by corinne iaia

July 02, 2014

SLEEP WITH DAMP HAIR


Now here is a beauty tip that, for once, involves no fancy products and costs absolutely nothing at all. Do I have your attention yet? I don't know about you, but in terms of hair, any 'styles'  that I tend to sport, should be categorized more so as non-hairstyles and I prefer it that way. You know, those famous hair looks we love to say have a bit of je ne said quoi, non? I think that this is true for many of us nowadays; gone are the days of pin-curls, perms, prom-esque up-dos (don'ts)...you get the gist. I think that the ideal hairstyle, is to make it appear as if you have done absolutely nothing to your hair at all, you know, like you just woke up that way. 

So the trick is...I sleep with my hair damp. Yup, that's it. That's the big secret, and it's the same secret that many actual French girls are hiding in their big bag of French tricks too. Believe me, I've spoken to them, asked them what they do to their hair to make it look that way, and most have said - "nothing really, just wash it before bed and let it dry on its own." I think that all this time many of us have been missing that last ingredient; emphasis on the 'wash before bed' part. So, after years of accidentally doing this to my hair, I have come up with a few tricks for sprucing it up and making it look less limp and more Olsen twins (a girl can dream) come morning.

A couple hours before I know I will be hittin' the hay, I wash my hair, brush it out and rub some oil on the ends. If your natural hair has a bit of bend to it you may want to take the front bits and twist it in the direction away from your face, pinning it to your head with a bobby pin. The twist will fall loosely on its own, so there's no need to worry about how taught your pin is - it actually makes a much nicer wave that way. Let the roots air dry a bit and they will have a little more texture and lift that way, and then it's time for a snooze. The next morning the first thing I'll do is unpin my twists and shake out the hair with my hands a bit, spritz on some wave spray like the Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray (you may skip this step if you prefer) and oomph it up a bit with my hands. I know the idea here is to not use any styling aids, but if you want the look to be a bit more uniform you may take a curling iron to loosely touch up any pieces that missed the wave. Personally I end up only using the iron on one or two pieces around the front for a bit of definition, and leaving the rest on the messier side - French in essence.

Would you guys try sleeping with damp hair to get that tousled effect? Maybe you already have and I'm late on the train…let me know! 
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  1. I personally find my hair feels a lot nicer if I've let it dry in my sleep compared to using a hair dryer, will have to try the twist idea! :3

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  2. Me too! And the twist is one of the best and easiest hair tricks I know :)
    xx,
    Corinne

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  3. I always let my hair air dry at night while I snooze as it's the only way I ever have any semblance of "volume", but this whole twisting of the front pieces idea? I love! I will definitely give that a try! Thanks, Corinne!

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    1. Of course! Just want to share my cheats as I have struggled with making my hair uniformly wavy for so long and this has definitely helped!

      xx,
      Corinne

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