When talking about maintaining healthy hair, what you do to your hair at bedtime is very important. If you feel like you have the best hair care regimen and yet you are still experiencing breakage and dryness, you may want to re-evaluate your bedtime routine. Trust, I’m not saying every night you have to spend 20-30 minutes on your hair, but you do need a consistent bedtime routine. There are simple techniques that you can do at night to protect your hair that only takes 10 minutes or less. It is also important to note that even if you have a TWA it is still important for you to have a bedtime routine to keep your hair from being dry and preserve your style. The purpose of a bedtime routine is to not only prevent matting and dryness but knots and tangles, as well.
Your bedtime routine should include these 3 simple steps: Moisture, Protective Style, and Satin bonnet, satin scarf or satin pillow cases.
We can’t say this enough. Maintaining balanced moisture levels is essential to preventing breakage, dryness, split ends and other hair damage. It is a golden rule to moisturize your hair at least twice a day, once in the morning and once a night. With this said, follow the Liquid Oil Cream method to seal in moisture. In the morning when your hair is not matted, tangled, knotted, dry, itchy and damaged its thanking you for the TLC you gave it at night. Remember, moisture retention is essential for healthy hair and hair growth.
Two protective style techniques that you can do at bedtime to keep your natural tresses protected and healthy that takes less than 10 minutes are: plaits and the pineapple method. Two protective style techniques that take 30 minutes – 1 hour to complete is twisting or braiding your hair. No matter which of these protective styles you use, your hair will thank you.
Do not confuse plaits with re-braiding your hair. Plaits are designed to be something quick and simple you can do to your hair at night to keep your hair protected. With plaits, you want to do 2-4 on each side of your head (ex: 2 on the left; 2 on right) depending on the length and thickness of your hair. For shorter hair you can probably do 2-3 plaits on each side of your head. Those with mid-length to long hair can do 4 plaits on each side of their head.
The pineapple method
In this video, @NaturallyGlamTV shows you how to do the pineapple method, which takes 2-3 minutes to complete. @NaturallyGlamTV also shows you her morning routine after using the Pineapple Method. No matter, your hair texture or length (except for TWAs) you can do this Pineapple Method. All you are in need of is a silk/satin scarf.
Braids or Twists
If you choose to braid or twist your hair each night be prepared to spend 30 minutes to 1 hour styling your hair. If you have the time, this is a great methods for sealing in the moisture applied prior to styling and refreshing your hairstyle for the next morning.
The last step of your bedtime routine is using a satin bonnet, scarf or pillowcase. This is a very important step as the contact between our hair and cotton bedding tends to draw moisture out of our hair. By drawing moisture out of our hair we are likely to have dryness, breakage, tangles, split ends and other damage. So, to prevent damage from occurring be sure to wear a satin bonnet or scarf; or use a satin pillowcase. If you’re searching for a new satin bonnet, I highly recommend Ebonnet. Click here to learn more about Ebonnets made by @EboniCurls
What’s your favorite bedtime routine?