Textured hair expert Rebecca Mariolis answers all your hair questions
Dear Rebecca: I was wondering if you could give me some tips for nighttime hair. I've tried the pineapple technique but I find the pieces around my face sometimes get pulled straight. I have the same problem when I put my hair in a loose bun for showering. Maybe I'm not using the right products around my face. I am Caucasian; my hair type seems to be 2a around the front of my face and 3c in the back.
A: There are many ways to maintain your curls at night. Two common practices are sleeping with a satin bonnet on your hair and sleeping with a satin pillowcase on your pillow. But, I find for your curl pattern a really good way to maintain 2a curls is to pin-curl them before you go to bed. Pin curling is a simple way of pinning the curl in its natural resting place. This gently keeps your curls in place while you sleep. All you will need are small clippies, or bobby pins (you can pick them up from your local beauty supply). Depending on the size of the curl, take 1 inch by 1 inch sections and gently twist the curl around your finger. Then push the hair off the finger on to the head, and pin. Continue this technique by pin-curling the areas where you want to preserve your curls overnight. You may find that you need something to control the frizz in the morning. If so, try Design Essentials Natural Daily Moisturizing Lotion. It separates and defines the curls while creating lasting sheen. For morning styling, you can pin curl your hair right after you cleanse and condition. I do this to my hair when it’s damp and leave it in while I get my babies and myself ready. Then, (so I don’t embarrass my babies at school) I remove all pin curls before I leave the house. It really works to activate your curls, and it gives great bounce.