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Sleeping on wet hair is always a gamble. You will either wake up with voluminous, rocker-chick tresses or a flat, misshapen mess. Depending on how much you need to take a shower at night (hello, nighttime gym goers), we have a few solutions for your bad hair day blues. 

Try these tricks, and your hair might even look better than when you blow-dry and style it! 

01. Sleep on a Silk Pillowcase

Before you do anything else, invest in a silk pillowcase. Believe it or not, your traditional cotton pillowcase robs your locks of moisture throughout the night and causes the strands of your hair to coil around each other as you toss and turn. The silk pillowcase won’t absorb your hair’s moisture, and the slippery surface will keep the strands separated. One of Verily’s editors uses a silk pillowcase and often goes to bed with soaking wet hair. She says, “My frizz has definitely gone down, and my hair dries more evenly throughout the night.”

Keep in mind that you have to hand wash your silk pillowcase or else risk your washing machine ruining it.

02. Partially Dry Your Hair

Try not to go to sleep with sopping wet hair (and who wants to roll over onto a soaking wet pillow, anyway?). By partially drying your hair until it’s damp with a blow-dryer or naturally, you won’t wake up to awkward partially wet hair, which means you’ll be able to do some styling in the morning.

03. Use a Leave-In Conditioner or Detangler

The biggest issue with sleeping on wet hair is the frizz factor. A silk pillowcase should help, but a leave-in conditioner or detangling spray will smooth down your hair while giving it some extra shine. After showering, apply the leave-in conditioner or detangler evenly throughout your hair and comb through for equal application. If you know you’re using a leave-in conditioner overnight, skip using the regular conditioner in the shower.

Naturally, you’re wondering if leave-in conditioner will give you greasy hair. We suggest Living Proof’s silicone-free lightweight formula that can be used on straight and curly hair as well as dyed hair.

tips for sleeping on wet hair

04. French Braid It

Braiding wet hair is our go-to, but sometimes it leaves hair half-crimped and poofy the next morning. The best way to avoid this recipe for a bad hair day is to do a French braid starting at the top of your hair. That way, your waves will be evenly distributed throughout your mane. Keep your braid somewhat loose so that it creates beachy waves in the morning rather than old-school Britney Spears–worthy crimps.

05. Topknot Scrunchie

Hair ties are damaging to your scalp and your hair, so definitely avoid sleeping in a tight topknot or ponytail. A great way to achieve voluminous tresses is to pile your damp hair on the top of your head and secure it with a scrunchie. The scrunchie won’t create any dents in your hair and will be loose enough for your hair to dry overnight.

Photo Credit: Brittni Willie