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The Best Way to Wrap Your Hair at Night

This simple nighttime technique will make your mornings so much easier.
October 31, 2022


Whether you have relaxed strands, straightened natural hair, or a silk press, you’re likely familiar with wrapping your hair for sleeping in order to preserve your style for long term success. A popular styling technique for Black women, hair wrapping allows your sleek strands to last even longer, but if you aren’t in the know about how to wrap your hair, we’re here to help. Keep reading for a step-by-step tutorial on how to wrap your hair at night.

What Does It Mean to Wrap Your Hair?

As the name suggests, wrapping your hair is all about smoothing your strands around your head for a sleek finish. This technique lays hair against the scalp by brushing it in a circular motion around the head, then tying a silk scarf around your head to keep your strands in place.

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Why Should You Wrap Your Hair to Sleep at Night?

Learning how to master this method can help you protect your ends at night and make sleek hairstyles last. Since the hair wrap for sleeping technique works to keep strands strategically tucked away, you don’t have to worry about any friction or loss of moisture if you toss and turn in your sleep. You’ll also be able to skip fixing frizzy strands or using hot tools in the morning to perfect your look, decreasing your chances of heat damage

How to Wrap Your Hair at Night

Ready to learn how to wrap your hair? Follow these simple steps below to master the technique.

1. Smooth Out Your Strands

Instead of jumping straight to wrapping your strands around your head, you’ll need to ensure that your hair is tangle-free to reap all of the benefits for your hair. Start by combing your hair from the ends up to the roots until smooth, then top it off with a nourishing hair serum like the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Hyaluron + Plump Moisture Plump Serum, Paraben-Free to give your strands a boost of shine and softness.

2. Part Your Hair

Next, divide your hair into two horizontal even sections, so your hair wrap is easier to complete. 

3. Start Wrapping Your Hair

Starting on either side of your head, use a paddle brush and smooth the hair from the front of your head around to the side. If you notice that your hair is falling out of place, secure the section with bobby pins. Continue brushing the section of your hair in a circular motion until you reach the back of your head or as far as the hair will reach, depending on your length.

4. Repeat the Technique

On the other side of your head, start brushing your hair from the back of your head, combining hair from the first section for a uniform look. Once you reach the last few strands of hair, release the first bobby pin you used to avoid any pin marks on your hair, then smooth your hair over the section into something resembling a beehive.

5. Secure Your Hair Wrap With a Scarf

Now that your hair wrap is set, it’s time to learn how to wrap hair in a silk or satin scarf. Fold the scarf in half horizontally then place the scarf on top of your head and wrap the ends around the sides of your head. Once you have both ends at the back of your head, crisscross the ends of the scarf then pull the ends of the scarf towards the front of your head and create a small knot to secure it. 

Next: How to Do the LOC Method for Natural Hair

Edited by: Témi Adebowale, Photo: iStock

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