How to sleep with curly hair when it’s damp or wet?

Sleeping with hair tied

Do you sleep with damp curls and the next morning you can’t control them?

Do you arrive late to work because you are trying a thousand hair styles to look presentable and even then, you end up using a head scarf?

Let me tell you something.




And even though we aren’t going to form a self-help group, together, we can solve the situation.


Because we love our curls.

And after a lot of suffering, I learned how to sleep with damp hair and wake up with my curls in tact.

Do you want to know the best part?


 You can also learn to dominate your curls so that they look impeccable when you wake up in the morning. 

If I could do it, you can too.


So, today I’ll tell you:

  • Why it’s necessary to prepare your curls to sleep
  • Five infallible methods to wake up with curls to be jealous of
  • A sin that you are committing which is ruining your curls


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Why it’s necessary to prepare your curly hair before bed, especially if it’s damp

to wrap wet hair

For many people, going to bed with damp hair may not be that big of a deal.

But maybe, what happens to me happens to you too.


After eight hours of working at the office.

Running to get to the gym and sweating to hold the line.

The only thing that I want to do when I get home is take a shower, eat a salad and go to bed.


So, when I enter the land of dreams, my curly hair is wet.

Up until that part, everything is okay, and it’s life just like any other.

But the next morning, disaster.

The catastrophe.

The Armageddon.

Because the battle starts between me and my curls.


 I wake up with my curly hair looking like a rat’s nest.   

I’ll tell you more.

I felt like I was the reincarnation of the Medusa, that mystical being of Greek mythology that had live snakes for hair.

And I’m not exaggerating.


 But beyond the esthetic matter, there are health reasons for being careful when we go to bed with damp hair. 

Do you remember your mother saying, “You’ll get a cold if you go to bed with wet hair?”


Although the possibility of getting a cold could be part of a myth, it’s true that your scalp could be more open to bacterial infections and funguses.

It’s also more probable that the hair fibers will break do to the friction with the pillow.


Today, I bring you the solution so that you can sleep with damp hair.

But I should warn you.

There isn’t just one way to sleep with curly hair.

That’s why I will tell you five possible ways of sleeping with your damp hair without running the risk of waking up like Medusa.


Your challenge will consist of finding a way of sleeping and that the next morning, your curls will be frizz-free and not flattened.

It all will depend on the length of your hair and the shape of your curls.

Are you ready to wake up free of stress and tension?

Let’s get started.


5 infallible methods to wake up without frizz and without deformed curls, even when you go to sleep with damp hair

So that it is easier to differentiate between which could be the best method for you, I divided up the methods for long hair and short hair.


Long, curly hair

  • A high bun

top of the hair

This method is effective for long, curly hair, like in my case.


I always apply leave-in conditioner, distributing it evenly over all my curls.

Remember that it is very important to keep our curls hydrated.

Whether we are asleep or awake.


 After, simply make a bun on the top part of your hair, tying it up with a hair tie or rubber band. 

Be sure that the material of the hair tie is soft and don’t wrap it too tight.


We don’t want to have frizz, but we also don’t want to break our delicate hair fibers.

If when you wake up your hair is still wet, you can add a few drops of cream to form your curls.


  • Braids, but don’t be Pocahontas

 Although Native Americans, due to genetics, tend to have straight hair, allow me to steal their method of the braid.

And here, you can choose different styles of braids.

Because even when us curly-haired women sleep, we can maintain style and composure.

Especially those nights when our Prince Charming stays by our side.


You can make a loose braid, two braids, or even a french braid.

Always remember that loose braids will help you keep the natural pattern of the curl.

While if you want to define your curls more, it would be best to have a tighter braid.


  • With the tropical flavor of a pineapple

Don’t be scared.

Even though I tend to experiment with natural products for hair care, I won’t ask you to cover your hair with pineapple pulp.

This method is called pineapple because when you do it in your hair, your curls take the form of the flavorful fruit.


What you should do is simply make a high ponytail that isn’t too tight.

Tie up the ponytail with a hair tie.

Always with cloth, please.

After, simply divide the ponytail in two and place a chunk on each side of your hair.


  • Plopping, with an English accent

not damage hair when sleeping

Plopping is my favorite method, which is why I left it for last.

It’s like the icing on the cake.

Also, it helps me be consistent in my hair care routine for my curls.

I’m talking about the LOC method. Do you know it?


It consists of washing the hair, applying a leave-in conditioner, a few drops of coconut oil and finally, cream.

  • Once I applied all the products to my curls, I cook for an old cotton t-shirt or long-sleeve shirt.
  • I placed the shirt on a chair or on the bed.
  • After, I bent forward so all my hair fell onto the shirt.
  • Once my curls were adjusted, I rolled the under part of the shirt around my head.
  • After, I tied it at the nape of the neck.
  • Now, I simply took the top part of the shirt toward the nape of my neck, tying together the two extremes of the shirt at the underside of my head.
  • I made a knot, bring the two extremes toward my forehead.


It seems complicated, but when once you do it two or three times, it will be easier.

And the next morning, your curls will look as if you slept upright.

No frizz and no shape.


Short curly hair

  • Multiple pineapple

If your hair is too short to tie it up on the top of your head, you can still do various pineapples.

Divide your hair into three sections: one at the top of your head and the other two on the sides.

Always tie your hair up with cloth hair ties.


A sin that you almost surely make and that’s ruining your hair

for curly hair

If you have curly hair, change your pillowcase for a satin one, check price on Amazon


Tell me the truth.

What material is your pillowcase made of?


If you are like most people, then surely you use a cotton pillowcase.

This is perfect for most mortals.

But for those of us that have curly hair and on top of that, we are thinking about going to bed with wet hair.

In our case, sleeping with cotton pillowcases is a mortal sin.

What is the solution?


 The solution is simply changing the cotton pillowcase to a silk or satin one.  


This type of fabric prevents friction between the hairs while you sleep and keeps the hair fibers from becoming damaged or broken.

The hair will slide smoothly over the pillowcase without creating frizz.

I always use a satin pillowcase, even when I put the plopping method into practice.


Now you know how to sleep so that your curls look frizz-less and well-defined when that evil alarm clock goes off.


And you? What methods do you use so that your curls look fabulous in the morning?

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