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Everything You Need to Know About Hair Pineappling

Your go-to guide to hair pineappling and how to pineapple hair at-home
The first time you heard about hair pineappling, you probably thought to yourself: what is hair pineappling and what do my hair and pineapples have in common? Well, it turns out hair pineappling is an easy updo that is not only cute and stylish, but it keeps curls protected while you sleep, too.

And as long as you can gather your hair into a high ponytail, you can create a hair pineapple. Keep reading to learn what is hair pineappling, who should pineapple their hair and how-to create the style at-home.

What is hair pineappling?

Hair pineappling is a protective style that keeps curly hair up and off of your face and neck. This protective style gets its name from the crown of the summer fruit because that’s essentially what natural curls will look like when you achieve the style.

But how do you sleep with curly hair? Originally, hair pineappling was a way to avoid smushed, frizzy and stretched curls while you sleep. When we sleep with other hairstyles, the curls are manipulated and can create unsightly creases and misshapen curls. And if you’re an active snoozer, tossing and turning throughout the night can create frizz and breakage, too. Hair pineappling is the safest style for sleeping because the hair is up and resting on your pillowcase (satin or silk is best) instead of being smashed or tugged on.

But even though this style was created for sleeping, the truth is hair pineappling is so simple and so cute, you can sport it during the day, too.

Why should I put my hair in a pineapple?

The short answer is, there’s really no reason not to pineapple your hair. It’s a great style when you’re short on time, headed to the gym or while you snooze. Not to mention, it’s the perfect way to spotlight your perfect ringlets since they’ll be cascading down around your face.

Does hair pineappling work on all hair lengths?

Hair pineappling can work on short to medium hair lengths, but the hair must be long enough to pull into a high ponytail. If you have some hairs at the nape of your neck or hairline that aren’t quite long enough, consider styling them as tousled ringlets to achieve the hair pineapple.

If your hair isn’t long enough to put into a pineapple, you can create a similar style by putting a headband a few inches past your hairline. It gives the same pouf effect and works perfectly on TWA-length hair.

If your hair is waist-length or longer, consider styling your hair in a loose bun and allow the curls to fall freely over your hairline.

How to pineapple hair

The good news is hair pineappling is super simple and there really aren’t any strict rules when it comes to creating your very own.

First, grab a large silk or satin scrunchie. You can also create this style with a silk or satin scarf, but just note that the scarf will be worn to keep the style in place.

To create your pineapple, you’ll want all of your hair to get as close to your hairline as possible. The best way to achieve this is to flip your hair forward and gather it at the top of your head. Depending on your hair length, you can choose to place your pineapple as high as you please. You can also choose to gather it to one side or place your hair pineapple directly in the middle of your head.

If your curls need more definition before pineappling, try try Black Vanilla Moisture & Shine Leave-in Conditioner or Wash Day Delight Hair Gel to Foam Styler Aloe. And to tame frizz, reach for a smoothing cream or serum like the Wash Day Delight Cream Serum Hair Moisturizer Aloe. It will keep the front and back of your hair silky, smooth and even help to soften your locks, too.

Once you’ve found your placement, use the large scrunchie to secure the hair into place. If you’re doing the hair pineapple to sleep, it’s best to keep the scrunchie relatively loose. This will ensure you don’t have any creases in the hair come morning. But if you’re sporting your pineapple to your favorite HIIT class, wrapping the scrunchie around your ponytail a few times is better. The basic rule of thumb is overnight hair pineappling can be looser, whereas daytime hair pineappling should be more secure.

Once your pineapple is secured, here’s where the fun begins. Let your curls fall naturally and you’ve got a pineapple hairstyle of your very own. Place your spirals however you please and if you’re hair pineappling for a hairstyle, you can even secure a few curls in place with bobby pins.

For hair pineappling while you sleep, make sure you’re sleeping on a silk or satin pillowcase to reduce frizz and breakage. In the morning, gently remove your scrunchie or scarf and style as usual. To add luminosity or to revive any limp curls, spritz on the Monoi Repairing Leave-In Conditioner. It’s formulated with natural moisturizers, so it can be applied daily without weighing down the hair — or Black Vanilla Moisture & Shine Hair Sheen.

Ready to wash after a few days of pineappling? Try Goddess Strength Ultra Shield Pre-Poo with Castor Oil for Curly Hair followed by Goddess Strength Cocoon Hydrating Hair Mask for soft, bouncy curls for every style.

For even more protective styling, check out The Ultimate Pin-Up Hairstyle Tutorial.

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