Protecting your 4c Hair Overnight

Hollie Shirley / Hair & Skincare Editor

This article is packed with step by step procedures for wearing your hair to bed to prevent breakage, promote your hair’s growth while retaining your hair’s curls and great look. 

Imagine spending so much time, resources and money in creating that awesome and gorgeous natural hair, only to have a night’s sleep destroy all your hard work.  This article has been packed with step by step procedures for wearing your hair to bed to prevent breakage, promote your hair’s growth while retaining your hair’s curls and great look. 

Seal in moisture 

Curly natural hair tends to dry out at night and dry hair makes your hair prone to breakage. To prevent this, spritz your hair with water or apply a leave-in conditioner to achieve moisturized hair.  Massage some essential oil into your scalp to seal in moisture. Massaging your scalp improves blood circulation and encourages hair growth while essential oils have numerous benefits beyond ensuring that your hair has enough moisture for the night. 

Do not forget to detangle your hair using a wide-toothed comb or simply hand comb your hair. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Style your hair into a low-manipulation overnight technique 

It’s not enough to only moisturize your hair especially if you don’t want to lose your curls. Styling your hair the right way will ensure that your curls or hairdo is maintained.  

Bantu knots, flat twists, two-strand twists, pineapple, and multi-pineapple are among the edge-friendly styles you can make your hair into for the night. These hairstyles are not difficult to master and they usually do not consume too much time. You can also pin your curls but whatever you do, do not use elastic; use fabric scrunchies especially for pineapple or other hair updos. 

 
 
 
 
 
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Sleep in silk

Even with your hair well moisturized and set into a low-manipulation hairstyle, there is a high possibility that your hair will still break especially if you sleep on cotton fabric. While tossing and turning at night, your cotton pillowcase snags at your hair and absorbs all that moisture and oil you worked into your hair, leaving your hair dry and prone to breakage. Even more frustrating is the fact that your hair comes out a mess and in tangles by morning as a result of the friction between your hair and the cotton pillowcase.  

To avoid this, sleep in a silk hair wrap. Most naturalistas do this and still wear a silk hair bonnet over the tied hair. Others go all out doing all three, i.e. tying hair in a silk scarf, wearing a silk cap over their hair, and sleeping on a satin or silk pillowcase. You can bet that not a single iota of moisture is lost using this technique. 

However, if you are uncomfortable with wearing things over your head, a silk pillowcase will do just fine. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Follow these three nighttime routines and your hair will be miles and miles away from breakage. 

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Hollie Shirley
Hair & Skincare Editor

Hollie Shirley is SILKUP’s hair and skincare editor. She’s obsessed with all things hair care and results-driven skincare, that is kind to the environment and your wallet. She has a weakness for limited edition eyeshadows and is always testing out the newest and greatest deep conditioners. Hollie has a passion for hair and is studying Trichology, working towards becoming a Member of the Association of Registered Trichologists.