I find it hard to get my beauty sleep while worrying about my hair – lol! Ever have an amazing blowout or perfect curls and want to extend their lives as long as possible? Well, me too! I have chemically relaxed hair that I wash once a week and then flat iron to achieve the style I want. I have a love/hate relationship with my flat iron. It gives me sleek, fabulous hair for days, but is incredibly damaging if overused. So, I take my hair care extra seriously to extend this hairstyle until next washing day.
So, here’s a little guide to getting your beauty sleep and preserving that “good hair day“for as long as possible. These haircare tips are great for preserving straight hair, waves and curls throughout the week…and these hair care tips can be applied if you are white, black, asian or green with purple polka dots.
The go-to overnight curl protector is the “pineapple”. Pineapple-ing your hair means to tie your curls loosely into a ponytail atop your head with a scrunchie or other delicate hair tie, therefore resembling a pineapple. This protective style keeps your curls from getting squashed while you toss and turn. And, since this ‘do lifts the hair’s roots, you’ll wake up with plenty of volume. Remember, if using a scrunchie or other hair tie, don’t double wrap it which can cause creasing. For extra protection, tie a silk or satin scarf around your head to keep your hair from rubbing against your pillow.
Suffering from split ends? Wear a satin bonnet to protect your ends from the friction of your hair rubbing against your pyjamas and bedding. It may not be the sexiest thing to wear to bed, but at least you can avoid scheduling a trim every other month. In fact, this method is my number #1, overall haircare tip. In addition to protecting your hair, if you suspect that bacteria from your locks is causing acne on your face or back, a satin bonnet will prevent excess sebum, debris, and hair products from clogging your pores when your hair rubs against your face and shoulders while you sleep.
The ever-so-sexy satin bonnet not your style? Get a satin pillowcase. These pillowcases will allow you to sleep with your hair loose, without parched or frizzy strands greeting you first thing in the morning. Cotton pillowcases absorb the moisture from your hair, leaving it (especially curls) dry, frizzy, and undefined.
Love your curling wand but hate the damage it does? Try sleeping with one, two, or three French braids! This style creates body waves while protecting your hair from rubbing against your clothes and sheets, resulting in dryness and breakage. All you have to do is braid your hair before bed and get to sleep. Simply release your braids in the morning and voila! Minimal fuss the night before; no fuss the next morning.
If you don’t know how to French braid, a two-strand twist is about as simple as it gets. Simply take a small section of hair, divide it into two, and twist the two sections around each other from roots to ends. This haircare technique works best for tighter curly and coily curl hair. Two-strand twists can be done on either wet or dry hair. If your hair is wet before you twist, apply your favorite styler or sealing product. If your hair is dry, spray a light mist of water or a refresher spray before you twist. Avoid using too much product as it can lead to buildup.
The key to waking up with bouncy, ready-to-go morning hair is all in the prep. In the morning, as you scramble to get out the door to work, the only thing you’ll need to do is lightly fluff your hair and add a light spray of your favourite hair spray or refresher spray such as Oribe Cote d’Azur Hair Refresher.
Finding a nightly haircare routine is super beneficial. Taking extra care of your hair this way reduces breakage, reduces the amount of times you have to wash and style your hair, and you may just be able to kiss goodbye all those times you left the house with wet hair…looking like you swam to work. LOL! Just kidding…xo!
Got any more nighttime haircare tips? Do share in the comments!
*Info courtesy of www.refinery29.com; header image illustrated by Mallory Heyer.