Night time hair care is just as important as all other hair care, if not more. Not properly caring for your hair at night can compromise or defeat the purpose of all the other good hair care you give to yourself each day.
First, consider your current night time hair care regimen and compare that to your daily care. What do you do that is different? Sometimes we can take so much time and care in the primping portion of hair care that we omit some of the important things like wrapping the hair at night. If you are not a scarf wearer, you can opt for a satin bonnet, ‘do rag’, or satin pillow case.
Loose curls & Afros. If you are wearing an afro or loose natural style, even if you just tie it up at night, it may turn out very smooshed in the morning. What you can do to prevent this from happening is to section the hair, (no definition needed) and plait the hair in large plaits. This keeps the hair stretched and also makes it easier to sleep on-not worrying about actually smashing your fro. When you wake up in the morning, you can unfurl the plaits and pick your fro in place. You should have volume and manageable tresses.
Twist outs & Textures styles. For twist outs and curly styles, you can use a bonnet to secure the curls without smashing them by tying anything tightly to the head. In the morning the textured strands can be fluffed with your fingers, to avoid disturbing the definition.
Moisture. To retain moisture, night time is a great time for this. As you are preparing your hair for plaits you can either lightly mist each section with a leave in, followed by massaging a dime sized drop of olive oil to those sections before plating the hair up. For braid outs, you would skip this as the water will loosen the texture pattern, but you can apply a little oil in the morning to keep the hair soft and shiny.
Locs. For locked hair, it is vital to tie your down at night, for a number of reasons like preventing lint build up, rolling over your hair and pulling locs out and also retaining moisture. If you are wearing your locs straight and hanging down, you can mist them with a leave in spray to condition them and seal that with an oil like coconut. It is important also to avoid using a lot of products especially heavy creams, gels and pomades that can build up in each loc, creating dry and dull looking hair. Misting the hair at night and adding an oil will help seal in the moisture and if you plait your locs together, you can have a wavy texture in the morning. Tying the locs down also helps encourage you to be delivered from the “hand-in-hair syndrome” which could lead to loc loss in the future. New locs have a chance to maintain their budding shape when they are tied down at night. That way when you are sleeping, you aren’t rubbing your baby locs into circles, unwinding the pattern they were twisted in.
Alternatives. If you do not like bonnets because of the elastic or are afraid to tie scarves on because of the pressure it applies to your edges, opting for a satin pillow case will suffice. This simple change can at least help retain some moisture that a cotton pillow case would absorb and also prevent snagging which can occur with cotton pillow cases as well. What the pillow case won’t do, however, is preserve your curl patterns or bun styles. It is also good for locs, but if they are long, you may want to at least place them in a high but loose bun atop your head to avoid rolling onto them every night.