Wake Up with Perfect Curls

Wake Up with Perfect Curls

If the whole concept of waking up with perfect curls sounds like something belonging in a children’s fairytale featuring little-dwarfed elves or munchkins, or a sci-fi spin created by the hair industry–you would be correct. This does not mean that it’s not possible to achieve lovely curls after a full night of sleeping, while lying down, head soundly resting upon your regular pillow. Imagine what you could do with all that extra hair fixing time in the morning, too! This could be really big, with immeasurable payoffs beyond awesome hair.

The Breakdown of Bedtime Hair Setting
There are three general categories of methods for styling your hair, to be processed by a full night of zzzzs. Each one leaves an almost infinite range of possibilities for expanding into curls, waves and looks, but they’ll all begin with inclusion among the basic three.

Plopping: This technique was developed out of a need that belongs to the curly haired women in the world, whose God-given curls can be a real bear in the morning, when time is limited and work and the world at large is calling. With the advantage of a “plop” to secure those curls, they’ll all be held nicely in place, regardless of how much you might toss and turn in your sleep. Plopping must be conducted with a microfiber towel or an old cotton tee shirt–never a terrycloth towel.

  • PM: Up to 30 mins. prior to bedtime, wash and condition your hair as you normally would, and apply your go-to styling product. Do not dry.
  • Place the tee shirt or towel spread out on either your bed or a chair bottom.
  • Tip your head over, with your hair all hanging below.
  • Slowly lean into the towel or tee, moving your head toward it in an accordion style of collapse, till your head fully rests on it.
  • Gather all the edges, and twirl them securely together.
  • Secure them by tying together or use a pony holder.
  • Sleep tight.
  • AM: Gently remove towel or tee.
  • Lightly tousle to separate curls, but do not brush.
  • If hair is still wet, dry with a diffuser.
  • Lightly shine-spritz and go!

Braiding

Braiding: For all hair types, the size of curls and waves you get will depend on the number of braids you make.

  • PM: Up to 30 mins. prior to bedtime, wash and condition your hair as you normally would, and apply your go-to styling product. Do not dry, or dry partially, but evenly.
  • Remove tangles with a wide-toothed comb.
  • Separate hair into the number of sections you desire. Apply a curl-smoothing cream if your hair is excessively curly, naturally.
  • Braid each section.
  • Secure with a microfiber towel or cotton tee shirt wrapped around your head.
  • Sleep tight.
  • AM: Gently remove towel or tee.
  • If braids feel wet, blow dry most of the way.
  • Gently undo each braid.
  • If still wet, finish drying with a diffuser.
  • Separate gently using your fingers, and lightly tousle.
  • Set with a gentle hold spray and go!

Pin Curls: Quick and easy, these are best on less tightly curled hair to straight hair.

  • PM: Up to 30 mins. prior to bedtime, wash and condition your hair as you normally would, and apply your go-to styling product.
  • Blow dry completely or near-completely.
  • Take sections of hair–of different sizes and wrap around your finger to form a curl. secure with bobby pins.
  • Wrap with a scarf to secure overnight.
  • Sleep tight.
  • AM: Gently remove bobby pins.
  • Lightly tousle to separate curls, but do not brush.
  • For a more 50s style do, brush those curls out.
  • Lightly shine-spritz and go!
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