Your hair day was perfect, and all your hair products surpassed your expectations while keeping frizz away. You looked amazing but the big question is— how can you make those curls last again tomorrow, without having to wash and style your hair again?


After countless hours of research, I have come up with a few answers to your question. We all know that when it comes to curly hair, there will always be multiple answers to a single question. There is no one way to sleep with curly hair, it’s all about finding a way to sleep without leaving dents in your curls, frizz in your hair, or flattened curls the next day. The best way for you to preserve your curls while you sleep will all depend on the length of your hair, how loose or tight your curls are, and whether you wear your hair wet or dry to sleep. There are many options for sleeping with curly hair, but here is a list of a few common ways to sleep and preserve your curls throughout the night.

Everyone is different and so is your hair, so feel free to modify the following hair techniques to best fit your needs.

Overnight Techniques:

  • Pineapple

For voluminous, natural curls, simply pull all your hair up to the top of your head near your forehead, and loosely secure it with a hair tie to avoid breaking or denting your curls. This will allow your curls to avoid flattening while you sleep. Pineappling is such an innovative method for maintaining your curls, and once you try it, you’ll wonder why no one told you about it sooner. This method will leave your curls with more than enough bounce and volume in the morning. Once you wake, restore your curls by taking down the ponytail and separating your hair down the middle. Proceed with spraying your hair with water and a curl refreshing spray, then style as desired.

If your hair is too short to pull up into one big pineapple, try the multi-pineapple method. This is a modified version of the pineapple method that consists of 2 or 3 pineapples on your head.

  • Braids

Braids are one of the easiest and quickest techniques, granting you with another chance to hit the snooze button in the morning. It is ultimately your decision to determine how many braids you need to apply to your hair. You can experiment with a loose braid, two French braids, or multiple braids to find what works for you. Looser braids can be used to maintain your natural curl pattern, while smaller and tighter braids will add a more crimp pattern to your hair. If you can’t French braid or cornrow, you can divide your hair into sections and apply multiple individual braids to your hair. When you wake up in the morning, you can take the braids out and if you have wavy hair the braids will give you tighter curls. But if you have naturally curly hair, the braids will help to stretch your hair.

  • Plop

This plopping technique is most common for women who go to sleep with wet hair, so if this sounds like you then this method may be your best option. Plopping allows the t-shirt or microfiber towel to soak up any extra water, conditioner, and styling product while reducing your hair’s risk for frizz and crunchy curls. The method consists of you flipping your hair over after applying gel to your hair allowing it to pile on top of itself into the towel. The towel or t-shirt is responsible for speeding up the drying process causing your curls to nicely set into place.

  • Silk or Satin Pillowcase

Try to avoid using a cotton pillowcase because they can dry your curls out causing you to wake up with lifeless curls. Sleeping on a silk or satin pillowcase will be nicer to your curls or waves than cotton because both silk and satin are smoother fabrics and friction-free. This will allow your curls to slip more easily on the material as you move throughout the night, causing you to have less knots, tangles or flattened curls.

  • Topknot or Loose Bun

If you have long loose curls, try using a lightweight curl mousse on your hair to preserve your curls. Apply the curl mousse to your hair, scrunch the mousse into your hair and flip your head over to twist your strands into a high topknot but be careful not to pull the hair too tight. Secure the hair with a hair tie and pins to make sure that it stays in place throughout the night. If you want to achieve tighter waves in your hair and more volume, try creating multiple buns on your head. To keep your bun or buns in place, tie your hair with a nice silk or satin scarf to avoid friction on the hair while sleeping. This method will allow you to have multiple styling choices for your hair in the morning.

  • Two -Strand Twist

Another easy yet unique way to style your curls before bedtime is with a two-strand twist. Many women can’t braid, and if you’re one of those naturals then this is as simple as it gets. This method is very versatile and can be done on both wet and dry hair, but with wet hair the curls will come out more defined. With this method, you’ll be able to target specific areas of your hair to shape them in a way that prevents your curls from flattening in your sleep. The two-strand twist method consists of taking a section of your hair and dividing it into two parts. Now begin to wrap the two sections around one another from roots to ends.

  • Satin Bonnet

I know bonnets have developed a bad rep for some people and some of you may be embarrassed sleeping in one. But satin bonnets help to prevent friction on your hair while you sleep and limit your chances of creating frizz. Bonnets can be used in combination with any other method on the list, which is a huge perk. While also preventing the hair of knots and tangles.


There are so many ways to wear and protect your curls overnight. The methods listed above can be modified in a various number of ways, you must find what works best for you. How do you wear your curls to sleep at night and which method is your favorite?