How to Sleep With Hair So It Looks Good in the Morning

We’ve all been there. You hit the pillow with clean, tangle-free hair, then wake up a few hours later with an unruly mess on your head. Morning’s can be stressful. When you have a lot of other things on your plate, you don’t want to add your hair to the list. Luckily, there are a few ways that can help you manage your hair, no matter what your hair texture is. In this article, we’ll list the best tricks that can help you wake up with gorgeous hair every morning.

Sleep With Dry Hair

Some people can go to bed with their hair wet and look great when they wake up. This isn’t the case for most of us though. One of the worst things you can do for your hair is going to bed when it’s wet. When you toss and turn at night, you’re placing pressure on different areas of your head. Some hair is exposed to air, drying quicker than strands that you’re sleeping on. Your hair will dry at many different angles, which will take time to fix in the morning. Sleeping on wet hair can also cause mold and mildew to build upon your hair and pillows. Take the time to dry your hair fully before bed, and your locks should look a lot better.

Brush Your Hair

Brushing your hair before you go to bed; woman brushing hair and removing tangles

Brushing your hair before you go to bed removes tangles, takes away extra product, and smoothes out your strands. If you have straight or wavy hair, go through your hair with a brush before you sleep. You’ll have a greater chance of waking up with better hair than if you were sleeping on a messy mane. However, if you have curlier hair, don’t use a brush! This can make your hair look frizzier, losing all the definition from your curls. Instead, use a detangling spray, then use your fingers or a wide-tooth comb to loosely rake through your hair. Work from the bottom upwards, focusing on removing any annoying knots.

Invest In A Silk Pillowcase

If you have frizzy hair, try sleeping on a silk or satin pillowcase. These fabrics allow hair to slide along the pillow easier. This means less frizz than if you were sleeping on cotton. Silk and satin don’t take the moisture out of your hair either, meaning that your hair will stay soft and healthy. If silk is out of your budget, you can try satin. Satin is more affordable and has many of the same benefits as silk. Silk is more expensive, but unlike satin, this natural fiber is hypoallergenic. Silk will keep mold and dust out of your hair, making it look healthier over time.

Nourish Ends Of Hair

You might notice that when you wake up, the ends of your hair can look drier compared to your roots. This is because your ends need more attention than the parts closer to your scalp. These are dead strands that need more moisture to look healthy. Each time you get a haircut, your strands should look healthier as you remove the damaged edges. If you’re growing out your mane, moisturize the lower half of your hair before bed. A leave-in conditioning product will stay in all night, making your hair look great in the morning.

Try A Ponytail

This is a great hack for mid-length or longer hair. Use a loose scrunchie to tie your hair in a high ponytail. Don’t use a normal hair tie or make the ponytail too tight, as this can leave kinks and dents in your hair. When you take your hair out in the morning, you should be left with bouncy, voluminous locks. Make sure that you tie the hairdo right on top of your head for the most volume. You shouldn’t need a lot of products to make the style last, though you can add a little hairspray for some light hold.

Watch Your Skincare

If you’re applying your skincare every night, well done, but your products could be bad for your hair. Face creams and serums can easily slide into your hairline, making your edges look frizzy. Before your night routine, tie your hair away from your face. A fabric hair scrunchie is best for this, as it won’t leave any indents in your hair. You can also use a toweling headband to keep your hair away from your face. Always be wary when applying your skincare, taking care to stay away from your hairline.

 Face creams and serums can easily slide into your hairline; woman applying skincare at night

Fix Your Bangs

When left out overnight, it’s easy for your bangs to look limp and lifeless in the morning. This is easily fixed with a few bobby pins. Before you get into bed, pin your bangs to the side of your head. Make sure that they’re not too tight so you can sleep comfortably. When you wake up, take the pins out. You should be left with neat and bouncy bangs.

Try a Braid

This is a well-known hack that can work for many hair types. Mist your hair with water so it’s (lightly!) damp. Then, braid your strands into a loose braid and go to sleep. When you take out the braid, you should be left with gorgeous loose waves. Remember that depending on your hair type, going to bed with damp strands could be bad for your hair. Give this a try on the weekend to see if this works for you. This one needs a bit of practice beforehand, so see how different braids work on your hair. Try two braids, a French-style, or little braids, and see if you like the results.


Invest In A Humidifier

If you have frizzy hair, you might recoil at this suggestion, but a little moisture can be great for your hair. In winter or during colder days, hair can become drier from extra heat inside. Humidifiers keep moisture in the air, which is great for your scalp and hair. Sleeping with your humidifier on will keep your mane soft and silky. Apply a leave-in conditioner at the same time for extra soft locks.

In Summary

It can be devastating to wake up with messy, limp strands, but there are things you can do to improve how your hair looks. Try out some of these tips and see if they make a difference to your morning!