How to Sleep on Short Hair and Not Wake Up With a Hair Flip

Updated 09/23/16

I have never had short hair myself, but I surround myself with enough short-haired women to be well versed in their grievances. Number one on the list: the short-hair flip, which occurs most often after sleeping on short hair (wet or dry). Common grumblings associated with the dreaded flip include “Great, now I have to style my hair” and “I look like my mom.” In fact, I recently played a word association game with one of my short-haired co-workers, and unhip, dated, and an assortment of profanities ensued.

Given that this is such a widespread complaint, I figured the pros must have a solution. So I consulted a few of the industry’s best, and it turns they all have roughly the same solution.

Scroll through to find out what it is!

Sleep on Silk

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Yes, you've heard this tip a million times, but it rings especially true for short hair. "Silk pillowcases are the way to go when wanting to avoid hair flips with short hair. They eliminate friction allowing you to wake up free of bedhead," hairstylist Caile Noble says. "Cotton fibers usually rough up cuticle and hair, making it messier. Silk or satin is softer and won't mess up hair," agrees hairstylist Tommy Buckett.

Wear a Silk Scarf

However, they want you to take it one step further. "Wearing a scarf at night can help minimize the flips," says Hairstylist Harry Josh. " Noble says it's the best way to keep your style intact. Just be sure you have the right technique. "When wrapping your hair, wrap in the opposite direction to your normal part," hairstylist Vernon Francois says. "This will create a lot more body and movement when styling in the morning."

Spritz and Style

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Finally, accept that a little styling will be involved. But rest assured you can avoid heating styling. All you need is a spritz of water (or rose water, as Buckett suggests) to reset your natural wave and your styling product of choice. "Take a light spritz of water or rose water to just give a little texture and maybe smooth out some pieces of the short hairstyle," Buckett says.
Do you battle the short-hair flip? Tell us your best trick in the comments!

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