How to Wear Your Hair to Bed for Perfect Next-Day Waves
What would you do if I told you that with a few simple tweaks to your night-time hair routine, you could wake up to glorious waves the likes of which usually involve numerous hot tools and lots of time? (Did you just yell, "TELL ME EVERYTHING", at your iPhone? Good, cos I'm gonna.)
Before we get into the step-by-step, I want to note this technique has been tried and tested on my fine wavy (frizzy) hair, so if you've got super-thick strands you may need to switch up the products for best results. Ready? Let's do this.
Sachajuan Ocean Mist Volume Shampoo ($37)
The look we're going for here is more beachy than polished so I recommend opting for a volumising shampoo and conditioner duo. That said, if your hair is porous and dry, a moisturising combo could be just what you need to kill frizz. Practice makes perfect so play around until you find what works best for you.
NB. If you don't need to shampoo, mist roots with a healthy dose of dry shampoo before you start instead.
KMS California Hair Play Sea Salt Spray ($27)
Again, hair type comes into play here. Sea salt spray is a good pick for encouraging texture, and results in a grungy, beachy effect. Thicker strands respond well to targeted curl sprays like BedHead's Foxy Curls Hi-Def ($25). For best results roughly blowdry your hair smooth before you apply. Skip your roots and concentrate on mid-lengths to ends only. Hair should be damp, not wet.
Invisibobble Hair Ring ($11)
Comb hair into four even sections, dividing horizontally from ear to ear, then vertically, down a centre part line. Working one section at a time, comb hair smooth then twist it around itself into a small bun and secure with a kink-free elastic like Invisibobble. Make sure the ends are smooth and not tangled in the elastic—this creates "dents" that set overnight and can be hard to remedy without hot tools. Repeat until you have four mini buns. Now, off to bed!
NB. Overnight, the heat from your scalp will dry and set the hair, but you can speed up the process with a hairdryer.
Remington Keratin & Argan Curler ($40)
Hopefully you've made it to the next morning without much movement happening hair-wise, but if you toss and turn a lot consider using a silk pillowcase—it cuts down on friction.
Now, check the buns are dry. If not, blast with a hairdryer until they are. Next, let your hair loose and shake out the waves with your fingers. Take a look in the mirror and assess the situation. Perfect curls underneath but not in the top layers? You might need a few twirls around a curling iron to neaten everything up and define your waves. Limp roots? Get some texturising powder in there. Otherwise, mist with hairspray and be on your merry way. (Merry because you just saved 15-minutes on getting ready.)