How To Sleep With Curly Hair

You know that feeling when you have a bomb washday and all your pretty curls are doing what they are supposed to do? In this post, you’ll learn How To Sleep With Curly Hair.

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Nothing kicks off the start to a good day like having amazing curl definition and minimal frizz. You feel like you could take on the world and you don’t want the day to come to an end.


……what if I told you that you could preserve those beautiful curls overnight without having to restyle or even refresh in the morning?

That’s right.

It is possible to rock day two, three, four, and sometimes even day five with minimal refreshing effort.

The secret lies in preserving your curls overnight.

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I’ve had curly hair my whole life and was never told how very important it is to protect your hair at night until I started following the curly girl method.

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This was my personal 3 month curl transformation.

3 month curly journey

Why Overnight Protection?

Curly hair is fragile! To keep those spiraled curl clumps, you have to protect them overnight.

Not tying your hair up and sleep on harsh fabrics can cause breakage, frizz, and even hair loss.

Failing to protect your hair while you sleep can also cause your hair to become brittle and dry.

However, no one way fits all when it comes to overnight protection.

Every curl is unique and has different needs. It all depends on your curl pattern and the technique you are using to protect your curls.

Below you’ll find a few tips to preserving your curls overnight.

Important update: You’ll notice that I have updated my silk cap recommendation.

After having some issues with my scrunch it silk cap and getting complaints about poor quality and customer service, I can no longer recommend this silk cap.

I was able to find a company that makes luxury, satin, bonnets.

So I’ve replaced my scrunch it with the Cheya Curl Care sleep cap and loving it! And it’s more affordable than the scrunch it which is a double win.

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UPDATE: I’ve done a ton of experimenting with night protection and while I think a sleep cap is the best way to preserve your curls, for me, a silk pillowcase is more comfortable.

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How To Sleep With Curly Hair

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Add Moisture

You know that feeling when you wake up in the middle of the night dying of thirst? Your hair does that too!

Especially if you are sleeping on cotton or fleece which tend to draw moisture from your curls.

To avoid loosing moisture, try adding it before you go to sleep.

Spritz a bit of water on your curls and run your hands over it (using the praying hand’s method) before bed each night. This helps add moisture and will reactive your gel.

Sometimes it will even create a curl cast in the morning which is great!

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Take Care OF Your Scalp

Healthy hair begins with your scalp. Make a habit of incorporating a scalp treatment before bed each night.

This stimulates blood flow to your scalp which increases hair growth and keeps your scalp healthy.

Not to mention it is incredibly relaxing.

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One way to protect your hair at night is to tie it on the top of you head in a pinapple. This helps to limit the amount of friction cause when you sleep because your hair is contained.

Flip your hair over your head and bring it all the way up toward your forehead. Secure your hair right above your forehead with a non-damaging hair tie.

Spritz a bit of water on the top curls to add moisture.

Note: If you have loose curls like me, a pineapple may not be your best option. It can pull out some of your curls especially around the nape of your neck.

>>>>I use these non-damaging hair ties.

How to sleep with curly hair

Always, Always, Always Sleep On Silk

Sleeping on silk has been an absolute game-changer on my curly journey.

Since silk is smooth to touch, it causes little friction and breakage and allows your hair to glide smoothly as you sleep.

Unlike other fabrics, silk helps to maintaine moisture rather than dry your curls out.

Early on in my curly journey, I used an inexpensive silk cap. But I just couldn’t get comfortable in it.

My absolute favorite silk cap to sleep in is the the Cheya Curl Care sleep cap.

It is by far the most comfortable and easy to wear throughout the night.

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My favorite silk pillowcase is made by tee-owel towels.

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Loose Bun

Similar to pineapple but instead of pulling your hair all the way forward, you just pull it to the top of your head and secure it with a curly friendly hair tie.

This is a better option for loose curls or wavy’s.


This method is letting your hair free and sleeping on a silk pillowcase or wearing a silk bonnet.

Silk helps hold in moisture and cause little friction which can lead to breakage and frizz.

This is the other way I protect my hair but I will say it requires more of a refresh in the morning.

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In Conclusion:

The secret to having amazing second, third, and fourth-day hair has everything to do with how you are protecting at night. 



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10 thoughts on “How To Sleep With Curly Hair”

  1. Thanks for the info on the scrunch it cap! I’ll have to try that. Do you have any directions on how to tie the red scarf? I bought one similar but can’t figure it out. ☹️

  2. Hi Colleen – question about that sleep bonnet – it says it is satin, not silk. Does it matter?

    Also, You have bountiful plentiful curls and hair. My hair is fine, wavy, low density and is just to the top of my shoulders in length. I’m also a fairly restless sleeper. When I wake up in the morning, my waves are all but gone, my hair is frizzy and full of kinks. I would like to avoid doing this to my hair at night. I’ve tried the pineapple – it will not stay that way, even for 1 minute before I even lie down. It will not stay in a loose bun. I haven’t found a sleep bonnet that is small enough as I don’t have that much hair and frankly, I think it will just flatten inside the bonnet and I wouldn’t be surprised if I woke up to find it had fallen off in the night anyway. I do have a silk pillowcase but haven’t noticed any difference since switching to it. Any thoughts on what else I can do? Or do I just have to accept that my hair is going to require me to do a full-on soak every morning to ressurect my wave? Thank you!

    • Hey Audrey! You may have to do a wet refresh each morning. It is hard for fine waves to hold overnight. Still sleeping on silk helps to retain moisture. I hope this is helpful

  3. Hey Colleen,
    So so glad I found you:) I just finished watching the 30 day curl guide video and got so much information. I just have a question, if I wet my hair with water before going to bed and sleep with my night cap on, will that not destroy my set curls?


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