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Sleeping Beauty: How to Style Your Hair Before You Go to Bed

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Sleeping Beauty: How to Style Your Hair Before You Go to Bed Sleeping Beauty: How to Style Your Hair Before You Go to Bed Sleeping Beauty: How to Style Your Hair Before You Go to Bed

What if we told you that, with a little prep before getting cuddled up under your comforter, you could set your hair up for the day ahead? Yep, we’re talking about getting gorgeous-looking locks with minimal effort—all while you sleep. Seems too good to be true, right? Well, if you follow our favorite pre-sleep hair tips, you’ll soon realize that you’re not dreaming! Whether you’re braiding your hair for waves or you want to preserve the look of a sleek blowout, there are steps you can take to ensure your strands stay looking absolutely stunning while you snooze.

1. Brush Your Hair Before Bed

Brushing your hair every night before bed can not only help to detangle your tresses, but it can also help to evenly distribute your hair’s natural oils from root to tip. What kind of brush should you use? Well, a boar bristle one is always a good option.

2. Don't Sleep with Wet Hair

We’re all guilty of it: Plenty of us shower right before bed and then lay our head down on the pillow with wet hair. But your hair is most fragile when it’s wet, so this might not be the best idea (not to mention, sleeping on wet hair can make you feel chilly!). Consider switching up your routine—maybe you wash your hair a few hours before bedtime or even in the morning instead.

3. Use a Hair Serum

Managing frizz and flyaways can be super-frustrating. Before you hit the hay, apply one to two pumps of a hair serum from your mid-lengths to your ends. Try the L’Oréal Paris EverSleek Frizz Finish Oil-In-Serum, which is formulated with a blend of argan oil and flower oils to deliver a silky finish and luminous shine.

4. Give Yourself a Scalp Massage

Ahhh…isn’t the best part of going to the salon when your hairstylist massages your scalp? Recreate that relaxing feeling before bedtime—you won’t regret it!

5. Braid Like a Pro

Who says you need a curling iron to create effortlessly tousled beachy waves? All you have to do is sleep on a braid for beautiful texture. After you’ve washed your hair, spritz on a wave spray, like the L’Oréal Paris AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray, to wet strands, then braid your hair. Once your hair is completely dry, feel free to go to bed and let those pretty waves form! Depending on the kind of waves you want, consider creating multiple braids. The smaller the braids, the tighter your waves will be, while the bigger your braids, the looser your waves will be.

6. Sleep on a Bun

What’s another way to achieve gorgeous-looking hair while you catch those Zzz’s? The answer: Twist your hair up into a high bun. The trick to perfect, almost effortless, natural-looking waves is to use a creaseless scrunchie instead of a classic hair tie. And, as a bonus, the high placement of your bun can help to create some lifted volume at your roots. Va-va-va-voom!

7. Spray on Dry Shampoo

No time to shower? No problem! Dry shampoo can help to absorb excess oil at your roots and refresh your strands in between shampoos. This is especially helpful if you typically like to go to the gym at night but aren’t able to wash your hair immediately after working out. Try the L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Extraordinary Clay Dry Shampoo, which is formulated for fine, oily hair with three refined clays. Hold the can six to eight inches away from your head and spray the dry shampoo directly on oily roots, then lightly through the rest of your hair, brushing through. (Just remember to use dry shampoo in moderation, as it shouldn’t replace your regular hair washing routine.)

8. Sleep on a Satin Pillow Case

If you’ve ever wanted to sleep like royalty, now is as good a time as any to get fancy. A satin pillowcase can help to keep your hairstyle from getting mussed up while you toss and turn, since it’s smoother than other fabrics.