I have a confession… I’m a lazy natural (but I didn’t start that way).
I did a big chop after transitioning for three months and I wanted nothing more than a head full of long, thick, curly hair. I would spend hours browsing YouTube for tutorials and tips and I devoted time each night to wrap my hair or twist it so that it would be protected as I slept.
After the excitement I had about having natural hair wore off, I became overwhelmed with all the twisting, dusting, blowing out and braiding that I once enjoyed. I achieved my growth goal pretty quickly and in retrospect, that’s what made me lazy. At that time having natural hair for me meant having long, curly hair. When I finally got the hair I wanted, I didn’t focus as much on its health.
What a mistake!
Eventually my hair began to break off and I didn’t really notice it until it was too late. My hair had split, dry and frizzy ends. My curls were limp and resembled loose waves instead of the spirals they’d spring into before. My hair was so severely damaged from neglect that I had to cut it into a tapered style and basically start my natural journey all over again.
Trust me on this: You don’t want to learn the nighttime routine lesson the hard way, like I did. To prevent you from having to cut your hair, I’m sharing a nightly routine that will help you preserve your style and protect your hair from overnight damage.
My Nighttime Routine, Explained
When I’m not wearing a protective style, I normally wear my hair one of three ways on any given day – a flat-twisted halo style, a puff or a twist out. The nighttime routine I’m going to take you through, step-by-step, is for those “signature styles” of mine.
I use my finger to separate my hair in about four to six sections so that all the products can evenly penetrate my hair strands. Because I use the LCO (liquid, cream, oil) moisturizing sequence, I begin by lightly misting my hair with water from a spray bottle. Then I apply a quarter-sized amount of my go-to styling cream followed by two drops of olive oil to the section and create two separate twists. I don’t comb out my hair or twist them into small sections because I like the chunky twist-out look on my hair, especially as the days go by.
The Slap is a beanie-style cap with satin lined on the inside. Its super stylish and keeps your hair moisturized, protected and knot-free while you sleep. The best part? It stays in place, day or night, thanks to the cap’s elastic band.
I love sleeping in this cap because it’s very comfortable and I don’t wake up with a mark on my forehead from the band. Another feature of the cap that I love is that if I need to, I can wear the cap outside of my home as a protective barrier between my hair and the harsh outside materials. You can purchase your own Slap with a 10% discount here.
That’s all there is to it!