Have you ever woken up with a crazy bedhead? If so, then you know how frustrating it can be to deal with hair that just won’t behave. This is especially true for those of us who have natural hair which requires a little extra TLC. One of the best ways to keep your locks looking their best is by learning how to wrap natural hair at night.
Here, we’ll go over everything you need to know in order to properly protect your curls while you sleep. We will cover different wrapping techniques, materials needed and some do’s and don’ts when it comes to preserving those beautiful tresses.
Why Is It Important To Wrap Natural Hair At Night?
Everyone knows that washing and conditioning natural hair regularly is crucial in maintaining healthy strands, but did you know that protecting your hair at night plays an important role as well? Wrapping your natural hair helps retain moisture, reduces breakage, and prevents frizz from forming.
When we sleep on cotton pillowcases or sheets without taking any precautions like wrapping our hair, friction between the fabric and our locks causes dryness and damage. When our delicate curls rub against each other all night long without any kind of protection or coating such as oil or moisturizer, they lose moisture which often leads to brittleness over time.
Additionally, if left free overnight, moisture can evaporate causing itchy scalp and discomfort while exacerbating more salt build-up within hairstyles leading eventually leaving damages too cumbersome for daily maintenance routines even leading into bald spots – not ideal right before happy hour!
So keeping all these things in mind- let’s get started on some tips for wrapping his/her/their/your sumptuous flowing locks!
1. Know Which Head Scarf Material Works Best For You
Using the right headscarf material is key for successful hair wrapping. Some materials like silk, satin or even polyester offer a smooth surface that minimizes friction while some cotton just sucks all the moisture from your hair away causing itchiness, frizziness and more tangling.
So what to choose?
📦 Silk: Silk is a great option because it provides minimal friction between the scarf and your strands which means you’re less likely to experience breakage. The material also helps retain natural oils in your hair so your scalp stays moist during those crucial nighttime hours! Satin comes in as the closest thing to silk- without being made from silkworm cocoons!
📦 Satin: If you can’t be bothered with real silk, satin is another good option that mimics the slippery properties of silk. It’s also inexpensive compared to pure-silk fabrics and just as effective at reducing tangles.
📦 Polyester: Polyester scarfs have similar effects on hair when used at night time – providing its smooth texture towards any entanglements are avoided too much heat exposure for extended periods.
2. Choose A Wrapping Technique That Works Best For You
Now finding an efficient wrapping method might seem tedious but trust me- Once y’all get into it, it’s gonna become second nature AND easy! But first things first –
Here are some common methods used by folks just like you:
1. Traditional Method: After moisturizing his/her/their/your locks; one should divide their natural crown into two sections . Then part each section down usually center creating four sections now). Start twisting or braiding each parted section/twist/braid if longer than 8 inches and securing it with an elastic band after keeping twists tight. Wrap left twists up around head starting from temple guiding over opposite ear soon followed by securing them together with bobby pins or clips ensuring right braids stay secure under previously wrapped lefts. Once that’s done, repeat steps by wrapping right twists following reverse path to intertwine and pinning together the two parted sections in prep for adding a headscarf!
2. Pineapple Method: This option is best suited for folks with long hair. To start off with this method, you’d gather all his/her/their/your natural hair in one high ponytail excluding front edges and wrap it lightly or plait it onto itself to protect his/her/their ends; once completed there should be little-to-no tension applied when securing the bun/headband even leading into some ringlets/curls popping out of atop bun.
3. Sock Bun Method: For those who need classic vintage look during the day and an effortless wrap-up during nighttime calls for -a sock bun! Simply take an ankle length thin tube/carve-made-equipment should-do sock, snap its mouth down over your rubber band donut you created with brushed-back strands from earlier evening routine twisting around base until secure inside tight roll- easy peasy: smooth fabric + holds any texture well =happy sleeping vibes.
3. Protect Your Edges
When wrapping natural hair at night, we mustn’t forget what is vital: our hairlines aka shrinking violence zone AKA “The kitchen”. You don’t want excess pulling on these precious baby hairs and loose strays near your face which lead directly to breakage avoiding remedies by doing more damage! This also applies when using wigs/sew-ins etc too!
Pro Tip: Use small satin bonnets or extra-large silk/satin scarfs tailored for full coverage towards maintaining integrity whilst keeping safe from rubbing against surfaces such as bedsheets. | Simple solution? will work like magic every time.
4. Keep It Clean
It’s only natural that while we’re sleeping, flakes of product or dirt on a dusty pillowcase might end up tangling our strands. A great way to minimize this damage is by washing your sheets and pillows regularly and storing them in clean areas- so they don’t pick up dust from all around!
Pro Tip: If you’re unable to wash his/her/their/your bedding weekly: grab some king-size silk/satin pillowcases as not only will aid his natural hair but also protect the skin too!
5. Example Nighttime Hair Care Regimen
Each coiffures’ needs vary depending on the texture/geography etcetera. But roughly these steps should help until y’all get a handle:
Wash that mess with balancing shampoos followed by a deep moisturising conditioner especially detangling kinks;
Oil/gel leave-in moisturizer into scalp/top section of hair;
Style accordingly for day-wear hours with serums/curl creams/gels or setting an appropriate style before bed using smooth material head wear.
But remember folks – DO NOT tighten excessively, why add extra stress over night grinding limiting mobility towards good morning habits? There’s nothing worse than waking up to itchy, damaged locks just because things were tied down tightly.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q) Is there any particular technique that I can use at night to sleep comfortably with my curls?
A) The Pineapple method is highly recommendable if you’re looking for comfort while you sleep. With pineapple wrapping, the curls are gathered into one loose ponytail at the front crown section allowing ease and no tension throughout nighttime.
Q) Will keeping my hair wrapped every single night cause any problems?
A) No; Regular wrapping, especially when done correctly and employing various techniques doesn’t lead to absenteeism however do let your natural crown breathe from time to time too. . . after all everybody likes freedom here right?!
Q) Can I use a headwrap or scarf that is made of cotton when wrapping my natural hair at night?
A) No. it’s best to steer clear of headwraps/scarfs made up of cotton, especially if you’ve gotten used to silk/satin materials and effects.
Following these tips will help you get the most out of your nighttime routine while preserving your natural curls for longer. Selection counts with fabric, process, motions/stress but carefully crafted plans can bring about better results from this Wrapping task every time! So go ahead- Master Your Mane with these no-fuss methods so y’all can show off those gorgeous kinks next day MORNING!