Believe it or not, a lot of damage can be done while you're sleeping. While we spend a lot of time making sure we're taking care of our curls during the daytime hours, sometimes we forget the importance of caring for curls while we sleep. As a result, these are the best practices to protect curls overnight. Give these suggestions a try, and you're sure to see an improvement in your curls.
Best Practices To Protect Curls Overnight
Invest in silk:
While this can sound kind of expensive and daunting, fortunately there are tons of inexpensive options out there. Silk or satin are much smoother than cotton, meaning your curl strand can slip across the surface of your pillow. As a result, your strands won't tear or tug as they would on cotton. Additionally, as cotton leaches moisture from your curls, silk does not. This allows your strands (and skin) to retain as much moisture as possible. If you aren't interested in a silk pillowcase, you can also consider using a silk or satin bonnet, or silk lined cap. All of these options will help protect your strands, and will last a long time so you won't be constantly replacing your strands.
Use protective styles:
There are a lot of really great protective styles out there, and some are great for taking care of your curls overnight. Before hitting the sheets, make sure to protect your curls. You can try using a bun, which will wrap your curls and protect the interior strands. Another great option are braids, and twists, as they wrap your curls inside, and allow your curls to keep from becoming twisted or damaged. You can also try pineappling your strands, which means you pile your strands on top of your head in a loose bun, and secure those strands in place using a soft hair tie.
Refresh your curls:
Before hitting the sack, take some time to take care of your curls. Add a leave in conditioner, or a moisturizing spray to help infuse your strands with moisture and help reduce dryness. Additionally, this is a good time to gently remove any excess knots or twists. This will help protect your hair from damage overnight. If your curls are particularly dry, you can try adding in a leave in conditioner and then apply an oil throughout. This will help seal in moisture into your curls.