How do you go to bed?
Controlling your tresses is an important step to maintaining your investment. Wrapping and covering your hair before going to bed minimizes the need for hot tools in the morning if not eliminating that heat application all together. Style longevity and healthy lengths are the benefits of taking the extra time and making the effort to control your hair before going to bed and working out.
Be careful about falling for the “Aunt Jemima” talk, it is a necessary step for those who want to have longer, stronger hair. Make sure to keep your head ties, wraps and scarves clean to avoid unwanted odors and not have your mate looking at you like “here we go again”. Having a variety of coverings will also encourage you to stick to your routine.
“Wrapping” is one of the methods of containing hair. This should be a simple and quick process. The first step is to apply the proper product to the hair. This product should not be a wet based liquid which will cause your hair to revert back to its natural coil. It should be a cream that has the proper moisture content for your hair. It may contain an oil or an oil may be added to the cream to give moisture that will nourish your lengths. Apply the product to the mid-lengths through the ends and then brush the hair to evenly distribute. Brushing also stimulates blood flow to further help the body do its job of feeding the hair (some myths are true).
Once the hair has been fortified, it is time to wrap the hair. Start in the crown with an approximate one inch parting moving from ear to ear. Comb the hair down in the direction of natural growth, like a mushroom. Go back to the part and begin to comb the “mushroom” in a circular motion to the left or to the right, alternating the direction every few days is an option. As you comb your hair use your other hand to smooth the hair in the same circular motion. Continue to comb and smooth the hair moving in the circle and never moving backward, toward the top of the head. As you reach the ears, keep with the circular motion you have been using. As you pass the ears and reach the front hairline, comb the hair along the front hairline, staying off the forehead. This will prevent any reversion or frizzing of the hair from sweat that may happen during sleeping and working out. Finish the back of the head by continuing the circle and working down to the nape of the neck. Once all the hair is incorporated into the circular pattern the wrap is ready to be tightened up around the hairline using a bristle brush. Wrapping your hair will decrease volume and curl texture throughout your style because the hair is molded to the head.
Your brush can be natural boar bristles or a combination of natural and synthetic bristles and should not be too stiff unless your hair is very thick and needs stiff bristles for control. Brush the hair along the hairline only, moving away from the hairline will disturb the shape and you may have to start over...so be careful. As you tighten your wrap all the around your head, being careful to stay at the hairline, use your other hand to smooth the hair to the head and keep it tight.
The wrap is now completed by covering. Wrap your hair with a clean scarf. A bonnet cap will not hold your freshly molded hair in place and we would not want your efforts to be in vain. Learning the process may take a few trys, but don’t give up! The results and benefits of wrapping will greatly outweigh the initial frustration of the learning process.
There are several products that you can use when wrapping. We recommend Mizani H2O Nighttime Treatment and Mizani Supreme Oil.
Please feel free to call us with questions. We are here to help you and your hair look it’s best.
posted: April 17, 2015 - Body & Soul Salon and Day Spa - Blog