By Marie Young of GoodLooknOut

Anyone who knows me KNOWS that Solange is my ultimate lady crush! Although her hair is more than likely a wig, I still strive for her curls, like ALL THE TIME. The only problem, that darn pineapple method! I mean, really, who does the pinapple method really work for?!?!

With two kids it’s virtually impossible to do the proper nightly routine for my curls. When I lay my 3 month old down to sleep, I typically fall asleep as I’m putting him down. As I wake up in the morning, I usually have a dry, lopsided curly afro…LOL.

So, of course, I couldn’t do with the nappy fro every morning and I had to do something to give my hair some life. Even though I love my wash-n-go curls, I can’t keep waiting upwards of an hour for my hair to air dry every morning. Sometimes I have to be gone in minutes.

After reviewing Wild Sunshine Bliss’ tutorial for the pineapple method a few months back, I tried it and of course IT DIDN’T WORK FOR ME! I was bummed and went back to my regular routine *which was NO ROUTINE*. Fast forward to last night, I got the sleepies again while putting my son down so I decided to try the pineapple method one more time, but I’m going to switch it up a bit. I changed it slightly by pulling my hair forward to the top of my head and placing a satin bonnet on top and by-golly, IT WORKED!

For you natrualistas looking for a better nightly routine, I found a few tutorials you can try to find a regimen that’s best for you. I know there are many different hair types so there is something for everyone!

Soooo, if stretching your tightly coiled hair is a major concern for you try this:

Ok, so your hair is kind of short…here’s one for you too:

I even found one for you medium length naturalista’s (with layers):

I’ve tried all three and I’ve failed miserably, so here’s my routine:

What’s your nightly routine??? Do any of these methods work for you? If so, what’s your favorite? If not, how did you switch it up?

Marie Young is founder and editor of GoodLooknOut, an online platform for women to share, inspire and ‘LOOK OUT’ for other women. Follow Marie on TwitterInstagram and Facebook!

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64 Comments on "The Pineapple Method Didn’t Work for Me…So I Remixed It!"

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Izehi Amadasu

I can’t seem to find the article

Newly Natural

I have still yet to find a nightine routine for me. The only way i can get a second day out of a wash n go is not putting any scarves or bonnets on it and “sleeping pretty” (on my arms not allowing my hair to touch anything) it sucks and is very uncomfortable since i love sleeping on my back, but idk guess i’ll keep failing until my hair gets long enough for a pineapple. It stopped growing a yr ago though.

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Tamia

Although my hair isn’t natural, and I doubt I would ever go back to my natural hair,I still like to style my hair as if it appears to be natural but its an illusion. But the moral is the pineapple method hardly ever works for me. I’ll bantu knot my hair while its wet, and for the first couples of nights, the method work. I assume that is all depends on how you prepare your hair and sleep.

nia

So it seems to just be a way to protect your hair from being tangled? I usually just put a scarf on re-spray with water in the morning and put my moisturizer on and off I go. lol. I have short 4C hair.

JustMo

I put my hair in 2 braids/plaits and throw my wave cap on. Yep, the same kind the guys wear. LOL! It works though and stretches out my curls!

Dee
I have medium/short 3c hair and i have a way to go before i can do a traditional pineapple. I tried just sleeping in a bonnet, but i just DO NOT have shake out and go type hair (im going to keep petitioning the hair fairy for that). Once its smashed and crazy, thats all she wrote. So….i started experimenting. What worked for me is this: I grab the hair at the top of my hair and put it in a ponytail (kinda like a faux pineapple). Then, since the sides of my hair cant reach the pineapple-esque ponytail at… Read more »
Laura Truesdale

Girl you gotta do what you gotta do…LOL. And trust me I wish the “hair fairy” would visit me every once in a while…

Laura Truesdale

OMG! I live for that Pineapple method…I actually saw “Mahogany Curls” do it and I actually have the video of Ms. Ariella on my playlist on YouTube. I do mix it up a bit…bc I end up with a whole heap of hair on top of my head and it’s in my face and it’s more like a “VOLCANO”. I think after so much growth it turns into a volcano method…*just a thought LOL* 😀 I like bunning a lot as well.
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Kinky me

This works well for me until it’s time to remoisturize then a braid out is needed overnight to redefine

Crist
It seems to me that the pineapple method isnt too effective for thick, tighter coiled textures like myself but works for people whose hair, well, can fall. Hair like my own LIKES to hold whatever shape it is in *hence alot of the freshest ‘out’ styles happen on this kind of hair*. So yes you get unicorn-ocean wave hair with this method because thats the shape it was kept in for 8 hours (if your lucky)! I like to do a quick split down the middle of my hair and either band or braid or bantu knot or just slap… Read more »
wake up now

It has the as if you read through my thoughts! You appear to learn a whole lot about this, like you authored the guide within it or anything. I believe that you can use with just a few r. g. for you to power the content household somewhat, but rather than that will, that’s amazing website. An outstanding read. We’ll surely return to their office.

hairscapades
I have long, fine hair and the nape is almost straight. So, the pineapple always stretched the nape more, giving me a tail, and leaves the tighter coils in tact (which I wish the nape would do). Also, the hair would be all in my face because it flops over and usually my ends would get mushed from laying on them. So, within the last month (after 13 years of being natural – though at varying lengths), I found a way to preserve my loose hair overnight and decently through workouts. I posted a very short clip of it on… Read more »
Jax

Tanks for the tip! I have the same problem with the nape being too loose and tail. 🙂

Mai

You should’ve written this article instead of the original author since THIS is very unique and innovative (not a pineapple that every has seen before). I’ve never thought of this before and will try it tonight.

hairscapades

Glad to help Jax and Mai! I shared the video that I posted on IG on my blog a couple of weeks ago. But, I do think I should repost it under a header for Nighttime Routines/Alternatives to the Pineapple or something so that it can be easily found!

Thank you!

Shelli

Iva

So first,thank you for including a USEFUL picture! And second, could you write something about your twisting method? Pretty please?

hairscapades

Hi Iva! Did you watch the video that I posted the link to above? It’s a 15 second clip of how I do it that I posted on Instagram and I also provide a step by step in the caption. Hope that helps!

Shelli

LBell

My hair is a tighter texture than yours but I have a similar situation — looser sides and back, tighter top — and that’s why the traditional pineapple method doesn’t work for me. That’s why, when I’m wearing it loose, I put it into two low puffs, one on either side of my head, before putting on the satin scarf. It’s my TOP that needs the stretch, not the sides and back.

Also, from one veteran to another: Do you ever wonder when, if at all, we’ll be able to stop saying “not everything is going to work for everybody”? 😉

hairscapades
NEVER!! LOL!!! I always try to make certain that my posts are clearly just me sharing what has worked for me, not giving the impression that what I do will work for everyone. I also end a lot of my articles with questions like the ones at the end of the post, which ask other people if they’ve tried a method, did it work, if not, what do they do that works. I think that is also indicative of the fact that we understand that not everything works for everyone. But yeah … all that to say, I don’t think… Read more »
LBell
I have to remind myself that everybody’s at a different place in this journey (and some folks aren’t on “journeys” at all, lol). I find some new naturals don’t always understand that NONE of these so-called “rules” people try to lay down are set in stone. To get to a point where you really appreciate your natural hair — especially if, like me, you have the texture that hardly anyone ever appreciated — you absolutely have to have an open mind. Just because your hair doesn’t “pineapple” exactly like so-and-so-guru’s hair doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with your hair. I… Read more »
C. D. Beatrice Clay

I’ve been natural since 1998 and I can’t imagine myself otherwise. I also can’t imagine myself following the many many MANY natural hair “rules” “methods” “systems” ecetera. Soooo pineappling nope never tried it on purpose. After this I may, but only because it looks simple so thank you darling for sharing.

Zoopath

That is an unmodified pineapple method. No new information here except that the author doesn’t think that nappy fros have life.

T

That was the pineapple method. I understand what she was saying though, maybe her hair was longer at the time of filming it would exaggerate the fact that her hair was pushed all the way forward. I do the same thing and I look like a damn unicorn with all this hair lol

lisa

umm thats pretty much the normal way to do it. i wasted my time thinking i was going to learn some revolutionary tip. -_-

Cass

Yeah…my thick, coarse hair, and if you “type” it- 4c hair never does any “falling” into place 🙂 Marie I’m glad you found a method that works for you.

The terms and methods we use re: [on] our hair is personal choice.

Christina

Go Simona!!! Here is my two cents:

I love the article although I am not a natural, I am a bonnet wearer LOL. This method could definite work when I wear my hair in curls.

As far as the people offended by nappy…time for a self-check. It must hit pretty close to home for them. This article is an opinion and you can’t please them all. Instead of comments, maybe they should bust their butts to get published like you did. WHOOP!

GO #GOODGirl!!!

Iva

I’m not really understanding your argument about the word nappy hitting “close to home”. What do you mean? Are you trying to say that people who don’t like the word nappy must have nappy hair? If so, that is a very interesting comment coming from someone with a relaxer.

Shelly_Shelle
Sometimes “two-cents” means no sense…. You may want to check yo self first. The header on this site reads “Celebrating Natural Hair”. You’re not a natural and you’re defending the use of a term that does not celebrate natural hair. In case you (and some others) missed it, the use of the term “nappy” is a no-no especially on natural hair blogs/websites…duh. Perhaps it’s because it’s the year of our Lord 2013! And we have a plethora of terms adjectives nouns etc in various languages that can accurately describe the state of hair without digressing to the use of the… Read more »
Rachel

This is exactly what I do, and it works okay. But on day 3, ringlets start to lose definition, it’s a bit more frizz and flyaways. I think my hair might be super thin? Any thoughts, or products that y’all use to not weigh it down but define and lighten?

cacey
kinda late but i’m just getting into this myself bc lately i’d found myself having to rewet my WNG daily in the shower and i think it’s taking a toll on my length retention. I’m not entirely sure though, but i’m suspicious. I found that shea moisture’s curl and style milk is light enough to not weigh and at the same time moisturizing enough to curl my hair without making it feel producty or stringy. My hair is very thin (not dense at all) and prone to frizzing if the curls are petted too much. This product (apart from conditioners)… Read more »
Thick Nigerian Hair

I tried the pineapple once. Tied it up and it stayed up the next morning. What an epic fail.

Dee Dee

The pineapple method doesn’t work for me. I just throw a bonnet on and KIM. I’m simple. It’s just hair to me.

Elle

Doesn’t work for me either my hair ends up staying right in that position after i take it down it doesn’t fall down back into place. Waste of time,

T.

@ Elle, same happens with me – I was wondering if I was the only one who didn’t get the benefits of the pineapple!

Tracy
You know it didn’t work for me when my hair was shorter, like collarbone length when stretched and I’m a 4b/c lady around my edges and 4a in the crown so you get the picture. But, now that my hair has grown to armpit, bra strap length it works for me because my hair now has the weight to fall down. In the past my hair would continue to stand at attention after I removed the scarf. I will say that my twist out does flatten around the edges from sleep on my back and sides. But, everything else remains… Read more »
T.

My hair is armpit length now, and it still doesn’t work for me, but maybe as I continue to gain length it will become more effective. I’ll give it a try again in a few months. Thanks for the tip!

AnonSince87

What is the traditional pineapple method?

Mel
I love this method! That’s the one I have been using as well. I thought I was doing something wrong but the “traditional” pineapple or one, two three, four or ten of them all over my head was not working at all! Ace Ventura/Johnny Bravo was my morning look! Not cute. I also like to take a satin scrunchy and tie a low or mid high ponytail/bun and tie a satin scarf on my edges and sleep on my satin pillow case. It really works for me. Definitely beats the re-twisting/re-braiding I use to do every night :o! I still… Read more »
MM

Looks pretty much the same as a pineapple based on the other videos you posted! Seems like your hair is maybe not pushed forward as much? I do exactly what you do by putting it at the top of my head and not pushed forward and it does work well. Good job 🙂

AnonSince87

I thought what you did IS the pineapple method?! Guess not? Lol

Sabrina @seriouslynatural

It is and that was all I was saying up above. I called her a Newly natural because that was what she called herself in the post.

Marie Young of GoodLooknOut

The natural nazi’s are roaming these BLOG STREETS! Love the love and the SHADE!

Thanks for supporting my love!

Flynfab

Please stop calling people “Nazi’s”. It’s inappropriate and offensive. Thank you.

Marie Young of GoodLooknOut

Not intended to offend, so if it has…MY APOLOGIES! #ThatIsAll

*Throws up the peace sign & Smiles*

Elle

Simona!! We will get you right. Everything ain’t for everybody remember that convo we had under you other natural hair post!! Pineapple method doesn’t work for me either. Great job posting. I love this site, and it’s even better to see a good friend posting on here as well! Keep up the good work!

Elle

“So, of course, I couldn’t do with the nappy fro every morning and I had to do something to give my hair some life”

Naturals have been actively changing old beliefs praising defined curls over ‘naps’ and valuing both equally, but this sentence reads like the author holds those old beliefs. Natural definition or choosing to define your hair is great, but a “nappy fro” has life too.

Iman

Yeah, normally I don’t care what adjectives someone uses to describe their own hair… But even I was like, “nappy?” lol. If what you meant was: matted, knotty, or you felt like you looked unkempt, then say that… Folks are likely to get offended when you say “nappy” in a way that matches any of the adjectives I just used.

Again, normally how one chooses to describe their own hair… Doesn’t matter, BUT at the end of the day, you do want to be mindful of the words you use.

Elle

That’s very true. Yet some words just don’t mean the same thing to some people. But some folks are super wierd about the word nappy.

Iva

I don’t think not liking the word “nappy” is super weird (which is not exactly what you said) but it certainly does depend on context and the author’s writing style. It might get a pass from some authors and not from others. But it certainly doesn’t pair well with the writer’s (possibly) less than loving description of her own hair and her use of the term “Nazi” (another word people are rightly “super weird” about) for people who simply may not agree with her.

Nappy 4C Rocks

I like nappy 🙂

Iva
@Nappy 4C Rocks. I am actually so super glad you wrote that. You are clearly using nappy as a positive adjective that describes your hair. It’s a good word for you. This chick, sorry, this writer clearly used it as pejorative, and as a pejorative it is offensive. For me its not on par with the other n-word (which, to me, should never be used with an -er or a -a) but its definitely a loaded word. the writer wasn’t interested in the positive, she only saw the negatives, which is honestly, her choice, whatever. But when attempting to write… Read more »
Shelly_Shelle
Fo-real tho! Nappy is just as unacceptable as ni99a both need to be buried in our past. Nappy is derived from the noun nap which is used to describe inanimate non-human objects “with nap” such as fabric. Likewise, the word ni99a was used to dehumanize us as well. Since our hair is our glory and a LIVING extension of our very being, we should refer/describe & treat our hair with respect; thus this natural hair movement (MOVING AWAY from old beliefs). But there are some who are those who are just “crushing” on the latest trend. Then there are some… Read more »
Kia

I rather curls over undefined natural hair DAMNIT!Its her hair she could describe it anyway she wants,so what if she called it nappy,people call my hair peasy I DONT CARE..just a word…it can mean different things to people…calm down jeez.

Nappy 4C Rocks

peasy?! you are going waayyy back…old school, lol my grandma calls my hair peasy and my momma calls it nappy! I wear it anyway I want, lol

Sabrina @seriouslynatural

I’m not sure what she is talking about because the way she does it is actually the UNmodified way to do the Pineapple method. She is newly natural so maybe she is unaware that she has it down pat and she was following modified versions. Poor thing. So much info out here and newly naturals get caught up in overload.
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Marie Young of GoodLooknOut

Not newly natural. Going on two years now. Thanks for reading and commenting though! 🙂

Sabrina @seriouslynatural

I called you a newly natural because that was what you called yourself in the video. What you do in the video is the pineapple method and the other three methods are modifications of them. THat was my only point to my comment and there was no intent to insult or belittle you in anyway. all love coming from me sweetie.

One

You’re rude. And that pic is ugly (and unneccesary)

Sabrina @seriouslynatural

You are entitled to your opinion. Take care.

T.

Well, that came across as unnecessarily condescending.

Kelli

This is exactly how I put my hair up for the night. The only difference for me is I wrap my edges with a satin scarf (sometimes; I have three kids and a hubby 🙂 and sleep on a satin pillowcase! The “traditional” pineapple was a no-no for me too! That’s part of what’s so cool about this natural-hair journey… Self discovery! Thanks for sharing!
P.S. Wicked twist-out! I love it!

Marie Young of GoodLooknOut

Glad to know I’m not the only one! Thanks for reading!!!!

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