Iliandra Balentina
Published on April 15, 2021

Pineapple puff is easy to style and looks cute on natural hair for every occasion. It can be a lazy hairstyle, or you can add some accessories, a bang, or styled baby hairs to it and make a whole different look. It’s also a good choice for a curly hair bedtime routine!

Read on to learn more about how to pineapple natural hair for protection at night and an effortless glam look during the daytime.

Pineapple Method for Natural Hair

Pineapple is a loose, high ponytail made on top of your hair. It makes a perfect 2-in-1 hairstyle for those with curly and coily hair types, meaning that you can rock it during the day and when going to sleep too. Here is why pineappling your natural hair for sleep is such a great idea:

  • You prevent the flattening of your coils, which helps you preserve your wash day results longer and develop a healthier hair washing regimen.
  • Rubbing against the pillow causes breakage and frizzy hair. Bringing hair up into a pineapple is one of the sure ways to prevent frizz.
  • Preserving natural oils and moisture is essential to keeping natural hair healthy. A pineapple method helps retain the moisture, and the effect is even better if you add a bonnet or a satin scarf on top or sleep on a silk/satin pillowcase.
  • Detangling natural hair may be a real trial, which is why preventing the knots is another benefit that will persuade you never to skip pineappling your hair for the night.

To pineapple your hair, bend forward and gather your hair on top of your head, closer to the front. Loop the elastic or a scrunchie just once or twice so that a pineapple stays in place but doesn’t pull hair. If it does, you can have headaches in the morning and a nasty indentation in your hair. Another helpful tip is to use a satin scrunchie that will further minimize any breakage.

If your hair is long, opt for a pineapple bun; if your hair is short, pineapple it with a satin scarf, not using a scrunchie at all. For shoulder-length hair, clipping your curls on top before wrapping them into a silk scarf might work best. Refer to this video tutorial if you want to have a better idea on how to style these nighttime hairstyles.

Best Pineapple Hairstyles

While pineapple sounds like one hairstyle, there are 5 different ways you can style it to swap things up. See how I do it and experiment with accessories to get the most flattering protective hairstyle for any occasion.

1. Pineapple Pony

This is my go-to hairstyle, the pineapple puff. It’s easy to achieve: just use an elastic hair tie or drawstring ponytail holder to put your curls together. I do add my favorite Mielle Organics edge gel to my edges and some accessories to change up the style.

Pineapple on Natural Hair with a Trendy Accessory

Another option for bringing the pineapple pony to the next level is adding blonde tips to your curls. In my case, I had fully blonde hair but decided to grow it out. Thus, I cut the blonde, leaving some tips to achieve a different look. See how these blonde tips enhance the overall look of a pineapple puff!

Blonde Highlights on Black Hair Put into a Pineapple

2. Pineapple Hair with Bangs

This is one of my favorite hairstyles when I have an event or just want an effortless hairstyle. To achieve this style, I section my hair and leave a few curls out. Since my hair is longer in the front, I use some bobby pins to pin up the curls.

Pineapple Hair Updo for Natural Hair

Here is the same hairstyle with the bangs sectioned and put on the sides to add some trendy curtain bangs to the curly pineapple.

Pineapple with Curly Bangs

3. Pineapple Bun

Pineapple bun is a super easy and fast hairstyle, especially if you have an old wash and go. Most times, this is my day 5 hairstyle. For this style, I use two elastic hair ties and bundle my hair together. I also add my favorite edge gel to my edges to hold the bun in place.

Pineapple Bun on Natural Hair

4. Half Up Half Down with a Pineapple

This style is a combination of both worlds: the bun and loose hair. For this style, I added curly clip-ins for extra length and volume.

Hairstyle with Curly Clip-In Extensions for Black Women

Another combination that shows off my 3 favorite hairstyles is the half up half down with bangs. To achieve this look, you should part the hair in 3 sections for the bangs, the pineapple, and the leave out.

Half Up Half Down Hairstyle with a Pineapple Bun and Bangs

5. Pineapple with a Scarf Wrap

Accessories make a huge difference when it comes to this style! An easy option is a head wrap. You can do different styles for natural hair with a scarf and pineapple, and this is one of them.

Pineapple with a Head Wrap

Do you want to rock this easy and beautiful hairstyle? Follow the steps above or follow me on Instagram @iliandraa to see my tutorials and natural hair care tips.

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