Your night time routine is one thing that has the power to completely make or break your hair. We all know the stresses of being too tired to twist our hair at night so we have to deal with a crazy amount of detangling and shrinkage in the morning.
We also know what it feels like to have our curls look super moisturized and poppin’ because our braid out dried just in time for us to get ready for work.
What we do to our hair before bed is what determines whether or not we’ll look like a hot mess in the morning. It also directly affects hair health and growth because our night time routine and regimen is 1/3 of our healthy (or damaging) protective and styling practices!
So what is a girl to do?! You might be having trouble properly getting your hair together before bed, but that’s okay! You’ve come to the right place. Below are a few tips to help you form the perfect night time routine for natural hair!
Figure Out Tomorrow’s Style
First thing’s first, determine what style you want to rock tomorrow. This will ultimately determine how you’re going to style and prepare your hair before bed.
For example, if you want to wear a sleek bun tomorrow, you know you’re going to have to detangle and slick down your hair before you put on your scarf or bonnet. Or maybe you want to add some volume and definition to your natural curl pattern, you might just simply twist or braid your hair before bed.
Of course, pick something that you can do in less than an hour and can sleep comfortably in. Styles that require extremely large rollers or clip in* extensions* may be a bit uncomfortable to sleep with—so if you want a curl, consider using something soft and flexible like flexi rods*.
If you plan on using heat, wrap your straight hair around your head before covering; for heat curls, pin them to your scalp or roots so they do not fall loose or tangle up while you’re sleeping.
Whichever style you choose, go over the steps it takes to achieve it, do all of the steps you can at night so that all you have to do in the morning is touch up your look!