“How do you prepare your hair at night” is a common question that I have received many times over the last few years. In this column, I am going to share my night time routine in a step-by-step method, along with providing some basic tips on how you can maintain your natural hair before going to bed.
“How do you prepare your hair at night” is a common question that I have received many times over the last few years. In this column, I am going to share my night time routine in a step-by-step method, along with providing some basic tips on how you can maintain your natural hair before going to bed. Keep in mind, natural hair needs additional moisture compared to other types of hair, so it’s imperative to keep your hair protected, especially before heading to sleep.
Put Your Hair Up
I recommend either twisting or braiding your hair in large sections at night. This will help to keep your hair secure and out of the way, which will assist with reducing tangles and knots.
Moisturize your Scalp and the Ends
Always remember that dry ends can lead to breakage, so it is especially important to keep the ends of your hair protected. I suggest using light oils such as jojoba, almond or avocado oil to protect your hair ends. Be sure that you’re not heavy-handed in the application, this way you will not weigh your hair down or make your hair greasy. Another good tip is using plain distilled water or a leave-in conditioner to seal the ends with just a dab of oil. This is a great way to moisturize and protect your ends.
Wearing Silk Scarves/Using Satin Pillowcases
When you are fast asleep, tossing and turning, your hair rubs on the pillow causing friction. This friction can be reduced by wearing a silk scarf or using a satin pillowcase. I would strongly advise not to use a cotton pillowcase. Since cotton is known to absorb oils which is not a conducive for black hair.
Another alternative is creating your own satin scarves by heading to the fabric store and getting a piece of fabric cut into a square or purchase pre-made scarves from online retailers such as GHairwrap.com or SatinSakks.com.
For tips on how to avoid silk scarves from coming off at night, check out this helpful YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebZqsOlgZ1U.
Also in my experience, wearing scarves at night usually guarantees that my hair will be smooth in the morning.
MG’s Nightly Hair Routine:
I have been wearing braidouts consistently for a little over a year now, as this hairstyle is very low maintenance and I don’t have to apply many products to my hair. Below I have compiled my nightly hair routine:
Step 1. First off, I grab my trusty pink container that’s full of items for my daily hair care. It contains my homemade leave-in conditioner, coconut oil, small roller rods, duckbill clips, butterfly clips, bobby pins, a rat tail comb, a wide tooth comb and a boars bristle brush.
I highly recommend placing all the items you need in one container, that way you don’t have to go searching for everything. You can find containers in different sizes and colors at your local dollar store.
Step 2. Next, I decide how I am wearing my hair for the next day (if I am wearing a headband etc). For the most part, I wear my hair in 2 or 3 plaits going towards the back.
Step 3. Then I section my hair off into one workable section and put the rest of my hair up in a butterfly clip.
Step 4. While working with this one section, I lightly mist my hair with my leave in conditioner and braid. My hair at this point is damp not soaking wet. After braiding I will apply a dab of oil on my ends.
Sometimes I would use a roller on the ends, if this is the case I would leave them on for up to 15 minutes and I don’t sleep with them on my ends. Other times I twirl my finger around the braid and the coil stays. Please note – when using rollers, it’s very important to use end papers on the rollers. This will help protect your hair from breakage.
Step 5. I repeat steps 3 and 4 on the next section (s) and put on my satin scarf.
My entire night routine from start to finish takes me 5 – 10 minutes flat. Even if I’m feeling lazy, I would put my hair into one braid and put on my scarf.
I hope these tips will help you stay motivated with putting you hair away at night!
Stay tuned for my next day hair tips where I will break down my morning hair care routine.