I was just about to take off my makeup and prepare for bed when I saw my Twitter friend Areefuh Stanklin say this:
I cackled. Areefuh is always hilarious (as many on Twitter would agree). Her next tweet continued to detail her #satinbonnetstruggles – imagine tying a satin scarf around your satin bonnet to try to keep it on at night. Ridiculous!
But I know I’m not the only one who’s struggled right along with her. I know I’m not the only one who hasn’t quite known how to neatly wrangle my natural hair to bed at night. No satin bonnet can fit on my hair AND stay on all night long. And believe me, I’ve looked.
Sleeping on just about any surface besides silk or satin can result in matted, moisture-deprived hair. I know many, many bellas who have the skills to thoroughly twist or braid their hair before bedtime or the skills to perfectly pineapple their hair, but I am so absolutely terrible at those things. And often, I’m literally working until my head’s touching the keyboard and it’s just time for bed and I’m lucky if I even get my makeup off before I’m asleep.
I needed a super quick, foolproof method for protecting my curls after taking the time to define them. The Sleep Stocking method developed over time, after all kinds of experiments to maintain my detangled natural hair for the next day. It keeps my hair together, doesn’t disrupt my curl pattern excessively overnight, and keeps my hair out of the way while I sleep. It works for me, but may not work for everyone.
Ideally you want to use a silk stocking, the nylon stockings in this video aren’t of the quality I’d recommend. I do use them myself when I can’t find my black silk one (which I just know is under the bed somewhere).
So what do you need for your own Sleep Stocking?
1 pair of silk stockings. For me I go for a plus size stocking because I have a large noggin.
1 pair of scissors. Snippety snip!
That is all! As I mentioned, I also sleep on a Sharmooz satin pillowcase for double my night-time hair protection.
That’s my go-to-sleep hair method. What’s yours?