We’ve all been there… you do a cute twistout, braidout or updo and those first few hours are magic… but as the darkness falls, you know you’ll have to lay on your pillow and risk the dreaded “bed head”. Here are some tips to help your curls survive the night.
1. Make sure your hair is set well to start
Making a sloppy style last more than a day is near impossible. Whether you’re rocking a straw set, twist out or updo, make sure the style is set well with good styling products. You shouldn’t have excessive frizz or loose hairs. A good styling butter or non-alcoholic gel will go a long way towards helping your style last through the night.
2. Moisturize before bed
Dry hair leads to stiffness and frizz. Moisturized hair is more likely to stay in place and set nicely. If applying a water-based plus oil/cream moisturizer will destroy the style, try a light spritz instead. Just make sure it contains both oil and water (for moisture and seal). Oyin’s juices are great for this.
3. Satin Scarf
The scarf is your main line of defense against your pillow. It will help keep loose hairs in place, while retaining moisture in your strands.
4. Pineapple your hair
Pineappling (pulling your towards the crown or base of your head then tying with a soft, loose scrunchie) is a great way to preserve long styles. If you are pulling your hair to the crown of your head, make sure to tie your satin scarf to the front. If you are pulling your hair to the base, then tie it to the back. And if your hair is too short to fit in one
4. Modify the pineapple
Try dividing it into smaller sections and pulling those into scrunchies. Just make sure you section appropriately. For example, if you’re rocking a full twistout with a bang, you should pineapple your bang, a section by each ear, a section in the middle of your head and one at the base of your neck. This way when you take the scrunchies out, the hair will take a full shape.
5. Re-twist or bantu knot in large sections
If you’re not keen on the pineappling method, try taking large sections of hair, and put them into bantu knots and large twists. Again, pay attention to how you section, so that the hair hangs how you want it to once you take the twists/knots out.
6. Don’t stretch your curls too far
A smushed curl can be revived, but a stretched curl will have to be re-moisturized and re-set. When pineappling, twisting or knotting, be sure that you aren’t stretching your curls too far.
7. Spritz and revive in the morning
Moisture can do a lot to revive flattened curls. Spritz your hair and use your fingers to fluff your hair. Ot may be all your hair needs to return to it’s first day glory.
8. When all else fails plan on a second-day adjustment
If your hair succumbs to bed head, then have a backup plan. Try pinning your hair to the other side or add an accessory.
Ladies, how do you maintain your styles into the second day?