If you have curly hair the last thing you want to do is mess with it. You want it to look great all the time and usually it does, but when you sleep in that curly hair … well it definitely doesn’t look as great as you’d like it to.
So learning how to sleep with curly hair becomes an important issue.
Luckily, there are plenty of options out there.
Why is Sleeping With Curly Hair Different?
Curly hair is great in that it can hold its style a whole lot longer, but only if you’re really careful with it.
It takes a whole lot of hard work to get a great curl and you don’t want to spend all that time on your hair all the time, which is why it’s important to sleep just right to keep the curl going for a few extra days.
What to Watch Out For When Sleeping with Curly Hair
You want to watch for damage that can happen to your hair. You don’t want the curls to flatten out or stretch out while you’re sleeping, which will definitely happen if you’re not careful.
You want to look at each of these methods because they’re going to keep you from having to go back and restyle your hair every day, which is the other problem that comes around too easily.
Styling Your Hair For Sleep
The first set of things you can do are related to how you style your hair. Putting your hair up in a certain way can make sure that it’s going to hold its curl a whole lot easier.
Don’t pull your hair too tight, because you’ll end up pulling all the curl out of it yourself, but with a loose bun you can get it to hold better than you might think.
You want to make sure that you put in some leave-in conditioner and a little bit of gel before you do this and make sure that you don’t pull your hair too tight. Just twist it into a loose bun and use a scrunchie to keep it.
Use a little bit of gel in your hair, and then wrap a t-shirt around your hair. You want to make sure that your hair is laid out on the center of the shirt loosely and then you pull the shirt up on your head and tie the sleeves together so that it holds your hair up.
The Two-Strand Twist
If you take your hair in a couple sections and then split each section into two you can work with a two-stranded twist. You just twist the strands one over the other to make a twist pattern and tie it off with a loose scrunchie.
If your hair is wet or damp or if you have tight curls this work out best, but it can be done with dry hair as well.
If you’ve ever put your hair in a ponytail on top of your head you’ve actually already done this one.
That’s really all there is to it. It works best with dry hair, but just gather it together and use a scrunchie to pull it into a ponytail as high on your head as you can.
Don’t wrap it too tight or you’ll pull the curls out, but otherwise your hair isn’t being squished while you sleep.
A bunch of little braids may seem counterintuitive but it’s actually a great option. You want about 6 to 8 different braids and you can choose whether to put them loose or make them tight.
Tighter braids with damp hair will actually give you a whole lot more curl in the morning, while a loose braid will help you maintain your own curl.
The French Braid
A couple French braids will actually help you get some waves and keeps your hair from rubbing too much on your sheets or anything else.
You can use one or up to three French braids to get the best look, but experiment a little with the tightness you want.
If you have short hair you may need to do a couple different pineapples to get it to all tie up. You want to make sure you pull it loosely though, which means you need to have at least a little bit of extra hair to pull together.
If you don’t have long enough hair for a maximum of three pineapples you may want to opt for something else.
Things That Help You Sleep With Curly Hair
The other option, aside from just putting up your hair in a specific way, is to change the environment that you’re sleeping in to make it a little easier to sleep with your curly hair. Satin is a great option and it should definitely be chosen over traditional cotton.
A Satin Pillowcase
A satin pillowcase helps you sleep naturally, without having to do anything with your hair. It keeps friction away, which is going to keep you from getting frizzy or dried out while you’re sleeping. It’s an unfortunate occurrence for many people with curly hair. You can use this alone or with other techniques.
A Satin Bonnet
A satin bonnet holds your hair up and out of the way so you can keep your hair out of your face as well as keeping away the friction that comes with cotton pillowcases or even pajamas. You can use this with or without the satin pillowcase but no matter how you do it you’re going to get a more comfortable night’s sleep.
You can learn how to sleep with curly hair in a way that’s super comfortable and relaxing for you. That’s the most important point of all, right? So why not give one (or more) of these a try and see just which one is going to keep you loving your beauty sleep, and your hair, at the same time.