. When you have reached your scalp, grab a bobby pin and pin the wrapped curl to your scalp. Continue to do this until all your hair is done.
The following morning remove the pins and style your curls as desired.
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Straight Hair Maintenance
Grab a wide-toothed comb and boar bristle brush (the boar bristles are less damaging to your hair). Part your hair from the center of your forehead going back till the center of your head.
Using your wide-toothed comb, begin to wrap your hair starting from the part going in either direction. Use the brush to smooth your hair down as you go along and continue to brush and or comb until your hair lies smoothly against your head.
Once done with wrapping, put on your satin scarf. Do not forget to wrap even the small hairs at the hairline to prevent them from reverting.
Tips: To really prevent reversion while you shower, opt for a shopping bag instead. Small shower caps simply don’t do a good enough job of keeping the humidity of the shower out and aren’t big enough to cover your entire hairline in the front and back. So grab a plastic shopping bag and tie it on your head. Then pull the front and back down to ensure that every last hair is tucked away.
Above all else, remember to cover your hair at night. The cotton fibers can leach the moisture out and create friction causing frizz. Also, wrapping your hair can help to keep it in position, especially for updos. For those of you who want to reserve the right to maintain your sexiest even while you get your REM, then opt for a satin pillowcase instead. Satin will help eliminate friction to keep your hair looking its best. With these tips for maintaining curly hair overnight in a variety of styles, wake up beautiful and refreshed!
So, until next time: love, peace, and curly haired bliss!
What’s your current night time routine?