How to Sleep With Curly Hair: 7 Tips and Tricks

Anyone with curly hair will vouch for the fact that a proper nighttime routine is crucial if you want those curls to be intact by the time the morning rolls around. Maintaining curls is actually a fine art that requires care, love, and a little more attention at night. Whether your curls are soft, beachy undulations or sexy spirals, textured hair typically requires more TLC than straight hair, especially at night. Curl definition can become curl-dead overnight, but it doesn’t have to. Say goodbye to dents, frizz and flattened curls. Look no further for tips on how to sleep with curly hair. We have the seven methods you should try below.

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    Nighttime Products

    Bedtime is the ideal time to use rich oils because your hair can absorb them through the night. Just like our skin, hair replenishes itself overnight, making right before bed the best time to hit it with extra nourishment and treatments.

    Prose Hair Oil can be specially created to help with curl definition. Use this oil to reduce frizz, hydrate the hair and boost shine. 

    How to Sleep With Curly Hair: 7 Bedtime Tips & Tricks

    We know that no two curls are the same, and there’s no one way to sleep with curly hair. But there are a few tried-and-true bedtime hairstyles for curly hair.

    Different lengths of hair, tightness of curls and whether you go to bed with your hair wet or dry all play into which bedtime style works for you. Luckily, you have 7 days a week to try out a new sleeping hairstyle. 

    The Pineapple

    The pineapple is a loosely tied ponytail that sits on top of your head. It should look just like it sounds— like a pineapple on top of your head. Having the ponytail right on top helps keep your curls from getting squished and squashed as you toss and turn during the night.

    To get the pineapple look:

    Using a soft hair tie is an important part of any of the following haircare tips. This is because a soft tie avoids making big indentations in your hair and is less likely to cause breakage or tears in your curls.

    Note that if you have short hair, the pineapple technique may not work for you. That’s where the multi-pineapple technique comes in. 

    The Multi-Pineapple

    If your hair isn’t long enough to pull into one ponytail in the middle, you can make mini pineapples on the sides of your head. A classic way to do this would be to have one pineapple on each side of your head and one on top. 

    Ensure you position the mini-pineapples so you can still sleep comfortably. For example, you may want to avoid a ponytail at the back of your head. 

    If your hair is still too short for mini pineapples, try a satin bonnet instead.

    Satin Bonnet

    Satin bonnets have been a staple for protecting hair at night for a long time. A bonnet reduces friction on your hair throughout the night, which deters frizz and prevents hair damage. And if you’re applying nightly hair products, a bonnet keeps it all contained and keeps your bedding clean and protected from the product. 

    This technique is probably the most straightforward of them all. Simply put the bonnet on and you’re all ready to go! 

    Silk or Satin Pillowcase

    We can’t keep from tossing and turning during the night, but we can help reduce the harshness of the friction that our hair experiences. A cotton pillowcase is absorbent and can soak up your hair’s natural oils and moisture. An absorbent pillowcase with already delicate curly hair is not a good combination for your morning ‘do.

    Use a silk or satin pillowcase to prevent frizz and protect against breakage. They’re softer and will protect the fragile structure of your curls.

    Loose Bun

    Sleeping with a loose bun is a popular nighttime style for even non-curly-haired folks. It’s one of the best ways to reduce frizz and helps keep curls in their natural curly-like state. It’s also a great style for when you’re using a product like leave-in conditioner or a curl cream because it keeps everything together and encourages your curls to soak it all up.

    Of course, it’s important your bun is loose enough. Sleeping with a tight bun increases the risk of hair breakage. 

    Get the perfect loose bun by:

    Braids or Twists

    Braiding hair is one of the best ways to keep it in place throughout the night. French braids give your curls the most definition. If you don’t know how to French braid your hair, regular braids will do the trick. Just create a few more (we suggest 5-7) to help your curls be more pronounced.

    Looser braids create a more relaxed look the next morning and tighter braids provide more of a crimp. Everyone’s curls will react differently, so go ahead and play around with loose braids, French braids and regular braids to see which style gives you your favorite look.

    In terms of twists before bed, we’re a fan of the two strand twist:

    While this technique will work for all curly hair, it works best for the tighter and more coily curls.

    The Ultimate Tip for Sleeping With Curly Hair

    We saved the best for last. The ultimate tip for sleeping with curly hair? Hydration before bed.

    Why? Curly, coily and even wavy hair needs extra hydration because of the bends that stress the hair’s outer layer. Breaks in the outer layer enable hair’s moisture to leak out. Every step of your haircare regimen should try to sneak in extra hydration and nourishment.

    Prose formulas are specially crafted for all our curly-haired friends out there. With deeply nourishing oils, your curls receive extra hydration that’ll stay locked in. 

    For before bed, our Leave-In Conditioner is the ideal formula to nourish your hair throughout the night. It’s a hydrating leave-in that detangles, smoothes and leaves hair soft, polished and moisturized.

    Sweet Dreams and Dreamy Curls

    Now that you know how to sleep with curly hair, everything will be different from now on. You’ll wake up with lively, bouncy curls and feel ready to tackle your day.  

    As you prioritize haircare, remember that your hair is unique to you and can benefit from personalized treatment. At Prose, we customize your haircare products to match your hair type, goals, and lifestyle. Start your consultation today to receive your recommended haircare routine

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