No one wants to wake up at the last minute and have to deal with bed head. Whether you hit snooze one too many times or you have very little time to focus on yourself after getting the kids out the door, bed hair is something that can be avoided and easily fixed. By following our tips on how to manage bed hair, you can finally hit snooze one last time without having anxiety about your hair.
Let Your Hair Dry Completely Before Sleeping
If you wash your hair at night, be sure to let your hair dry completely before your head touches the pillow. As your hair dries, it will mold itself based on how you sleep. You can guarantee that one side of your hair will flatter than the other based on which side you sleep on. We do not advise you sleep on wet hair, it guarantees bed hair. Instead, give your hair some time at night to air dry fully before falling to sleep.
Your hair is most vulnerable when it is wet and because of the friction caused to your hair from tossing all night, it is easy to find yourself suffering from split ends and breakage. If you don’t have time to dry your hair fully before bed, use a cotton t-shirt to dry your hair instead. The fibers are less stressful to your hair and will keep your hair intact. Twist the t-shirt around your head similar to how you would wear a turban and keep it that way until morning.
Sleep in a Twisted Top Knot
This method is great for longer hair or if you have a problem with flat hair in the morning. It also gives you instant waves without much effort. After washing and conditioning your hair before bed, apply a leave-in conditioner and a volumizing product. Blow-dry the hair slightly and mist with a light holding spray. Pull the hair up into a soft, loose ponytail using a tangle-free hair tie and twist the remaining hair in a spiral motion. Then, wrap the twisted ponytail around the hair and secure with a bobby-pin. Your hair will stay tangle-free, and you will get instant voluminous waves.
Use a Wide Tooth Comb to Detangle
Using the wrong combs or brushes to detangle your hair is sure way to split ends and damaging your hair. If your hair is tangled or matted in the morning, use a wide tooth comb to remove the tangles in small sections. Start at the ends of the hair and work your way up as the tangles become free. Repeat the process working in the same section until your comb runs smoothly through the hair from root to tip without snagging.
Ditch the Cotton Pillowcase
The fibers in cotton and flannel pillowcases can cause damage to your hair even when it’s dry. These fibers can be abrasive and cause friction on the hair contributing to breakage, split ends, frizz that you’ll have to deal with in the morning. Instead, get a silk or satin pillowcase to help keep your hair smooth and free from static while sleeping.
Braid it up
If you have longer hair, go for pulling your hair back into a low ponytail and braiding the ends of your hair. Braids are said to look and hold better on tousled anyway. If you have time, try a French braid or style your ponytail into a fishtail braid for instant elegance. You can braid your hair a night before bead and sleep on a satin pillowcase to avoid messing up your hairstyle before morning. This is the perfect solution if you need to get out the door quickly in the morning.
When All Else Fails, Adorn it!
Hair accessories can add instant elegance to any hairstyle, even the disheveled. Adding an iridescent hair pin to a ponytail or sparkly hair combs to your hair style can instantly turn ordinary, everyday bed hair into an instant runway ready look. If your style is more bohemian, you could try adding floral garlands to a low bun that you could create in under 5 minutes.