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4 Ways to Retain Moisture at Night When the Satin Bonnet Isn’t Enough

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You have heard it before … “Make sure you sleep with a satin scarf or bonnet to protect your hair while you sleep.” Well, have you ever awaken in the morning with the scarf or bonnet on the other side of the bed or with the moisture sucked out of your hair in spite of wearing one? If so, you are not alone.

So, just how can you protect your strands and retain moisture at night when the satin scarf or bonnet is not enough? Here are a few ideas:

1. For added protection, sleep on a satin pillowcase. If your scarf or bonnet happens to slip off at night, your satin pillowcase will become the next line of protection against dry, frizzy, snagged hair. Even if your scarf or bonnet stays on at night, sleeping on a satin pillowcase on top of that can do wonders for retaining moisture in your hair at night.

2. Purchase a better quality satin scarf or adjustable bonnet. Not all satin scarves and bonnets are created equal. Some are constructed from very thin and poor quality fabrics and threads. What is considered a good quality satin? Well, first let me explain that the word “satin” is used to describe the type of weave. There are “satin” polyesters and “satin” silks, for example. Among the polyesters, “charmeuse satin” (or, sometimes called “satin charmeuse”) is a smoother, better quality weave for the hair. Purchasing a “charmeuse satin” scarf or bonnet is a good investment. Also, look for adjustable bonnets (as opposed to purely elastic ones) for better stay at night.

3. Better yet, get a silk scarf or silk adjustable bonnet. If you can afford to do so, silk is a much better material for the hair than polyester. When searching for silk scarves or bonnets, look for those that say “charmeuse silk” (or, sometimes called “silk charmeuse”). This type of weave is the most luxurious of all the weaves. Again, look for adjustable bonnets (as opposed to purely elastic ones) for better stay at night.

4. If you suffer from dry hair, turn on the humidifier. The humidifier can provide extra vapor in the air thus creating a moisturizing environment for your hair while you sleep.

Ladies have you tried these tips? What do you do to keep your hair moisturized overnight?

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Bobby
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Bobby

I hate satin bonnets they are brutal on your hairline! I prefer a satin scarf and place a satin bonnet over top of the scarf. The scarf gives me more layed down edges and the bonnet keeps the scarf in place.

Isa
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I thought it was just me. I won a silk bonnet and I promise you I don’t have edges anymore. I thought that it was the bonnet but I didn’t want to discredit the manufacturer since it seems like its supposed to be so awesome (in theory). Problem is scarves mess up my twists. I gotta find a solution.

Vonnie
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Vonnie

Satin bonnets with the elastic headbands trend to cause hair breakage. You may fare better with the bonnets with the satin headband.

imani
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imani

Very true. Satin band is better than an elastic band anyday! Plus I also use moisturizer along my hairline each night b4 I put on my satin headcscarf. I’ve nevr had a problem with thin edges or erroding edges.

Ashanti
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Ashanti

Loc socks are good for twists or cut the legs off of some stockings (see TiaShauntee for the first one and Afrobella for the second). Good Luck!

Aptlife
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Aptlife

I use the satin scarf for my edges by wearing it like a headband. It only covers my edges. Then I place a satin bonnet on top (which covers the majority of the hair since the scarf is only on my edges).

Been doing this for over a year and my edges are still intact.

AnonyChick
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AnonyChick

I just had to comment on that picture. Fatima Siad is absolutely GORGEOUS!

Guest1234
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Guest1234

+1

Breathtaking.

Guest1234
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Guest1234

Shooot… When I see women like her I can’t help but think…“no wonder white people are mad at us — hatin’ on us the way they do.”

Damn, if I wasn’t a black woman, I’d be a little salty about it, too. She’s just too damn stunning for words.

Daylight
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Daylight

You mean black women that have more features socially/widely defined as Eurocentric, similar to the white people hatin? But, we all don’t look like that.

She is of course beautiful but just saying, many black folks usually express your same sentiment mainly about black girls that white people will also say “she’s pretty for a black girl” because minus the color if her skin, she fits into their concept of beauty. And the wheel goes round.

Guest1234
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Guest1234

Not really. I mean black women across the board. If you want my number one example of a black woman that drives people all kinds of crazy with envy, it’s Serena Williams. She is just crazy beautiful, strong, voluptuous, unapologetically black, ethnic-featured and BRILLIANT!!! (not to mention she plays a hell of a tennis game!) And THAT is what drives folks batsh!t crazy, up the wall envious about her. I commented about Fatima because she’s the lady in the picture. But black beauty is vast. And across the board, unrivaled. Find offense if you want. But.…whatever…

Deb
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Deb

Oh yeah, of course black beauty is vast. I’ve traveled all over africa and have seen it in person. I should have put a disclaimer that I wasn’t really reacting to your comment in particular but it’s just a sentiment i’ve seen ALOT of very recently and reacted to. I’m not saying her beauty should not be celebrated because she is ONE example of black beauty but not an epitome of our beauty.. Again, this is not directed at you but a strong trend I’ve noticed in the “black is beautiful” movement I’ve noticed online and in person. Not trying… Read more »

Guest1234
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Guest1234

Aha! Now, I understand. I agree with you 100%. It seems we’re on the exact same page. My sincerest apologies for my snark. I’ll open my mind next time before reacting. 🙂

I think I’ve learned a valuable lesson, here. Thanks for your comments!

Tonya
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Tonya

^^^ you sound so insecure. No wonder why white people hate on you. Women hate on women period.. funny how someone always has to bring race up. I thought this topic was on hair? Grow up guest1234

Jessica
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Jessica

I like the greenhouse method… I spritz some water/ aloe juice on my hair so that its almost damp but not wet, add my moisturizer and then my oils, then put on a plastic processing cap and then a satin bonnet over that. It’s far from sexy, but it works!

gapch
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gapch

i was just thinking about plastic caps to maintain moisture overnight. completely agree.

Jessica
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Jessica

I also like it because I feel like it keeps my hair products from soaking thru my scarf and getting on my pillowcase which then gets on my face and breaks me out

kiki
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kiki

Hi Jessica,
Do you do that every night?
My hair is so dry and I was wondering if I this method can work for me.

sorry for my english, Im french girl

Jessica
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Jessica

Hi Kiki
Your English is perfect 🙂
I don’t do it every single night… Prob three times a week… I always do it the first couple days after I shampoo though.… I just colored my hair this past Sat and have been doing it every night. I think I will increase it to more often if not everyday since I now have color

gapch
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gapch

didnt know it was called the greenhouse method. i was thinking more of the jherri curl method but regardless it works.…

Jessica
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Jessica

Lol at Jheri curl method! I read it as the GH method on a blog… But I’m sure that’s where they got the idea from

SamNella
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SamNella

GH is short for Green House

Tamla Gaston
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Funny how things get labeled. I’ve been doing the “greenhouse” method since I was 18. I am now 45. Maybe I should have staked a claim and gotten famous for it. LOL

Jacky
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Jacky

Thanks

Dominique
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Dominique

Does anyone baggy or ghe EVERY night. If i dont i wake up to dry hair, however, Although my hair is about bra strap length in the year I have been bagging I haven’t noticed much growth. Can too much bagging discourage growth?

Phoenix
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I don’t baggy every night, but I’ve stepped up the amounts of times a week I baggy my ends. Doing the GH method on my whole head is saved for a day or two before washday, because when I do the GH method, I wake up with WET hair, not damp, my body heat is crazy! My hair and scalp LOVE it though. Whenever I feel that normal moisturizing and sealing is not doing the job I grab the plastic baggies. I highly doubt that too much baggying will discourage growth, you might have a little moisture overload which also… Read more »

Elaine
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Elaine

Just an idea, the local thrift store is a great place to pick up a silk scarf on the cheap…or you know the fabric store. 🙂

Tracy Hill
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Love this post and wanted to let you know that I shared this article on my facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/naturalbeautees

Naturally Yours,
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Colalover
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Colalover

Well I never had problem with my edges at all no matter what I wear. My edges are fairly low and super strong. However the back middle part (the part of the head most people sleep on) breaks kinda easy for some reason!? The breakage happens once in a while.I have not tried silk, but will see how it works? I hope it works!?

Colalover
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Colalover

No offense, but Serena Williams is not the greatest example of Black beauty. She resembles a man. Not pretty at all. Now, I’ve seen some gorgeous black women in all shades,but I have no clue what this Serena thing is about? She’s glamorous maybe attractive, but no where near pretty or soft. I know I’ll get a lot of flack but it’s my opinion. I don’t get the whole Alicia Keyes thing either. I don’t think Alicia Keyes is good looking, attractive but she’s really odd looking in my opinion. Now Sanna Lathan is a beauty!

brittany Jones
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brittany Jones

Cola lover you sound stupid as fuck… just cause she’s built a way a Caucasian could Never be, it’s too masculine. You’re stupidity is despicable. All Black Girls Rock bish

Kim
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Kim

I found this forum after a search; may I ask where I can buy a high quality adjustable cap? I’m Caucasian, with long, coarse, very curly and thick hair. It breaks when not cared for correctly.As I get older, I am finding a need for more consistent conditioner and Shea butter at might with a cap, and it’s ok. Wouldn’t mind a higher quality scarf, though. Thanks in advance for any tips.

Mez
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Kim — I’m reaching out because I think Bonnets (called Lull Caps) from Lullado.com will be helpful to you. Yes, I am affiliated with the brand, but I’m reaching out with good reason and intention. Try silk charmeuse bonnets from Lullado.com, which are adjustable with snaps and elastic for a comfort fit, made of high quality silk charmeuse , and designed by a NYC designer from a top fashion label. It’s fairly priced, too.

Tamara Copes
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Tamara Copes

Hello there! Thanks for this recommendation. This ^ whole piece on BGLH is well informed and was much needed advice. Just checked out the website and would love to purchase a few of the Lullado caps. They are gorrrgeous! Quick question! Is Lullado a black owned company? Or minority owned?

Tamla Gaston
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I cant wear silk or satin for belief reasons. I am getting ready to get my hair locked. Any suggestions on how to protect my locs and keep the frizzies at bay???

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