If you are blessed to have a wavy, curly, or natural curl pattern, learning to preserve your curls overnight is essential to establishing a healthy hair routine. And not only because of the flattened mess you will need to deal with in the morning. Tossing and turning at night leads to hair breakage, frizz, and nasty tangles. Read on for an ultimate guide on how to sleep with curly hair and wake up with shiny, bouncy locks in the morning.
It is better to pull hair up for the night. When you place your curls on top, you will not literally lie on your coils, and the weight of your head won’t smash curls in your hair while you sleep. This will also make curls have the same definition on all sides, even if you prefer sleeping on one side only. You may also sleep on a silk or satin pillowcase without doing any additional bedtime hairstyles.
When you wear curly hair to bed in an updo, make sure that you do not wrap or tie up your hair too tightly – this may cause hair friction and headaches. Below are the protective hairstyles for sleeping with curly hair along with our step-by-step guidance.
Wrapping curly hair in a silk scarf is one of the best overnight hairstyles a curly girl can style (as well as the best way to sleep on curled hair without messing it up).
Here is how to wrap curly hair for sleeping:
Note that this method helps to retain moisture, protect curls, and prevent overnight damage from rubbing your hair against a pillowcase. Thus, you might want to wrap a soft shawl around other nighttime hairstyles too.
Plopping hair with a cotton T-shirt is often used in a curly girl method and plump method as a way to speed up the air-drying process or as a way to go to sleep with your hair wet. In fact, it works well for either wet or dry hair and you may use this same method to sleep with curly hair on the second or third day too.
Here is how to plop curly hair:
If you want to tie the wrap at the back, just start placing the T-shirt with the sleeves closer to your body. If you go to bed right after your shower, consider getting rid of moisture by micro plopping your wet hair with one t-shirt and then plopping it overnight with a dry one to avoid discomfort.
Pineapple is the most common do for curly hair at night. To create a pineapple hairstyle, flip your head over, smooth the curls with your hands, and pull your hair up into a very high loose ponytail. Use a static hair tie or scrunchie.
Note that pineapple works best only for medium-length hairstyles: if your strands are long, you eventually sleep on your curly ponytail; likewise, you can be not able to pull all of your short hair up. Medusa clipping is a hack that solves both of these issues:
Another way to modify a pineapple for sleeping with long curly hair is to twist it into a loose bun. Follow these steps:
For better protection, you may add a satin bonnet or scarf on top of your loose bun. This will keep your hair protected throughout the night.
French braid allows stretching curls around the crown of your head while leaving the ends with a better-defined curl pattern. If this is what you want to achieve, a French braid should definitely make part of your curly hair night routine.
Here is how to French braid curly hair:
If you do not want to stretch curls at the crown that much, go for two French braids. Mind that you need to have two even braids at night to have curls of the same size at both sides in the morning.
Bantu knots are a popular protective hairstyle for natural hair. What makes a variant for sleeping different is that you don’t have to make the sections or the parting even; thus, the hairstyle takes just a few minutes:
If you have wavy hair and want some tighter springy curls, keep your curled twisted into small knots. On the other hand, twisting larger sections can help you give more loose curl definition to tight natural curls overnight.
As mentioned before, you can preserve your hair by sleeping on a silk pillowcase. Note that the method prevents frizz and breakage, but it is still better to bring your hair up if you do not want your head’s weight to flatten your curls.
If a silk or satin pillowcase is still on your shopping or gift list, or you hesitate whether it would make any change for your hair care, try this hack:
For a perfect curly hairstyle on the second and third day after washing, moisturize hair with a mask or a leave-in conditioner before going to bed and revive your curls the next morning:
No way the overnight hairstyle should prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep! After our tips on how to sleep with curly hair, the night should no longer be the nightmare for your curls either.