How to sleep with curls without ruining your ringlets?

Hey curly girls, here is the best way to sleep without breaking the curl pattern and causing your ringlets to frizz up.

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Sleep well and wake up with voluminous curls! Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Shifa Khan Published on: 5 February 2022, 13:00 pm IST
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If you have coils or zigzags in your hair, it can either be a bonanza or an unpleasant mess. All you curly-haired ladies will relate to this love-hate relationship with their hair. But, despite the fight with a moody mane on your head, you ought to love them. And trust us, a little TLC to your curly hair will make them love you back!

Each morning, managing frizzed or bundled-up clumps of hair is a task at hand. On some days. It seems like you spirals have a mind of their own. If you’re a curly haired girl, you will relate to sleeping with a perfect head of curly hair, but waking up with a flattened mess. Why oh why!

Well, to answer that, we spoke to Dr Nivedita Dadu, a renowned Dermatologist and here it goes.

“There is no one way to sleep with curly hair. It’s all about finding a way to wear your hair to sleep that won’t leave you with dents, frizz or flattened curls the next morning. But some proven ways to prevent your spirals from going wild and unruly can help ”

Here are a few tips to sleep with curly hair without ruining your curls:

1. Braid them:

This pretty much answers why our mom braids her hair mostly. This quick and easy technique can replace the curl refresh routine with a curling iron in the morning. If you have wavy hair, a basic two-strand braid will help you achieve that not-so-basic beachy texture. Loosely braid and twist your hair and apply a wave spray to help it set. When you wake up, take the braids out and you should still have your original curl pattern.

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Braid your hair to avoid frizzy curls. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

2. Pineapple your curls

No, not the fruit, but many curly girls like to tie their hair on top of their head like a ‘pineapple’ before sleeping. For this, you need to flip your dry hair all the way over, and secure into a very high and loose ponytail. Dr Dadu suggests using a satin scrunchie or fabric covered hair tie in order to avoid breaking or denting the hair. As you wake up, separate the ponytail so that half is on each side of your head. A quick spritz of water or curl refresher spray will do the trick!

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Flip your curls in front and tie them into a pineapple on top to wake up with fresh curls. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

3. Pin your curls

If you have a softer hair texture, pinning your curls might help you. “Gather each ringlet from the bottom around your index finger, roll it upward, and flatten it onto your scalp. Secure your hair with a bobby pin overnight, and gently release each in the morning for big and bouncy ringlets”, adds Dr Dadu.

4. Sleep on a satin pillowcase

In order to prevent friction on hair while sleeping, use a silk or satin pillowcase. Hair will glide smoothly over the pillowcase without creating frizz. Dr Dadu suggests doubling up your hair care by both wearing a satin bonnet and sleeping on a satin pillowcase. It will ensure to keep the spiral hair that slips out of their bonnet in shape.

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If you love your hair, break-up with your regular pillowcase. Use a satin or silk pillow case instead. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

5. The good old loose bun

If you’re a curly but lazy girl, you can always depend on the loose bun to cut down on frizz. Dr. Dadu says, “Make sure to tie your bun fairly loose so your curls are not stretched out too much. Avoid a dent in your ringlets by twisting and tucking your bun very loosely and securing it with a scrunchie. This method allows for many morning styling options by keeping your curls intact.”

Dr Dadu, the Founder and Chairman of Dr Nivedita Dadu’s Dermatology Clinic, suggests taking some help from curl-friendly hair products. “Try a spritz or two of a leave-in conditioner as you’re getting ready for your day. It will add keratin to your hair follicle and can infuse your ringlets with shine and bounce. Spray-on conditioners may also make your curl styling an easy breeze in the morning.

So ladies, follow these tips to wake up with those fluffed up beautifully coiled hair. A hair or two may act out but that just adds to the beauty of your natural gorgeous mane. Learn to embrace them too! Just follow these suggestions, sleep like a log and wake up to ‘va va voom’ voluminous curls!

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An aesthete and a skincare junkie, Shifa spends most of her time cooking delish food while wearing a sheet mask. At HealthShots, she creates high-octane content that can leave you all a little intrigued!

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