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Waking up to messy hair can make for an unpleasant start to your day. That’s why learning how to properly protect your hair at night is key to keeping your hair in good condition. You can keep your locks in shape with minimal effort, all while catching up on some beauty 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 that your strands stay in place throughout the night. Read on as we share our favorite pre-sleep hair care tips and product recommendations so that you can wake up looking your best.
One of the simplest ways to protect your hair at night is by brushing your strands thoroughly. This will help detangle your hair and evenly distribute its natural oils from the roots to ends. Those with natural hair types should use a wide-tooth comb to remove knots and tangles on damp hair, which will help prevent breakage. Also, be sure not to go overboard with brushing, use a soft bristle brush and be kind to your strands while detangling.
Editor’s Tip: After detangling your hair, create a few loose braids or twists to keep the hair in place throughout the night. This will help avoid any tangles and knots that can form overnight.
Hair treatments are often touted for their moisturizing benefits, and they’re also an effective method of giving your locks some love while you sleep. Applying a treatment that will stay on your strands overnight will give it several hours to get fully absorbed into your hair to work its magic. Smooth on a generous amount of the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Total Repair 5 Power Restore Multi use treatment, formulated with repair concentrate proteins to strengthen hair against future damage. This multi use treatment will fight various signs of hair damage, including weak, tangled, and brittle strands.
There’s no denying that one of the best parts of going to the salon is when your hairstylist massages your scalp. Recreate that relaxing feeling before bedtime with a quick scalp massage. Research published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) states that it stimulates blood flow to your hair follicles, keeps the scalp healthy, and aids in producing thicker strands. A quick self-scalp massage can also be relaxing and can help lull you into a deep sleep.
Managing frizz and flyaways can be frustrating, no matter the time of day. To help minimize the amount of frizz you wake up with, try applying a hair serum on your tresses before heading to bed. The L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Frizz Killer Serum Leave-In includes a dose of castor seed oil, which supports the keratin in your hair and makes each strand stronger and smoother.
Editor’s Note: We recommend using a hair cap or wrapping your hair with a silk or satin scarf at night. This will help prevent your strands from frizzing up or breaking due to the friction caused by rubbing against pillowcases.
Sleeping with wet hair can cause hair breakage and lead to damage. When your hair is wet, your strands are fragile, and any tossing and turning at night could cause breakage. Consider washing your hair a few hours before bedtime or when you wake up in the morning. If you must wash your hair right before bed, use a heat protectant, like the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Heat Slayer Pre-Iron Spray Leave-In, and give your hair a quick blow-dry before you hit the hay.
Editor’s Note: You can also use a dry shampoo to give your hair a quick refresh before bed. Apply a few pumps of the L'Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Air Volume Dry Shampoo to help absorb excess oil at your roots and leave your stands feeling fresh and clean.
If you have dry or damaged hair, using a deep conditioner is a great way to revive and moisturize your stands. Try the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Oil Rapid Reviver Deep Conditioner, formulated with 20 percent conditioning serum and camellia and sunflower oils, which help to hydrate each strand for silkier, softer hair. Make sure not to oversaturate your hair with product by focusing only a small amount on your lengths down to the tips.
Editor’s Note: Be sure to cover your hair with a cap at night, so the product won’t get all over your pillowcase while you 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. It’s one of the most popular protective hairstyles to wear to sleep—just don’t make the braids too tight (braids that are too tight can pull on your roots and cause damage). Apply some of the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Super Curls Cream Leave-In throughout your hair before braiding and cover it after with a silk scarf to keep them in place overnight. Undo your braids in the morning to reveal gorgeous curls.
Add a luxurious element to your nightly hair care ritual routine with a silk or satin pillowcase. Pillowcases made from cotton tend to be rougher on the hair and can cause breakage. Switching to a satin or silk pillowcase can help to keep your hairstyle from getting messed up while you toss and turn since they’re smoother than other fabrics, and will help you avoid unnecessary dryness and damage.
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