Simple Nighttime Routine for Natural Hair Growth
The natural hair journey allows you to relearn your hair and find what it needs to thrive without chemicals. The night-time hair care routine is definitely a part of the relearning process. When I went natural 8 years ago, I had to change everything from the hair products that I used to the way I took care of my hair. Overtime, I perfected my night time hair care routine to help my hair grow and stay healthy.
Natural hair, even with it’s varying hair textures, is typically very dry. From the roots to the ends, naturally kinky curly hair needs to be moisturized often. At night, lightly spray your hair with water as it will open up the hair shaft and allow your moisturizer to penetrate. After spritzing the hair with water, follow up with a moisturizer that has quality ingredients like olive oil, coconut oil, shea butter, and jojoba oil. Ensure that you are moving the moisturizer from the root to the tips as the tips of your natural hair can be very dry.
Scalp massages can help release the scalp’s natural oils, allow for moisturizers to penetrate into the scalp as well as stimulate blood flow for hair growth. After your moisturizing process, treat your scalp to a gentle be effective scalp massage.
Low Manipulation and Protective Hair Styling
If you’ve had a great hair day with the perfect coils, you might not want to ruin them so you can stack your curls on the top of your head, secured with a knot free hair tie. You can also re-braid or re-twist large sections of your hair to preserve the curls. Lastly, you can pineapple or simply tuck and roll your hair and secure with bobby pins. It all depends on how much you want to preserve your style.
Cover Your Hair at Night
The last step is to cover your hair before going to bed. Personally, I like to cover my head with a scarf because I am a wild sleeper and a scarf is a bit more secure. Many natural women prefer to use bonnets as they are easy to slip on and off over big coils. If you don’t like either, then a satin pillowcase can prevent your hair from drying out overnight while allowing you to sleep freely.
Clarissa is the creator of devoutfashion.com, an online black beauty and hairstyles magazine.