Some days you’re just not in the mood to do your hair, or you spent too much time picking out an outfit with no time left for your hair. Trust us, we get it. Luckily, we have easy hair tips to do before you go to bed so that you’re guaranteed to wake up with beautiful locks. Try everything from luscious curls to beachy waves to sleek, straight hair.
First of all, there are some things you’ll want to avoid doing. Never jump out of the shower at night and hop right in bed, unless you want to wake up with a crooked part. There’s no fixing an uneven part in the morning without getting your hair wet again. You should never forget to comb your hair before bed either. Tangles will only get worse in your sleep. Never put any kind of oil on your roots before bed. Oil should only be applied halfway down your hair and below. Otherwise you’ll wake up with incredibly greasy hair that you’ll have to wash in the morning.
For luscious curls, your best option is to wet your hair and separate it into six parts. Braid each section loosely (unless you want tight, bouncy curls). Rub a product like Paul Mitchell’s Round Trip Liquid Definer on each braid for defined curls instead of waking up with crimpy hair. In the morning, run your fingers through your hair and touch up several pieces on the crown of your head to create more volume. Add a little hairspray or frizz control mousse, and voila! Curls just got so much easier.
If you want to wake up with beachy waves, begin with your hair wet. Add a dime-size amount of anti-frizz or thermal protection serum to the bottom half of your hair. Use a blow dryer to dry the roots of your hair to prevent waking up to a crooked part or flat, greasy roots. Spray saltwater on the wet portion of your hair. You can also find many products that have salt in them for the purpose of creating beachy waves, but saltwater works wonders on its own. When you wake up, add a small amount of serum and saltwater spray and comb your fingers through your hair to create piecey strands of hair to look like you actually came straight from the beach!
If you prefer sleek, straight hair then you’ll need to sleep with your hair dry. Wash your hair and blow it dry. Add a thermal protection serum and straighten the trouble spots on your head. These spots are the ones that take the longest to straighten. If you have naturally thick or wavy hair, then these spots are probably the pieces underneath and the hair on the back of your head. Add one pump of a straightening lotion, like Aveda’s Smooth Infusion Smoothing Masque. In the morning, you can touch up a few pieces that look disheveled, but overall there shouldn’t be much work for you to do. As always, a little oil on the ends can diminish the appearance of breakage or frizz. For this style, the smoothing masque is essential so you don’t have to spend as much time physically straightening your hair. Besides, a lotion is much better for your hair’s health than using a damaging flat iron.
Kate Wilke is a 200-RYT yoga instructor, meditation teacher, and Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. She teaches and works with clients in Nashville, TN. She believes in self-care in the form of colorful, healthy cooking, daily walks with her dog, and a glass of red wine. Follow her on Instagram — @meditatekate