How Do I Protect My Natural Hair At Night?

You can do everything right with your natural hair regimen... and still ruin it all with a bad nightly routine. Think about it- you spend a significant portion of your life with your hair squashed underneath the weight of your head. This can lead to breakage as your curls snag on your pillowcase, dryness as your hair loses moisture overnight, matting/tangling from friction between hair strands, and unmanageable hair when you wake up in the morning.

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Luckily, you can avoid all of this with a simple but consistent nightly regimen. Your regimen will depend on your hair’s unique characteristics and the styles you wear on a daily basis, but here are NaturAll Club’s 4 main pointers.

1. Moisturize and seal.

Curly hair dries out easily overnight. Prevent this by moisturizing your hair before bed, either with a spritz of water or a leave-in conditioner. Seal in the moisture with an oil, such as our all-natural Jamaican Black Castor Oil Growth Serum.

2. Depending on your hair length and the style you’re wearing, put your hair in a low-manipulation style overnight.

    1. If you’re rocking a twist out or braid out, take a moment to re-braid/twist your hair before going to sleep. This will decrease frizz and keep your style looking good when you take out the braids/twists the next morning.
    2. If you’re wearing a wash n’ go, try a pineapple to protect your curls for the next day. Gather all your hair to the top of your head and secure it with a loose hair tie. This leaves your curls loose on top of your head so they won’t get crushed under your head overnight.
    3. To preserve a stretched style, tie your hair in loose, chunky twists/braids, buns, or bantu knots under a scarf.

3. Sleep on a satin or silk pillowcase

    1. Silk is a natural fiber used to make cloth, while satin is a weave that can be made from a variety of fiber materials. You can usually tell the difference because silk has a shimmery appearance, while satin is glossy on one side and dull on the back. (Not sure? Check the label!) How much does the difference matter? Depending on the fiber used in a satin fabric, satin will usually be cheaper, but not quite as effective as real silk. Use silk if you can, but for all intents and purposes, they have the same benefits.
    2. Satin/silk pillowcases are slick and create very little friction. While other fabrics are prone to snag and tug on your hair, silk/satin allows your hair to move and glide around freely. The result: less breakage, and less frizz in the morning!
    3. Silk/satin also absorb far less moisture from your hair than other fabrics. Sleeping on a satin/silk pillowcase will prevent your hair drying out overnight.

4. Use a satin/silk scarf or bonnet.

Especially if your hair tends to dry out overnight, a scarf or bonnet will protect your hair just like a satin/silk pillowcase, but it has the added benefit of holding your hair in place throughout the night and trapping moisture.

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    What are your pro-tips for a nightly routine that protects your tresses? Comment below! 

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    • Jeanny

      I am praying and working with my hair like now, like I have never before. I desire so mu h to get more length hair! I really getting the hang of trying to keep my ends moisturized to help main non split ends. A y help I can get is very much appreciated! Natural to me is the way to go now, but it takes understanding the hair and its do’s and don’t! I want to kerp my hair happy!


    • Jada davis

      So sleep on a wet pillowcase at night?

    • Missy Tails

      Hi! My hair is on the ear length if straightened but i think i have damaged it do to heat applied during straightening which i only did thrice with four month aparta each time. Since then my hair is too soft and dry and when washed it’s curly especially at the back. Its like i have two different types of hair. But lately my hair is very thick as i applied the avocado and egg mixture lately. Is my hair fine like this because it totally changed from its natural cause. What do i do to keep it thick, moisturized, and more curly with less chemicals. I would prefer hommade stuff

    • Chi Chi

      Is it healthy to rebraid or retwist every night to maintain a braid or twist out or less often? And I cowash my hair every week and then shampoo my hair once a month. I try to deep condition my hair after every wash to keep my 4b/4c hair healthy. Does all of the above sound healthy? I have 10 inch fro now.

    • Lisa

      If you apply the leave in conditioner with JBCO serum at night, do you have to also do it again in the morning? How do you guard against too much product build up. What frequency would you recommend? Thanks for all you do.

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