Happy Thursday lovelies!
As you guys know, I have been rocking a braidout this week. I love braidouts because they are a cute, low manipulation style. However, maintaining the style can be somewhat of a hassle. In the past, I would simply re-braid my hair every night. Every. Single. Night. And undo the plaits the following morning.
That got old fast.
Braiding and un-braiding my hair every day quickly made this low manipulation style into a high manipulation style...and my hair didn't like it. So, I figured that there has a to be a better way. And there is. A quick Google search pointed me in the direction of 'The Pineapple Method.' Now, I'm not completely behind on methods. I have previously heard of this method but I thought it was a way to wrap hair (don't ask me why I thought this. I just did. That's what I get for not bothering to look stuff up). Instead, I found that this method is a way to maintain curls over a series of days. For me that meant: no re-braiding every night!
So I gave it a shot.
The Pineapple Method (which doesn't look very pineapple-y to me, it just looks like a glorified high ponytail lol) basically states that you gather all your curls into a high ponytail and loosely secure it with a hair tie (I use those stretchy Goody headbands--they give me more control as to how loose/tight the ponytail is). Once your ponytail is secure, you make sure the ponytail part is facing forward and you can pin down the ends if you choose. Once done, you place your satin bonnet on and go to sleep. When you wake up in the morning, all you have to do is fluff your hair and go. The key thing about this method is that your curls are essentially sitting on the top of your head. As a result, when you are sleeping, those curls won't get smooshed (and if you're a wild sleeper like me, then smooshing curls is definitely a thing to be concerned about).
It seems simple enough, but how did everything turn out?
With this method, I am currently on day 3 of my braidout. I have to say that I am pleasantly surprised. In the future, I definitely want to see how far I can stretch my braidouts with this method (i.e.- can I make my braidouts last a week w/ this method?). For now, however, the fact that I was able to get 3 days of wear out of this style (without it looking like whodiditandleft) is good enough for me.
All in all, if you are looking for a way to maintain a curly style without having to re-do everything nightly, give this method a go!