At night to protect my hair from damage and to preserve my hairstyle, I either band or ponytail my hair, cover my ends with a plastic processing cap, and cover everything with a silk-lined beanie. NOTE: I used to sleep in a slap cap until I got my black New Jersey silk-lined beanie from Pretty AnntoiNet’s Silk Hair Lingerie.
Here are the steps to my banding nighttime routine (photos of the materials are included below):
- Section hair into 4 sections. If my wash-n-go is not parted down the middle, then one of my sections is my side bang.
- Ponytail each section of hair using stretchy, clothy bands — I use the athletic Goody bands from Walmart.
- Taking one strip of elastic ribbon (which I purchased from Hobby Lobby for about $2.00), band the hair in the fashion of African threading except leave large gaps down the hair section (see picture showing banding below).
- Knot the band at the bottom of the hair section, leaving OUT some hair at the ends, so as not to disturb the wash-and-go curl pattern (see picture above showing banding).
- Band the remaining ponytails the same way.
- If desired, cover hair with baggie (the baggie method).
- Cover hair with silk-lined beanie.
Materials For My Nighttime Routine:
As I mentioned, sometimes I simply ponytail my hair, baggie the ponytail, and then cover everything with my silk-lined beanie.
Why I Don’t Pineapple My Hair Overnight, Which Is a VERY Popular Technique That Works for a Lot of Naturals
YouTuber happycurlhappygirl has a video that expresses precisely why I don’t pineapple my hair overnight the way many naturals do. Of course, if pineappling works for you, more power to you! I just can’t get it to work on my medium-length hair, and banding has been GREAT! 😀
How about you? What is your nighttime routine? Do you feel it protects both your hair’s health and your hairstyle?