Protecting and maintaining your curls at night shouldn’t require a lot of effort. It also shouldn’t take too much time out of your precious evenings to get it right. But often it does, leaving many people wondering if there is a better way to keep your curls popping for days.
To avoid damage and prevent frizz overnight, there are a few things you can do to keep that curly hairstyle healthy, defined, and lustrous. Hair products, styling choices, and even the type of pillowcase you use can make all the difference.
How to sleep with curly hair
Curly hair comes in a variety of different types. Each person has their version of loose waves or tight ringlets and textures.
You've spent all day showing off your beautiful curls, but now it’s time to go to bed and you might be just about to undo all your hard work whilst sleeping. This cyclical process is such a drag. Why not keep those curls for another day or two?
This makes it especially difficult to find universal tips that apply to every variation. But there are a few ideas you can incorporate into your night routine to find your winning combination.
1. Try Hair Products To Soften The Curls
You can add some leave-in conditioner or spray-on conditioner to soften your curls for the next day. DIY spray bottle mixed with water and your favourite conditioner can work well too. These water-based products can recover lost moisture from the day and make your hair more elastic to manage and style. These hair products also keep your hair healthy and your curls shiny. Plus, there is less likelihood that your hair will break - conditioner is great for reinforcing hair strength.
Essential oils can also help trap moisture into your curls and keep them healthy longer. Add few drops of essential oils diluted with carrier oils to moisturize and prevent frizz during the night. The Wild Curl hair oils are a perfect option for this. Only a few drops are needed to do the job.
2. Style Before You Sleep: Pineapple, bun or braids
The way you wear your hair at night can make a difference in how often you need to style your naturally curly hair as well. A loose bun or braid, as well as the pineapple method, keeps curls bouncy. Additionally, silk hair scrunchies minimize creases from forming.
3. Use Silk or Satin Srcunhies or Bonnets to tie your hair
Choosing the fabric to wrap your hair overnight is essential. As those with textured hair know, standard hair elastics pull on the strands and cause breakages. Additionally, many fabrics like cotton absorb moisture from your hair.
Silk and Satin scrunchies don’t pull on curly hair and they preserve the precious moisture in the hair. They’re soft and adaptable: pineapple, braid, or simply make a loose bun to preserve your curls overnight.
4. Pillow Type Matters: Silk or Satin results in less frizz
Who knew that even the type of pillowcase you use could have an impact on your hair styling routine in the morning? But a silk or satin pillowcase is the best type of pillowcase for protecting the moisture in your hair. This is because cotton pillowcases draw moisture out of hair during the sleep cycle. Silk and Satin also create less friction resulting in reduced frizz and hair breakage.
Additionally, if you are wrapping your hair at night in a scarf or towel, be sure to use fabrics that are gentle and won't create extra friction. For instance, if you use a T-shirt or towel, try microfiber, silk, or satin.
The Wild Curl Anti-Frizz Microfiber hair towel is extremely soft and gentle for curly hair and can be used overnight as well.
Beautiful Curls That Last for Days
To best support your curly hairstyle, work smarter, not harder. There is little need for hours of styling each morning just to throw it all away at night by not properly protecting your curls.
For more tips and styling tricks, head to our blog, and read more about how to best care for your naturally curly hair.