How To Sleep With Curly Hair?

How To Sleep With Curly Hair

These few questions may come to your mind as a curly hair girl before sleeping:

How do I protect my curly hair at night?

What methods can I try to keep my curly hair safe overnight?

How do I revive my curls after sleeping?

Can I prevent breakage whenever I sleep?

In this post, you will learn how to sleep with curly hair. Ensure no tangles, knots, frizziness, or dryness when you wake up.

While you might need to spend some cash to get the necessary stuff for your hair or follow a different night hair care method and routine, showering your curly hair with extra love saves you stress and much spending later on.

How to Protect Your Curls Throughout the Night?

1. Hydrate Your Curly Hair

Hydrate Your Curly Hair

Your curls need all the moisture they can get before you go to bed. So, just as you follow through with your skincare routine at night or other routines you hold dearly, see hydrating your hair as another one you must do.

You can use an oil, a conditioner, or a curl cream for this routine. Take a little bit of conditioner or curl cream on your palms and add water. Apply the mixture to your hair so it hydrates your strands. You should go in with scalp oil as well. That will be soothing and refreshing for your scalp.

2. Go for the Pineapple Method

Go for the Pineapple Method

Tie a pineapple and have yourself to thank in the morning. Tying this keeps your volume intact without the squashing from turning through the night. This method is simple and effective in keeping your curls safe.

But when you tie yours, avoid making it too tight. You want it loose and sit on top of your head (like a pineapple).

To achieve the pineapple:

- Flip your head and put your curls together to form the pineapple.

- Then, use a silk scrunchie or satin hair tie to hold your hair in a loose ponytail or bun. Your hair should sit at the top of your head.

The hair tie should be soft to avoid creating marks on the area you hold it. Also, remember that try not to keep your hair too tight. Once completed, if you can picture a pineapple on your head, well done!

3. Silk Pillowcase

Silk Pillowcase

As much as the skin benefits from a silk pillowcase, your hair also benefits. Unlike cotton pillowcases that soak up the oil and moisture in your hair, a silk or satin pillowcase will not do so.

Since it's impossible to avoid tossing at night, choosing a pillowcase that supports your hair is better. You can avoid getting your hair tangled or the material tugging at your hair during the night.

While buying one might be expensive, it's worth it. So, say goodbye to your cotton pillowcases and embrace satin or silk ones that keep your hair hydrated and never absorb your hair oil.

4. Twist or Braid

Twist or Braid

Twists and braids are the best hairstyles to sleep in for your curly hair. They can help protect your curls, avoid frizziness and tangles in the morning, and even define your curls, depending on what braiding pattern you create.

Braid: For instance, French braids can help define your curls. It'll give you a kinky look. But loose braids will not. So, if you want some loose waves by morning, you can braid some loose French braids.

Twist: The other style is the twist. Twists help preserve your curls if you have tighter curls. It also works for loose curls. You can put it in a loose bun and watch your wavy or curly hair texture look good the next day.

For tighter curls, section your hair first, then twist them. You can further wrap them to form a knot and pin them down. Loose twists do not need to be sectioned. You can pull your hair into a ponytail, and twist it before wearing your hair bonnet.

5. Nourish It

Nourish It

Nothing beats nourishing your hair at night. This time, your hair is ready to rest like your whole body. So, go in with your nourishing products and watch your hair flourish the next day. The products ensure your hair is moisturized, and the long hours help your hair soak up the ingredients.

If you can, start with washing your curls. You do not have to do this every night. So, on regular nights, you can go in with your curly cream and water for hydration and hair oil for your hair and scalp.

6. Many More Pineapples

Like the pineapple method above, this allows you to tie more pineapples on your head. It's just to ensure your hair is well-protected and won't break.

This method is unnecessary if you have long strands or prefer going with one.

So, again, put your curls into pineapples. This time you will be sectioning your hair. You can have one in the middle, then others at the sides of your head. Make sure you won't sleep on them, and tie them loosely with a silk scrunchie.

7. Satin Scrunchies

Satin Scrunchies

Your scrunchie choice affects your curls big time. So, we advise choosing satin or silk scrunchies over any other types. You'll be surprised by the difference if you use these types instead. They'll preserve and protect your curls overnight.

With any of them, you can put your hair into a bun and hold it in place with the scrunchie. Let it be soft, and do not tie your hair with it more than once or twice. Your curl pattern will be happy, and you will be too.

8. Sleeping Cap

Sleeping Cap

Lastly, what type of sleeping bonnet or scalf do you wear to bed? Switch yours to a silk/satin bonnet or scarf for when it's time to go to bed. The fabric will protect and leave your curls intact without breakage, frizziness, or tangles.

A hair bonnet should be your best friend as it can help in many ways. If you can't change your pillowcase, pick a silk bonnet instead. That way, your hair is secured and won't suffer. Plus, the moisture won't go anywhere with your silk bonnet on.

It's the easiest method to preserve your hair and reduce friction while asleep.

How to Sleep with Wet Curly Hair?

While it's better to have your hair dried as much as possible, if necessary, you can sleep with your curly, wet hair if you stick with the methods listed in this article. But here's what we will add:

- If you can, dry your hair and avoid dripping using a microfiber towel.

- Apply a leave-in conditioner for moisture and so that it stays tangle-free.

- Oil your hair and scalp properly.

- You can put your hair into pineapples to retain style. Or braid your hair in sections.

- Wear a silk or satin bonnet to protect your curls.

How to Refresh and Style Your Curls When You Wake?

Following the methods we mentioned, you should wake up with tangled-free curls.

So, start by shaking your hair to allow your strands to fall naturally.

Next, use your hands to detangle easily. You can use a comb for this part as well. Avoid aggressively combing it out. You are only to pull them out for the volume gently.

If you've moisturized your hair the previous night, you won't need to use many products in the morning. Go in with a mist to wake up your curls and a curl cream for definition.  If it still needs moisture, start with a dry shampoo and moisturizing shine oil for some shine and softness.


Everything should be different from now on! You can keep your curls safe, protected, and preserved with our tips in this article. The good news is that this "Tips to sleeping curly hair" guide also works well on curly wig.

If you have any further questions about how to sleep with curly hair, let us know in the comment section below. And we will do our best to provide answers!

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