Overnight Sensation: 4 Crazy-Easy 'Dos

Look, you guys already know that we're bona fide lazy girls who are always looking for ways to get ready fast (a.k.a. sneak in those extra zzzs). So, when dreaming up ideas for our latest issue of Hair DIY, we thought that there was no better way to shave time off of our morning routine than finding ways to style our hair — overnight.
Thankfully, master hairstylist Akemi Tamaribuchi loves a good "wet set" — her term for ways to wear damp hair overnight that allows girls to wake up, give their locks a hearty shake, and go. From pin curls to baby braids, these styles will look cute while you snooze — and look seriously incredible when you awake.
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With little more than setting spray, bobby pins, and paper towels (we'll get to that in a minute), you can get fall's trendiest hair looks — all with next to little effort. Click through for the full step-by-step — your hair routine will never be the same.
Hair by Akemi Tamaribuchi; Makeup by Andrew Colvin; Modeled by Nancy Lu and Victoria Ratermans.
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The Vintage Wave

A super-flattering hairstyle on any face shape, these sculpted waves are classic and lovely (but never, ever boring).

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Start with damp hair — either freshly washed, or spritzed down with a spray bottle. Then, add some grip to your hair with a good styling spray — Tamaribuchi used Kérastase's Spray À Porter throughout the story.
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Make a deep side part, and start creating pin curls. Simply take a two-inch section of hair and wrap it multiple times around two fingers (for a medium-sized curl).
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When the hair is totally coiled around your fingers, carefully slip the hair off your fingers, maintaining the coil shape, and pin the coil flat to your head. Voilà — your first pin curl!
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Continue grabbing two-inch sections of hair and winding them into pin curls, until your whole head is set, leaving your bangs or any short front layers for last. Note: Tamaribuchi hand-painted these bobby pins pink with nail polish (because she's all crafty like that) — but you can get a similar look with these.
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To finish, shape your bangs or any face-framing layers into coils, and pin.
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To make sure shorter front layers stay in place, you may want to add another bobby pin in an "X" formation — it'll prevent any overnight slippage. Next step: sleep! (Or, alternatively, blast your head with a blowdryer to dry and set the hair.)
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In the morning (or after the coils have cooled from the heat of the blowdryer), carefully unwind each of the pin curls.
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To finish the style and add a bit of polish, brush the curls out gently with a boar-bristle brush.
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Set with a bit of hairspray, and run — your modern screen-siren waves will last all day!
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The Fine Mess

For the other side of the wavy-headed spectrum, try this look — it's totally 80's-surfer girl (in the best possible way).

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Start, once again, with slightly damp hair. Section your hair into four sections — two at either side of your face, and two at the back of your head — and clip all except one out of the way.
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Take the loose section and prep your locks with styling spray, to ensure a long-lasting style.
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Next, separate the section into two equal sections, and create a rope braid. First, twist both sections toward your face. Then, cross the twists over each other from front to back; you'll start to see a rope form.
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Twist the hair all the way to the end, and secure with an elastic. Repeat with the other three sections of hair.
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Next, criss-cross the two rope braids at the back of your head together.
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Wind the two tails together until a chignon shape is formed, and pin into place.
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Take the two front rope braids, wrap them around the chignon, and pin into place until your hair lies flat against your head.
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This style would look gorgeous worn as is — but to unleash some seriously cool texture, proceed to the next step.
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Remove the pins from your hair, then unwind the rope braids, until all of your hair is loose.
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Get your fingers into your hair and separate your locks into big, bodacious waves.
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If you like, add some definition to strands with a glossing wax (such as this one by Shu Uemura) — but definitely finish with hairspray to maintain all of that fabulous volume!
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The Modern Crimp

Intrigued by the idea of crimped hair, but not interested in the super-tight kinks of yore? This method will create lovely, fluffy waves — with super-on-trend sleek roots.

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Part damp hair right down the center (use a comb to get it extra-straight), then separate the hair into four sections, just like you did with your rope braids.
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Clip three of the sections out of the way. Take the fourth section and apply mousse from roots to tips — Tamaribuchi is loving Kérastase's new Mousse Bouffant.
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Starting at cheekbone level, braid the hair in a simple three-strand braid, until you reach the ends of the hair, and secure with an elastic.
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Repeat on the remaining three sections of hair.
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To keep hair contained while you sleep, weave the four braids around themselves.
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Secure the braids together with an elastic, and hit the hay!
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In the morning, unwind the four braids.
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Gently brush your hair (crimped parts only!) to relax the wave and create an ethereal, fuzzy texture.
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To finish, give your hair a good hit of hairspray — concentrate the blast at the roots, and give the crimped parts just a dusting of product, to maintain those free-flowing waves.
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On A Roll

Remember how we mentioned paper towels? Yep, you'll use them to create these beautiful coils — proceed to see how it's done!

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Create a slightly off-center part in damp hair, and prep locks with styling spray.
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Rip off a paper towel from a large roll, and fold it until it's about an inch wide. Separate a one-inch-wide section of hair, hold the rolled paper towel at the ends, and roll hair up onto the paper towel, towards the roots. Tie the ends of the paper towel together to create a rag curl.
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Continue to roll and tie one-inch sections of hair, until the entire head is rolled.
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Rolled and ready! You know what to do — drift off to Dreamland, or set hair with a blowdryer if you wish.
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Once hair is set, unroll all of the rag curls.
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Separate each coil for volume (and to make the look more natural).
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Massage the roots of the hair for an extra boost at the crown.
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Hit with some spray, and hit the town — Dallas ain't got nothin' on your big, bad curls!

Make up by Andrew Colvin; Hair by Akemi Tamaribuchi; Modeled by Nancy Lu and Victoria Ratermans.
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