How to Preserve Curls Overnight – 4 Best Methods for Natural Hair

You may have heard that you need to protect your hair at night to keep your natural curls looking their best. This is no myth, no trickery. Preserving your curls overnight is one of the best things you can do for your hair. It enables you to preserve your hair’s moisture, helps prevent breakage, and keeps your curls from frizzing out or losing definition.

We now know the basic benefits that protecting your curls overnight can bring, but I wonder if you know the best ways to go about protecting your curls. In this post, we will talk about 4 different ways you can protect your hair overnight.

Satin-lined Cap

What is a satin-lined cap? It’s a versatile cap that features a soft fabric on the outside and satin (or a similar satin-like material on the inside. It can be worn both as a fashion statement and as a nighttime hair protectant.

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Naturals love the satin-lined cap because it has a secure grip around the hairline. This ensures that your cap won’t come off while you toss and turn all night.

To protect your hair at night you can choose one of these options:

  1. For long curls: Bend forward so that your hair is hanging down, and gather all of your hair at the top of your head. Secure your hair loosely with a fabric hair elastic (satin or silk is best). Place the cap over your head, ensuring that all of your hair is covered.
  2. For short and medium length curls: Gently separate your dry curls into 4 or more sections, do some jumbo twists or braids, and then put your cap over all of your hair.

Bonnet (Silk or Satin)

The good ole’ bonnet is a tried and true method for protecting your curls. Whether you are wearing your hair in a twist out, braid out, wash n’ go, or any other style, you can use a bonnet to protect your curls.

The best bonnets are made of satin or silk. Here’s a popular bonnet that naturals are loving this year:

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Even if you don’t have long or thick natural hair, this bonnet will give your hair nightly protection against friction and moisture loss. As your hair grows and expands, you won’t need to transition to a larger bonnet. This one is large enough for most hair lengths.

Large Silk/Satin Scarf

For braids and protective styles, you may want to go for a silk or satin scarf.

I’ve selected an oversized scarf perfect for overnight hair protection.

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Chances are you want to keep frizziness away if you are wearing a long-term protective style (box braids, french braids, high ponytail, etc.).  Wrapping a silk/satin scarf around your hair is almost always the best option for preserving protective hairstyles.

Silk or Satin Pillowcase

Maybe you want to look perfect for special time with the boyfriend or hubby. Perhaps you don’t feel like dealing with the previous hair protection options. I get it.

You don’t have to wear anything on your head to protect your hair.

Just replace your cotton pillowcase with a satin/silk pillowcase.

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A pillowcase like this will protect your hair by giving it a smooth, snag free surface to rub against while you sleep. The fabric of this pillowcase also enables you to retain more hair moisture than you could with a cotton or polyester pillowcase.

While this method is no-fuss, your curls may be a bit smashed in the morning depending on your style. If you wake up and your hair isn’t looking the way you want it to, take some time to refresh your curls in the morning.

Bonus Tip: Using Twists and Braids

If you are wearing a wash n’ go, twist out, or braid out, you might find that your style will last longer if you rebraid or retwist it. After you rebraid/retwist your hair, cover it up (or sleep on your satin pillowcase), and simply undo your twists or braids in the morning.

Try not to rebraid/retwist every night, as daily manipulation of the hair can be damaging in the long run.

I hope that this article was helpful to you!

What do you think of these nighttime protection options?

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Happy Journey 😁

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