What hair care steps do you take before you go to sleep? How often do you stick to a night time routine? We asked the following women to share their night time routine tips and recipes.

One of the most exciting things about caring for your mane is that you start learning how it behaves, develop routines and understand what to do when you want it to look a certain way. Like the night time routine, that most women rely on for the good health of their manes and a well behaved afro in the morning. A night time routine consists of moisturising, detangling, wearing an overnight protective style and covering your hair before you sleep. Night time routines differ with every woman from how much moisture your hair absorbs, the length of your hair, how much time you have and most importantly how far you’re willing to go for a well behaved afro in the morning.

 

FaithSiziba

Faith Siziba

Well my night time routine really just depends on my mood… I usually base my scalp and hairline with hair food (I use Jabu stone hair products)  just before I braid it into 2 cornrows or with wool. I do this every night.
It takes about 45 minutes and I do it every night except for some late nights out where i’m too tired and all I wanna do when I get home is sleep.

 

TshegofatshoMashala

Tshego Mashala

I don’t do much when I sleep. I just wear a beanie. My routine is in the morning when I shower I sprinkle water on it to make sure it stays moist.

 

NoxoloNtintili

Noxolo Ntintili

For my night time routine, I part my hair into 4-16 sections (depending on how much time I have) then I use my All natural water based spray which is prepared weekly or fortnightly on each section. The spray is really great for low porosity hair because I included light oils like grapeseed oil and sweet almond oil, but also to prevent potential itches and to help people who may be suffering from ringworms or dandruff, I chose to add tea tree oil which has antibacterial properties. The honey is just for the added shine 

NoxoloNtintili2

Because the spray is my liquid foundation, I use Coconut Oil as a moisturising oil, then I use either castor oil or Shea butter/cream to seal all that moisture in before I do 2 strand twists or 3 strand braids. To keep them off my face I tuck them in bantu style knots then I cover with a satin scarf.

Because this is a heavy moisturising routine, I usually do it around 7 p.m or 8 p.m to give it enough time to not stain my pillows but I usually put a towel just in case. Sometimes I do not undo the twists that I have made in the morning, and then I just wear a head-wrap as an accessory, by the time I undo them, I have a really great twist-out which is defined and not dry.

I try to do this at least 3 times a week. In between I rock a high puff, which works well for formal events, work (for those strict bosses), school, dates and lazy days. For a bolder fashion statement, parties, and more relaxed settings, I go for an up-do which looks amazing if the hair is from a direct twist out but if you don’t have time, grab a shoelace and you’re good to go.

 

Aphelesomi

Aphelele Somi

I’m actually not that fussy about night-time hair prep…I enjoy head massages and I give myself those using some Shea butter and I do twists that I let loose in the morning. I try to do this at least twice a week, right after washing my hair (yes, I wash my hair that often). I don’t wear iduku.

 

ChristelleMutumbo

Christelle Mutumbo

I make sure that my hair is always moisturised by spraying water to my hair; I then take my oils which include Alma oil, coconut oil, castor oil, avocado oil and olive oil etc and mixed them together in a spray bottle, after wetting my hair, I spray the oils on my roots and tips, and massage. Once done, I put in my leave-in conditioner, divide my hair into four sections and twist my hair.

 

OliviaAngi

 

Olivia Angi

My name is Catherine Olivia Angi, Tanzanian lifestyle blogger (www.kayiniafrika.com) but soon to relocate to www.oliviazjournal.com, I have been natural for almost 3 years now but the journey is still not easy it needs love and patience between the processes.

Night time routine

  • Daily Spritz (This includes water, coconut oil and any citrus fruit mostly orange)
    I use the spritz to moisturise my crown in the mornings and nights
  • Satin head scarf

My night time routine:

Usually it depends on the hairstyle that I’m planning for for the next day but mainly the routine is:

  1.      Before spraying the daily spritz to my crown I section my hair into four parts
  2.     Create  twists or To plait “mabutu” (Swahili name for bantu knots)
  3.     Finally tie my satin head scarf and off to bed

Do I stick to this Routine?

I really try to except when I’m in protective style that’s the time I may be a little lazy otherwise I really hold on tight to this routine. There may be few lazy days that I will sleep with my crown in its free state but then I’ll have to be ready to embrace shrinkage the next day.

 

LusandaMayaya

Lusanda Mayaya

My hair routine is simple, when my hair is in protective style I use a homemade liquid moisturizer and spray my hair at night and I cover my hair. And if my hair is not in protective style then I use a wide tooth comb, section my hair spray each section till hair feels damp, and then I either use hair food or MPL oil and plait hair into protective style and cover with my head scarf,  reason for all this is to keep my hair moist ,strong and soft. I do it every day, unless I feel that my hair still has enough moisture, then I do it two nights in a row and one day off, another two nights then off.

 

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  • Khulile

    Love this, just shows that hair care is such a personal thing. I have learned a thing or two. Thanks for this. Been natural for 20 years and the one thing I never do is to go to bed without my satin durag. The best thing ever. Bounce Essential Hair stocks them. I love their Satin Lined Beanies as well:).

    • Masego Morulane

      Khulile, you must share pics of your mane. We’d love to see how it looks after 20 years of dedication. 🙂
      Bounce Essential Hair is amazing! We love them!

  • nthaby molefe

    I normaly get comments on how beautiful my hair but I usually feel like it’s dry and it breaks at times even after using hair food so now I’ll try out the different oils, hopefully it will work…
    And I have to say,the girls hair looks amazing hey

    • Masego Morulane

      Nthaby, water and oil is your friend. 🙂
      All the best!

  • Noma

    love this article! There are some really good tips I cant wait to try here.

    • manechick

      Thank you Noma, let us know how it goes 🙂

  • Thandeka

    I am also so so excited to try out these tips. I’m a Afro newbie i cut my hair to natural in Feb & excited about this journey. Thanks for this article will save this link and revert back to it once my braids are off.

    • Masego Morulane

      Thank you for the love Thandeka, all the best on your journey.
      Stick around, we’ll be posting more hair care posts especially for newbies 🙂

  • Lebo

    Hi, 4 years with natural and this morning I akmosty went to cut it all off. It thick but not that strong,it falls and uneven. And worse cape town doesn’t have salons that really care for natural hair or maybe I don’t know them yet. Thanks for the articles