The Pineapple Method… for that Awkward Length

pineapple method on short natural hair

So I know all my naturalistas out there know or at least have heard of the pineapple method. If you haven’t, basically it’s an excellent way to preserve any style such as wash-n-gos, bantu knots, twist-outs and braid-outs whilst you sleep. It’s a simple method that can be used by curly girls of varying lengths and textures, but it’s much easier to achieve for curly heads who have longer hair. For my awkward length stage girls out there, here’s what I do to maintain 2nd, 3rd and 4th day hair. It’s the perfect pineapple method for short natural hair.


• 4 ponytail holders
• A clip
• A bonnet or scarf

  1. Start with your hair down… In the pictorial below you’ll see I’m working on preserving a twist out
  2. Split hair down the middle, then grab your clip and clip one half to get it out of the way
  3. Split the side that is still out it into 2 sections then set one section aside
  4. Grab the untouched section and grab your ponytail holder and keeping it close to your forehand as possible, put it in a bun like ponytail
  5. Do the same thing to the next section
  6. Then go to the other side of your hair and do the exact same thing, you should have 4 loose buns at this point
  7. Use a silk or satin scarf to secure the hair
  8. KEY TIP: Make sure you keep all sections close to the top AND front of your head, if it’s in a regular bun towards the back that will leave a ponytail holder dent and your curls won’t be as defined as the previous day. Good luck!


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