Nighttime Tricks to Wake Up With Perfect Hair

Nighttime Tricks to Wake Up With Perfect Hair

Rise and shine to a good hair day.

Unless you’re blessed with magic hair, getting your strands to look incredible takes major time and effort.

Fortunately, there’s a workaround for mornings when you’d prefer to snooze instead of style: Some crafty chicks are able to work major mane magic before they hit the sack, waking up with amazing hair. Yep, they do their thing pre-Zzzs and jump out of bed refreshed, well rested, and with gorgeous locks. Talk about having your cake and eating it, too.

So to figure out the inner workings of #wokeuplikethis hair, we tapped some of the smartest cookies we know: Refinery29 staffers. We’re a pretty diverse bunch when it comes to the hair on our heads, so these styles run the gamut, from natural texture to pixie cuts. No matter what your ‘do looks like, we’ve got an overnight hairstyle tip for you. Click on, and prepare to get some stunning strands while you slumber.


“Every night, I take a shower and shampoo and condition my hair. After towel-drying it, I comb my hair and part it the way I plan to wear it the following day. Next, I divide my hair into four sections. I then spritz my hair twice with Banana Boat Tanning Oil and then twirl my hair, working the oil in. I keep twirling until my hair dries, which gives it a natural, second-day look.” —Natalie Fine, associate project manager/producer at Refinery29


“The technique I use is called pinappling. All you’ve got to do is gather your hair on the top of your head. Then, you take your silk scarf and wrap it around the base. (This method got its name because the top of your head will look like the leaves of a pineapple.) A silk hair scarf is absolutely necessary for this. You don’t want cotton. It strips the moisture from your hair. Plus, the coils of natural hair get caught in the weaving of the fabric, making them likely to break.”


“I French-braid my wet hair on nights when I shower before bed. As it dries overnight, it creates a smooth, mermaid-wave texture for my otherwise frizzy hair. I find that this added texture helps my hair hold a curl more easily. Once it’s dry in the a.m., I pull some pieces around my crown into a one-and-a-half-inch-barrel curling iron and let the rest of my hair ‘do the wave’ from the French braid. I like the mix of curling-iron curl and mermaid wave; it has a more undone, dynamic feel than simply curling my entire head of hair with an iron.”

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