You’re now either sporting your beautiful TWA or you’re ready to start rocking gorgeous transitional styles (or protective style). Next you’ve got to keep that hair of yours protected when you go to sleep your first night and each and every night for the rest of your natural journey. Our natural tresses are easily damaged by our cotton bed sheets. The cotton robs our hair of moisture causing it to break and it also snags our hair again causing it to break. The tool to stop this…satin! Satin is a type of threading which is smooth without loose threads. It can either be silk, polyester, or nylon satin or other types if satin. These mentioned are the popular ones. The silk type is more expensive and it feels very sleek on your skin and hair. You can either invest in satin sheets, satin pillow case(s), or satin hair bonnet, or all of these products. Either of these satin products are needed to protect your hair from the elements of sleep. I don’t sleep with pillows at all, I just cant…lol so I utilize satin bonnets and silk and polyester scarves.
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Disclaimer: Everything listed here is basic and is meant to be a starting point. The links I’ve including will take you to some of the products I use for the various steps of maintaining my natural hair. I am no expert on hair care, I do not have my cosmetology license, nor am I a chemist, biologist, or scientist. I am a natural women who’s been researching natural hair care since 2012. I am however an expert in my own hair story and that’s what being natural is all about…developing a relationship with the hairs on your own head. I share what has worked for me in hopes that it may work for you as well.
One of the best things we can do for our hair is to protect it from harm. We need to protect it from extreme temperatures, cold or heat. We have to protect it from breakage. We have to protect it from other things such as our bed sheets. We get this protection by covering our head with scarves, bonnets, and other head wraps. I chose to utilize the bonnet…cause they fancy and scarves tend to leave me in the middle of the night. The first bonnet I allowed to touch my precious strands was purchased from Sally’s and it did my hair no justice. For a while tho I thought it was, cause all i wanted to do was not put my hair on my cotton bed sheets. Then one day I wanted to get another cap from Sally’s and purusing the isles I picked up a cut pink one, similar to the other one, and discovered that it wassssss COTTON! Oh granted there was some other fabric in there also but it was majority cotton! How this angered me but at no one but myself. I should have researched more before purchasing any old bonnet. So then I left the store went home got on my laptop and starting looking for the best quality bonnet. One that would not be drying to my hair, one that did not share the same fabrics as my bed sheets, one that would be silky in texture and one that would not snag!!! I evaluated my cotton bonnet when I got home also and low and behold there were snags on it. So if there are snags on it, that causes friction which in turn does what??? Right!!! Snags my strands and BREAKS my hair 😦 😦 I knew I had to do something immediately so I went to the thrift store and purchased a satin scarf and used that until I found a trust worthy bonnet. I still had to wear the bonnet cause without it the scarf wouldn’t be on my head in the morning. I was okay with this because the cotton bonnet would not be touching my hair.
Meanwhile, back to my internet search, I stumbled upon a lady who hand makes bonnets with Charmeuse Satin. This is a great quality fabric which is not drying to the hair and it will not snag. The bonnet is very large and has a drawstring which I like cause I can adjust the tightness. Her prices are also very economical due to the way she makes them; they are not double lined. This was fine for me and once I received it I fell in love. I inspected it a couple of times and it is still in pristine condition, and I wash it weekly. For my daughter I purchased her a cut little bonnet from another website. My daughter does not like to wear it because its too tight around her head but its adorable and it’s made of satin so I know once my daughter decides to wear it her hair will be protected as well.
Images of both and their websites are below.
When it comes to caring for your hair be sure to use quality products in all facets of your regimen. No two bonnets are alike. And all bonnets are not created equal 🙂