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How can I protect my hair overnight without losing volume?

CurlyCowgirlyCurlyCowgirly Posts: 295Registered Users
If anyone has any suggestions I could try, please share them!! Essentially, I'm looking for a way to decrease friction and protect my hair, particularly my ends, overnight. My hair is thin at the ends and I'm pretty sure it's because it's rubbing against everything--chairs, clothes, pillow, et cetera. I've tried satin pillowcases, and I end up falling off my pillow, so I quit that.

I just watched a YouTube video of this girl who has gorgeous, long goddess curls. She stands by 2 principles to help with hair growth:
1. moisturize often
2. wear protective hairstyles to keep your ends from being exposed to the elements and to friction. Especially overnight.
The protective hairstyle example she demonstrates is a bun that sits on top of her head. It sounds like a great idea, however, I personally cannot do this, because it would make the curls on the top of my head very flat and curl-less.
Here's the video: See 1:30 at URBANOGcom's Channel - YouTube

Here's another tutorial where she shows her braid-out hair routine. She leaves 4 braids in her hair overnight to protect her ends and decrease friction as well as to get her curly hairstyle: Natural Hair Tutorial - Beach Waves with No Heat, How to Grow Hair Longer - YouTube
I am testing the braid-out routine right now. Again, I'm worried it's going to flatten and de-curl the top of my head, but we'll see I guess. (I'll check back in with the results).
Low/Med porosity, very fine, low/med elasticity & density, 3A
AKA hard to work with hair!


Low-Poo: Kenra Volumizing shampoo, AG Fast Food shampoo
CO: AG Ultramoist, AO GPB, Nature's Gate Aloe Vera
Gel: GFCC mousse, HETT, Aquage Megagel
Also: Aloe Vera juice or Alba Leave-in. Weekly ACV rinse.
Wishlist: YTC low-poo, Elucence poo, Bioterra Curl Creme, AGEbeautiful Strengthening trtment, SS Repairing Protein Trtment, LuxyHair ext's

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  • SedadicaSedadica Posts: 124Registered Users
    Hi.
    I have 3C type hair and I do the bun on top of my head every night. It doesn't flatten my curls overnight.
    I always apply a mix of glycerin and water to my hair in the morning and I can tell you my curls look more defined and beautiful on my 2nd and 3rd day than they look on the first one. Why don't you give it a try and see.


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  • FmasuhrFmasuhr Posts: 1,354Registered Users
    a satin pillow case really helps. also i agree with sedadica, i chuck my hair up in a high loose bun, and refresh them in the morning with condish n water. tey do look better then next few mornings as well

    my hair: 3b, high porosity, high density and coarse hair (i think i finally figured that all out)
    my hair loves conditioner only styling!
    Oils and my own procuts are my hairs best friend
    my hair goal length is bra strap length when curly.
    :hello1:
  • CurlyCowgirlyCurlyCowgirly Posts: 295Registered Users
    Sedadica - I will try the bun idea tonight. Actually, I'm going to try making several buns on my head in hopes to retain my 3a curls better. :)

    Fmasuhr - I used a satin pillowcase for 2 years and went back to a regular one recently. I didn't notice any benefits of using a satin case, and my head always slid off of it. :/

    Results of my overnight braid-out:
    I made two braids, and they stayed in all night. When I took them out in the morning, my hair looked like I got a bad perm or crimp, andmy curls fell straight at the ends. So I generously wet my hair and scrunched some gel in and went about my business. When my hair dried, it looked better than earlier, but it still didn't look like my nice usual botticelli curls. Thus, the braid-out routine was a fail for me.

    Tomorrow I'll share the results of wearing a bun overnight. My prediction is it will not work because the top of my head can easily loose volume and curl if I'm not careful. I also predict I'll have a big dent in the back of my head from tying it in a bun. But I sure hope I'm proved wrong!! :)
    Low/Med porosity, very fine, low/med elasticity & density, 3A
    AKA hard to work with hair!


    Low-Poo: Kenra Volumizing shampoo, AG Fast Food shampoo
    CO: AG Ultramoist, AO GPB, Nature's Gate Aloe Vera
    Gel: GFCC mousse, HETT, Aquage Megagel
    Also: Aloe Vera juice or Alba Leave-in. Weekly ACV rinse.
    Wishlist: YTC low-poo, Elucence poo, Bioterra Curl Creme, AGEbeautiful Strengthening trtment, SS Repairing Protein Trtment, LuxyHair ext's
  • SedadicaSedadica Posts: 124Registered Users
    I hope it works for you as it worked for me. The only difference is that I don't use any kind of gels in my hair. I tried one but didn't like the result of my bun on the next day.
    Now I end up with a full unwanted gel jar.


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  • CurlyCowgirlyCurlyCowgirly Posts: 295Registered Users
    Wow! You must have easily curly hair! My curls need a bit o' help.
    Sorry to disappoint, but I didn't try the bun yesterday. I was having a really good hair day after my shower, so I just couldn't take the chance! Lol

    I did however, try a really loose 'pineapple' and then wore a satin cap. My hair was 85% dry at the time. When I awoke the next morning, my head itched a bit from the satin cap haha, but my curls looked shiney, moisturized and curly through the ends! Best of all, the pineapple didn't seem to dent my hair (I did keep it super loose).
    I'm going to try it again tonight to see if it was a fluke or not! :)
    Low/Med porosity, very fine, low/med elasticity & density, 3A
    AKA hard to work with hair!


    Low-Poo: Kenra Volumizing shampoo, AG Fast Food shampoo
    CO: AG Ultramoist, AO GPB, Nature's Gate Aloe Vera
    Gel: GFCC mousse, HETT, Aquage Megagel
    Also: Aloe Vera juice or Alba Leave-in. Weekly ACV rinse.
    Wishlist: YTC low-poo, Elucence poo, Bioterra Curl Creme, AGEbeautiful Strengthening trtment, SS Repairing Protein Trtment, LuxyHair ext's
  • SedadicaSedadica Posts: 124Registered Users
    I'll post some pictures later for you to see. They are not easy but they hate gel. Instead, I use curl oil LI by kerastase. Found a bottle in my stash that was full from last year.
    I would like to see some pics of yours too.


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  • RusycurlyRusycurly Posts: 717Registered Users
    I use a satin bonnet at night. I either do a bun or braid and then put on bonnet. It's comfortable and I know my hair is away and protected. You could also wear a satin scarf.
    Hair: 3a, normal porosity and elasticity
    My hair loves: Vatika and Bhringraj oils, adores henna.
    My HGs: Bobeam's shampoo bars, CJAO, CJRM, Original Moxie's Hair Bling, Terressentials,
    :wav:
    Let's hear it for beautiful curls!!!
  • WurlyLoxWurlyLox Posts: 4,858Registered Users
    Wow! You must have easily curly hair! My curls need a bit o' help.
    Sorry to disappoint, but I didn't try the bun yesterday. I was having a really good hair day after my shower, so I just couldn't take the chance! Lol

    I did however, try a really loose 'pineapple' and then wore a satin cap. My hair was 85% dry at the time. When I awoke the next morning, my head itched a bit from the satin cap haha, but my curls looked shiney, moisturized and curly through the ends! Best of all, the pineapple didn't seem to dent my hair (I did keep it super loose).
    I'm going to try it again tonight to see if it was a fluke or not! :)

    Surprised that no one had yet recommended pineappling, I was just about to do so :) Probably not a fluke. If you use a loose (but it doesn't have to be excessively so), not-too-tight scrunchie, it should always work without denting. It also gives some lift to the top.

    I pineapple, and thenif the ends aren't so curly, I sometimes scrunch a little plain FOTE aloe gel on the ends, and they curl back up nicely. Of course, it's completely dry by morning and takes very little scrunching unless it was applied over a really hard gel. Just taking it down from the pineapple mostly breaks it back up.

    If you hair's long enough, you can also try just spreading it out on the pillow above your head rather than pineappling. This also works well for me unless I'm having a real restless night.
    2C/3A/3B - modified CG - fairly fine now, normal/low porosity/normal elasticity

    Current Main Rotation: MG217 medicated or Aim2Health 'poos for scalp, Elucence cond., Spiral Solutions Protein & Deeply Decadent Cond., CJCCCC reg or lite,CJ Pattern Pusha,, Giovanni LA Hold Hair Spritz + lots more, sporadically

    HG Method: Super Soaker + Smasters-ing, brief upside down diffusing w/360o diffuser then clips/clamps & air dry. Newly gray - stopped my henna glosses!

    www.fotki.com/auntnett
  • TriMixDivaTriMixDiva Posts: 255Registered Users
    I'm glad the pineapple worked for you. Did it work the 2nd time?

    Sedadica where those pics? :)
    TYPE: 3C
    Current State: Just bc'd but still growing out heat damage in the front that goes to the root
    High Density, Medium Porosity
    Length: Grazing SL curly with tons of layers
    Goal: MBL curly? 2019?
    Doing what I want when I want!
  • SedadicaSedadica Posts: 124Registered Users
    TriMixDiva wrote: »
    I'm glad the pineapple worked for you. Did it work the 2nd time?

    Sedadica where those pics? :)

    :) been lazy in uploading them to my computer. Will do it tomorrow, promised.


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  • SedadicaSedadica Posts: 124Registered Users
    TriMixDiva wrote: »
    I'm glad the pineapple worked for you. Did it work the 2nd time?

    Sedadica where those pics? :)

    Diva,
    After a long wait, here they are:)
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    These were all taken two weeks ago.


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  • jsuzkelleyjsuzkelley Posts: 610Registered Users
    WurlyLox wrote: »
    Wow! You must have easily curly hair! My curls need a bit o' help.
    Sorry to disappoint, but I didn't try the bun yesterday. I was having a really good hair day after my shower, so I just couldn't take the chance! Lol

    I did however, try a really loose 'pineapple' and then wore a satin cap. My hair was 85% dry at the time. When I awoke the next morning, my head itched a bit from the satin cap haha, but my curls looked shiney, moisturized and curly through the ends! Best of all, the pineapple didn't seem to dent my hair (I did keep it super loose).
    I'm going to try it again tonight to see if it was a fluke or not! :)

    Surprised that no one had yet recommended pineappling, I was just about to do so :) Probably not a fluke. If you use a loose (but it doesn't have to be excessively so), not-too-tight scrunchie, it should always work without denting. It also gives some lift to the top.

    I pineapple, and thenif the ends aren't so curly, I sometimes scrunch a little plain FOTE aloe gel on the ends, and they curl back up nicely. Of course, it's completely dry by morning and takes very little scrunching unless it was applied over a really hard gel. Just taking it down from the pineapple mostly breaks it back up.

    If you hair's long enough, you can also try just spreading it out on the pillow above your head rather than pineappling. This also works well for me unless I'm having a real restless night.

    I'm also glad you mentioned pineappling, as this works the best for me. I have 2c/3a medium-fine hair, and it is easily "smooshed" out of place by hair accessories or when I'm sleeping (I have the same problem with braids - looks like a bad crimp). I actually started putting my hair up in a high ponytail long before going CG as I hated having my hair in my face when I sleep, but didn't realize until I joined this site that it was an actual technique (lol!). I agree that if it worked for you once, it is probably not a fluke - the loose scrunchy works well for me without leaving a noticeable dent, and I can easily refresh a few problem curls in the morning. I have to have completely dry hair when I go to sleep though, otherwise I will still end up with smashed curls. I have not used a satin sleep cap, but am interested in trying it. Where is the best place to purchase one?
    2c/3a, botticelli/wavy/'swavy (huh?)
    fine, dense, normal porosity/elasticity, dry climate
    My favorite brands are Kinky Curly, As I am, Curly Kinks, Curl Junkie, and Darcy's Botanicals. Also love sealing with oils (loving argan oil right now) and styling with jelly products (KCCC is my current favorite). Mostly trying to keep it simple!
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

    CG since 12/29/2011 :laughing6:
  • WurlyLoxWurlyLox Posts: 4,858Registered Users
    Sally Beauty has them, but I've also seen them at Walgreen's and, I think, CVS
    2C/3A/3B - modified CG - fairly fine now, normal/low porosity/normal elasticity

    Current Main Rotation: MG217 medicated or Aim2Health 'poos for scalp, Elucence cond., Spiral Solutions Protein & Deeply Decadent Cond., CJCCCC reg or lite,CJ Pattern Pusha,, Giovanni LA Hold Hair Spritz + lots more, sporadically

    HG Method: Super Soaker + Smasters-ing, brief upside down diffusing w/360o diffuser then clips/clamps & air dry. Newly gray - stopped my henna glosses!

    www.fotki.com/auntnett
  • letta510letta510 Posts: 60Registered Users
    Loreal has a night time treatment. Just put it on it ends before you go to sleep and a silk pillowcase would be good or a bonnet
  • WurlyLoxWurlyLox Posts: 4,858Registered Users
    letta510 wrote: »
    Loreal has a night time treatment. Just put it on it ends before you go to sleep and a silk pillowcase would be good or a bonnet


    Beware if you're avoiding glycerin or 'cones - after water, they're the top two ingredients
    2C/3A/3B - modified CG - fairly fine now, normal/low porosity/normal elasticity

    Current Main Rotation: MG217 medicated or Aim2Health 'poos for scalp, Elucence cond., Spiral Solutions Protein & Deeply Decadent Cond., CJCCCC reg or lite,CJ Pattern Pusha,, Giovanni LA Hold Hair Spritz + lots more, sporadically

    HG Method: Super Soaker + Smasters-ing, brief upside down diffusing w/360o diffuser then clips/clamps & air dry. Newly gray - stopped my henna glosses!

    www.fotki.com/auntnett
  • LeanneMLeanneM Posts: 211Registered Users
    I have 2c (with some 3a spirals) hair, and I've found that pineappling at night under a silk sleep cap makes my hair have more bounce and volume for the 2nd and 3rd days.

    I tried using the cheaper satin sleep caps from Sallys, but there were too tight and uncomfortable, so I caved on a silk one, and love it. I bought it from here:

    Silk Bonnets

    Hope that helps! :alien:
    Mod-CG since December 2010.
    Hair type: NC: 2A; FIA: 2cFii; Fine, normal porosity, normal elasticity
    Cleansing: CJ Cleansing Conditioner, Trader Joe's Tea Tree, or Deva No Poo
    Daily conditioner: Deva One C or CJ Beauticurls Strengthening Hair Cond or GPB
    Styling products: Deva B'Leave In + Deva Curl Cream + AnGel; or
    SS CEJ + BRHG; or AG: Recoil + BRHG; or KCKT + KCCC + BRHG
    Treatments: SS protein treatment or CJ Curl Fix or Nexxus Emergencee + CJ Curl Rehab

  • PuertoricangirlPuertoricangirl Posts: 428Registered Users
    Tie the bun loosely with a silk scrunchie and refresh curls in the morning :) i personally love my satin pillowcases too
    3A/3B Fine/Medium curly, Low Porosity, Medium density, long length.

    *Shampoo & Conditioner: Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl and shine
    *Leave-in: Kinky Curly Knot Today and GVP Condtioning Balm
    *Cream Stylers: Shea Moisture Curl enhancing smoothie, Coconut and hibiscus styling milk
    Gels: L.A Looks Sports Gel, and Kinky Curly Curling Custard
    *Serum: Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper

    :blob7:
  • jipszeejipszee Posts: 57Registered Users
    LeanneM wrote: »
    I have 2c (with some 3a spirals) hair, and I've found that pineappling at night under a silk sleep cap makes my hair have more bounce and volume for the 2nd and 3rd days.

    I tried using the cheaper satin sleep caps from Sallys, but there were too tight and uncomfortable, so I caved on a silk one, and love it. I bought it from here:

    Silk Bonnets

    Hope that helps! :alien:

    I'm going to have to get one of those bonnets.The one at Sally's suck. they are cheap and sooo uncomfortable
    Hair: lots of fine 2c/3a
    Length: Mid back
    Shampoo:Shea moisture coconut hibiscus
    Cond:, suave naturals coconut
    Post condition/Leave in: Shea moisture smoothie
    HG:L'oreal evercurl gel. AG: Recoil,
  • curlybrancurlybran Posts: 510Registered Users
    Sedadica where do u get glycerin?

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