Mixed Hair Care: Night Time Routine for Ringlet Curls
For better or worse, women make a big deal over their hair. The color, the texture, the length, how its styled, all of it seems to be of importance when talking about our self image. My curly hair and personal identity went hand in hand during my formidable years. Raising Alina to, not only learn how to properly care for her curls, but to LOVE them, is on the high priority list. Which is why this mixed hair care series is archived under the Parenting category – it is my opinion that healthy hair care promotes healthy self image, in accordance with other parenting values.
In this post, you will find a few simple tips on how we care for Alina’s ringlet curls at night. Night time hair routine for curly hair is super important, and I hope these really easy night time hair care tips help you out.
To read about our shampoo and conditioning routine, check out Mixed Hair Care: Tips for Toddler’s Ringlet Curls.
To read about Alina’s infant mixed hair care routine, check out this post.
Mixed Hair Care: Night Time Routine
Night time hair care routines are not that complicated, but overlooking their importance can undo all the hard work you’ve put into conditioning and styling. Definitely take a few minutes (or just one minute) before your babe goes to sleep to protect their tresses at night.
Leave- In Conditioner for Biracial Hair:
whether designed to be left in or not, I leave much of the deep conditioner (or regular conditioner) in Alina’s hair at night. The top right photo is an example of the amount that gets left in. Yes, it is a lot of conditioner. Some of it is soaked up by her hooded towel, much of it is soaked up by thirsty hair, but by the time she is tucked in at night, all the extra conditioner is gone. I’ve completely stopped relying on the instructions on bottles and started to feel Alina’s hair to determine how much moisture is needed, including how much to leave in at night. You will be amazed how much conditioner your mixed hair will soak up. *It is Winter right now, and very cold, so I wash Alina’s hair during the day versus at night. Although its daytime, I still leave the same amount of conditioner in her hair.
Protected Night Time Hair Style:
hair breakage occurs when your baby is sleeping. To prevent it, and frizz, tie the hair up in a protected hair style at night. Before Alina’s hair was as thick, I would braid it. Either separated in two/three sections with simple braids, or one french braid, made morning styling much easier. But now, with a head of thick hair, not only does braiding take forever, but I don’t like the outcome as much. When you braid, you force the curl to separate unnaturally, creating frizz. Also, your curls won’t be those ringlets if you force them to separate. Instead, we tie Alina’s hair up into a bun or banded ponytail (as shown in photo below). I especially love the banded ponytail because it elongates the curl while protecting them from night time sleeping chaos, and still maintains the curls natural shape.
These pictures are immediately after Alina woke up, the day after a deep condition and sleeping in a bun. I love how moisturized and shiny her curls look, and that (from the back) the curls are not separated or frizzed. Eventually, Alina will sleep with a satin head scarf to protect her hair line from frizz and breakage, but I worry about safety at this young of an age.
Satin Pillowcases for biracial hair care:
This might be the single most easy thing you can do to improve the look of your ringlet curls. Let inertia be your friend and get a satin pillowcase. Cotton is warm and cozy, but your hair pays the price of the static cling. Recently, on our holiday trip to California, I realize how important a satin pillowcase is to Alina’s mixed hair care routine. Styling took so much longer, her fine hair was constantly in tiny knots (regardless of the protected style she slept in) and the curls were not as defined. After a week without it, I am 100% a believer in satin pillowcases. Trust me! Add one to your night time hair care routine.
As I mentioned, the banded ponytail is my new favorite night time hair care style. Since her hair is starting to get some length, I love that its helps elongate the curl. Whereas a braid would separate curls, the banded ponytail keep her ringlets in their natural shape. Below is a photo of a dried banded pony and immediately after after its been taken down. This was during the week and after regular conditioning, not a deep condition, and you get visibly see the difference in moisture and sheen from the photo above. Don’t be afraid to condition those ringlets, friends! They’re thirsty!
And that’s all I’ve got for your folks! Night time hair care is not complicated, but it can be tedious. Sometimes Daddy D gets Alina to bed without me tying her hair back, and we pay the price the next day. The photo below is the morning after a deep condition, having slept in a bun on a satin pillowcase and with very minimal styling (for the front). Her ringlet curls are soft and not frizzy simply because of the mixed hair care routine we live by. If you don’t believe me, check out Alina’s before picture in this mixed hair care post. Be on the look out for the next post on styling!
My beautiful Alina – I love your curls almost as much as I love you. I tend to them so faithfully not because outward appearances are overly important, but because anything that is extraordinary takes extra love. And you, with those dynamic ringlet curls that characterize you so perfectly, are certainly extraordinary. May you always recognize the beauty in your mixed hair, and work diligently to let those curls shine. Te quiero tanto, mi hija.