How To Preserve Your Stretched Hair Style Overnight

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This natural hair life aint easy. It takes time, patience, and dedication to perfect those braid outs, twist outs, bantu knots, and other low manipulation styles that we may see on our favorite bloggers and vloggers. You’ve learned the right products to use, the exact technique, and you go outside and flaunt the style to the world. Then it’s time for bed- now what?

Low manipulation styles will stretch and get bigger over time, and while that’s good, you may still want to preserve some curl definition and keep your hair moisturized.

Here are a few tips to preserve dry stretched hair overnight:

►Skip using water in the LOC method– Instead, opt for a moisturizing leave in conditioner that lists water as the first ingredient. That way, hair will be a little damp from the product, without being drenched in water. It won’t revert back to its true curly form completely, and you can keep the length in your style.

►Retwist/rebraid- The pineapple method doesn’t work for every curly girl, and sometimes it’s better to redo the style before bed. This way, you will have as much curl definition as possible, and your hair will be soft and bouncy. This does not mean you have to start from scratch and detangle your hair all over again. You can make larger sections in your hair and gently re-install the style. As you can see in the video, she parted her hair in rectangular sections so that her hair would stretch more overnight.

►Curl your ends again- You can use perm or flexi rods to create uniformity in your curls overnight. This also prevents the hair from wrapping around itself and knotting. If you want to skip those extra styling tools though, you can follow the video and create ‘hanging bantu knots’; little bantu knots at the ends of your style that you can take down the next day.


►Tie and secure with a satin scarf- Adding a satin scarf is always a great move to protect hair at night. It keeps hair wrapped up, prevents frizz, and keeps the style intact until the next day. As you can see in the video, she uses her scarf to stretch her style out more. The hanging bantu knots help the stretched twist or braid stay in place under the scarf.

Using these tips, you can stretch your low manipulation style until your next wash day. Your normal poofy 3rd day hair will have more curl definition, be easier to manage, and can still retain moisture!

How do you preserve your stretched hairstyles overnight?

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About Victoria


Hi! My name is Victoria Sallie and I'm a twenty something year old blogger & student living in NYC. I began my transitioning natural hair journey in January 2013, and big chopped in April 2014. I decided to start writing because I wanted to document my hair journey, plus I realized that I couldn't find all the information I needed in ONE place on the internet. Deciding to return back to my natural hair was one of the best choices that I've ever made, and I'm glad to help anyone that has a question. Happy Hair Journey!

About Victoria


Hi! My name is Victoria Sallie and I'm a twenty something year old blogger & student living in NYC. I began my transitioning natural hair journey in January 2013, and big chopped in April 2014. I decided to start writing because I wanted to document my hair journey, plus I realized that I couldn't find all the information I needed in ONE place on the internet. Deciding to return back to my natural hair was one of the best choices that I've ever made, and I'm glad to help anyone that has a question. Happy Hair Journey!

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Brenda White

Thanks for sharing. I usually do the same every night as you do. Instead of cantu product I use the Organics texture my way curl keeper moisturizing hair lotion. That does very well for me. I used to used the Cantu products, but it seems I get allergy from the shea butter. I twist my hair a little smaller than you do but it’s going very well has grown about 3 inches in the 5 months. I think that’s pretty good. My hair is very thick I notice in the center is not that long. Need some advise on that.

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Coco_Kitchi-gummi

My hair puffs from day one. Along with major shrinkage. So I’ll try this without the water.

Nena Elizabeth

I love all the info I’ve learned from Blackhairinformation.com, thank u very helpful on my natural hair journey.