Hello beauties Today we’re talking about curly hairstyles for sleeping! In case you didn’t know I am a curly girl which means I have to come up all kinds of interesting ways to keep my hair from matting up or just falling off my head.
It’s a hard road but it’s worth it!
So today this post is going to be all about how you catch those Zs, more specifically, what your hair is doing while you are.
The way you wear your hair while you sleep will determine how your hair looks and feels in the morning which can make or break your morning routine.
I can’t tell you how many times I had to completely redo my twist out or wash and go because I forgot or neglected to put my hair in a bonnet or in a bun before I went to bed the night before.
Nightly maintenance of curly hair doesn’t have to be a big endeavor but it depends on your routine and your hair type so I recommend trying out a few things so you can figure what works best for you.
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Curly Hairstyles for Sleeping
This first one isn’t exactly a hairstyle, it’s more of a tool, the satin pillowcase.
Now you might be thinking why do I need a satin pillowcase? What’s the difference between a satin pillowcase and a regular pillowcase?
Satin pillowcases are smoother than regular pillowcases, which means it won’t tangle up your hair and mess up your hairstyle. Your hair will just glide right over.
Satin pillowcases will also cut down on damage to your hair because there is much less friction that occurs, and don’t we all want less damage in our lives?
As if there weren’t enough amazing benefits to using a satin pillowcase, there’s one more.
Unlike regular pillowcases that are made of cotton and are moisture vampires for curly hair, satin pillowcases don’t. So if your hair is dry and brittle, then a satin pillowcase could be just the thing you need.
Now let’s talk about the difference between satin and silk.
One isn’t necessarily better than the other, they both do essentially the same thing. However, satin is usually cheaper than silk so some prefer it because of that.
But silk is a natural fiber so many naturals prefer to use it. In the end, it’s all about personal preference.
Now moving on to one of my personal favorites, the satin bonnet.
So obviously satin bonnets are pretty similar to satin pillowcases and I don’t think you need to use them both but if you want to then you definitely can.
Having a satin pillowcase and a satin bonnet will ensure that your hair is protected even if your bonnet comes off during the night, which happens to me quite often because I fight monsters in my sleep.
If you’re going to use this method I recommend getting a quality bonnet, one that has a band that goes across your forehead and keeps the bonnet in place.
There are a few ways you can use your bonnet:
- Put your hair up on the very top of your head and put your bonnet on over it.
- You can flip your hair over and just pile it all into the bonnet without using hair ties, personally, I like this method the best.
- You can also twist your hair or put it in braids and cover it with your bonnet. This works particularly well if you’re going to be taking your hair down in the morning for a twist out or braid out.
The next best way to sleep with your hair is in a bun.
Not just any old bun, I recommend putting your hair into a bun at the very top of your head.
I recommend doing this for a few reasons:
- It will be easier for you to sleep without a bun on the back of your head or on the side.
- It will keep the middle of your hair, the part that people see when it’s down, from getting frizzy while you sleep.
- Keeping your hair in a bun while you sleep will also keep your ends, the most fragile part of your hair, protected.
The only downside to putting your hair in a bun is that it could possibly loosen your curl pattern if it’s a wash and go, or altar your twist out or braid depending on how you make your bun.
Try to make your bun as loose as possible but still making sure that your ends are secure and it’s not going to come loose during the night.
I recommend using bobby pins instead of hair ties because with my hair I noticed that the hair ties leave indents which I really do not like.
The next method and probably the best and most popular method amongst curly girls is the pineapple method. There are so many naturals who will swear by this method and there are some who are absolutely against it.
I fall somewhere in the middle.
The pineapple method is basically gathering all of your hair to the top of your head and securing it with a hair tie very loosely.
The method keeps the middle of your hair from getting messy and frizzy however your ends are exposed so if you’re going to utilize this method I would recommend pairing it with a satin bonnet or a satin pillowcase.
This method has the added bonus of keeping your curl pattern, whatever it is, from being altered while you sleep because your hair is loose and not being constrained by a bun or a braid.
The problem I, and a lot of other curly girls, have with this method is that my hair is very long, so it just goes all over the place when I’m sleeping even though I have it up at the top of my head.
Bottom line the pineapple method really doesn’t do anything for my hair.
The Pineapple Bun
So an awesome alternative to the pineapple method that I just mentioned is the pineapple bun which works out a lot better for me because of the length of my hair.
It’s basically the same as the pineapple method but with one crucial difference, instead of leaving the ends of your hair down and pulling all your hair through the hair tie, just pull it halfway through and leave your hair in a very loose pineapple bun at the top of your head.
If your hair is shorter then you can probably get away with just doing the regular pineapple method but if your hair is super long like mine then this method will work well for you.
A tried and true method that I use pretty often is the single french braid.
I use this method mostly when I am doing a braid out or I want my curls to loosen a bit for the next day.
However, if you want your curls to stay fluffy or stay intact I don’t recommend putting your hair in a braid because it can flatten your hair out since you’ll be sleeping on it.
On the upside keeping your hair in a braid will keep your ends protected because they won’t be loose.
I can’t actually french braid down my back so it ends up being more of a French side braid but the results are the same either way so it’s fine.
Two Strand Twist
The last method, which is similar to the french braid option, is the two strand twist.
The way I like to do this is by creating two twists, one on either side of my head. Then I take both twists and bobby pin them to the top of my head.
This keeps my twists from coming undone because let’s face it, two strand twists have a mind of their own when it comes to actually staying twisted.
It also keeps me from sleeping directly on my hair so it doesn’t flatten out as much.
My curls are also more protected this way.
Well, beauties that’s it for this post on curly hairstyles for sleeping! Tell me in the comments how you do your hair for sleep.
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