Cassandre Beccai

by Cas­san­dre of (pic­tured above)

If you’re any­thing like half the nat­u­rals in the US, you’ve got some kind of a night time rou­tine that may or may not con­sist of spray­ing on some glyc­erin mix, re-plait­ing your hair and wrap­ping it up in the $3 poly­es- urrr…I mean satin scarf you bought at your local beau­ty sup­ply store.

There are count­less ways to prep your nat­ur­al hair for bed, but not all will yield the most length reten­tion. Some rou­tines can require too much manip­u­la­tion and com­pro­mise the integri­ty of the old­est sec­tions of your hair; your ends. Oth­er rou­tines are not involved enough, so dry­ness and break­age ensues.

Through tri­al and error, I’ve learned the best night­time rou­tine for my hair helps with both mois­ture and most of all length reten­tion.  So with­out fur­ther ado, here are 3 night­time rou­tine tips that will get you to that length goal a lit­tle faster:

1. Spritz Don’t Touch

The idea here is to mois­tur­ize your hair with­out han­dling it too much. While this may not be the best choice for you if you want to keep a defined style for sev­er­al days, I rec­om­mend­ing spritz­ing afro-tex­tured hair with a water, oil and glyc­erin mix right before bed. I know some peo­ple like to use hair milk every night and lay on strand by strand and I think that works well to keep your hair mois­tur­ized, but may con­tribute to more break­age than nec­es­sary. You can fol­low up with a spray oil if you’d like more help seal­ing it all in.

2. Pineap­ple Head

Rather than do plaits or twists every sin­gle night, I opt to pineap­ple my hair. Not only will you be able to retain defined styles such as twist outs, you will min­i­mize manip­u­la­tion, which typ­i­cal­ly equals less break­age at the ends.

3. Throw On A Scarf

I’m sure you’ve heard this one many times before and I’m sure I’m preach­ing to the choir here, but for those who real­ly don’t know- throw on that satin scarf or bon­net before you hit the pil­low. If that’s too much, con­sid­er a satin pil­low­case. You’ll find your hair does an over­all bet­ter job at stay­ing mois­tur­ized which is one of the biggest keys to grow­ing out your hair.


What are some of your night time rou­tine tips for retain­ing length?

Cas­san­dre Bec­cai: Just anoth­er nat­u­ral­ista play­ing by my own rules!

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Kin­da wished you added details like the part­ing of hair after spritz­ing and all that and what to be aware of

This arti­cle was so-so. I wish one thing that would be touched on more is how wear­ing pro­tec­tive styles alone does not nec­es­sar­i­ly lead to length reten­tion. I’ve been pro­tec­tive styling for my daugh­ter and while she retained length, it’s been stuck at the same length for a year, with no mea­sure change to her diet or stress lev­el. What I found was that I wasn’t mois­tur­iz­ing her hair ade­quate­ly at the roots (I only con­cen­trat­ed on the ends) with the prop­er mois­tur­iz­ers and that the sham­poos and con­di­tion­ers I used on her were too dry­ing. Mois­tur­iz­ing the hair prop­er­ly… Read more »

I rebraid my hair everynight. My hair thrives as long as it is mois­tur­ized. I wash and deep con­di­tion on Sat­ur­day and co-wash on Mon­day and Wednes­day. In between wash­es when I am rebraid­ing, I only fin­ger detan­gle my hair. No comb. My go to styles braid­out (with four corn­rows going all the way to the back) and low bun. Braid out for 3 weeks and low bun for two weeks.….That’s my rota­tion. Works for me. Mois­ture, moisture,moisture!


i like to part my hair in 2 halves, spritz­ing each sec­tion with water. then putting coconut oil in my hair, focus­ing on my ends. after that i just put each half into a loose bun and tie on a satin scarf. i find the less comb­ing i do the more length i retain

Sage Vanity

I like to use both a satin bon­net and satin pil­low­case. Not only does it serve as a back-up for the nights I can’t find my bon­net, but it has the added bonus of help­ing me retain mois­ture in my skin. Rub­bing my face on a cot­ton pil­low through-out the night dries my skin out.


Meh :/ We real­ly need the style icons back. But, patience, I under­stand we need to wait for them.


Per­son­al­ly I use a silk pil­low­case and bon­net because I think they both serve a pur­pose.
Bon­net — slows down evap­o­ra­tion of mois­ture into the air which a pil­low­case alone won’t do
Pil­low­case — the back up when your bon­net ends up halfway across the room dur­ing your sleep


Since lazy is my sec­ond name, i’m doing num­ber 3 lol the less i touch my hair, the more they seem to love it!

Napturally Kia

am i the only one that finds sleep­ing on a silk pil­low­case does noth­ing for mois­ture reten­tion? my hair is dry & mat­ted when i get up. i invent­ed in a 100% charmeuse silk pil­low­case and i’m bet­ter off in a bon­net.


The pineap­ple method does not work for me at all. I if I pineap­ple then the next day I’m rock­ing a high pony­tail that just how my hair is. I tend to rock a two strand halo crown after my twist out so I just mist my hair with water and place a scarf over it. And for when I’m stretch­ing my twist out I chunky twist and sep­a­rate in the morn­ing so I spend as lit­tle time as pos­si­ble in my hair

I agree! I def­i­nite­ly found that not rebraid­ing or twist­ing every night was piv­otal in my length reten­tion. It was just too much manip­u­la­tion. So now I do a mod­i­fied pineap­ple :4 very loose­ly tied pony­tails. One at my nape, one at the top and one on each side on my head. It keeps my twist out in the shape of down and out rather than just straight up like the orig­i­nal pineap­ple. And when I’m wear­ing a stretched style I only use a very small amount of water based leave in an spray with oil rather than my water/conditioner… Read more »

Was a bit dis­ap­point­ed as I was look­ing for some­thing ‘new’ that I was either not doing or did not know, to embrace. So per­son­al­ly I learned noth­ing, how­ev­er the arti­cle may help some­one new to the blog.