Bad hair days are a girl’s worst nightmare. And if you’re waking up frequently to an unruly mop of frizzy hair, your nighttime habits could be to blame. Luckily, the secret to waking up with smooth, silky hair is as simple as changing your nighttime routine.
Fighting frizz overnight comes down to two key things: keeping your locks hydrated and reducing friction. By adding the right products to your nighttime hair care routine, you can fix frizz overnight. Here’s how to tame frizzy hair while catching your zzz's so you can wake up smooth and stress-free.
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What Causes Frizzy Hair?
Now that you know that keeping your hair hydrated and reducing friction to your hair will tame frizziness overnight, you should also examine what it is about your lifestyle or routine that may be causing it. Humid weather conditions can cause frizzy hair because the excess moisture in the air causes your hair to be porous, but your hair can also struggle with frizziness when there is a lack of moisture in the air. In cold weather, your hair can dry up like your lips and skin, causing breakage and damage. Besides the weather, your hair can also frizz up due to using everyday heat styling tools, frequent hair washes, or hairstyles that can be too rough, causing more friction and damage.
How to Keep Your Hair Smooth Overnight
1. Wash and air dry hair before bed to avoid blow drying.
Getting your shower in at night won’t just save you time in the morning. It’ll also help prevent damage caused by blow-drying and heat styling. Using a blow dryer or a straightener will eventually result in frizzy hair because the heat will gradually dry out your hair, causing damage and frizz. After washing with a frizz-fighting shampoo and smoothing conditioner, rinse with lukewarm or cool water to help seal the hair’s cuticle. Then, towel-dry your hair gently and let it air dry.
2. Avoid excess friction by swapping your cotton towel for a microfiber one.
Microfiber is much kinder to your hair than cotton, which can snag your strands and rough up the cuticle. Plus, microfiber absorbs more water than regular cotton towels. It’s a win-win. After showering, resist the urge to rub your mane vigorously. Instead, gently squeeze out excess moisture with a microfiber towel.
3. Switch to a silk pillowcase to avoid bed head.
Like cotton towels, cotton sheets cause unnecessary friction—a recipe for bad bedhead. Swap your rough cotton pillowcase for a luxurious silk one instead. Your locks will glide over the fabric as you sleep, leaving you with a smooth, shiny, tangle-free do in the morning.
4. Nourish hair while you sleep with serums and oils.
Hydrate parched locks with a hair serum or moisturizing hair oil to smooth your strands and give them an extra dose of frizz-fighting power while you sleep. Hair serum repels humidity and protects each strand against the onset of frizz, and hair oil nourishes hair, leaving it soft, smooth, and shiny. Focus on the ends, and remember—a little goes a long way! Sometimes even taking a step back to build a proper hair repairing routine helps also. Adding an overnight hair mist or lotion will help start your hair repair journey, too.
5. Use your leave-in conditioners overnight.
Most of the time, people will use a leave-in conditioner in the morning to keep their hair moisturized throughout their busy day, but you can also use it at night to get the same benefits! Whether you shampoo or not, spritz on a little leave-in conditioning spray to smooth the hair cuticle, seal in moisture, and create a barrier against frizz while you sleep.
6. Tie your hair up with a soft scrunchie to avoid tangles and friction.
Sleeping with loose hair makes it vulnerable to friction, leaving you with a tangled, frizzy mess in the morning. Keep your locks smooth and contained with a high, loose bun or a simple braid. Just be sure to use a soft satin scrunchie to prevent unsightly creases and breakage, or go retro and secure your mane in a silk scarf or cushy rollers. If you’re constantly catching yourself using heat styling tools or spending too much time in the morning fixing your hair, try these overnight hairstyles to prevent frizz and breakage.
7. Use a boar bristle brush to detangle and smooth.
Before showering or tying your hair up in your overnight ‘do of choice, use a natural boar bristle brush to detangle and smooth your mane. Boar bristle brushes are much softer than normal hair brushes, which is great because their soft bristles gently glide through your hair, causing no friction or breakage. Brushing with a boar bristle brush can help to distribute your scalp’s natural oils, keeping each strand silky, shiny, and moisturized. Not to mention, it stimulates your scalp to promote hair growth.
8. Add a dehumidifier to remove excess moisture from your room.
Too much moisture in the air can make even stick-straight hair poof out unattractively. If you have moisturizing products in your hair and your room is humid, excess moisture goes into your hair and rearranges the bonds inside each hair fiber, causing frizz. Invest in a dehumidifier for your bedroom to help control excess moisture and ensure you wake up with smooth, luscious locks.
Remember, everyone’s hair and lifestyle are different. If your room is too dry and takes too much moisture from your serums and leave-in conditioners, you may have to consider getting a humidifier. Try a different combo of these tricks to find the overnight repairing, frizz-fighting routine that works best for you, and never let frizzy hair ruin your morning again!
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