How to keep your curls intact while getting your beauty sleep


All curly girls know this story by heart. You’ve had the most incredible hair day to date and want nothing more than for your perfected coiffed coils to last into the next day. But after a night of tossing and turning, you wake up to a nightmare. The curls on one side of your head have completely flattened themselves and on the other side, they’re standing sky high. So instead of rocking day two hair like you dreamed of, you’re pulling your locks into a boring ponytail. Sound familiar? Don't worry. Ahead, we've got a few tricks up our sleeves to ensure you’re ‘do won’t be completely ruined after catching zzz's. 

Try the pineapple.

No, we’re not talking about the fruit. The pineapple is the perfect way to protect your curls sleeping. To achieve the pineapple, simply tie your curls into a ponytail at the crown of your head using a scrunchie or headband. Remember to keep your ponytail as loose as possible as not to strain your roots or cause any kinks in your curl pattern while you sleep. The goal of this style is to keep the majority of your hair in a pony that won’t get crushed while you sleep at night. For added protection, tie a satin or silk scarf around your head, making sure you cover the edges of your scalp. Your edges are typically the most sensitive area, so cover them with a scarf will ensure you don’t encounter any breakage while you catch some Z’s. 

Opt for a satin bonnet or pillowcase.

If you’re rocking a twa (teeny weeny afro), achieving the pineapple is easier said than done. Instead, hit up your local beauty supply store and grab a satin bonnet or pillowcase. Satin is the perfect material for curly girls because it doesn’t pull on your strands and doesn’t soak up any moisture from your hair. So, when you wake up, your hair won’t be parched or frizzy. While a satin bonnet may not be the cutest nighttime look, it will keep your curls from rubbing against your pj's and pillowcase, which can cause breakage and split ends. Plus, a satin bonnet ensures no acne-causing oils from your hair make their way onto your face while you slumber. If you move a lot in your seep, a satin pillowcase might be more your style. While a bonnet may fall off when you sleep, a satin pillowcase won’t. No matter which option you choose, both are great ways to ensure you’ll be greeted by gorgeous curls first thing in the morning. 

Go with a French braid or two-strand twist.

If you have softer hair that’s more of a wave than a curl, sleeping on your hair typically means waking up with no texture at all. If you’re tired of waking up with flat, almost non-existent curls, try out a French braid. Two or three French braids can leave your hair with body without damaging your tresses with heat. Set your nighttime ‘do with a little hairspray before you sleep and wake up with an effortless look. Can’t French braid? Do a two-strand twist instead. This style works best on ladies with tighter curls. Just make sure to apply a styling product before you start the style. All you have to do is twist two small sections of your hair around each other, from root to tip. The next morning you’ll awake with easy, adorable curls.

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by Mallory Walker | 2/1/2016