Whether you wear a wash and go or a twist out, no one likes to re-twist their hair every night or co-wash every morning to maintain a style. It is a daunting task that no one looks forward to at the end or at the start of their day. Not only does it take a lot of time, it is also too much manipulation. If you use stretched styles to maintain length, then re-twisting might be counteracting those efforts, especially with fine strands. What’s the next best thing? Try the pineapple. The pineapple is when you coif your hair atop your crown to maintain your hairstyle overnight. If you have Type 4 hair, especially short Type 4 hair, you may think that doing the pineapple is not for you, but that is not true. There are many modified methods that can work for your length and texture. Here are some great tutorials that work for all lengths and textures along with tips on what not to do.

What not to do when creating and releasing a pineapple

  • Do not wet your hair. This will cause the style to shrink, mat, and encourage the scrunchie to leave a pronounced impression.
  • Pull on the hair too much when releasing the pineapple. Your hair will naturally fall throughout the day. My trick is driving to work with the window down. Fresh air and fly hair.
  • Do not sleep without a bonnet covering your ends. This could leave your ends exposed to creating friction on your pillowcase, which could then cause dryness.

Pineapple a TWA

Multi-Pineapple TWA

Pineapple Medium Length Hair

Modified Pineapple Medium Length Hair

Pineapple Long Hair

Modified Pineapple Long, Tightly Coiled Hair

The pineapple isn’t for absolutely everybody, if these don’t suit your hair, there are other options! Here are 5 Ways to Sleep Without Ruining Your Curls. If your hair is too short to pineapple, use a satin scarf to tie down your hair so that it moves around less than it would in a bonnet or on a satin pillow case.

MORE: “The Pineapple Method Didn’t Work — Now What?”

Do you pineapple your hair at night?

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