How To Sleep On Wet Hair (AND Style It The Next Day)


After a long day trudging through the slush and wintery weather, there’s nothing quite like taking a nice warm shower right before bed. The worst part? The subsequent hour it takes to blow dry and style hair that you’re going to end up sleeping on anyway. Who wants to do that right before bed? Certainly not us. In blatant defiance of such a pain, we’ve discovered exactly what one needs to do in order to sleep on AND style wet hair the next day. Follow these easy steps, and guess what? You just earned yourself an extra hour of sleep.

The Braid

Braids open up a wild world of styling hair, and are pretty much the cornerstone for sleeping on wet hair. A secret trick to making the most of it is to add some serum or leave-in conditioner, and then to lightly towel dry. Any braid will do! Then it’s easy – simply go to sleep, wake up, take out your braids, give them a little shake, and presto! You’re done.

The Classic Ponytail

Assuming you’re a wavy or straight haired babe to begin with, a classic ponytail is the best way to obtain a sleek, posh style in the morning. All you have to do is brush your wet hair into a low pony tail (make sure the elastic isn’t too tight so it doesn’t create an indent), then add a little light gel to keep the hair in place overnight. We recommend tying a silk scarf or bandana over the style to reduce frizz.

The “Plop”

The most famous of all wet hair sleeping techniques, and with good reason – it’s the easiest. Literally all you have to do is flip your head over, pile your hair into a bun on the top of your head, and then finally wrap it tightly with a microfiber towel. That’s it – the next morning, simply release your wild mane and go about your day.

The Pineapple

The pineapple is a similar technique to the plop, but with one minor adjustment – instead of wrapping your hair in a towel, you use a satin scrunchie instead (satin so that it doesn’t create a crease in your hair).



• Will I get sick if I sleep with wet hair?

That depends; sleeping on wet hair in a warm environment likely won’t make you sick, however if you usually sleep in a cold room, it might be best not to forego that blow dry. The times that it actually does occur is a result from being exposed to consistently low temperatures (which tends to weaken your immune system).

• Does my bedding affect how my hair dries?

Yes! You will want to keep your hair bedhead free by reducing friction as much as possible. We recommend using a silk pillowcase, as the fabric will slide over the hair rather than cause static, irritation, and kinks.

• Do you have any tips for styling MY specific hair type?

If you have straight hair...
Before you hit the sack, spritz in a volumizing spray such as the Oribe Volumista Mist For Volume to keep your hair from falling flat, or the Bumble Don't Blow It, which is made specifically for those attempting to avoid heat styling. Try separating your hair into two sections and braiding with either two or three strands to get a nice wave. As always, make sure you use a hair elastic that’s not going to leave a crimp at the bottom.

If you have curly or wavy hair...
Curly girls definitely need to add a bit of product before going to bed. To keep hair from going frizzy at the bottom, add a hydrating product such as the Marrakesh Oil. At the top, try something more texturizing like the Bumble Bb.Curl Curl Defining Crème to really shape and pump your style.

If you have highly textured hair...
These gals might require a little extra work to sleep on wet hair. The key here is to intensely moisturize your do. After applying a product such as the Bumble Bb.Curl Anti-Humidity Gel Oil, paddle brush your damp hair until it’s almost straight (may need to blow dry hair to one side a touch to get it just right). If you want to wake up with straight hair, comb your hair to that same side and use bobby pins as you go. Place a silk scarf over your do until morning to reduce flyaways and frizzies.

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