Unless your name is Beyoncé, not many people wake up looking like they're ready for a closeup. In fact, most people have to engage in some pretty serious and time-consuming beauty rituals to transform our bed head into something that looks good enough to be seen by the public. If the sight of your early morning hair gives you a scare, there are some simple bedtime rituals to wake up with better hair in the morning.
Taking a few extra minutes at night to braid or twist your hair, applying oils, and changing your pillowcase are just a few simple techniques that will allow you to have sweet dreams, rather than worrying about what's happening while you snooze. As an added bonus, many of these tips will save you from having to use blow dryers and straightening irons before you head out the door — saving your hair from heat damage that can only be repaired by an expensive trip to the salon.
Tonight, while you're catching up on all of the shows stored on your DVR, try one of these bedtime styling tips. You may even find that you get to hit that snooze button one more time in the morning.
1. Pineapple Your Locks
Curly girls swear by the pineapple technique, which Naturally Curly noted involves sweeping all of your hair into a bun on the top of your head. It keeps your curls from getting smashed in your sleep. All you have to do is take down the bun and fluff your hair to your heart's content.
2. Wrap Your Hair In A Scarf
It may not be the sexiest thing to sleep in, but a silk scarf can be a girl's best friend. Harper's Bazaar suggested tying a scarf around your hair line to protect hair from breakage that can be caused by your pillowcase.
3. Use A Satin Pillowcase
If scarves aren't your thing, InStyle noted that trading your cotton pillowcase for a satin or silk one can, "reduce sleep-wrinkles and hair frizz, while also maintaining skin and hair moisture."
4. Brush Your Hair
Remove as many tangles as possible by brushing your hair before you hit the sheets. It will save you a lot of aggravation in the morning.
5. Braid It Up
According to Bustle, braiding your hair at night gives you great waves in the morning. Not to mention the simple do keeps your hair from tangling as you toss and turn in your sheets.
6. Pin Up Curls
Hair blog Curly Nikki suggested the pin curl method to achieve wavy curls in the morning. Section hair into small pieces and twist into mini buns. Secure the buns in place with a pin and tie a satin scarf on top. In the morning, you'll have beautiful, heat-free curls.
7. Deep Condition
No time for a deep conditioning treatment during the day? No problem. Harper's Bazaar suggests washing your hair at night and using the hours when you are asleep to let your conditioner work it's magic and rise out in the morning. Just make sure to wrap your hair in a plastic cap to protect your sheets.
9. Apply Oil
Another great tip from Curly Nikki, apply coconut or olive oil to your hair before you go to bed to avoid dry hair in the morning. Just be sure to protect your pillow from a greasy mess.