How to sleep with curly hair when it is wet
If you shower at night, your perfect curl-preservation technique is still out there:
Wondering how to plop hair? Plopping is just what it sounds like: after applying your go-to moisturizing curly hair products, just plop your hair down onto a microfiber towel or old long-sleeved t-shirt, and wrap your hair up and let it dry for a bit. It’s being lauded as a smart way to get defined, frizz-free curls without any of the usual stress that comes from styling.
PROS: This method works on most curl types, and is especially easy to do if you have wavy hair. Those with curly hair know how important the right routine is to maintain bouncy, defined curls, and often this can mean a lot of struggling and styling to get the desired effect. But that’s why plopping is such a smart technique — you’re basically letting the microfiber towel do most of the styling work.
CONS: Make sure you’ve applied the proper curl prep products before plopping, to provide extra protection against frizz.
The twisting technique is another simple way to preserve your curls — this works wonders as a low-effort way to try and add some definition to my loose waves when I don’t have time to heat-style my hair. On towel-dried hair, start by prepping your hair with a curl-building serum. Then section out your hair (the more sections, the tighter and smaller the curls), and use your fingers to twist each section into a spiral. Once your hair air dries, you can gently pull apart the spirals for looser waves, or whatever look you desire.
PROS: Another easy technique! This even works great after a morning shower, just let your twists air dry as you get ready.
CONS: Unless your twists are piled up into a bonnet, it can be easy to disturb them while you sleep.
This technique for preserving curly hair overnight works for all hair types, even those with naturally-straight hair who want to get their own curls. Braiding your hair while wet will mean you wake up with beautifully set waves and curls. Remember: the smaller the braid, the tighter and more defined curls you’ll get.
PROS: You can really customize your desired style by varying how big or small you make the braids. Even just two French braids will let you wake up to gorgeous waves.
CONS: Tiny braids can be time consuming if you’re doing it alone — if you have naturally tighter curls or textured hair, consider getting your hair professionally braided as a pretty and protective style.
Bantu knots are a traditional African hairstyle that is not only beautiful, but also protective for those with tighter curls and coily hair. It consists of twisting, wrapping, and securing sections of hair all over your head, then tucking in the ends to set the look. Follow this step-by-step tutorial from Byrdie to secure your Bantu knot style with ease!
PROS:This is not only a smart protective style for anyone who has tighter curls and coils, but also something you can continue to wear after you wake up.
CONS:Since this is a traditional style for those with textured hair, anyone with fine, thin or straight hair probably won’t benefit.
Flexi rods are foam rollers that can be bent and twisted to create defined curls and waves. After prepping your hair with moisturizing curl care products, section and wrap your hair around the flexi rods, bending the ends to lock in the twist. Once you wake up, carefully unwrap your hair and fluff it out and the root, then finger comb to break up gently.
PROS: Flexi rods can be used on wet or dry hair, and are a great way to get very defined curls.
CONS: They can take some getting used to, so practice and follow online tutorials until you feel confident.