How to Sleep with Curly Hair

The Best Night Routine for Curly Hair, Long or Short!

Curly hair is gorgeous and unique. But, just like any other hair type, it does come with its own set of challenges. One of these common challenges includes figuring out how to sleep with curly hair without ruining it.

Waking up to a mess of tangles or flattened curls can make a terrible start to anyone’s day. Hence, for every member of the curly community, keeping your curls intact and frizz-free overnight is always the goal. The key is having the right approach. Get that down and trust, you can wake up with your curls looking as fresh as they did the day before, every. single. time!

Here are some tried-and-true steps for sleeping with curly hair:

1. Satin or Silk Pillowcases.

Before you hit the sheets, step 1 is to make sure they’re perfect. Therefore, trade in your cotton pillowcase(s) for satin or silk ones.

Unlike cotton, which can cause friction and absorb moisture from your hair, satin and silk provide a smooth surface that reduces friction and allows your curls to glide easily. This not only preserves your curly hair or hairstyle but also minimizes frizz.

At Yanibest, we sell premium Mulberry satin, Butter satin, and Vegan silk pillowcases. They’re specially designed to reduce frizz, retain moisture, and ensure you wake up with smooth, defined curls every morning! Transform your curly overnight experience when you shop our quality range of satin and silk pillowcases.

2. The Pineapple Method.

The curly community adores this method! To ‘pineapple’ your hair, gather it at the top of your head and secure it with a soft scrunchie. This method keeps curls piled on top of your head, reducing the chance of them getting squished while you sleep.

Avoid using tight hairbands as these can lead to breakage and leave an unwanted dent in your curls. Soft satin scrunchies are specially designed hair ties that won’t pull or tug, but glide along and remain gentle on your curly hair.

3.  Protective Braiding.

The pineapple may not work on shorter curls, so here’s a twisty alternative. Try loose braiding. A simple loose braid or two can help maintain your hair’s shape while protecting it from tangling.

4. Use a Hair Bonnet.

A satin hair bonnet (or alternatively, you can use a silk scarf) is the perfect tool to protect your beautiful curls overnight. Simply wrap and/or tuck your hair into a satin bonnet and it’ll act as an extra layer of protection against friction from your pillowcase.

In addition, it will keep in all your hair’s moisture, ensuring your curls don’t dry out overnight.

Our best-selling reversible satin bonnet at Yanibest is the finest satin bonnet for curly hair! It is designed to accommodate more hair with an adjustable elastic that also keeps it secure all night! We offer an amazing range of lovely colors, as well as baby satin bonnets too!

5. Moisturize before Bed.

Maintaining proper moisture is crucial for the health and appearance of your curly tresses. So before heading to bed, apply a smidge of light leave-in conditioner or hair oil to give your curls the hydration they need. This not only prevents frizz but also ensures soft, bouncy curls in the morning.

6. Refresh in the Morning.

Sometimes, despite best efforts, you might wake up with some flattened or frizzy curls. Don’t fret! A quick refresh can bring them back to life. Use a mixture of water and leave-in conditioner in a spray bottle to spritz and reshape any unruly curls.

7. Sleep Patterns Matter.

If you toss and turn a lot, consider adjusting your sleep patterns. The more you move, the more chances your curls have of getting tousled and frizzy. Investing in a comfortable mattress and pillows can minimize excessive movement during sleep.

Furthermore, you’ll want to sleep either on your side or on your stomach. This will prevent your curls from getting crushed by the weight of your head.

At the End of the Day…

Maintaining curly hair overnight doesn’t have to be a challenge at all. By integrating these tips into your nightly routine, you can preserve the beauty and shape of your curls, and ensure you wake up with hair that’s ready to face the day with minimal fuss. Remember, every curly head is unique. So it might take a day or two of experimentation to find the perfect sleep routine for your specific curly hair type.

Sweet dreams!