sleeping with curls

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You may have figured out exactly what works for your curls to look their best during the day, but have you found the night time routine that preserves your hairstyle overnight yet? Many of us know the pineapple bun, which is a well known and much loved method to preserve our curls. However, the pineapple bun is not suitable for all curlies, especially those who are rocking a TWA or those who have very long hair. There are plenty of other nighttime options that will not only preserve, but also define your curls even more.

The right night time routine depends on your curly hairstyle and what you actually want to achieve. Here are 5 ways to style your hair to get maximum definition the next day.

Method 1: Pineapple bun

Great for: preserving washday results

A pineapple bun is a loose ponytail on top of your head. A pineapple bun is not only a fashionable hairstyle; it is also a great method to be embedded in your night-time routine. The bun enables you to prevent tangles and frizzy hair.

Method 2: Braid-out

Great for: definition and preserving braid-out results

Not only is braiding the perfect method when you want to preserve/improve your braid-out, it is also great when you want to fix disappointing washday results.

Divide your hair in sections and apply gel to each section prior to braiding. The following morning you need to unbraid your hair carefully to prevent frizz. Pick your hair with an afro pick or wide toothed comb to lift your hair.

This method is suitable for every hair type.

Method 3: Cornrows

Great for: definition and braid-outs

Cornrows offer the same advantages as a braid-out. The only difference is that cornrows will leave your hair much more defined. The tutorial below will explain how you can cornrow braid your hair.

Everything comes with a risk and the same goes for cornrows. Imprudent braiding results in breakage. Moreover, when the braids are too tight it puts a lot of pressure on the scalp.

Method 4: Perm Rod sets

Great for: extending the time between washes

Even though perm rod sets are quite time-consuming, the results always prove that it is worth the time investment. Rod sets are suitable for medium and long curly hair.

Rod-sets result in definition and will enable you to postpone your washday by a couple of days. There is no need to wet your hair; only dampening the hair is sufficient. Divide your hair into sections and apply your favorite styling product to each section prior to wrapping the section around a perm rod. Cover your hair with a satin bonnet and enjoy your sleep!

Method 5: Silk scarf

__Great for: __short haircuts

Since rocking my short haircut I have found out that the best routine is to cover my hair with a silk scarf. At times my hair is too short to be braided, so a pineapple bun and perm rods are not an option either. Covering my hair with a satin scarf prevents my hair from getting frizzy. The next day I only use an afro-pick to lift my curls and that is sufficient.

The right night time routine will save you at least half an hour every morning!__ What is your favorite way to wear your hair at night? Let us know!__

*If you still haven't found the method that works for you, check out these other ways to wear your curls to sleep. *