Wednesday, August 10, 2011

How to Protect Your Natural Hair at Night

Wearing protective styles & moisturizing with a daily leave-in will definitely help to protect your hair during the day, but what about at night?


Not protecting your hair at night can lead to hair breakage, especially around the edges, split ends, and lint & dust accumulating in your hair. A major cause of the breakage and split ends is due to cotton. Cotton sheets and pillows tend to dry out your hair because cotton absorbs the oils that are in your hair. And tossing & turning mixed with dry hair is a recipe for breakage.  Cotton sheets and pillows also produce lint which can easily become trapped in your hair, especially if you have locs. You don't want to have your friends pulling lint balls out of your hair, do you? So, here are a few ways to protect your hair at night...

Satin Bonnet

A satin bonnet is great for protecting your hair at night and to help maintain a hair style. Covering your hair at night with a satin bonnet will ensure that the moisture in your hair, stays in your hair, and is not drained by a cotton pillowcase. The satin bonnet also has enough space to fit a head full of two-strand twists, flexi-rods or whatever hair style you have and it will keep it fresh. However, if you are a wild sleeper you may wake up with the bonnet on the floor. In that case, the next suggestion may work better for you.    


Loc Soc

The Loc Soc is wonderful for naturals with long hair and people that sleep a little wild. It's very similar to the satin bonnet except there is an opening on both ends to allow your hair to hang out. The Loc Soc is also very versatile (you can wear it in at least 15 different styles)! Which means, if you have longer hair and sleep on cotton pillowcases, you can wear the Loc Soc in the bun style (pictured on the left) to prevent snagging and lint from getting in your hair.

Satin Pillowcase

If you really don't like to cover your hair at night, then the satin pillowcase is definitely an option for you! The satin will not snag your hair and cause breakage like cotton, nor will it produce lint. The only con I've noticed with using satin pillowcases is if you use a lot of oils in your hair. The oils will seep on the satin pillow, causing the pillow to become really oily, and if you are prone to acne the excess oils can trigger an outbreak. However, if you don't use a lot of products in your hair a satin pillow is a great way to protect your hair from any nighttime damage without having to cover your hair.

You can get a satin bonnet and/or satin pillowcase from the beauty supply store or at a Walmart. The Loc Soc can be purchased online, and it goes by different names, but I got mine from Shades of Color [HERE].

If you have or plan to purchase any of these items, share your experience, or if you use something else to protect your hair at night let us know too. Sweet dreams!

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