Have you ever wondered how you can preserve your washday curl definition? The answer is simple, pineapple your hair. By utilizing the pineapple method you’ll be able to keep your curls bouncy and frizz-free overnight, prolong curl definition for your best second- and third-day hair, and cut back on shampooing.


The natural hair community never ceases to amaze us with the names and techniques they come up with like clockwork. The pineapple method is no exception, this simple bedtime style was created by the NaturallyCurly community as a way to protect your curls from knots and frizz overnight. Pineappling has quickly become extremely popular and is being utilized by curly naturals worldwide.

What is the Pineapple Method?

The pineapple method is a technique that consists of creating a loose, high ponytail on top of your head (towards your forehead). This styling technique will arrange the curls in a way that reduces frizz, knots, and flattened curls as you’re lying on a pillow at night. With most of your hair positioned at the top of your head, it’ll preserve your curls longer by having only the sides and the back exposed to your pillow.

Pineappling can be used to preserve a variety of different natural styles, including braid-outs, flexi-rod curls, twist-outs and other braided styles.

What’s Needed to Pineapple Hair?

  • Be sure to use a loose hair tie such as an ouchless scrunchie or your favorite ponytail holder, to keep your hair in place and hold it on top of your head.
  • You can decide whether you want to add extra protection to your hair or not. If so, try using a bonnet, satin scarf, or silk pillowcase to extend the lifespan of your curls. Many women choose to sleep on silk pillows because it is an alternative to satin, and this anti-frizz material is great on natural hair.

Whether you decide to use a scrunchie or a ponytail holder of choice, there should be enough elasticity in the item to loop around your hair once, to prevent dents or creases from forming in your hair overnight. For additional protection, you can try using a satin scrunchie for the pineapple method to reduce hair breakage.

If you’re someone who prefers to use a satin bonnet or scarf to protect your hair from forming knots and tangles, please continue because your hair is thanking you. You can also use a satin pillowcase to retain the natural oils in your hair that can be stripped away by cotton.

Pineappling Type 4 Coils

When you try to pineapple type 4 hair (4a, 4b and 4c) things may get a little bit tricky, sometimes an indentation or dent may be left in the hair from the ponytail holder. As an alternative, you can pineapple by just using a satin bonnet or scarf to avoid the indentation.

Using a satin bonnet or scarf to pineapple hair is also a great alternative for someone who has recently big chopped or someone with shorter hair.

Taking Down Your Pineapple Style

Taking your pineapple down is just as important as putting it up and may include a few simple steps. Once you’re ready to take your hair down in the morning, a small amount of styling may be required to achieve the look you’re going for. Because everyone’s hair is different, it is very important that you do what works best for your hair which may call for you to personalize a few steps to match the specific needs of your curls.

The most common way to take down your pineapple is by letting your curls free and fluffing them up with your fingers to help the hair regain its previous shape. Some people prefer to spritz their curls with a curl refresher after releasing them to obtain better curl definition. However, some naturals would rather not touch their curls at all to avoid disrupting the curl pattern.

Whichever option you decide is completely up to you and your personal preference. While it is very significant to know exactly what to do when taking your hair down, it is just as important to know what to avoid. Most of the essential changes you’ll make to the pineapple method will include things to avoid doing to your hair the next day.

Don’t Make Your Scrunchie Too Tight

I recommend using ouchless scrunchies to loosely secure your pineapple, and it is best to avoid using typical cotton-based hair ties on your hair to avoid breakage. Some naturals are comfortable utilizing cotton hair ties to secure their hair depending on their specific hair type, but cotton in more likely to cause a heavy indentation in the hair and is unlikely to work best for type 4 hair.

For type 4 naturals it is highly recommended that you use a satin scarf to pineapple your hair and then cover it with a satin bonnet. Type 4 hair is more prone to indentations caused by tightly secured hair ties which can result in hair breakage or damage.

Try to Limit Your Afro Pick Usage

As we all know, using an afro pick on your hair can create great volume when done correctly leaving you with a perfect hair day. However, when used incorrectly it’ll cause an abundance of frizz to your hair which can shorten the lifespan of your style.

I encourage you to focus on finger detangling your hair and avoid using traditional styling tools like brushes, combs and afro picks to limit the amount of damage caused to your hair.

Don’t Fluff Your Hair

Fluffing your hair is the easiest way to create frizz, and no one wants to have frizzy hair. If you plan to fluff your hair, make sure that it is on a stretched style where your scalp is exposed. If you want to add more volume and height to your hair, the pineapple method is a great alternative to creating more height without adding frizz. To add more volume to your hair, try driving around with the windows down.

Don’t Expect to Have Perfect Hair

Accept that your hair is unique and different in all aspects, and it will not always look perfect to you. There is a difference between wanting presentable frizz-fee curls and attempting to achieve perfect hair. You don’t have to rush back to the sink to wash your hair again once you see your curls starting to frizz on second- or third-day hair. Embrace your natural hair as it is and understand that it is just as diverse as you are.

4 Easy Steps for Pineappling Hair

Just before you go to bed, try pineappling your hair for the best results. This method consists of creating a very loose ponytail that may look messy or even slip a little. Don’t focus too hard about how neat the ponytail is, your curls will still be very protected overnight especially if you utilize a satin bonnet, scarf, or silk pillowcase.

  1. Bend your head completely over making sure to keep all your hair forward.
  2. Softly gather all your hair on top of your head.
  3. Gently slide a scrunchie around the base of your ponytail, being sure to make it as loose as possible.
  4. Apply a satin bonnet or scarf to your hair for additional protection

If the pineapple ponytail does not work for you, I recommend trying a loose bun as an alternative because it’ll still protect your curls overnight. It’s all about finding a version of the method that best fits your curls needs.

Have you tried the pineapple method on your hair? If so, how do you like it and what adjustments have you made to fit your hair type?