By Terez Howard

During the day, you style, you moisturize, you rock your natural hair. You need to care for your natural hair at night, too. Granted, it doesn’t take much time to care for your natural hair at night, but following a few simple rules will help you to maintain natural hair styles as well as keep your hair moisturized.

Why You Should Sleep On Satin or Silk

Sleeping on a silk or satin scarf, bonnet or pillow case must be part of your night time hair care regimen.  Satin or silk fabric  helps your natural hair:

- To retain moisture. Cotton, on the other hand, absorbs moisture. So if you sleep on a cotton pillow case or a cotton scarf, by morning, you will have dry hair.

- To maintain a hair style.  This is particularly true if you use a silk or satin scarf or bonnet on your natural hair at night.  The scarf or bonnet will press the style down, and you merely have to pick any pressed down braids or twists off your scalp in the morning.  Twists, braids, cornrows, flat twists and Bantu knots are kept neat when they are covered in a silk or satin scarf or bonnet at night.

- To hold rollers in place.  Again, this works best with a silk or satin scarf or bonnet, rather than a satin pillow case.  Rollers have the tendency to unravel when you toss and turn in your sleep.  When you place a scarf or bonnet on your natural hair at night, your rollers are kept safe and immovable.  You have little of a chance of having flat curls from rollers that have fallen out during the night.

When You Should Braid or Twist Your Natural Hair at Night

When you are rocking an out style, like an afro or wash and go, you should loosely twist or braid your natural hair at night, especially if you have some length to your hair.  Natural hair will tangle and knot during the day because curly and coily hair textures’ ends grasp onto one another.  At night, natural hair will produce tangles and knots to a greater degree when you roll around in your bed if they are not protected in twists or braids.

You can place 4 to 8 large, loose braids or twists in your natural hair at night and unravel them again in the morning.  Then, you will have fewer tangles the next time you detangle hair than you would have if you hadn’t protected your natural hair at night.

Products To Put In Your Natural Hair at Night

When you do a hot oil treatment, you can leave the oil in your natural hair at night and rinse it out in the morning.  You also can sleep with henna in your hair overnight.  When you leave these types of products in your natural hair at night, you might want to use a plastic bonnet or plastic wrap to keep these products from getting all over your pillow case.

Of course, you can place moisturizers and other stylers in your natural hair at night.  You won’t need any plastic for these.  Satin or silk will do.

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