One of the first things I did when I cut off my relaxed hair was change what I wore on my head to bed. Most Zambian women grow up wearing old tights on our heads to sleep. This is the worst thing you can do.
Your hair needs something to hold your style firmly, while not absorbing the moisture from your hair all the while being gentle enough not to snag your hair the way tights can.
If you are not convinced; have you ever tried to wear tights in a hurry, when you are overdue for a shave of your legs? Ouch! Now, that is what they do to your hair and it is not good for anyone who wants to take good care of their hair.
The solution? 100% silk scarf.
I bought mine at the Out Of Africa shop at OR Tambo airport in Johannesburg. I had left over rand and decided to buy some beautiful African print scarves.
In Lusaka, I am not sure where they sell 100% silk. I am not entirely convinced that the silk they sell in the fabric shops in Kamwala is genuine, but it is a long time since I went there, so I would not categorically say no.
Alternatively, you can find dozens of genuine silk scarves in any market where they sell secondhand clothes etc.
For those who are able to, silk or satin pillow cases are also an option to tyeing up your hair at night. Just bear in mind that we tie the hair to keep a style in place and help it to last longer. Depending on how my hair is styled, I also just tie the scarf over my pillow at night. I used to do this a lot with my TWA.