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Monday, June 11, 2012

Hair Nets and Satin Scarves

For as long as I can remember I have used a hair net to cover my hair at night to sleep. If you are not a Nigerian but watch Nigerian movies you may have noticed the women wearing a brown or black or brown and black "netty" type of thing in the night or early morning. That's the hair net! I have seen red, blue and green coloured hair nets. I have seen big, small and thin ones too. I saw a girl wearing a blue hair net and I thought it was a beenie. I wonder: is the hair net common to Nigerians only?

My now retired hair net. Only brought out for pictures

When I went natural I kept using the hair net to cover my hair while sleeping on a satin pillowcase. The satin pillowcase is to help minimize the drying out of the hair. For some reason, I never migrated to satin scarves. I figured that one satin thing is enough to reduce the drying out of my hair. Over and over again the hair net would loose elasticity and I would buy a new one.

A few weeks ago, my younger sister gave me a satin scarf and I started to use it instead of the hair net. My hair net was getting slack anyway so no loss there. And I noticed one thing almost immediately. I noticed the reduction of frizz in/on my hair. Usually, my twists would last 2 or 3 days before the frizz starts to come out of hiding. With the satin scarf, I noticed frizz showing up after almost 7 days! *dancing azonto*

My satin scarf: my new best thing

To test if it was not just my imagination (running away with me) I tried the satin scarf on my twist out. *more azonto dancing* My twist out stayed for 5 days with the satin scarf while with the hair net I could not keep a twist out past day two. Can you tell I am loving the satin scarf!

Day 3 of my twist-out. Better definition than before and look little or no frizz!

If you are reading this and thinking "Duh!" please indulge me. I am sometimes a slow adapter.

Keep it natural!



So said...

Yup! The Satin scarfs make a lot of difference. After styling my hair I use the satin scarf to put finishing touches to the style by covering it up for at least 15 minutes. The result is always better than without the Scarf.

At night I use the hair net over the satin scarf. That keeps my hair in place and moisturise for so much longer.

Even when baggying overnight I use the hair net to keep the plastic bag in place....

Upe otaru said...

trust me, you can't be as clueless as I am! I still don't know what I'm doing with me natural hair. Its a wonder it hasn't all fallen off yet (lol)...

Can you give me any tips on softening kinky hair. Mine is nutty and as tough as wires.


Bass said...

Another lovely post, Omozo!

I have a few issues with satin scarves that I would love to share:

I have both scarves and pillowcases.
I always use a satin pillowcase.
When I was using the scarf, it would almost always come off at night and I'm a calm sleeper!lol
I tried tying it on tight but woke up with a mellow headache each time.

Another thing is the smell.
Whatever odour (food, smoke, etc) my hair caught during the day, would get trapped within the scarf.
Opening it the next morning, the comprehensive smells would fly out with a zesty flourish.

Have you experienced any of this?
How did you deal?


Omozo said...

@Upe: Thanks for reading our blog. Hmmm softening natural hair is an interesting one. I am not sure exactly what you want to be able to do. Is it that you are not able to handle your hair to your satisfaction and think it is because it is tough? Please email us at and give us your phone number if you are in Lagos so that we can talk more.

Omozo said...

@Bass: Thank you for your comment. Try doing a light conditioner rinse to get the smells out. Or try misting your hair with a nice scenting mist and then blow drying with low heat for 1 or 2 minutes before going to sleep. That should help with the smells. Try it out and let us know.

Omozo said...

@Bass: How about using a satin bonnet and see if that comes off at night. This one is a tough one o so goodluck!

Emprezz said...

I use hair nets when I have braids and the rest is satin cap.

O.A.Eddy said...

I use a satin scarf and a satin pillow case. I am always worried that the satin scarf could be damaging my hair line. I haven't seen any signs yet but I always wonder if in the long run it could damage my hair line.

Omozo said...

@O.A. Eddy: Interesting question. think if you tie it carefully without putting too much pressure on the hairline you should be okay. I think.

Jo Somebody said...

That is a GORGEOUS photo!

Omozo said...

@Jo: Thank you