Preparing your African American hair for bed is just as important as protecting your hair from the harmful effects of the sun and other elements. Preparing your hair for bed will help your hair retain moisture and fight breakage while you’re asleep.
A consistent bedtime regimen is essential to long, healthy hair growth for African Americans. Starting a regimen to prepare your hair for bed isn’t hard and It doesn’t take a long time to prepare your hair for bed. What it does take is dedication from you; that you will prepare your hair for bed each and every night before laying down. I’ve listed some steps that you can use to prepare your African American hair for bed.
1. Divide your hair with a wide tooth comb or your fingers into four sections and clamp each section with a hair clip. You will work with one section at the time. You will find that dividing your hair will make it much easier to manage; especially when your hair gets really long. And it will get long. Black women can grow long, beautiful hair.
2. Moisturize your hair with a leave-in moisturizer. Start at the ends of your hair and moisturize up the hair shaft to the root. Finger comb the moisturizer through your hair, making sure that all of your hair is moisturized. I like water based moisturizers. Well moisturized hair is key to long, healthy hair growth for African Americans. There are several leave-in moisturizers on the market, there’s Organic Root Stimulator Oil Moisturizing Hair Lotion, BB Oil Moisturizer Hair Lotion and Fantasia IC Leave in Moisturizer to name a few.
3. Seal the moisture into the hair shaft with natural oil. When you seal the moisture into the hair shaft the hair won’t dry out as fast. Use small amounts of oil and start at the ends of your hair and work your way up. Oils that you can use to seal are coconut, castor and olive oil. Don’t overdo it, just a little will do. You don’t want oil running down your forehead.
4. Perform the same steps on your edges and nape of your hair. A lot of times we forget about our edges and the nape of the neck. Those hairs need just as much attention as the longer pieces of hair. Your edges and nape hairs will be a lot softer and won’t roll up as tightly when you moisturize and seal them.
5. Comb with a wide tooth comb and wrap your hair, do bantu knots, twist in big twists or braid your hair. Styling your hair at night can make styling in the morning quicker and easier for you. The next morning, all you will need to do is comb the wrap down or unravel the other styles, finger comb to style and you are ready for the day.
6. Cover your hair once it’s styled for bed, with a satin or silk scarf or bonnet. Covering the hair will protect the hair from breakage while you sleep. Cotton scarves and pillow cases will dry your hair out and pull on the hair to break it off.
7. Goto bed! Once you start your bedtime regimen, and get a hang of it, you’ll be able to have this done in a few minutes and you’ll be ready for bed.
Remember that preparing your hair for bed isn’t hard but it does take dedication from you, to do your regimen each night. If you are consistant then your hair will grow to the lengths that you desire.