Increasing Style Longevity
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.
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.
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 https://www.thehappyhairco.com/shop/Adult-Reversible-Satin-Bonnet-22-p128406998 - 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!