Customer Q and A “What Am I Supposed To Do With My Natural Kinky Hair At Night?

Dickey answers the customer question:

“What am I suppose to do with my natural kinky hair at night?  When my hair was long and relaxed, pin curling and a satin bonnet did the trick.  However, I have no idea what to do with my natural hair other than wear my bonnet at night.  In the morning, my kinky hair is matted and requires wetting everyday to style. What’s the right answer here?”

Wet it and restyle.  The beauty of natural hair is that now you are not bound by styles that keep you away from the one thing your texture wants, or wanted all these years, which is water and conditioner.  Remember Jeri curls? You didn’t see a dry Jeri curl out there.  You couldn’t. No matter whether they were processed or not, you couldn’t afford to dry the hair out because it wouldn’t curl, it would only fall out.  When you’re considering going natural you have to get rid of all of the ideas, or misconceptions, or rules for your straight styles when you wore relaxers or pressed your hair.  Those are all styles that get you from shampoo to shampoo because you didn’t have to concern yourself with the fact that they might lock up, matt up, and draw up.  They were straight and there was no fear of the hair being compromised or breaking off because of that.  When you are natural there’s a completely different set of rules. The idea of being natural is that you’re incorporating your hair care and styling routine into your shower routine.  Which makes your hair texture be at its best because you know that it’s naturally dry, so it’s constantly getting conditioned, so it starts to perform better.  There are women who are natural that don’t want to wear straight styles or do heat styling because of the heat damage, because usually they are coming to the table natural having very little knowledge about what natural really means, so they don’t get their hair wet and their texture dries out.  There’s no amount of oil, or grease, or anything, or there’s not a product out there that is going to restore moisture back to a texture that’s naturally drier, that you kept away from water and conditioner for a week at a time and let lock up.  The sheer nature of the texture is that it tightens up and the idea of keeping it soft is so that it loosens up and has some type of a curl pattern and becomes pliable.  So it doesn’t need a lot of heat and tension when you go to blow dry it with a comb attachment because it’s soft.  When it gets dried out it is when you need a lot of muscle power and you end up breaking the hair, you end up using heat on top of hair that’s been dried out all week long, or stripped and now it won’t go back to its natural state because it has no more flexibility, so it doesn’t have the ability to go back straight. Then in your protective styles you would just rather twist it up and leave it alone instead of prepping the hair for the long haul of being kept away from water and conditioner by blowing in leave in conditioners into the hair and oils and all of those things so then you twist your hair up on hair that you’ve prepped and twist it up with your favorite styling product.  We twist up all our protective styles with Nourishment Leave In Conditioner, with the comb attachment that we blow into the hair so that the hair is getting a conditioning treatment. Then we take the oils and then we blow those into the hair and the hair gets stretched out and is super hydrated and moisturized and then we twist out hair that has been stretched out.  So the hair then gets a lot more versatility or curl pattern and definition, so at the end of the week your protective style is not dried out or broken off, your protective style really is a protective style.  It really has protected your hair.  If you’re going to do heat styling again I recommend at least three days of wash and wear styling or at least sleep with a cap over conditioner overnight so the hair gets super hydrated before you go and use heat on it.  These are all things that really promote the versatility in a texture that has been deemed problematic.  Just because you decided to go natural doesn’t mean that you want to just wear natural hair all the time.  Women sometimes want to walk into the boardroom with straight hair, it’s entirely up to them. I would say that continue to look at the Hair Rules how-to section or rules by texture in the kinky section and the idea is to take your hair into the shower with you, and incorporate your hair care and style routine into your shower routine, and that should answer your question on whether or not you can sleep on it.  Of course you can sleep on it.  Do it at your convenience.  I hope this helps.

Comments

  1. Tammy Macdonald says:

    OMG! Thank you – I really didn’t expect a response. I’m use to mid-back length relaxed hair but am now fully natural at shoulder length (think Chaka Khan)! I never thought of my hair as part of my shower routine, but will definitely do so now. My only challenge is going out in the in the winter with wet hair. Wetting and re-twisting at night isn’t working – it’s still wet and wetting in the morning (e.g, 5am) doesn’t do the trick either. What else is there???

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