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The Night time is the Right time

Posted by Adria Marshall on

I seriously doubt that Mr. Charles had hair care on his mind when recording "The Right Time" but, here we go! Protecting your hair at night is a crucial part of any hair care routine. It significantly contributes to the health of your hair as well as style longevity. In this month's blog post, I'll discuss several ways to protect your hair at night as well some of my favorite products (not sponsored!) to use. 

Increasing Style Longevity

As mentioned above, protecting your hair at night is a critical part of getting that Wash Day style to carry on throughout the week. I get many emails and messages asking how some ladies are able to get up to 8-day hair - there are, of course, some things that you can do on Wash Day to help, but it really comes down to how you protect your hair at night!

The Pineapple

The Pineapple is one of the most popular ways to incorporate hair protection into your night routine. By simply flipping your head upside down and gathering it at the top of your hair with a scrunchie, you're able to get your curls out of the way so that they avoid getting smooshed at night. This technique also provides a little extra stretch and creates volume. In the morning, simply remove the scrunchie, give your hair a bit of a shake, and voila!
Tools needed
Satin scarf (optional)

Low Ponytail

This is the method that I use at night. My hair is not quite long enough to Pineapple and I don't like a ton of volume anyhow. This method gives me decent stretch while keeping my hair under control. In the morning, I'm able to simply fluff and go.
Tools needed

An elastic or scrunchie


Quite a few of my customers have reported that they get the best results by simply sleeping with their curls loose on their pillow. They find that using elastics give them too much stretch and doesn't allow them to get the maximum style longevity. If you do opt for this method, be sure to incorporate a satin pillow case or bonnet into your routine. 

Tools needed

Satin pillow case



Damage Control

Now that we've discussed how to preserve your style to get some extra days from your wash day, let's talk Damage Control! Preventing damage is another, and arguable more important, reason to protect your hair during the night. Tossing and turning on cotton linens is a sure-fire way to cause dryness, split ends and breakage. Here are a couple of tools to use to help prevent damage as you get your precious Zzzzzzz's.

Satin pillowcase

As mentioned above, a satin pillowcase is a great tool to have. It allows your hair to slide across your pillow as well as to preserve its moisture. A cotton pillow case will not only suck vital moisture from your tresses, it often will snag your precious locks, causing damage. And as a bonus, a satin pillow case also helps to maintain your skin's moisture level as well. My favorite satin pillow case can be found on Amazon - it's pretty expensive and comes with a zipper - perfect for toss-and-turners like myself.


Bonnets are an awesome alternative to satin pillowcases. The best ones have a snug headband while boasting enough room for those with oodles of curls. Many curlies apply the double protection of a bonnet AND a satin pillow case - better safe than sorry! My favorite can be found at - The Happy Hair Co has the absolute lushest fabrics!

Bonus tip: Scalp massage!


While you're getting your lovely locks ready for the night, don't forget to throw in a scalp massage. Not only are they uber relaxing, they promote hair growth during the night. Just apply a few drops of your favorite oil to your fingertips and gently massage your hair using a circular motion.


I hope that this blog helped to educate you guys a bit on why protecting your hair at night is important. I also hope that the tools and video examples help steer you in the right direction! I'm sure that there are many other techniques and tools that can be used, so comment below on your favorite way to protect your hair at night and tools that you love to use!



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  • Please let me know the stores near Oxford Street, London where I can get the ecoslay products. Thank you!

    Kruthika Shetty on
  • Your blog posts are always helpful. I normally sleep on a satin pillowcase with my hair in a pineapple.

    Latoya on
  • I love to sleep in a buff.

    Candi on
  • I love to sleep in a buff.

    Candi on
  • So I have a question…any ideas of how to work around a CPAP?!? I have tried the pineapple and using a buff and I also use a satin pillowcase, but nothing can stop that CPAP from stretching out/flattening those curls that frame my face. Gah! SO Frustrating! Help!

    Kristyne on

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