OK so how many of you wake up with bed head every morning?
If you’re telling me you wake up with perfect hair, you’re either lying or you have extremely good luck.
So why do we get bed head anyway? Well if you’re anything like me, you can’t just lie in bed and not shift around during the night. Sometimes not even the comfiest bed, like the mattresses at Casper, can prevent bed head! (Well, if your bed isn’t comfy, that may be a reason. If that’s the case, please check out these Casper mattresses. You’ll be on Cloud 9 in no time! Why? Because Casper mattresses have a latex foam, which helps keep you cool, as well as a memory foam, to help support your body. What more can you ask for from a bed?!)
But let’s get down to business. Let me share some tips on how to both conquer and embrace bed head…
One of my dilemmas is whether I want to take a shower at night or in the morning. What does this have to do with bed head, you ask? Everything.
If I shower at night, I’ll have a greater chance of a bird’s nest to deal with in the morning. If I shower in the morning, I don’t even have to worry about bed head because I’m going to wash away the imperfections anyway.
So whether you shower at night or suffer from chronic bed head, listen up!
CONQUER BED HEAD
So there are a few things you can do at night to prep your locks for when you wake up. What I personally love to do is put my bangs in a hair roller. I’ve been showering at night lately because I do cherish sleeping, and I’d like to sleep in as much as I can in my comfy bed, rather than wake up super early just to take a shower before work. So after my nightly shower, I’ll section off my bangs from the rest of my hair. I’ll take a hair roller (you can use foam or plastic, however it’s comfier to use foam while sleeping) and roll up my wet bangs. I’ll pin it in place with two bobby pins, and voila! I’ll blow dry it if I plan to sleep ASAP, but I normally let my hair air dry.
Once morning hits, I’d unroll my bangs and blow dry them with a thick barrel brush. You don’t have to blow dry it too much. When it comes to bangs, the curlier the better. My bangs often deflate by the middle of the day if I don’t sleep in a hair roller, so these little tools are amazing for voluminous bangs! I’d definitely recommend them. 🙂 Plus, you can get a whole set for pretty cheap if you look in the right places!
You can also sleep in braids, if your hair is long enough. I have a long a-line haircut, and I’ve never actually braided my hair when it’s this short. I used to sleep in braids all the time when my hair was halfway down my back. It’s super easy! Just braid your hair (whether it’s wet or dry) and make sure each braid is secure. My favorite hair ties for sleeping in braids were these tiny clear ones:
You can definitely use regular hair ties, but I just felt like they were too thick and they moved around too much. If I used a regular hair tie, it would fall out during the middle of the night since I tossed and turned so much. The only issue you may run into is if you have really thick hair; these hair ties may be difficult to work with then. You can do the traditional single braid down the back of your neck, one on either side of your head, or do as many tiny ones as you can fit around your whole head! I liked experimenting with all of the above for different looks in the morning. 😉
Once you wake up in the morning, you can carefully unbraid your hair and go from there. I normally just ran my fingers through the braided hair, and then sprayed some product in it. You can use hair spray, or volumizing mousse, or a curl-enhancing spray, or whatever you’d like really. Just avoid brushing it out, because that makes the waves disappear quite quickly. And you don’t want to end up with frizzy curls! Yikes!
You can sleep in a ponytail or bun. I know some of you are probably thinking, “What?!” Hear me out! I slept with my hair in ponytails and buns for years. Why? Honestly it all started out when I did late-night studying. My hair would be in a high ponytail and I’d be studying in bed. Do you know how many times I woke up in a sea of flashcards? Haha. But in all seriousness, after that happened a few times, I realized how convenient it was to sleep in high ponytails. So from there, I started tying my hair in high, loose buns before bed. This helped prevent the crazy tangles I’d get when I woke up. It also pulled my hair back, so I wouldn’t wake up looking like Chewbacca with hair all over my face.
So what do you do when you don’t want to prep at night, or just don’t have the time? I’m pretty low maintenance with my hair, so I don’t mind prepping at night. I hate doing my hair in the morning. I think it’s a hassle. But for those of you who love it, all the power to ya!
EMBRACING BED HEAD
My hair’s best friend is dry shampoo. I think dry shampoo should be your hair’s new best friend too. So what’s dry shampoo? I like to think of it as powder in a can with a spray nozzle. And how exactly will this help your bed head? Honey, a little dry shampoo can go a long way. When you wake up and your hair either looks like an oily mess or a shag carpet, turn to dry shampoo. It’ll help give your locks volume as well as give you that effortless look. Embrace that bed head, girl! Spray some dry shampoo to your roots and make sure to rub it in! If you don’t you may end up with blotches of white powder residue in your hair! Bleh! Work as much dry shampoo in our hair as you’d like, and keep rubbing it in until you’re satisfied. The end result will be a lovely voluminous hairdo. Dry shampoo changed my life. I use it every morning to give my flat hair a boost and to get rid of gross oily locks. You’re welcome, ladies. 😉
So what if your hair is already voluminous enough, and it isn’t oily, but it’s dry? Use a hair oil. There are so many different kinds of oils you can put in your hair. My favorites are Moroccan oil and argan oil. I only use a tiny amount because my hair is already oily. These oils help to tame frizz and smoothes out imperfections and tangles. There are so many brands out there to try. You can try thick oils, or lighter ones that come packaged in spray bottles. These oils can work wonders in making your dry hair look shiny and healthy.
If you wake up late or are in a rush in the morning, you can always style your hair in one of my favorite go-to looks: a sock bun. Sock buns work wonders! They mask bed head so well. 😉 You can use an actual cut-up sock, (you can find YouTube tutorials on how to do this) or you can use a sock bun tool, which I absolutely adore!
These tools come in a few different colors according to your natural hair color. You can use this tool in different ways to get the kind of sock bun you want. The way I use it is: I put my hair up in a high ponytail (because I think high ponies > low ponies) and start with this tool at the tips of my hair. I roll it down to my roots while pulling the hair with me along the way. Definitely go to YouTube to see how this is done! Sock buns saved my life, especially when I had midterms in school. 😉 You can spray the finished product with hair spray to make sure it stays put. The best part about is that it doesn’t matter how messy your hair looks because a sock bun can be loose and messy or tight and sleek! Love it! 🙂
I hope these tips helped! I seriously have hair issues sometimes because bed head is ridiculous. So whether you want to conquer your bed head or embrace it, don’t lose sleep over it! How can you sacrifice your beauty sleep?! Remember to check out Casper mattresses if the problem is your bed and not your hair.
I already don’t want to get out of bed in the mornings, so I’m sure I’ll never want to leave a Casper mattress once I lie down. But a comfy mattress is important!
Sweet dreams, lovers! ❤