8 ways to get smooth hair while you sleep

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Bad hair days are a girl’s worst nightmare. And if you’re waking up frequently to an unruly mop of frizzy hair, your nighttime habits could be to blame. Luckily, the secret to waking up with smooth, silky hair is as simple as changing up your nighttime routine.

Fighting frizz overnight comes down to two key things: keeping your locks hydrated and reducing friction. By adding the right products to your nighttime hair care routine, you can fix frizz overnight. Here’s how to tame frizzy hair while catching your zzz's so you can wake up smooth and stress-free.

1. Wash and air dry hair before bed to avoid heat styling. 

Getting your shower in at night won’t just save you time in the morning, it’ll also help prevent damage caused by blow-drying and heat styling. After washing with a frizz fighting shampoo and smoothing conditioner, rinse with lukewarm or cool water to help seal the hair’s cuticle. Then, towel-dry your hair gently and let it air dry.

2. Avoid excess friction by swapping your cotton towel for a microfiber one.  

Microfiber is much kinder to your hair than cotton, which can snag your strands and rough up the cuticle. Plus, microfiber absorbs more water than regular cotton towels. It’s a win-win. After showering, resist the urge to rub your mane vigorously. Instead, gently squeeze out excess moisture with a microfiber towel.

3. Switch your pillowcase to a silk pillowcase to avoid bed head.

Just like cotton towels, cotton sheets cause unnecessary friction—a recipe for bad bed head. Swap your rough cotton pillowcase for a luxurious silk one instead. Your locks will glide over the fabric as you sleep, leaving you with a smooth, shiny, tangle-free do in the morning.

4. Nourish hair while you sleep with hydrating products. 

Hydrate parched locks with a hair serum or moisturizing hair oil to smooth your strands and give them an extra dose of frizz-fighting power while you snooze. Hair serum repels humidity and protects each strand against the onset of frizz and hair oil nourishes hair, leaving it soft, smooth, and shiny. Focus on the ends, and remember—a little goes a long way!

5. Condition your hair overnight by applying a leave in conditioning spray. 

Whether you shampoo or not, spritz on a little leave-in conditioning spray to smooth the hair cuticle, seal in moisture, and create a barrier against frizz while you sleep.

6. Tie your hair up with a soft scrunchie to avoid tangles and friction.  

Sleeping with loose hair makes it vulnerable to too much friction, leaving you with a tangled, frizzy mess in the morning. Keep your locks smooth and contained with a high, loose bun or a simple braid. Just be sure to use a soft satin scrunchie to prevent unsightly creases and breakage. Or, go retro and secure your mane in a silk scarf or cushy rollers.

7. Before showering, brush your hair to detangle and smooth.

Before showering or tying your hair up in your overnight ‘do of choice, use a natural boar bristle brush to detangle and smooth your mane. Brushing with a boar bristle brush helps to distribute your scalp’s natural oils, keeping each strand silky, shiny, and moisturized. Not to mention, it stimulates your scalp to promote hair growth.

8. Add a dehumidifier to remove excess humidity from your room.  

Too much moisture in the air can make even stick-straight hair poof out unattractively. Invest in a dehumidifier for your bedroom to help control excess moisture and ensure you wake up with smooth, luscious locks.

Remember, everyone’s hair is different. Try a different combo of these tricks to find the overnight frizz-fighting routine that works best for you, and never let frizzy hair ruin your morning again!

Need even more frizzy hair tricks? Check out some of our best John Frieda frizz-fighting tips here.

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