How to wake up with great hair

by Hair Romance on October 11, 2011 · 41 comments

in Hair Style Advice

I hope I haven’t misled you with the title of this post, because for this tip to work, you need to have great hair before you go to sleep. I’m sorry if you thought I had an overnight hair miracle, or a group of fairies that magically come and do your hair while you sleep (though I wish I did!).

However I do have the easiest trick to keep your hair looking fabulous, and to make your blowdry last even longer.

Previously I shared my mum’s secret to waking up with good hair. She used to tie a silk scarf around her pillow, or you can buy a silk pillowslip to cover your pillow. Try it tonight and see if you wake up with smoother hair.
But if you toss and turn at night like I do, silk helps but won’t do all the work for you.
Last week I told you how much I love getting my hair blowdried at a salon and this way of tying your hair up at night will help you keep the volume and shape in your hair for longer.
Gently twist your hair up and tie into a topknot or clip on the top of your head.


I bet you’re thinking, that’s too easy, it won’t work! Or, that’s uncomfortable, I won’t be able to sleep with my hair up!

It does work! Make sure you twist your hair loosely, you don’t want to put any kinks in your hair. Also tie or clip you hair right on the top of your head. That way even if you sleep on your side, or move around in your sleep like I do, your hair is out of the way.

You may even find it more comfortable to sleep with your hair up. I’m only noticing as my hair gets longer that it gets caught under my shoulders as I move on my pillow. Sleeping with it loosely clipped up on top of my head is really comfortable.

The best bit is your hair is full of body in the morning and has heaps of volume. It only takes a couple of minutes to brush into place and you’re ready to go!

Try it tonight and let me know if it works for you. Do you have any tips for waking up with good hair?

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Anonymous October 11, 2011 at 9:45 pm

Anyone have tips for super long hair? There is no way I could keep all my hair on top of my head, I can't even get it into one of those clips. I currently braid it so I don't wake up with more tangles than I can possible brush out but then I have braid kinks.


Metha March 20, 2014 at 4:28 am

I had the same problem, but now I just use flex rollers in my hair (i have curly/wavy hair, and it’s very big). It doesn’t really changes the curls shapes, but it just defines them a bit more.


Hair Romance March 20, 2014 at 1:18 pm

That’s a great idea Metha, thanks for commenting x


Hair Romance October 11, 2011 at 10:31 pm

@Anonymous – could you try twisting your hair and winding it into a large topknot? How long is your hair?

Would love to hear advice from anyone with lovely long hair!


Me, my best and I October 11, 2011 at 11:10 pm

OOh- Ill try anything once to wake up with great hair. I was actually doing exactly this after blowdrying while putting on make-up as it helps my hair set nicely and adds some volume. Will try have a sleep in it :)


CupcakesOMG! October 12, 2011 at 12:51 am

i'm sitting here with wet hair right now and about to dry it…i'll be doing this before bed tonight, as i always sweat when i sleep and end up with waves underneath!!


leta October 12, 2011 at 1:32 am

I have hair that is long enough to touch my waistband. I have found that the "sock bun" on top of my head works very well for keeping it out of trouble at night. I know some people use that to get curls but my hair is too heavy it doesn't curl, but stays much smoother.


Hair Romance October 12, 2011 at 2:11 am

@Me my best and I – great idea! It would definitely keep your hair bouncier during the day if you clip it up while you do your makeup. Sleeping this way makes it stay great all day.

@CupcakesOMG – the exact same thing happens to me! Then it gets all weird and frizzy underneath. Clip you hair up tonight and you'll thank me in the morning ;)

@leta – great tip! A sock bun would be perfect.


Megan October 12, 2011 at 2:12 am

For second day curls with volume I just put my hair in a high ponytail on top of my head in a soft hairband (scrunchie). If your hair is longer you can pull it just halfway through. I don't know if that would make kinks on a blowout or not. It keeps hair out of the way while sleeping and curls intact for morning!

It seems that the key to volume is to get your hair on top of your head so you don't smush it :)


Hair Romance October 12, 2011 at 2:40 am

@Megan – I think scrunchies are awful but this is the one time they work! They are not too tight and don't leave a mark like hairbands can. I've never tried this with curls, but will give it a go next time I wash my hair.


Megan October 12, 2011 at 2:57 am

Oh absolutely, don't leave the house wearing a scrunchie! Gadzooks. I would never endorse such a thing. x)


Tine @ Beautyholics Anonymous October 12, 2011 at 3:10 am

I'm going to give this a try tonight. Fingers crossed I shall wake up with great hair :P


Hair Romance October 12, 2011 at 3:26 am

@Megan – gadzooks indeed! lol!

@Tine – thanks for trying it and let me know what you think in the morning x


CupcakesOMG! October 12, 2011 at 3:17 pm

you are literally a genius!!! i did this last night and even though my hair didn't look exactly like it did after the blow out, it made a HUGEEEEEEe difference!! it probably cut my getting ready time in half!! literally, amazing!!


galejade October 12, 2011 at 5:43 pm

I'm definitely trying this tonight! Thanks so much for sharing your trick :D


Hair Romance October 12, 2011 at 10:08 pm

@CupcakesOMG – yay! thank you!

@galejade – hope it works for you as well as CupcakesOMG!


Anonymous October 14, 2011 at 4:33 am

Wonderful! Thanks for the tip!


Elli October 14, 2011 at 8:56 am

Yay, it really works!
I can wear my hair much longer opened without having to wash it because it sticks to my head! :D


galejade October 15, 2011 at 9:25 am

So I tried it and it worked so well! Thanks so much Christina, I'm going to use it everyday :)


Hair Romance October 17, 2011 at 1:02 am

Thanks for trying it!! I swear it is such a time saver in the morning!


Cutting Edge by JS October 26, 2011 at 8:44 pm

It's a great idea! I've tried, but I left the mark of the clip …
I love your blog! I follow;)


Christine Brigid February 9, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Great blog, just signed up to follow you with bloglovin’. Christine Brigid


Hair Romance February 9, 2012 at 9:06 pm

Thank you!


Beefults June 12, 2012 at 1:45 pm

I love this idea but my hair is in a short cropped bob that hangs just below my chin. My hair is sometimes wavy but I have a terribly oily scalp. How can someone with short hair (who loves to shower in the evening as oppose to the morning) wake up with minimal work to do? Thanks!


Wendy Irene January 12, 2013 at 3:21 pm

Thanks so much for the great idea! Going to try it out tonight.


Hair Romance January 13, 2013 at 10:27 pm

Thanks Wendy! Hope you love your hair in the morning x


Laura March 4, 2013 at 4:37 am

As I sit here working knots out of my medium length curly hair and looking up ways to remove knots, I know that I will be trying this tonight.


Hair Romance March 4, 2013 at 10:52 am

Good luck Laura! I also wrote about how to get knots out of curly hair here xx


curly cue April 11, 2013 at 11:43 am

I have really curly hair will this work for me so its easyer for me to wake up and not have to deal with the knots and tangles in my hair in the monrings


Hair Romance April 11, 2013 at 10:23 pm

HI! Yes it can help, just use a large clip and don’t twist your hair too tightly x


Karen May 22, 2013 at 3:05 pm

Can I do the same thing if I have my hair long


Hair Romance May 23, 2013 at 11:23 pm

Hi Karen, yes you can! Twist your hair into a loose top knot and you’ll wake up with great hair x


Justaperson March 7, 2014 at 3:52 pm

Hi! As an Indian girl, I have hair that’s closer to smooth, but kinda frizzy and it’s always a mess when I wake up. I’m tried this last night… And it worked! I’m so excited that I finally have a solution. Thank you soooooooo much!


Hair Romance March 8, 2014 at 2:15 pm

That’s great to hear! Thank you for leaving a comment to let me know xx


Alana March 29, 2014 at 12:26 pm

Won’t this break your hair (getting split ends, hair breaking off)?


Hair Romance March 30, 2014 at 9:38 pm

Hi Alana, the clip is very gentle and I find it causes less damage than sleeping with my hair out :)


Connie June 29, 2014 at 9:45 pm

My hairdresser told me to cut old pantyhose in rings. I use the legs and cut some wide and some a little skinner. The wider the tighter they hold my hair. I turn my head upside down and brush well. Then I put the pantyhose ring like a hair elastic in to make a pinapple top…..I can’t sleep with any kind of clip….in the morning I let it down and my hair is perfect! No mark from the pantyhose elastic! I wash my hair once a week. Dry shampoo is fantastic to freshen it up.


Hair Romance June 29, 2014 at 10:06 pm

Thanks for the tips Connie :) I’m also a huge fan of dry shampoo


Connie June 29, 2014 at 9:47 pm

It also works when I have my hair curly. Just skip the brushing part.


Connie June 29, 2014 at 9:53 pm

When my hair get long and it’s kind of heavy, I put it up the way I described earlier and wrap the hair loosely around like a bun and pin it. It’s not so heavy and I get a nice wave.

I think the trick is to use the old pantyhose, they protect your hair from breaking an don’t lesve c mark like hair elastics.


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