Creating gorgeous hair doesn’t have to be a struggle. In fact, you don’t even have to be awake to do it. From specialty treatments to detailed overnight hairstyles, there are several hair tips for getting great hair overnight. All you have to do is tweak your nighttime routine in order to make the most out of your beauty sleep. No snooze button required. Here are 10 hair tips for getting great hair while you sleep.
1. SLEEP LIKE A QUEEN
While bedhead hair is always cute, waking up with tangles and knots isn’t. Help keep your hair knot-free by sleeping on smoother fabrics. Whether it’s swapping out your cotton pillowcase for a satin alternative or wrapping your hair in a silk scarf, slinky fabrics are exactly what your hair needs to ward off knots and frizz.
Wonder why? Well, the smoother material helps to give your hair an easier base to lie against, which helps to keep tangles at bay. See? Sleeping like a queen really does have its perks.
2. BRAID AWAY
Have you ever slept with braids in your hair and woken up to a frizzy mess? We’ve all been there. Next time, prep for your overnight hairstyle before you braid, so you can wake with gorgeous waves instead of frizz and frustration. To get these smooth waves, start by adding a light-hold hairspray to the top section of your hair for added volume at the crown. Next, braid your hair from the bottom of your ears downwards. Any higher and the hair can look crimped instead of wavy.
Lastly, spray your braids with a leave-in conditioner to set the style and add softness to the ends. With these three steps, you can forget about the poufy mess and wake up to a soft, effortless hairstyle.
3. RETHINK YOUR DRY SHAMPOO ROUTINE
Waking up to greasy roots? It may be time to rethink how you’re using your dry shampoo. In order to keep oil at bay, spritz your roots with dry shampoo right before you go to bed. It may sound odd, but by using dry shampoo at night you can help fight the oil while you sleep.
4. DIY BEACHY WAVES
Get mermaid-inspired waves hairstyle overnight by first by applying a volumizing mousse to damp hair. From there, divide your hair into four sections and twist each segment into a low bun. The buns will help to create a loose curl in the hair, while the mousse will provide hold. Just unwrap in the morning, shake out, and admire your effortless, beachy waves.
5. MAKE YOUR CURLS LAST
Want to extend the life of your perfectly shaped curls? Make your style last overnight by twisting your hair into two buns at the nape of your neck and securing with a non-elastic hair tie (elastics can leave unwanted dents in your hairstyle). Be sure to twist the hair in the same (or general) direction of your curls to help secure the curl pattern.
6. PRESERVE YOUR BLOW OUT WITH A STYLING DONUT
Get the most bang for your blowout by securing your hair with a styling donut while you sleep. The donut is great for maintaining the volume and texture of your hair without creating excess waves or curls.
7. TAME UNRULY BANGS
Don’t let your bangs get the best of your hairstyle. Instead, pin your bangs to the side before you fall asleep. Use a tissue and a duckbill clip to secure the bangs and then hit the hay. The tissue will help to prevent any creasing or crimps from the clip ensuring that your bangs will stay dent-free overnight.
8. LOCK-IN MOISTURE OVERNIGHT
Tired of waking up to dry, brittle ends? Aren’t we all! Instead, use a hair mask overnight to help lock-in moisture while you sleep. Just be sure to secure your hair with a scarf in order to prevent ruining your pillowcase.
9. KEEP FRIZZ AT BAY
Hair oils are your best friend if you want to keep frizz at bay. Their thick consistency is perfect for coating the strands with hydration and locking in moisture. Apply to damp ends at night and secure in a scarf. In the morning, your hair will feel soft, smooth, and revitalized.
10. BREAK OUT YOUR OLD SCRUNCHIES
Elastic hair ties can often pinch and pull at your strands leaving them weak and damaged. Give your hair a break by using a softer scrunchie or ribbon hair tie to secure your strands while you sleep.