What's my nighttime routine like? I usually wash my face and throw my hair into a satin bonnet. But there has to be more to this right? Especially, if you have thick afro-textured hair and don't want to end up with a tangled mess of hair the next morning.
Well, there are ways to avoid looking like a hot mess of hair every morning. These simple tips can help you protect your hair while you sleep and also prevent tangles and dryness. Jonelle Sequira shares 5 easy ways you can protect your natural hair before sleeping.
Here's a breakdown of the tips she shared in her video.
1. Apply a Scalp Treatment
Janelle likes to massage a generous amount of scalp treatment to her scalp for three to five minutes. This is because she has a dry scalp and the scalp treatment helps her combat itchiness for a couple of days.
Also, massaging her scalp with the scalp treatment helps circulate blood flow which in turn promotes new hair growth.
2. Spritz Your Hair
After applying her scalp treatment, Janelle likes to spritz her entire hair with water from her spray bottle.
3. Apply a Hair Mask
Next, Janelle applies her hair mask all over her entire hair. Janelle struggles with dry hair and so, the hair mask helps to repair her hair by giving it the needed moisture.
4. Wear a Satin Bonnet
After distributing the hair mask throughout her hair, Janelle puts her hair into two low ponytails and then covers them in a satin bonnet.
5. Put Hair in Twists
Another thing Janelle likes to do is put her hair in twists before bedtime. This leaves her hair stretched in the morning after she takes them out to style.
6. The Banding Method
The banding method helps to give her the most stretched curls, the perfect shape she likes and keeps her hair tangle-free. This method basically involves banding her hair into 4 sections. To do this method, she leaves out the hair around the perimeter of her head and splits the rest into 4 sections. She then bands the length of each section with an elastic hairband and wears a bonnet over it. You can always skip the bonnet part if you sleep with a satin pillowcase.
Also, before you tie up your hair at night try to re-moisturize with your favorite refresher spray, an oil and water mixture or just spray with water. Jonelle Sequira typically needs to re-moisturize every 2-3 days.
7. Brush your hair out before bedtime
Here's an extra tip to include in your nighttime routine. Before you sleep, brush your hair out with a wide-tooth comb or bristle brush. Ensure you brush from root to tip for some minutes as this helps to circulate the scalp's natural oil through your hair and also prevent tangles the next day.