There’s no greater struggle than having to compose a hairstyle in the morning, especially after snoozing your alarm a shameful number of times and then realizing you have to be out the door ASAP. But the good news is that there’s a very efficient way to solve this problem, and it starts right before you go to bed. Ahead, discover five overnight hairstyle hacks from some of our favorite beauty vloggers to help you get yourself out the door faster than you ever imagined.
For Medium-Length Hair
Overnight sock curls are officially a thing, and we promise it’s worth testing out. Hair and beauty vlogger Lysss Ryan created the look in the following steps:
STEP 1: Split your hair into two sections and out of those sections, split them into two more. In total, you should have four sections.
STEP 2: Take your first sock and wrap your hair around it, rolling it upwards towards the top of your head.
STEP 3: Tie your hair into a knot. Tie it as tightly as possible and consider bobby pinning the sock if it begins to fall loose.
STEP 4: Repeat the same process with the next three sections.
STEP 5: In the morning, gently roll the socks of your hair.
Optional: Add dry shampoo to your roots to add some volume and rub a small amount of styling cream through the curls.
For Short, Natural Hair
Hair vlogger Jaleesa Moses shares how she wears her natural hair by sleeping in four simple bantu knots:
STEP 1: Split hair into two sections and then split them into two sections again. Secure each section with a hair elastic.
STEP 2: For the two front sections, twist your hair towards the back of your head as high up as possible twisting around the base.
STEP 3: Keep twisting until you can create a mini bun and then tuck the ends very securely.
STEP 4: Secure the knot with a hair elastic. Repeat with the second front hair section.
STEP 5: In the back, bring your hair high up and twist facing towards the front of your head.
STEP 6: Repeat the same process as the front pieces and then secure.
STEP 7: Use a stocking or silk scarf to protect your hair while you sleep.
STEP 8: In the morning, carefully untwist the four knots. Take a comb and tease your hair, paying the most attention to the back of your hair. Finish with hairspray.
For Medium-Length Thin and Thick Hair
Using a normal fabric headband, you can create soft, pretty waves overnight. Mimi from Luxy Hair demonstrates the process:
STEP 1: Split your hair into two sections and place two headbands (to keep hairstyle secure) over the top of your hair. If a bump occurs, pull your hair down to ensure that it’s flat.
STEP 2: Spray the area below the headband with a bottle of water to make your hair damp.
STEP 3: Twist the first section of your hair and then wrap this section around the headband – starting behind your ear.
STEP 4: Repeat the same process for the second section of your hair.
STEP 5: Spray the back, wrapped portion of your hair with hairspray before bed.
STEP 6: In the morning, slowly unwrap the two sections, with the headband on. Take the headband off after the curls are out.
STEP 7: Style curls by scrunching waves with a small amount of texturizing cream.
For Long, Thin Hair
Hair donuts can be used for more than just perfectly shaped hair buns. Hair vlogger Nee from Bebexo demonstrates how to sleep on a hair donut (or a DIY one using a sock, of course) for voluminous morning curls:
STEP 1: Tie your dry hair into a high ponytail, situating it right above your head.
STEP 2: Using a hair donut or a sock, put your ponytail through the hole as if it were a hair elastic.
STEP 3: Divide your hair into two equal sections (or three or more for more volume).
STEP 4: Put your thumb and index finger through the top of the hole and pull the first section through.
STEP 5: Then repeat the same steps until all of your hair is wrapped around the donut.
STEP 6: Repeat with all of the same sections.
STEP 7:When you get to the tip of the hair, just tuck it under the sock bun.
STEP 8: In the morning, gently unravel the sock and carefully take out the hair elastic.
STEP 9: Apply your favorite hairspray to finish.
For Long, Thick Hair
Here’s how beauty vlogger Vivian V creates a wavy hair look with a twist braid style that is actually cute enough to wear outside of your bedroom:
STEP 1: Starting with slightly damp hair, split your hair into two sections.
STEP 2:Starting with the front layer of your hair, twist one section of hair over the other. After you’ve twisted one section of hair over the other, add more hair to one section and twist it over.
STEP 3: Keep repeating this process until you reach the base of your neck. Make sure you get all of the hair from the back of your head to complete the braid on one side.
STEP 4: When there aren’t any layers left to add, twist the braid into a bun and secure with a hair elastic. Be sure that the bun is very night.
STEP 5: Repeat the same steps for the second section of hair.
STEP 6: The next morning, gently take the twist braids out and use your hands to separate the waves.