How To Get Great Hair In Your Sleep

Photographed by Alexandra Gavillet.
Unless you're blessed with magic hair, getting your strands to look incredible takes major time and effort. But, when our alarm clock is the victor in the battle between hitting the snooze button and primping our locks, time and effort are two things we find ourselves lacking some most days.
Fortunately, there's a loophole: Some crafty chicks are able to work major mane magic before they hit the sack, waking up with amazing hair. Yep, they do their thing pre-ZZZs and jump out of bed refreshed, well rested, and with gorgeous locks. Talk about having your cake and eating it, too.
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So, to figure out the inner workings of #wokeuplikethis hair, we tapped some of the smartest cookies we know: our very own staffers. We’re a pretty diverse bunch when it comes to the hair on our heads, so their styles run the gamut, from natural texture to pixie cuts. Of course, these gals have some serious tricks up their sleeves. So, no matter what your 'do looks like, we’ve got an overnight hair tip for you. Click on, and prepare to get some stunning strands along with your slumber.
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Photographed by Alexandra Gavillet.
Who: Natalie Fine, associate PM/producer

Style: Beach waves for days

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Photo: Courtesy of Banana Boat.
Clutch Product: Tanning oil

Banana Boat Deep Tanning Oil Spray, $7.19, available at drugstore.com.
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Photographed by Alexandra Gavillet.
How She Does It
“Every night, I take a shower and shampoo and condition my hair. After towel-drying it, I comb my hair and part it the way I plan to wear it the following day. Next, I divide my hair into four sections. I then spritz my hair twice with Banana Boat Tanning Oil and then twirl my hair, working the oil in.

"I keep twirling until my hair dries, which gives it a natural, second-day look."
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Photographed by Alexandra Gavillet.
"I got into this after a close friend in high school started swearing by it because she thought it helped her hair grow. Sure enough, the process worked, and two years later, I’m totally hooked.”
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Photographed by Alexandra Gavillet.
Who: Larissa Green, social-media editor

Style: Natural curls

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Clutch Product: Silk hair scarf

Echo Grand Flora Silk Scarf, $68, available at Nordstrom.
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Photographed by Alexandra Gavillet.
How She Does It
“The technique I use is called pineappling. All you’ve got to do is gather your hair on the top of your head. Then, you take your silk scarf and wrap it around the base. (This method got its name because the top of your head will look like the leaves of a pineapple.) A silk hair scarf is absolutely necessary for this. You don’t want cotton. It strips the moisture from your hair. Plus, the coils of natural hair get caught in the weaving of the fabric, making them likely to break.”
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Photographed by Alexandra Gavillet.
"Pineappling is great for natural hair because it keeps the kinks and curls along the base of your neck from getting smashed, which allows the coils to fall better in the morning."
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Who: Lauren Caruso, contributor network editor

Style: Voluminous, long locks

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Photo: Courtesy of Living Foods.
Clutch Product: Coconut oil

Living Foods Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, $12.08, available at Pure Formulas.
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Photographed by Alexandra Gavillet.
How She Does It
“Much to the dismay of my pillowcases, I've been on the coconut-oil train for a while now. Every Sunday night (lately, it's pre-Mad Men), I coat my hair in the stuff, making sure everything from root to tip — yes, including my scalp — is saturated.

"Then, after I finger-brush it through as best I can, I throw my hair in a top knot and go to bed. I make sure to keep my pillows double-cased, lest I want the oil to seep through. And, if I'm feeling fancy (which is rare), I'll tie a scarf on top.

"Because I have super-thin hair that has a serious tendency to fall flat, I wash my hair two or three times the next morning to make sure the oil is fully rinsed."
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Photographed by Alexandra Gavillet.
"Before I started using coconut oil in my hair overnight, my scalp used to get greasy within five or six hours. But, now that I'm on the weekly treatment, I usually don't have to wash my hair again until Thursday or Friday (with a few baby powder/texturizing powder touch-ups throughout the week to get me by). Sometimes, not catering to your own hair type helps more than if you avoid oils or heavy masks.”
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Photographed by Alexandra Gavillet.
Who: Megan McIntyre, beauty director

Style: Bended, textured lob


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Photo: Courtesy of Gnarly Whale.
Clutch Product: A sweet-smelling conditioning spray

Gnarly Whale Coconut Milk and Peaches Hair Detangler, $11, available at Etsy.
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Photographed by Alexandra Gavillet.

How She Does It
“I have the type of straight, fine hair that looks great the day I wash it but starts to go drastically downhill after that. To get more mileage out of my shampoos, I've taken to adding some texture using braids. Before I hit the sheets on day two after my shower, I divide my hair into two equal parts on each side of my head, then divide that hair into three sections. I braid each section, starting a few inches down from the root — if you braid starting up at the root, you wind up with super-fluffy '80s crimps, which is not a look I'm actively pursuing.

"I'll leave about an inch of hair out of the braid at the end when I secure with an elastic, and I pull each braid apart a little bit to loosen it up. Again, the goal here is a soft, kind-of-bended texture — not a full-on crimp — so leaving the ends out and loosening up ensures things don't take a turn for the crazy.

"I spritz each braid with a healthy dose of leave-in conditioner, saturating it until it's damp throughout (but not soaking wet). I then ignore the weird looks my husband gives me and go to sleep."

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Photographed by Alexandra Gavillet.
"When I wake up, I undo the braids and run my fingers through my hair, add a bit of Bumble and bumble Prêt-à-Powder Dry Shampoo to the roots, and run a smidgen of Privé Vanishing Oil through the lengths to add some separation. Because I used a leave-in conditioner and not a texturizing spray, my waves are soft and silky — not crunchy. This gives me a cool, semi-bended wave that buys me at least another day without shampooing, and it actually looks like I put some effort into my hair. Little do they know...
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Photographed by Alexandra Gavillet.
Who: Gabrielle Korn, assistant beauty editor

Style: Piece-y, wavy bob
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Photo: Courtesy of Shu Uemura.
Clutch Products: A treatment mask and argan hair oil

Shu Uemura Full Shimmer Hair Mask, $68, available at Shu Uemura.
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Photo: Courtesy of Moroccanoil.
Moroccanoil Treatment Light, $43, available at Moroccanoil.
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Photographed by Alexandra Gavillet.
How She Does It
“When I want to wake up with soft, touchable waves, I use Shu Uemura's hair mask right after my nighttime shower and leave it in for about 20 minutes.

"I rinse the mask out in the sink (because who wants to get back in the shower?) and then apply a healthy dollop of argan oil and incorporate it through all of my hair. I start at the bottom of my hair — because that’s my driest part — and then work the oil up to my scalp so it doesn’t get overly concentrated. I don't do anything else; I just go to bed with my hair sopping wet and coated in the oil."

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Photographed by Alexandra Gavillet.
"When I wake up, my locks are super hydrated, piece-y, and wavy.”
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Photographed by Alexandra Gavillet.
Who: Chloe Daley, associate lifestyle editor

Style: Tousled pixie

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Photo: Courtesy of Psssssst!.
Clutch Product: Dry shampoo

Psssssst! Instant Spray Shampoo, $5.99, available at Ulta.
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Photographed by Alexandra Gavillet.
How She Does It
"My trick is so simple I almost feel silly saying it, but I actually use dry shampoo at night instead of in the morning. Right before going to bed, I generously spray some Psssssst! at my roots and then let it be.

"The key is not working the powder in. After tossing and turning all night, the powder gets incorporated and soaks up all the oil I produce while sleeping."
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Photographed by Alexandra Gavillet.
"In the morning, my hair feels super textured and ready for any styling products. When I put it on in the morning, I inevitably end up with random, white powder spots, but spritzing my hair before bed eliminates this issue. For short-haired girls especially, this is the way to go!”
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Photographed by Alexandra Gavillet.
Who: Alex McGinn, associate sales development manager

Style: Shampoo-commercial waves

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Clutch Product: A one-and-a-half-inch curling iron

Conair 1 1/2-inch Ceramic Satin Finish Curling Iron, $17.49, available at Target.
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Photographed by Alexandra Gavillet.
How She Does It
“I French-braid my wet hair on nights when I shower before bed. As it dries overnight, it creates a smooth, mermaid-wave texture for my otherwise frizzy hair. I find that this added texture helps my hair hold a curl more easily.

"Once it's dry in the a.m., I pull some pieces around my crown into a one-and-a-half-inch-barrel curling iron and let the rest of my hair 'do the wave' from the French braid. I like the mix of curling-iron curl and mermaid wave; it has a more undone, dynamic feel than simply curling my entire head of hair with an iron."
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Photographed by Alexandra Gavillet.
"French-braiding before bed also helps me preserve the texture of day-old styled hair and keeps dreaded knots at bay!”
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