It’s once in a blue moon that we wake up with hair that’s ready to see the world. From static to uneven waves—and worse yet, tangles from tossing and turning—it’s safe to say that most of the time, our hair needs plenty of TLC before we can even start our day. But instead of eschewing your hour-long morning routine and adopting the messy bun strategy, why not add these simple prep steps to your nighttime routine instead? Some of our favorite celebrity stylists have deigned to share their wisdom, so we can all wake up with gorgeous hair every time. We promise.
Change Your Sheets
“To avoid static, sleep with satin sheets and pillow cases,” says Ric Pipino, celebrity stylist and VP of Global Creative for Alterna Haircare. This switch also helps to prevent hair breakage, adds celebrity stylist Joshua Ristaino of the Magnet Agency. “One made of bamboo fabric works nicely too, but why not splurge a little and treat your hair like a princess?”
“Brush like Marcia Brady,” says Ristaino. “Brushing your hair before bed is a fantastic way to redistribute the natural oils from your scalp to the rest of your hair.” But don’t get carried away, and risk doing more harm than good—”Ten to 15 strokes with a boar bristle brush will do the trick,” Ristaino confirms.
Sleep With a Mask
“Use an overnight mask or product like Alterna Haircare Caviar Anti-Aging Overnight Hair Rescue ($38, sephora.com) to nourish hair and restore radiance,” says Pipino. With a blend of caviar extract and vitamin C, the product strengthens each strand and helps to prevent future breakage. Apply a quarter-size amount, focusing on damaged ends, and just rinse out in the morning.
Sometimes your hair needs more nourishment than a wash-out conditioner can provide. “Bring moisture back into your tired and dry locks by first spritzing purified water throughout your hair, concentrating on your ends,” says Ristaino. “Secondly, use a wide-toothed comb to evenly distribute an overnight treatment leave-in conditioner, such as René Furterer Karité Intense Overnight Nourishing Treatment Leave-In ($33, renefurtererusa.com), throughout your hair.” Then, he recommends braiding your hair in two or three sections and sleeping on it. “In the morning,” Ristaino says, “rinse hair with lukewarm water in your shower and let it air dry to preserve the nourishing benefits of the shea butter and shea oil in the overnight treatment.”
Keep Hair in Place
“If you have longer hair, pull it back into a loose bun,” says Pipino. “You can even use a hairnet to keep your hair contained and protected while you sleep.” This will prevent knots and static caused from the constant friction with your sheets—if you’ve yet to switch to satin, that is.
Preserve Your Blowout
“Holding onto your blowout for just one more day couldn’t be easier with the Klorane Dry Shampoo with Nettle ($19.50, drugstore.com), which helps to control excess oil,” says Ristaino. “I recommend a healthy douse throughout the hair right before bed, or concentrate at your roots. In the morning, just use a boar-bristle brush to refresh the style.”