overnight hairstyle hacks

There’s no greater struggle than having to compose a hairstyle in the morning — especially after snoozing your alarm a shameful number of times and then realizing you have to be out the door ASAP. The good news is that there’s a very efficient way to solve this problem, and it starts right before you go to bed. Ahead, discover five overnight hairstyle hacks from some of our favorite beauty vloggers to help you get yourself out the door faster than you ever imagined.

For Medium-Length Hair

Overnight sock curls are officially a thing and we promise it’s worth testing out. Hair and beauty vlogger Lysss Ryan created the look in the following steps:

STEP 1: Split your hair into two sections and out of those sections, split them into two more. In total, you should have four sections.

STEP 2: Take your first sock and wrap your hair around it, rolling it upwards towards the top of your head.

STEP 3: Tie your hair into a knot. Tie it as tightly as possible and consider bobby pinning the sock if it begins to fall loose.

STEP 4: Repeat the same process with the next three sections.

STEP 5: In the morning, gently roll the socks of your hair.

Optional: Add dry shampoo to your roots to add some volume and rub a small amount of styling cream through the curls.

For Short, Natural Hair

Hair vlogger Jaleesa Moses shares how she wears her natural hair by sleeping in four simple bantu knots:

STEP 1: Split hair into two sections and then split them into two sections again. Secure each section with a hair elastic.

STEP 2: For the two front sections, twist your hair towards the back of your head as high up as possible twisting around the base.

STEP 3: Keep twisting until you can create a mini bun and then tuck the ends very securely.

STEP 4: Secure the knot with a hair elastic. Repeat with the second front hair section.

STEP 5: In the back, bring your hair high up and twist facing towards the front of your head.

STEP 6: Repeat the same process as the front pieces and then secure.

STEP 7: Use a stocking or silk scarf to protect your hair while you sleep.

STEP 8: In the morning, carefully untwist the four knots. Take a comb and tease your hair, paying the most attention to the back of your hair. Finish with hairspray.



For Medium-Length Thin and Thick Hair


Using a normal fabric headband you can create soft, pretty waves overnight. Mimi from Luxy Hair demonstrates the process:

STEP 1: Split your hair into two sections and place two headbands (to keep hairstyle secure) over the top of your hair. If a bump occurs, pull your hair down to ensure that it’s flat.

STEP 2: Spray the area below the headband with a bottle of water to make your hair damp.

STEP 3: Twist the first section of your hair and then wrap this section around the headband – starting behind your ear.

STEP 4: Repeat the same process for the second section of your hair.

STEP 5: Spray the back, wrapped portion of your hair with hairspray before bed.

STEP 6: In the morning, slowly unwrap the two sections, with the headband on. Take the headband off after the curls are out.

STEP 7: Style curls by scrunching waves with a small amount of texturizing cream.


For Long, Thin Hair

Hair donuts can be used for more than just perfectly shaped hair buns. Hair vlogger Nee from Bebexo demonstrates how to sleep on a hair donut (or a DIY one using a sock, of course) for voluminous morning curls:

STEP 1: Tie your dry hair into a high ponytail, situating it right above your head.

STEP 2: Using a hair donut or a sock, put your ponytail through the hole as if it were a hair elastic.

STEP 3: Divide your hair into two equal sections (or three or more for more volume).

STEP 4: Put your thumb and index finger through the top of the hole and pull the first section through.

STEP 5: Then repeat the same steps until all of your hair is wrapped around the donut.

STEP 6: Repeat with all of the same sections.

STEP 7:When you get to the tip of the hair, just tuck it under the sock bun.

STEP 8: In the morning, gently unravel the sock and carefully take out the hair elastic.

STEP 9: Apply your favorite hairspray to finish.

For Long, Thick Hair

Here’s how beauty vlogger Vivian V creates a wavy hair look with a twist braid style that is actually cute enough to wear outside of your bedroom:

STEP 1: Starting with slightly damp hair, split your hair into two sections.

STEP 2:Starting with the front layer of your hair, twist one section of hair over the other. After you’ve twisted one section of hair over the other, add more hair to one section and twist it over.

STEP 3: Keep repeating this process until you reach the base of your neck. Make sure you get all of the hair from the back of your head to complete the braid on one side.

STEP 4: When there aren’t any layers left to add, twist the braid into a bun and secure with a hair elastic. Be sure that the bun is very night.

STEP 5: Repeat the same steps for the second section of hair.

STEP 6: The next morning, gently take the twist braids out and use your hands to separate the waves.



Could You Be Shedding Too Much?

Most of us have inspected the drain after a shower (or the bathroom floor after a blowout) and thought, Wow, that’s a lot of hair. Everyone experiences hair shedding, after all. Research shows that the average person sheds somewhere between fifty and one hundred strands of hair (!) every day. So when is hair loss normal, and when does it signify an underlying health problem?

Rest assured that shedding is a natural part of your hair’s growth cycle. Every hair on your head goes through phases of growth and rest before eventually falling out. Hair loss becomes problematic if you notice a lot more falling out than usual, if your hair comes out in clumps, or if you experience thinning hair or patches of baldness on your scalp. Some causes of hair loss or thinning include:

  • Genetics. Female- and male-pattern baldness are hereditary conditions that run in your family (thanks, Mom and Dad).
  • Hormones. Hormonal changes or hormonal disorders (like polycystic ovary syndrome) can cause hair loss. Many folks notice hair loss after giving birth or during menopause.
  • Stress. Extreme physical or emotional stress can lead to temporary hair loss. This can be caused by traumatic events like divorce, death of a loved one, surgery, or even dramatic weight loss.
  • Nutritional deficiency. Hair loss can also occur if you’re not getting enough of a certain nutrient, like protein, iron, or vitamin B12.
  • Illness. Some illnesses like diabetes, lupus, hypothyroidism, and certain autoimmune disorders can make you lose more hair than normal.
  • Medication. Sometimes hair loss is a side effect of medication or a medical treatment such as chemotherapy.
  • Styling damage. Certain hairstyles that pull at the scalp like tight braids or updos can damage hair follicles and cause a type of hair loss called traction alopecia.

If you feel like you’re noticing more hair than usual in the shower, on your hairbrush, or on your pillow, don’t freak out. According to Harvard Medical School, about one in three women experience hair loss at some point in their lives. Temporary excessive shedding (or telogen effluvium) is brought on by an underlying trigger such as an illness or imbalance. It’s also worth noting that due to your hair’s growth cycle, shedding peaks about four months after the incident that caused it, so work with your doctor to identify and treat the root cause.

While you wait for your appointment with your doctor, here are a few tips for dealing with less-than-voluminous locks.

  • Eat more protein. Getting enough protein in your diet is essential for hair growth.
  • Take your vitamins. A diet rich in iron, vitamin C, vitamin B12, vitamin D3, copper, zinc, and selenium can set you (and your hair) up for success.
  • Reduce styling damage. Avoid tight hairstyles, using hot tools too often, bleaching your hair, and getting frequent chemical perms or hair- relaxing treatments. If your hair has been overprocessed, invest in a good conditioning mask.
  • Sleep with a silk pillowcase. Silk is smoother than cotton, so it’s less likely to snag and pull at your hair while you sleep.
  • Keep your scalp happy. An itchy, flaky, inflamed scalp can lead to more shedding than usual. Try a scalp treatment to keep dandruff and inflammation at bay.