Everyone has a skincare routine, including one for daytime and one for nighttime. Like our skin, our hair requires day and night attention too. With all the work we put into styling and prepping in the morning, plus a day’s worth of environmental exposure, it’s important to develop a way to calm your mane at night. If you’re not sure where to start when it comes to building a nighttime haircare routine, TikTok has some advice.
Creating Your Own Routine
Nighttime haircare routines can and will vary based on a variety of factors. Your hair type, texture, length, and potential strand deficiencies all play a part in what products you use, and what steps to follow. Thankfully, TikTok exists, and #HairTok is bursting with nighttime haircare ideas.
There are a few constants to keep in mind when creating your routine: always apply oil, always use a protective style (loose braid or low bun), and always sleep in a satin scarf, bonnet, or on a satin pillowcase. When it comes to choosing an oil, this of course will vary based on preference, but one of the most popular across TikTok is Olaplex’s No.7 Bonding Oil.
No. 7 Bonding Oil has gained popularity for its ability to be used on most hair types. Restorative, reparative, and providing UV/heat protection, this oil should be emulsified in your hands then spread evenly amongst your midshaft to ends. If you have a naturally oily scalp, or get greasy easily, avoid adding oil to any hair above your ears.
Invest in Nighttime Haircare Accessories
Brushing the hair out from root to tip is another must for some nighttime routines. There is some debate as to what brush is best for hair, but most professionals agree that a natural bristle brush is not only better for your scalp, but better for your ends. This is because natural bristle brushes, like boar or even bamboo, will help distribute oils along the hair strand and massage the scalp. The boar bristle brush used here appears to be a Mason Pearson, a hairbrush that is well known amongst stylists as the “best of the best.” Should you not be able to splurge on this top-of-the-line hairbrush, these Mason Pearson brush dupes work just as well.
A silk scrunchie is another common accessory used in nighttime haircare routines. Silk and satin make the best hair accessories as the fabric will not suck necessary moisture from the hair while loosely hold strands. It is incredibly important to sleep in a loose, protective style rather than something tight, as tighter ponytails and buns will tug on the scalp and break strands while you sleep.
Keeping Curls Coiled
A typical nighttime routine for curly hair won’t include brushing, but it will include scalp oils and massaging. This isn’t to say that those with straight and wavy hair can’t partake in scalp massage, but because curly hair tends to be more dry, oiling the scalp most likely won’t make the hair look greasy.
Regardless of your texture, scalp massages promote hair growth, and should absolutely be a part of your routine. If your hair can handle a scalp oil, Mielle’s Rosemary Mint Scalp & Hair Oil is a phenomenal choice.
Keeping Strands Shiny and Straight
Again, your nighttime haircare routine is going to be incredibly personal. It will be based on your hair type and your hair goals. If you’re looking to keep your strands shiny, straight and ready for the next day, opt for a bedtime wrap.
Wrapping your previously straightened locks in one direction around the head, securing, and covering with a satin bonnet will help preserve pin straight texture. Denman brushes are a great choice for this protective style as they help hair stay extra smooth and frizz free. The Original Denman 3 also works wonders when blow drying or defining curls, making this brush not limited to just one use.
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