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Some­times, par­tic­u­lar­ly dur­ing the fall and win­ter months, my hair needs more than the “usu­al” to be mois­tur­ized.  My hair can still be dry the next morn­ing though I slap on a mois­tur­iz­er and wear a sim­ple satin bon­net at night.  Doing a LOC rou­tine the night before may do noth­ing to pre­vent parched strands the fol­low­ing day.  So, some­times, I have to rely on cer­tain night­time tech­niques to trans­form my hair from dry to mois­tur­ized.  Here are a few that work for me:

Dou­ble or triple up the satin with heavy mois­ture

In short, I don’t just stop with putting a satin bon­net on my hair before bed. I also ensure that I sleep on charmeuse pil­low­cas­es, which give my hair dou­ble the mois­ture pro­tec­tion. Some­times, I even go as far as wrap­ping my hair with a satin scarf pri­or to putting on the bon­net, hence triple the mois­ture pro­tec­tion. Of course, all of this would be in vain with­out first heav­i­ly mois­tur­iz­ing my hair.  (You can con­sid­er this a mod­i­fied ver­sion of the bag­gy method, but with satin instead of plas­tic.)

Seal with hair grease

When a whipped but­ter or creme no longer seals my strands (which is rare, but it does hap­pen), going back to hair grease can some­times do the trick.  Per­son­al­ly, I like Sof­t­ee Indi­an Hemp because it also con­tains oils like jojo­ba, saf­flower, and rose­mary. I pre­fer to lay­er the grease on top of the whipped but­ter or creme for extra seal­ing rather than to do a full-on sub­sti­tu­tion. Do check out my ear­li­er post for more details: How Hair Grease (Yes, Grease!) Can Help Retain Length in Nat­ur­al Hair.

Turn on the humid­i­fi­er

Some of you may have heard about this tech­nique before, but I can­not stress it enough.  Run­ning a heater while you sleep may be nec­es­sary to stay warm, espe­cial­ly dur­ing this time of year, but it can also be dry­ing to the air around you.  Turn­ing on a humid­i­fi­er overnight will help to replace that dry air with mois­ture, which will not only be bet­ter for your hair but your skin as well.

Wet the hair, seal, and twist or braid

When I say “wet”, I don’t mean a sim­ple spritz with my favorite mois­tur­iz­er. I mean “wet” the hair so that it is lit­er­al­ly damp to the touch. (It does not have to be drip­ping wet.)  I some­times do this before bed to replen­ish my dry strands.  Stop­ping at this point, though, would be futile so I fol­low up with an oil then twist or braid my hair to help the mois­ture stay trapped overnight.  Also, dou­bling or tripling up on the satin adds that extra lay­er of help.

How do you trans­form your hair from dry to mois­tur­ized overnight?


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2 Comments on "4 Overnight Techniques that Transform My Natural Hair from Dry to Moisturized"

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lecia p
I cur­rent­ly do a semi bag­gy method to mois­tur­ize my hair if it starts to feel dry. I do a half bag­gy method I guess. I do the twists with a mois­tur­iz­ing curl lotion like shea mois­ture curl style milk & seal with an oil concoction…then i gath­er the twists into 2 big pony­tails & wrap plas­tic bags around the braids of each pony tail. I found sleep­ing with a cap on my head cre­at­ed TOO MUCH mois­ture. My scalp was TOO moist & became a breed­ing ground for bac­te­ria & itchy scalp.i sweat easy so the cap had to go. I… Read more »
Alwina Oyewoleturner

I cur­rent­ly wear a satin bon­net and a satin scarf, not to main­tain mois­ture but to pro­tect my edges. I will take the added ben­e­fit of keep­ing my hair mois­tur­ized if that helps as well. I will try the humid­i­fi­er option. Soft skin and hair is a def­i­nite win!