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15 Overnight Hair Hacks That’ll Make the Most Out of Your Beauty Sleep

by Riley Cardoza / Tuesday, 23 January 2018



Here’s something you probably didn’t know about beauty sleep — It takes effort! Yes, getting a good night’s rest can wipe away the bags under your eyes and put a smile on your face, but don’t pat yourself on the back just yet. Clocking out for the recommended eight hours simply isn’t enough. News flash — if you’re not taking advantage of your time in bed to apply face masks and moisturize your hands, you’re actually missing out on some of beauty sleep’s benefits.

Take your hair, for instance. The growth and breakage of your strands can actually be affected by the amount of shut-eye you’re getting, so by nodding off, you’ve already taken a great first step to long locks like Ariana Grande. But if you consciously try out these healthy hair hacks before bed, you’ll wake up with an even better kind of bedhead. Sleep on that!

Sleep in Style

We’ve all been there. With an early alarm set for the next morning, it’s tempting to want to get a jump on your routine the night before. Unfortunately, falling asleep with a full face of makeup is B-A-D for your skin and sleeping with your clothes on is like asking for a wrinkly outfit — so it’s a good thing you can tackle your hair ahead of time. With any of these nine ‘dos, you can fall asleep in braids and bobby pins, then wake up with it all intact. Sound too good to be true? Try it out!

Bantu Before Bed


If you haven’t figured out how to give yourself a good ol’ bantu knot, it’s about time! Unlike the hairstyles before, you can’t just sleep in them, then get up and go — but with a little more time, you can unknot these bad boys for beautiful curls. If doing that looks daunting, you’re in luck! Natural Hair Mag has the best tips and tricks for those who are both experienced and beginners. And even better, whether you want to watch your way to success or read about it, they’ve got you covered!

Cue the coconut oil.

Coconut oil is good for everything, so we’ll sing its praises until the day someone proves us wrong.
But while it’s commonly used in cooking and moisturizing during the day, it’s got more overnight uses than you’d think. So crack open your jar of coconut oil before bed to fix anything from dry hair to dandruff to hair loss. And don’t be afraid to drop down while you’re at it and give your face some love. According to The Indian Spot, this amazing ingredient can help heal your gums and cure your acne, among other things.

Say goodbye to split ends.

We know we’re not the only ones who think split ends suck, plain and simple. And although it would be incredible to go to sleep one night with those staticky strands and wake up without them, getting rid of them isn’t as easy as that. You’ll need to see a stylist and get them cut off, but until then, there are some tips and tricks for making sure they aren’t too noticeable. For example, you can apply a mixture of honey and olive oil or avocado and egg to really get those dead ends moisturized.

Get That Good Growth.

It’s not like any of us have the power to magically make our hair go from our shoulders to our lower back without some expensive extensions, but there are ways to make sure your giving yourself the best chance for growth. You can even make sure your hair stays on your head and shines. How is this possible? With some sleep treatments, that’s how! So next time you’re at the store, pick up all of these oils and apply them to your head before bed. It’s literally the least amount of effort you could put in for the best results!

Regrow the right way.

Do you ever look in the mirror and think your hair is in desperate need of a glo-up? Well just because you can’t reverse all the straightening, smoking, and not-enough sleeping — not to mention the genetics — that have made your hair what it is today doesn’t mean the damage that’s done was irreversible. With hair-healthy ingredients like egg yolks, honey, and castor oil to soften and strengthen those strands with fatty acids and antioxidants, you’ll be all better in no time! Now that’s what we call a successful night’s sleep, wouldn’t you?

Get Light at Night.

We get it — you’re a busy girl! And if six hours of sleep is all you can manage — even though that’s less than the recommended amount — that doesn’t mean your hair is doomed. It’s true that more sleep can save your strands, but there are things you can do in just a few hours to help out. With a mask made of just honey and cinnamon, two easy ingredients we know you have in your kitchen somewhere, you’ll be well on your way to a lighter and brighter head of hair. And all you did to get it was wake up and wash the mixture out of your hair once a week. Piece of cake!

Stock up.

If you’re so, so sick of hearing about coconut oil, that probably means you haven’t given it a shot yet because to know this stuff is to love it. Promise! According to Stylecraze, there are more things to combine this heaven-sent ingredient with than you ever thought possible. Mixing it with camphor means bye-bye dandruff and mixing it with egg can strengthen the roots of your hair. But while you already knew coconut oil could save your strands, we bet you didn’t know lemon juice comes in close second. Just make sure not to overdo it with either one or you’ll have new problems on your hands — limp hair and irritated skin. You’ve been warned!

Skip the heat.

These cute curls don’t require an iron, but they do require different tools of their own. With a few foam hair rods, you’ll be well on your way to waves without any damage done to those long locks. And even if you don’t consider yourself a hair guru, literally anyone can do this ‘do. All you need to know how to do is put your hair into a high ponytail, twist it all around, and fall asleep. It’s that easy. You’ll even get to set your alarm for later than usual, which is a bonus we’ll take any chance we can get it.

Purchase the right product.

We love DIY, we do, but that doesn’t mean we’re opposed to buying beauty products! So if you just don’t have the time — or the desire — to get your hands dirty mixing up all the avocado and coconut oil and egg yolk masks we’ve paraded before you, get someone to make it for you. And by someone, we mean Sephora and Pantene. With these nine products, ranging anywhere from five dollars to twenty, you’ll have the healthy hair without the hassle! Sounds like the best of both worlds to us.

It’s DIY Time.

Remember what we said about split ends before? Yeah, we still stand by that. They suck! So instead of waiting for your next appointment with a stylist or going at those dead ends yourself with a pair of scissors, sleep your way to healthy hair. All you need to do is massage these mixtures into your strands and cover them up with plastic wrap while you sleep — gotta protect that pillow! Then wake up, peel it off, wash it off and repeat until your hair’s got all the moisture it needs.

Keep Those Curls.

We don’t think anyone will disagree with us when we say too much heat on your hair is the last thing you want. If you’re blow-drying, curling, and straightening your hair most days out of the week, you’re subjecting your strands to dryness and split ends. So next time you’re craving a good curl, prep for it the night before! If you fall asleep with two tight twists, you’ll wake up with waves! And with a little hairspray, they’re sure to last. That’s what we call a double whammy — you’ll save your hair and you’ll save time in your morning routine. Score!

Apply aloe.

Pay attention to the skin, lip, and lash treatments from the Indian Spot’s blog if you want, but we’ve got our eyes on these hair hacks most of all. Turns out aloe vera is just as good for moisturing your skin after a sunburn as it is at moisturizing your split ends after heat damage while you sleep. But if you’re having trouble getting shut-eye, don’t sweat it. Massaging scented oils into your roots before bed doesn’t only promote hair growth, but will help you get better sleep. It’s a win-win!

Get Rid of Grease.

Sick of waking up with a head of hair that’s already greasy before you’ve even started your day? With these quick fixes, you can prevent that from being a problem in the future. First and foremost, start by swapping your pillow case for a clean one, and then tie your hair up so the grease from your roots won’t spread. From there, it’s time to make these three perfect purchases at your local drugstore. We’re talking dry shampoo before bed, detangling spray instead of conditioner, and special shampoo for oily hair. Easy enough, right?

Get Beachy Waves From Bed.

Who knew styling treatment from Sephora and two Princess Leia buns was the key combo to getting beachy waves from the comfort of your own bed? Instead of relying on a salty breeze to tousle your strands, massage this product into your hair and twist up a pair of twin buns to sleep in. By the time you wake up and run your fingers through them, you’ll be left with the soft waves you’ve been dreaming about. And considering the treatment is less than 30 bucks, it’ll work for your budget and your hair!