When I was a teenager, I could wear a style for two weeks and when I went to the hairstylist for my next appointment the style would still look so good that my hairdresser would often remark that it didn’t look as if my hair even needed to be done. I would preserve my style by any means necessary – sleeping on my propped arm, or with my forehead resting on my folded hands, or sometimes with a folded pillow beneath my neck and shoulders so that my hair was not touching anything. Ya’ll remember the opening scenes of the movie Friday where Regina King’s character was sleeping almost sitting up and her head slipped off her folded upright arm? Yep, that was me.
However, as I have gotten older I am just not able to make those same sacrifices for my hair and a good night’s rest is much too valuable to even try. But I still want my styles to last plus, now that I am on a healthy hair journey it isn’t just about making a style last. Yes, if I rocked the perfect braidout, of course I want it to last so I can wear it several days; But also I don’t want to re-braid, re-twist, re-bantu knot every low-manipulation style each night because that makes the style not so low-manipulation and can possibly lead to breakage.
The solution? Something known as the pineapple. To preserve your curly looks, which can be anything from a roller or flexi rod set, braid/twist/bantu knot out, or wash n’ go, pull your hair to the top of your head into a loose pontail using a large ouchless ponytail holder and do not twist, just pull your hair through once. Wrap the bottom of your hair with a silk or satin scarf and then cover all with a satin bonnet. If your hair is very long and you suspect it may flop down to cause the curls to be smushed on the side, then hold the “top” hair in place with a hair net. The hair net allows your hair to be loosely held in place on top of your head. This way you can sleep regularly on the sides of your hair while your curls are intact on the top of your head. This method is called “pineappling” because your hair is hanging off the top of your head while the sides are wrapped with a scarf resembles a pineapple, with the stalk stemming out from the top of the fruit. In the morning, after removing all the hair tools shake your head lightly to loosen the hair and then use your fingers to pull the roots of the hair down. It will initially appear “big” but after about an hour gravity will take over and it will hang normally. Using this method I have been able to preserve my curly styles for about five to seven days. Give it a try and happy sleeping!