How to sleep with your curly hair in a pineapple for gorgeous second-day curls.

The ingenuity of the NaturallyCurly community never fails to impress us. The techniques that you invent and the names that you come up with enter the vernacular of curlies all over the world, and that’s true of the popular nighttime style developed right here on NaturallyCurly: pineappling.  When you cut down on shampooing your hair, you have to find ways to make your wash day definition last much longer. Pineappling is a technique for preserving your curls while you sleep, for your best second and third day hair and beyond. 

What is a pineapple?

The pineapple is a loose, high ponytail on top of your head, that prevents the frizz, knots and flattened curls that come with lying on a pillow. Only the back and sides of your hair will be subject to your tossing and turning.

What you need

  • A scrunchie or any type of loose ponytail holder. Nikki used this spiral elastic in the video above, and Amanda used a scarf.
  • For extra protection, a satin scarf, bonnet or pillow

The scrunchie or ponytail holder should be loose/tight enough that you loop it around your hair just once if possible. This prevents a crease or dent from forming overnight. Many curlies like to use a satin scrunchie to prevent breakage and that terrible feeling of ripping your hair out with your hair tie.

Many curlies also wrap their pineapple in a satin scarf or bonnet to protect their hair from the knots and dryness that comes with rubbing on a pillow, but if you don’t like to sleep with that on your head you can just sleep on a satin pillowcase.

If you have Type 4 coils

You may find that a scrunchie or elastic still leaves an indentation in your hair, if that's true for you then you can pineapple just using a satin scarf and bonnet. This is especially helpful for shorter hair.

 

How to pineapple

This is going to be a very loose ponytail, so NaturallyCurly community members Grace Currier, aka gncurrier, and Marni Foster recommend doing it “right before you lay down for the night. It may slip a little but your hair should still be protected. Don't forget your satin pillowcase!”

  1. Bend all the way forward.
  2. Gently gather your hair on top of your head.
  3. Slip a scrunchie or elastic around the base of your ponytail just once (or as loosely as possible) The looser the better.
  4. *Optional: You can clip the ends of your pineapple to your head or don’t pull the ends all the way through to create a loose bun. Find a version that works for you.
  5. Add your scarf or bonnet last.

 

How to take down your pineapple

The take down is as important as putting it up. You can’t simply take your hair out of a pineapple and expect to walk out of the house, there is some light styling involved.

This is how our Type 4a Editor Amanda takes down her pineapple.

Read her full article dedicated to taking down her pineapple, including what not to do, here.

 

What if your hair's too short to pineapple?

Like I said above, the curly community is endlessly innovative! They've invented the multi-pineapple, the modified pineapple, the TWA pineapple, and more. Click here for a list of alternative pineapple methods for all lengths of hair.

A pineapple is definitely not the only way to sleep with curly hair. If you've tried it and it didn't work for you, here are 8 more ways to sleep without ruining your curls. You may have even invented your own, if so share it below!

How do you pineapple?

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This article was originally published in 2010.

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I've been doing this for a while now. I nd this through self-discovery. I do use a tighter band than a scrunchie to hold my "pineapple" or pony tail. I know there is a bump to deal with. After loosening my hair and running my fingers through the curls, I simply wash my hands and shake them, then I scrunch my hair all over with my wet/damp hands. The bump isn't that noticeable!

I can't pineapple. My curls dent easily, even in a loose scrunchie. :( I use either a satin cap or a satin pillow depending on my hair's mood.

I love "the pineapple". I actually use this as my go to style when my hair looks crazy if I leave it down. I usually sleep with it out and I tie on a satin scarf.

I cant wait to ty this tonight just bought a satin bedtime cap! also I like the comment about putting damp hair in a bun at night! way faster than letting hair airdry before bed!:)

I used to pineapple, but I found it pulls out my weak curls, but I was wrapping the scrunchie. It doesn't stay on top of my head otherwise. Now I just splay my hair over the back of my pillow til I find something better.

I have the same question as Jem. My hair isn't that long, it just tickles my shoulders. Some pieces in the back and undersides won't stay in if tied that loosely. Should I try to pin them upo or something?

I have to say that I'm impressed! I've never tried this before, but thought I'd give it a try... My layers are not quite long enough, so it was mostly my top layers that were up in the scrunchie. When I first woke up and took it out, my hair was kinda extra "bouncy", but it has since calmed down. I'm just going to give it a spritz of Mist-er Right and see how it goes. So far, so good - Cool!

I don't understand what you're supposed to do the next morning with the water and "condish" (is that short for "conditioner"?. I've been tieing my hair up for years. But the next morning I get the half-and-half result...straight from crown to neckline, curly from everything lower than my neck. Am I supposed to spritz it with water? What about the "condish"?

How long does your hair have to be for this to work? Mine is just hitting my shoulders.

I do this after I wash my hair and add products, then plop, then let dry a little, then put up in a pineapple to dry overnight. When I take out the scrunchie in the morning, I have beautiful, cascading, bouncy, volume-y, curls!

I didn't know it was called "pineappling"...lol I use this technique even during the day when I am doing things that might make me sweat, it definitely protects my curls longer!

Pineappling? Yep, been doing it for umteen years but had no idea that there was a technical term for it!

I do this all the time! I also spritz my curls with Jessicurl Aweinsprialing Spray before bed and again in the morning. Great 2nd day hair!

I love this not only because it gives me great 2nd day curls, but also because it keeps me cooler at night to sleep with my hair up.

I've been doing this for years, just didn't know there was a cute name to go with it! - Works great ;)