Chances are, you’ve experienced some kind of bed head situation recently. Pulling your hair back into a ponytail is an easy way to hide your hair fiasco if you’re pressed for time in the morning, but if you shower at night and follow these steps you can avoid bed head all together and wake up with your hair done for the day.
1. Don’t condition your roots when you shower at night. Oil settles in your hair over night, so instead take that extra drop of conditioner and apply it to the ends to give them a little extra moisture. Sleeping compresses the hair down and adding more to the scalp at night than what is naturally produced will leave you with lacking locks that fall flat.
2. Let your hair dry completely before you actually go to sleep. You can let it air dry and or blow it dry, but skipping this step could lead to breakage, frizz, smells, and even a grow space for fungi and bacteria on your scalp and on your pillow, yuck.
3. Sleep with your hair in a comfortable, but hair-safe style. Wrapping your hair in one or two loose buns on the side of your head or a loose braid will help keep your hair from becoming a mangled mess over night and might even give you that wavy look you’ve been trying to perfect. If your hair is too short for that, try wrapping a scarf around your head. Regardless of what method you choose, be wary of the tools you use. Tight elastic bands worn tightly all night can break your hair as you roll around in your sleep so try bobby pins or scrunchies to hold it in place, they tend to be more gentle on the hair.
4. Touch up. Chances are when you wake up your hair will not still be perfectly pinned up as you had it the night before so make sure you take a few minutes to fix the pieces that seem to have a mind of their own, but other than that, enjoy the extra time taken out of your morning routine by making a smoothie, working out, or catching an extra 15 minutes of snooze time.