How to Sleep and Not Ruin Your Perm – Can you pull your hair up?

take care of the perm during night

Did you recently get a perm, and you don’t know how to lay in bed with your new curls while you sleep?


It was something that I had no idea how to handle right after I got my perm.

The first few days, I was waking up every ten minutes, and I went running to the bathroom mirror to see if my curls were still there.

The first nights were actual hell.


Until I found out the truth: to maintain an impeccable perm, you should sleep with your hair up and on a satin or silk pillowcase.

Yes, you read that right.

You think it’s stupid?


 Well, do what you want and risk ruining your perm, like I was about to do myself. 

Do you remember when you came out of the hair salon with your perm, and you couldn’t stop swinging your hair to and fro?


What a wonderful feeling!

I felt as irresistible as Shakira singing “Clandestino” with Maluma.

At last, I was able to have more volume and movement in my hair.

But the problem came up after the first 40 hours when I had to wash my hair.


It was nice, and it was time to sleep, but what should I do with my curls?

Should I move them all to one side and sleep with my hair down?

Or would it be better to pull it up?


There was another aspect that made things worse, too.

I move around a lot when I sleep, from one side to the other, so I was unsure what to do.

  And what if when I wake up, my curls are a complete and total mess? Or even worse, they’ve disappeared? 


You might not believe it, but the first night after washing my hair, I slept sitting up. I wasn’t going to risk ruining my perm.

But, of course, the next morning, I woke up with the worst crick in my neck that had me rubbing my neck all day.


So, between the pain and the confusion, I remembered my friend Romina. She has natural curls that anyone would be jealous of. And I decided to give her a call.

That definitely saved me, or really it definitely saved my curls!


 Because she explained what I should do to prepare my perm before going to sleep and how to pull up my hair. 

Do you want to keep counting sheep without having to worry about the curl-destroying monster attacking you in your sleep?


If so, keep reading, because I’ll tell you:

  • According to your curl pattern, three ways to pull up your hair with a perm before going to sleep.
  • How to comb your perm when you wake up.


After reading this, you’ll sleep like a baby all night long.


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How to Prepare Your Perm Before You Sleep

After a glorious day, where all your hair products did exactly what they were supposed to do and kept the fizz far away, the night comes.

But, how can you make your curls stay perfect for the next morning?


On this note, Romina brought peace of mind into my life because she told me that there isn’t just one way to sleep with curly hair.

It’s about finding the right way, so your curls don’t get frizzy or squished the next morning.


 Depending on your hair’s length, how tight or lose your curls are, and if you sleep with wet or dry hair, you need to find the way that works best for you. 


I’m going to tell you about four ways to sleep with curly hair so you can choose the one that’s best for your hair.

In the end, I’ll tell you which one I use.


Loose Bun

This is the best way to put your hair up for curls that are in an “S” shape or for beach waves.




A popular method for sleeping with curls, so they don’t deform or get curly is “plopping.”


  • This technique requires you first to apply a gel to your hair and then you a microfiber towel on a flat surface, and you put your head over it, allowing you to pile up over itself on top of the towel.
  • After that, you should secure the sides of the towel, so it stays safely on your head.
  • The towel will reduce drying time, and the “pile” of curls settle in well.


Three Buns

If your hair is too short or you got a perm on a bob, you might not be able to gather all your hair to be able to do a high bun on the top part of your head, but don’t let that stop you.

Instead of a single, central bun, you can do three buns distributed around your head.



If you decided to get a beach waves perm, the best thing that you can do is braid your hair at night.

Don’t tighten your braids too much; simply do one or two loose braids.

Looser braids will help maintain your curl pattern, while tighter braids add more curl.


If you want to avoid waking up with fizz, do this

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Now you know how to put up your hair to sleep at night; you just need to add one more thing.

It’s a satin or silk pillowcase.


 To avoid friction on your hair while you sleep, you should use this kind of pillowcase because your hair will slide softly over the case without creating frizz. 


Now, what happens to your curls the next morning?

How should you comb and arrange them, so they don’t get messed up during the day?


That’s what I’m about to tell you because if your night went amazingly, your morning doesn’t have to be anything less than amazing too.


What to Do with Your Perm as Soon as You Wake Up in the Morning

After recharging my batteries, sleeping a long and needed 8 hours, since I don’t have to worry about how curls will look, I have to face the morning routine of brushing out the ringlets.

And, of course, my fairy godmother was Romina again, the expert in curls. She knows how to care for them, so they behave as they should.


Now, the process of combing beach waves isn’t the same as combing tight ringlets.

But don’t worry, I have morning routines for all kinds of perms.


Morning Routine for Beach Waves

If you have a soft, wavy perm, you’ll need a balance between nutrition and light sticking power to get complete definition.

The next morning, douse your hair in a detangling spray from the middle section to the ends of your hair.


These kinds of products inject your hair with the necessary moisture to achieve an optimal structure to your waves without adding extra weight, which might leave your curls lifeless.

Using a light product, and not one as heavy as coconut oil, for example, fixes your perfect curls and allows your hair to maintain its playful bounce.


Morning Routine for Semi-Defined Curls

In this case, you should rehydrate your hair with a balanced moisturizer that doesn’t take away from your curl pattern.

That’s why I suggest that you apply a small amount of cream made for combing curls in the morning that gives it proteins and vitamins that help to define the curl.


Creams do wonders when it comes to establishes definition and shine, and they have important holding power without any heavy polymer.


Morning Routine for Tight Curls

With these kinds of curls, the secret to making them look amazing and shiny is moisture.

Remember that nothing ruins right curls faster than frizz.


 That’s why, for these kinds of curls, you should dampen your hair with an oil, like coconut or argan oil. 

Put a few drops into the palms of your hands and softly apply them to your curls.

That will give your perm extra shine and will keep the frizz away all day long.



Like you’ve probably guessed, I sleep with my satin pillowcase, and I put my hair into two braids. And then, the next morning, I simply wet my hair with a combing spray.

That way, I’m able to get my nights back, and my perm looks as good as it did the day I got it.


How will you put up your hair at night so the next morning your curls look great?

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