How to sleep with curly hair

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Taking care of curls can be a tiresome chore when you have to redo your hair each morning to counteract flattened hair after a night’s rest. To help with this struggle, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite tips and techniques to help you keep your curls intact overnight. Try these ways to wrap your curly hair for bed and enjoy beautiful, bouncy curls with definition and shape each morning.

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How to sleep with wet curly hair

Some people like to shower in the morning while others prefer to shower at night. Depending on what you prefer, you may be sleeping with wet or dry hair which affects how you should wrap your curly hair for bed. 

If you plan on showering in the morning, you’ll likely end up redoing your hair so you probably aren’t worried about preserving your curls overnight. However, if you like to wash and style your hair at night, you’ll need to put extra thought into how to sleep with wet curly hair in order to maintain the look in the morning. Here are some of our favorite ways to wrap curly hair for bed:

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Pineapple It

Although the term “pineapple” in relation to hair may sound strange, it’s actually one of the most effective ways to protect curls while sleeping. This easy method works best when your hair is damp: just flip your hair over and pull it into a loose ponytail. Secure it with a headband, hair tie or clip at the front of your head. The end result will resemble a pineapple, which is where the style gets its name. In the morning, apply a small amount of Leave-In Mist to restore moisture and bounciness. 

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Loose Bun

A pineapple may not work if you have longer hair. In that case, you should opt for a loose bun to help prevent you from laying on your curls while you sleep. Creating a loose bun is easy: just apply your favorite curly hair products, scrunch and gather your hair atop your head, then secure it using a scrunchie. Make sure to twist and tuck loosely while scrunching to avoid dents that can cause problems in the morning. A loose bun will contain your hair more than the traditional pineapple leading to a slight loss of definition but you can remedy this by using a dab of Curl Cream to restore shape in the morning.

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Plop It

“Plopping” is a method used for drying curls by wrapping them in a t-shirt or microfiber towel as opposed to a regular towel which often over-absorbs moisture leading to frizz. To plop your hair: apply your favorite styling products, lay a shirt on a flat surface, flip your hair over the shirt and tie the sleeves around the back of your head so your hair rests atop your head. You can plop overnight to keep curls in place while you sleep, or use this trick anytime you need to speed up the drying process.

Two-Strand “Pigtail” Twists or Braids

Putting your curls in twists or braids before you sleep is one of the quickest and easiest ways to keep your curls overnight. For phenomenal results with minimal effort, stick with a basic two-strand “pigtail” style or six to eight mini-braids. Simply take a section of hair, divide it in two, and twist to form a two-strand twist. You can do this twice for the classic pigtail style or separate hair into smaller sections to have as many as you see fit. When braiding, remember that looser braids will help maintain your natural curls. If braided too tight, it can create a new hair pattern different than your original curls. For something a little more advanced, you can also try the classic French braid method to stretch your hair at the roots.

Preserve curls overnight

Sleeping with curls doesn’t have to be a recipe for disaster; try these techniques to keep your curls looking great when you wake up. In addition to these ways to wrap your hair before bed, give your curls some extra love by using our Curl Collection to add definition, shape, and bounciness. 

To start, gently cleanse and hydrate your hair with our Curl Shampoo. Follow-up with our deeply nourishing Curl Conditioner to add definition, repair damage and promote shine. For third or fourth-day curls, use the Curl Leave-In Conditioner to add moisture and detangle hair. Cap off your curl routine with our Curl Cream which adds memory and hold to your natural pattern.

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