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Waking up to messy hair can make for an unpleasant start to your day. That’s why learning how to sleep with curly hair and other hair textures is key for setting your hair up for the a.m. The good news is, you can secure your locks with minimal effort—all while you sleep.
Whether you’re braiding your hair to get waves, nourishing damaged hair, or trying to preserve the look of a sleek blowout, there are steps you can take to ensure your strands stay looking stunning while you snooze. Keep reading for our favorite pre-sleep hair care tips and hair hacks that will teach you how to sleep on your hair.
One of the simplest ways to protect your hair at night is to brush your strands thoroughly. This tip detangles your hair and helps to evenly distribute your hair’s natural oils from the roots to ends. Use a boar bristle brush every night to smooth out your locks. Be sure not to go overboard with brushing. As it turns out, the old wives’ tale about needing 100 strokes before bed isn’t true, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. A gentle all-over brushing to disperse your hair’s oils throughout your strands is all you need.
Editor’s note: Keep it in mind that you should never brush your hair while it’s wet. Use a comb to gently untangle wet hair to reduce the risk of hair damage.
We’re all guilty of sleeping with wet hair when we’re too lazy to dry it properly. This can be a bigger deal than you might think because going to sleep with wet hair or damp strands can cause hair breakage and lead to damage. Consider washing your hair a few hours before bedtime or when you wake up in the morning. If you shower right before bed, use a heat protectant, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray, and give your hair a quick blow-dry before you hit the hay. If you’re trying to avoid heat styling, we salute you! Use a soft T-shirt to dry your strands—it’s gentler on your hair than a regular towel.
Managing frizz and flyaways can be super-frustrating, no matter the time of day. Apply a hair serum on your locks before heading to sleep to prevent frizz from ruining your hairstyle. The L’Oréal Paris Eversleek Frizz Finish Oil-In-Serum is formulated with a blend of argan oil and flower oils and delivers a silky finish and luminous shine. A couple of pumps will do the trick to ensure that you wake up with silky strands that are softer and healthier. Make sure not to oversaturate your hair with the product to keep greasy locks at bay. The general rule of thumb of focusing hair products only on your lengths and ends also applies here.
There’s no denying that one of the best parts of going to the salon is when your hairstylist moisturizes your scalp. Recreate that relaxing feeling before bedtime with a quick scalp massage. It helps to stimulate blood flow to your hair follicles, keeps it healthy, and aids in producing thicker strands, according to research published by the National Institutes of Health. A quick self-scalp massage can also be super relaxing and help lull you into a deep sleep.
The days of only using a curling iron to score beachy waves are over. Consider a heat-free styling option such as braiding your hair before bed for a beautiful texture. It’s also one of the most popular protective hairstyles to wear to sleep—just don’t pull it tight! Weave your locks into a braid—one or two—and secure it with a hair elastic. Spritz the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT High Lift Creation Spray all over your hair and cover it with a silk scarf to keep them in place overnight. Undo your braids in the morning to reveal gorgeous curls.
The popular bun hairstyle is also a chic way to protect your hair at night. Twist your hair up into a high bun before hitting the hay to achieve gorgeous locks while you sleep. You can protect your strands from friction and produce pretty waves. The trick to scoring natural-looking waves is to use a creaseless scrunchie instead of a classic hair tie. The high placement of your bun can also help to create some lifted volume at your roots. You’ll want to keep your bun loose for the same reason you shouldn’t braid your hair too tightly to prevent hair breakage.
Dry shampoo is essential for a quick refresh during the day, and it qualifies for your nighttime routine, too. Using dry shampoo before bed will help to absorb excess oil at your roots and refresh your strands through the night. (Just remember to use dry shampoo in moderation, as it shouldn’t replace your regular hair washing routine.)
Add a luxurious element to your nightly hair protection routine with a silk or satin pillowcase. You may have already seen plenty of these fancy silk and satin pillowcases popping up on your social feeds, and they’re not a gimmick! Sleeping on a harsh fabric can cause hair breakage to occur. Switching to a satin or silk pillowcase can help to keep your hairstyle from getting mussed up while you toss and turn since they’re smoother than other fabrics.
Wearing a hair cap for sleeping is an old-fashioned method that will preserve your blowout or defined curls at night. This offering is typically made of silk or satin and prevents your locks from rubbing up against your pillowcase as you catch Z’s. You can also rely on a hair wrap for sleeping if you don’t have a sleep cap at the ready. This technique is all about smoothing your locks against your scalp by brushing them in a circular motion around your head. A hair scarf is then placed around your head to keep your hair in place.
Conditioning hair treatments are often touted for their moisturizing benefits, and they’re also an effective method of beautifying your locks while you sleep. Nourishing hair treatments will have eight to ten hours to work their magic on your locks—assuming you get plenty of sleep—and many of them can be applied onto either damp or dry hair. Smooth a dime-sized amount of a hair treatment, such as the L’Oréal Paris Everstrong Break Proof Lotion, onto damp hair before drying, or onto strands that are already totally dry. One thing to remember is that you should use either leave-in treatments or overnight masks and treatments. Don’t just assume any product can be left on while you sleep.
We’ve already made a case for going the extra mile in your nighttime routine to protect your hair and applying a deep conditioner fits the bill. Whether you’re working with dry hair or prefer to shampoo in the morning, this beauty staple can help to repair your strands. Further, some deep conditioners are specifically formulated for overnight use. Sleeping with a deep conditioner on your hair gives the product more time to do its job.
Editor’s note: In order to keep the product on your strands (and off of your pillowcase!), this is another situation where you’ll want to consider wearing a hair cap for sleeping.
Beauty sleep doesn’t just pertain to your hair! Next up: The Beauty of How Overnight Face Masks Work.
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