Hairstyles for Sleeping So You Can Wake Up With Better Hair

Lazy-girl PSA: achieving the model-off-duty look is a lot easier than expected. Effortless waves that also have body and bounce is a forever lusted-after look—the only problem is that sometimes chic bedhead waves turn out looking like actual bedhead. Luckily, we have some messy-but-chic hair hacks that will save you some time while still looking perfectly tousled.

We talked to the pros to find out the best pre-slumber styles to save time in the morning and make our hair look better, and the best part is that it takes little-to-no effort to perfect. So go ahead, sleep in, and keep scrolling to see how to pull off your own version of the model-off-duty look. Waves à la Gigi Hadid, here we come.


Two Braids

According to Nunzio Saviano, owner of Nunzio Saviano hair salon in NYC, two braids will result in pretty, soft bends in the hair. He says the braids "keep the hair from getting all over the place and are a good way to maintain your hair if you already have waves." He also recommends this style for those with natural tight curls because they "relax the curls and make them less frizzy."

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Twisted Topknots

According to celebrity hairstylist Sam DiVine, "for a soft, tousled beach wave and lived-in look, go for the twisted topknots." To achieve this updo, she suggests applying Shu Uemura Ample Angora Volumizing Light Foam ($30) on damp, towel-dried hair, and then loosely twisting the hair in your hand "like a rope, and then twist it again, as if you are forming a bun, to create the topknot."

All you have to do once you wake up is give your hair a good tousle, and you're good to go. Saviano also suggests doing one single high bun with a scrunchie (so you don't form a dent in the hair). The hair isn't messy in the morning, and it has a lot of body when you take it out.

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Loose French Braid

"If you want more of a rock 'n' roll look, you can braid instead of twist your hair,” says celebrity stylist Creighton Bowman. "I recommend a loose french braid starting just behind the front layers of your head." Remember, you're going to be sleeping in this style, so the looser and more comfortable it is, the better. Keep the elastics loose, too, unless you want a dent in your hair.


For girls with naturally coily strands, pineapple your hair by loosely gathering the hair at the very top of the head with a scrunchie so curls don't get crushed while you sleep. You might also want to wrap your hair, which entails beginning at the nape of the neck and wrapping in a clockwise or counterclockwise direction. Pin any falling strands before ultimately tying a scarf around the hairline. To help curls maintain their integrity and stay moisturized, try the L.O.C method.

Want more tips on achieving tousled waves? Check out the five best nonsticky beach sprays for touchable waves.

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