by Grace Currier and Marni Foster
Pineappling, developed right here on NaturallyCurly.com by our fantastic community, is the magic way to get second-day hair. It’s a very high ponytail on the top of your head to protect your curls while you sleep. The name comes from the shape of your hair if put in correctly. The idea is for only the underneath back of your hair to be disturbed while sleeping all the while protecting the length of your hair, or the mound of beautiful curls as it stays on the top of your head.
- Bend over. Yes. All the way forward
- Gently gather hair like you’re making a ponytail on the top of your head.
- Secure with scrunchie/elastic. Scruchie recommended. I can use a scrunchie and not twist it around again, just slip it on. The looser the better. The intent is to have it as loose as possible (to avoid a dent in the morning) while still securing hair.
- Carefully straighten up. Hold the hair as you do so if it’s really loose.
- Separate ponytail so you have half on one side of your head, half on the other.
- (BONUS POINTS STEP) Add satin sleep cap.
- Remove Scrunchie after 8 hours REM sleep. Spritz w/ H2O/condish and add product if desired. Admire pretty 2nd day curls. Rinse and repeat.
You might like to clip the ends of your pineapple to your head, or instead of leaving a ponytail, don’t pull ends all the way through to make a loose bun thing.
The most important thing to remember about pineapple-ing is to not tie your scrunchie too tightly. A lot of volume in the morning is a plus but a ponytail bump is not. Just slip the scrunchie around the base of the high ponytail once right before you lay down for the night. It may slip a little but your hair should still be protected. Don’t forget your satin pillowcase!