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FrayedFire
May 3rd, 2017, 04:52 PM
I usually braid my hair at night, recently with a paranda, but I'm concerned about friction, despite my satin pillowcase, as I am a very restless sleeper. Is there a way to do my usual braid(s), and then like... Wrap something around it so I have a tube around the length? If so, how???

Maybe I can make little tubes for each section and braid them together? Actually, that's not a bad idea, even though it won't protect anything other than the length... Like an outer-paranda.

I wanted to try a cap or scarf but I have a very high chance of removing anything I'm wearing while asleep, even pajamas. So an elastic thing around my scalp? Definitely something annoying enough to remove in my sleep, even if I don't get a headache from it.

wispe
May 3rd, 2017, 05:27 PM
This reminded me of Steph Arizona on youtube, she ties a couple silk scarves around the lengths of her sleep braids before she adds on for her scalp. She talks about it here (https://youtu.be/U3AE8nm0bPY?t=143). You could probably do something similar if you think you're not going to leave a sleep cap on all night. I personally found the first weekish or so of wearing a scarf or bonnet to bed that the scarf didn't stay on, but after that I guess my sleeping self figured things out because I don't have that problem anymore when I wear scarves or caps to bed. I have silk pillowcases and don't bother when I bun my hair for bed, but when I braid it or wear it loose I use a cap or a scarf on top to protect the length from getting trapped under my body or rubbing on my (sadly not silk lol) sheets.

Anje
May 3rd, 2017, 05:33 PM
I think it took me about two weeks to be able to leave a sleep bonnet on consistently at night. The first week, I tended to find it on the far side of the room in the morning. But long term, that's what worked for me, since I would either sleep on top of a braid or it would get attacked by one of my cats.

I suppose an alternative would be a horse tail bag. I had a lycra one for a while, but I didn't like it as well as the bonnet in the end, which also kept my scalp hair from getting fuzzed up.

meteor
May 3rd, 2017, 05:35 PM
I loosely wrap a silky scarf around my braided bun (unsecured) for the night and it prevents frizz and usually keeps my braid in nearly pristine condition.

meteor
May 3rd, 2017, 05:37 PM
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I suppose an alternative would be a horse tail bag. I had a lycra one for a while, but I didn't like it as well as the bonnet in the end, which also kept my scalp hair from getting fuzzed up.

^ That's a great idea! :thumbsup: And you can actually DIY horse tail bags easily (check out tutorials on YouTube) using silky smooth materials and making it as wide and long as needed for the braid(s). :)

FrayedFire
May 3rd, 2017, 06:06 PM
This reminded me of Steph Arizona on youtube, she ties a couple silk scarves around the lengths of her sleep braids before she adds on for her scalp. She talks about it here (https://youtu.be/U3AE8nm0bPY?t=143). You could probably do something similar if you think you're not going to leave a sleep cap on all night. I personally found the first weekish or so of wearing a scarf or bonnet to bed that the scarf didn't stay on, but after that I guess my sleeping self figured things out because I don't have that problem anymore when I wear scarves or caps to bed. I have silk pillowcases and don't bother when I bun my hair for bed, but when I braid it or wear it loose I use a cap or a scarf on top to protect the length from getting trapped under my body or rubbing on my (sadly not silk lol) sheets.

Oooh, a link. Yeah, I'm not really sure how well that would stay, but it did give me some ideas.

I've never tried a bonnet for more than a week, maybe I should try again with something more comfortable. Though I could always just go to the fabric store and get a big length of the cheapest silk/satin and lay it over my bed. I already do that with a smooth top sheet cause I hate top sheets and I sleep in a stupid fold down couch in a motorhome. Once I'm rich...


I think it took me about two weeks to be able to leave a sleep bonnet on consistently at night. The first week, I tended to find it on the far side of the room in the morning. But long term, that's what worked for me, since I would either sleep on top of a braid or it would get attacked by one of my cats.

Honestly I've found /myself/ on the far side of a room so I hear you on the mysterious flinging of items in one's sleep.

I was hoping that the pillowcases would be enough, but maybe I just need to find a cap that is secure enough to stay on without giving me a headache... I wish I could just sleep with it loose, cause as much as I love braid waves, I only have straight hair on wash day unless I am willing to detangle the next few days... Which is awful on clean hair. Ouch. I know this cause I've jusy done it two days in a row.

*grumbles* I'm not looking forward to having to figure out how to protect my hair when it gets cooler again and I start wearing headscarves again.

FrayedFire
May 3rd, 2017, 06:06 PM
^ That's a great idea! :thumbsup: And you can actually DIY horse tail bags easily (check out tutorials on YouTube) using silky smooth materials and making it as wide and long as needed for the braid(s). :)

I don't even know what that is but I will definitely check it out!

FrayedFire
May 5th, 2017, 01:41 PM
Okay so I guess I spoke too soon! I found a big square slippery scarf, and tied up my hair in it, and braided the extra length, and not only do I look like an adorable pirate, but it stayed on the second night, and I can just slip it on and off my head to recapture the hairs that escape. I have gotten several compliments, and it is doing a good job of keeping my hair safe from the wind and hot sun.

Charjonesxoxo
January 21st, 2018, 11:50 AM
I normally rap a scarf around my head before I sleep and it usually holds through the night unless I have a particularly restless night

Nyrak
January 21st, 2018, 12:38 PM
I was just wondering about this same topic. But I have the opposite problem. When I braid for sleep, the braids are fine in the morning, but everything from the ears up and the back of my head get shredded. (layers growing out) I was wondering if a scarf would help, because I'm worried about damage.

Lady Stardust
January 21st, 2018, 12:50 PM
Okay so I guess I spoke too soon! I found a big square slippery scarf, and tied up my hair in it, and braided the extra length, and not only do I look like an adorable pirate, but it stayed on the second night, and I can just slip it on and off my head to recapture the hairs that escape. I have gotten several compliments, and it is doing a good job of keeping my hair safe from the wind and hot sun.

The adorable pirate look sounds good :-)

gustavonut
January 25th, 2018, 06:31 AM
I usually just stuff my hair into an adorabellababy silk cap but it has unfortunately been lost for almost a year now and I have just been doing a 3 strand braid while I am bent forward or laying on the pillow. It works for me and give me really defined braid waves the next morning.

Kitke
January 25th, 2018, 06:43 AM
I like to wrap up my whole head & braid in a long silk scarf- sometimes it stays on all night and sometimes it doesn't so it's not totally ideal, but I think it's better than nothing.

Anyone with experience: is a square scarf better at staying on than a long rectangular one? Any tips for wrapping a rectangular scarf on so that it stays?

Sarahlabyrinth
January 25th, 2018, 09:36 AM
I just use a silk sleep cap, it works brilliantly and my braid is pristine the next morning.

FrayedFire
February 1st, 2018, 09:54 PM
I've been experimenting with leaving my hair loose tossed up over the pillow, some success, need new pillowcases and bedding. Hair hasn't been tangling too badly, often less so than in a braid. Still haven't found a cap I like.

Elizabeth E
March 26th, 2018, 02:06 PM
What I did was cutting off one leg from a pair of old silk stockings and cutting the foot part off so that it's like a tube that's open on both sides. After oiling and braiding my hair, I pull this silk 'tube' over my arm, grab my braid and pull it through, then use four hair clips to secure it at the nape of my neck. My hair stays inside that all night and I wear it during the day too, but then I simply twist the silk 'tube' with my braid inside it up and secure with a large hair clip. So far, this has worked very well.

Wendyp
March 26th, 2018, 03:58 PM
This reminded me of Steph Arizona on youtube, she ties a couple silk scarves around the lengths of her sleep braids before she adds on for her scalp. She talks about it here (https://youtu.be/U3AE8nm0bPY?t=143). You could probably do something similar if you think you're not going to leave a sleep cap on all night. I personally found the first weekish or so of wearing a scarf or bonnet to bed that the scarf didn't stay on, but after that I guess my sleeping self figured things out because I don't have that problem anymore when I wear scarves or caps to bed. I have silk pillowcases and don't bother when I bun my hair for bed, but when I braid it or wear it loose I use a cap or a scarf on top to protect the length from getting trapped under my body or rubbing on my (sadly not silk lol) sheets.

Love the idea of sleeping with silk scarves!

Ophidian
March 26th, 2018, 04:23 PM
Wendy, your inbox is full fyi :)