How to Sleep on Wet Hair So It Actually Looks Good the Next Day

July 27, 2022
Angela Melero
By: Angela Melero | by L'Oréal
The Right Way to Sleep on Wet Hair (So It Actually Looks Good In the Morning!)
Sleeping with wet hair is a gamble. While there are the rare mornings when you wake up with perfectly tousled hair that doesn’t require any touch ups, that’s typically not the case. Waking up with out-of-control, poofy strands or lifeless-looking bedhead is the reality for many of us. While it’s easy to write off the idea of sleeping on damp hair altogether, we promise that using the right products and following some easy, overnight styling tips can really change the game. Ahead, find our tips for sleeping on a wet head that’ll have your hair looking great come morning.

For Luscious Curls or Waves 

Wake up with effortless curls by applying light mousse to your wet hair prior to going to sleep. We like the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Curls Non-Stop Leave-In Cream. Work the cream evenly into the hair by starting at the roots and moving it down to the tips. 


Then, split your hair into two sections and braid each side, securing the ends with a gentle elastic band. Tug on the braided hair a little bit to loosen any tight spots and make your waves more relaxed. When you wake up, unravel the braids and gently separate them with your fingers. Finish off the look by spritzing your hair with a bit of sea salt spray, like the Maria Nila Salty Mist, to give it a beachy, slightly undone look.

For Instant Volume

If you have super fine hair and are constantly battling flat hair, we’ve got a great bedtime solution for you. Apply a volumizing spray, like the Redken Volume Maximizer Thickening Spray, to wet hair and comb it through before you go to bed. Then, pull your hair into a high pony, twist the pony into a loose bun and secure it with bobby pins. Make sure it feels comfortable — if the hair is secured too tightly, you’ll risk breakage. When you wake up, take out the bun and ponytail and use your fingers to comb through your hair. Instead of sticking to your forehead, your just-out-of-bed hair will have a ton of body.

For Frizz-Free Hair

If your hair is prone to frizz, this nighttime ritual might become your new addiction. Simply spritz your wet hair with a leave-in conditioner, like the Garnier Sleek & Shine Intensely Smooth Leave-In Conditioning Cream, or apply some argan oil. 

We recommend the Kérastase L’Huile Original Hair Oil. Comb the product evenly throughout your hair, then wrap your hair in a silk scarf and leave it on overnight. When you wake up, simply remove the scarf and finger comb your hair.
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