As women with curly hair, we know that our night-time coily haircare routines are more complex than most. If we only cleansed our faces and teeth before going to sleep, our mornings would be a nightmare. So instead, we've built an easy four-step routine to get your coily hair looking good when you wake up. We’ve found that following this makes us less salty in the mornings, reducing the time we spend getting ready. So, our done-and-dusted tips will help you create a routine to achieve your most radiant curls.
Keep ‘Em Hydrated But Dry It Before Bed
Our curls are the happiest when they are moisturised. So if it’s not our wash day, we use a light spray of our Everyday Curl Refresh With Coconut & Jamaican Black Castor Oils to give our curly hair less of a ‘bed hair’ look and more of a bootylicious bounce in the morning. Just don’t forget to wrap it in a silk or satin bonnet before sleeping!
But if it is your wash day, use gentle moisturising products like ours, that include natural ingredients like manuka honey and avocado. Whatever you do, don’t go to bed with wet hair. If it’s the weekend, wash your coily hair in the morning and let it air dry during the day. But if it’s a mid-week wash and you’re exhausted to the bone, use a diffuser on low heat for your natural hair before getting your beauty sleep. A damp or wet hair snooze is never a good idea, as you are more likely to get split ends or breakage when you wake up.
Silk Or Satin?
Sleeping on or using silk or satin just hits different. For one, they do not suck the life out of your natural hair, which means no breakage. While most people debate the best option, choose what works best for you. Silk can be more expensive for most pockets, so if satin is all you can afford, go for it. So, after giving your coily hair a light moisture spray of our Everyday Curl Refresh With Coconut & Jamaican Black Castor Oils, wrap your curly hair in a silk or satin bonnet or wrap. Alternatively some of us like to use a silk pillowcase to let our strands hang loose.
Slay With A Protective Style
The best way to keep your curls less thirsty in the mornings is to choose a protective style that will make it easier to get ready. For example, some of the team get to pineapple-ing if we’ve just washed our curly hair and want more volume when we wake up. Then, in the mornings, we only need to remove our bonnet or scarf and let our hair settle for around 20 minutes. Next, our natural hair will be fire by using the Curl Elongating Gel With Flaxseed Oil & Rosewater to finger curl it.
But if you’re craving waves, we would use our Curling Crème With Coconut &Jamaican Black Castor Oils to form a braided plait. Then, when you unravel in the morning, you can get these dope waves ready to start the day.
Stay Calm, Sis’
While focusing on the right products for our night-time routine was useful, we also found it helpful to lower our stress levels. Have you ever found it difficult to switch off after a busy day? That’s your body and mind telling you that, for some reason, it cannot chill out. You might experience much more shedding due to constant turning and tossing at night if you can't.
If creating a night-time haircare routine gives you anxiety, we hope our tips will make it easier. But ultimately, you should choose what works for you as you are less likely to fail if the routine fits in with your life. IYKYK.