Just like your skin, your hair needs to be protected and nourished at night. Think of it like this: You wouldn’t go to bed with all your makeup still on, would you? Simply hitting the pillow without a second thought to your tresses can be nearly just as bad as not washing your face. Luckily, it’s relatively easy to start a nighttime hair care routine that’ll keep your locks healthy and strong while you slumber.
Protect your hair from tossing and turning
Tying your hair up in a messy bun before bed is no longer an option. Tight hair ties can leave your strands more susceptible to breakage, so let it all hang out or opt for a loose braid. For even more protection from any tossing and turning, use a silky headwrap or satin pillowcase. It will help stop the nightly friction from bed linens that can damage the hair and cause slow growth, thinning, frizz, and split ends. It can also help protect your style in between washes—a must for the night in between your wedding and next-day brunch.
Use an overnight mask
For the softest of tresses, give your locks a deep treatment while you drift off into a deep sleep. An overnight mask or treatment will add intense hydration back into your hair and can help repair any damage. Apply a nourishing mask at night and pop on a shower cap before you hit the pillow for eight hours of deep conditioning. Then, simply rinse in the morning.
Style your hair at night
Save time in the morning and reduce heat damage by styling your hair at night, sans traditional tools. If you’re after a textured vibe, spritz a wave spray on freshly washed hair before heading to bed, or braid wet hair and leave overnight for perfect waves by morning without the use of any damaging styling tools. To give your hair fresh-out-of-the-salon smoothness, prep your tresses with a serum for shiny, soft hair.
Hydrate your hair with oil
Just as oils can work wonders on your skin, they can do the same for your hair. But since some are a bit heavy for daytime use, applying hair oil overnight is a brilliant way to partake in this nourishing ritual and give your hair more time to soak it all in before shampooing for softer, smoother, and more manageable hair.
Detangle at night
The benefits of brushing your hair before bed is an ancient beauty habit that still holds true. Tend to your tangles in the evening to make any next-day styling a breeze.