As much as we’d like to convince ourselves that “effortlessly flawless” is our signature look, bedhead likes to not-so-subtly snap us out of our delusions every morning, leaving our hair in disheveled formations that make it unclear whether we just woke up or got out of a wild bar brawl. With the right pre-bed haircare tricks, though, you can finally wake up with natural tresses that make your bedhead look like something you styled on purpose.
Ditch the cotton pillowcase.
The best fix is to swap your cotton pillowcase out for a silk or satin pillow case. Of course, if a fancy pillow isn’t exactly on your approved list of splurge-worthy items, another option is to put your hair in a loose high ponytail and wrap your head up in a silk scarf.
Dry your locks before hitting the hay.
If you’re someone who prefers to shower right before bed instead of having to set the alarm for earlier to squeeze in an A.M. wash, then you might not be a stranger to knocking out before your hair has dried off completely.
The problem is that wet hair is more prone to breakage if you move a lot during sleep, so it’s a good idea to try to leave enough time for your hair to air dry between your shower and bed, or just blow dry it before going to sleep.
Use a leave-in treatment.
None of us strangers to haircare products during the day, but applying the right creams and oils to our hair overnight can be just as important, if not more, than what we put on it when we’re getting ready in the morning.
Brush it out.
Brushing your hair obviously detangles your tresses and helps eliminate messiness, but making sure to run through your hair with a wide-tooth comb or brush with natural bristles before resting your head is a great way to move the natural oils from your scalp through your hair. This helps prevent your roots from looking too oily in the morning and the rest of your hair from looking dull and dried out.
Rock a topknot.
A topknot might be your go-to when you’re in a hurry and desperate for a do that will just keep your hair out of your face, but a pre-bed topknot should be far less of a last resort style and much more of a tactical choice.
Twisting your hair onto itself in a high bun on your head and securing it with a scrunchie – it’s always good to avoid elastic hair ties that get caught in hair and cause damage – will help prevent tangling while giving you a little extra volume and texture in the morning.