best way to sleep with wet hair
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Sleeping with wet hair can sometimes feel like a twisted game of beauty Russian roulette. While there are those fluke mornings where you awake with vibrant, lovely locks that do not require touching up, for the most part you wake up with one of two problems: Medusa-like strands or lifeless, limp locks. So, what is the best way to sleep with wet hair?

Sometimes the best recourse after a freezing commute home is a nice warm (not too hot) shower. Letting that water run on our heads can help us feel like ourselves again. However, when you are exhausted, the last thing you want to do is to start your blowout regimen. Sleeping on wet hair is often thought to be a bad idea – a sure sign you will wake up to a bad hair day. With the right tricks on the best way to sleep with wet hair, you may discover a whole new way to find your perfect style!

Put Your Hair Up

Finger comb your hair up into a loose twisted bun at the crown and tie with a wide soft elastic tie. When you take it down in the morning, you will get a beautiful, shiny natural-looking bedhead look. Emi Jay Hair Ties ($11 for five, will not cause any dents.

By flipping your head upside down, it dries faster this way – and blasting it with a hairdryer until it is damp, not wet. Then, twist your hair into four loose buns (secured with scrunchies, of course), and call it a night. A single bun will give you a looser wave.

Sleep On a Satin Pillowcase

Aside from being just plain luxurious, a satin pillowcase is the best way to sleep with wet hair because of the overall protection it provides. Satin allows the hair to glide around freely – meaning less frizz and damage to the hair cuticle. You can throw your hair up over the top of the pillow when it is wet which then further helps prevent creases in the hair. It is really good for the face too because it will not cause wrinkles.

Use a Deep Conditioning Mask

Frizz is one of the biggest complaints people have the morning after sleeping on wet hair. To prevent frizz from forming, try sleeping with a deep conditioning mask in your hair. Use a mask that is hydrating but not too heavy so that you do not wake up with greasy hair. You can also skip the conditioner when you shower to ensure maximum mask absorption.

Rock a Braid

This one requires a bit of trial and error, but braiding your hair when it is damp can create some really glam beachy waves when you wake up in the a.m. Experiment (try one braid, multiple braids, or different styles like a fishtail or French braid) to see what works best for your hair.

The Sock/Scrunchie Trick

Here is another hack on the best way to sleep with wet hair. Use a scrunchie which will not leave marks or dents. Simply fasten your hair at the top of your head in a secure bun. Do not have a scrunchie? Just cut the toe part off a sock and use it as a makeshift hair tie.