This post is for the girls that really can’t do a pineapple at night but really want to. Believe me when I say I definitely understand what you are going through.
You do a bomb twist out or an elegant perm rod set, just to find out that you can’t pull all of your hair up in a pineapple like you see others doing on YouTube hair tutorials. So you just decide that your hair would be okay with a satin bonnet* on when you go to bed.
Then you wake up, take your satin bonnet off, and disappointment sinks in. You find that there is no way that you can accomplish second day hair and start frantically looking for bobby pins*.
Here is the thing, you can achieve second day hair, even though you may be among those who just cannot put all of their hair in a pineapple. This is especially for all the curlies, coilies, and kinkies who just want to sleep the night away and not have to worry about sleeping pretty or spending an hour on their hair the next morning.
Knowing how to preserve your hair at night is important for keeping your style intact for the next few days without having to redo the style everyday, hence low manipulation styling.
For starters, the best way to achieve second day hair is to make sure that you start with a solid moisture-based regimen when you go through the process of your wash/style day.
For example, the week you do your deep conditioning* session will help your hair retain the moisture needed. This will ensure that you don’t need to drench your hair with leave-in conditioner* daily, but maybe twice a week depending on your style.
If you set the foundation for styling by doing your wash day and are diligent with your protective measures at night, you will be able to achieve “many days” hair. Try these ways to preserve your curls at night for second day hair:
Wash n go
You don’t necessarily need to wet your hair daily in your morning shower. You can do the Greenhouse Effect by lightly spritzing your hair with water and putting on a plastic cap (or bag) with a satin bonnet* for the night.
This method will keep your hair moisturized with the body heat you produce during the night. In the morning your curls will be moist and you can fluff and go in the morning as your hair dries to show your true curl pattern, just the way you like it.