How to Achieve Beautifully Defined Curls by Sleeping with Wet Hair

There’s nothing quite like the look and feel of perfectly curly hair. However, sometimes life gets in the way of our beauty routines, and we’re left with damp or wet curls before bedtime. But fear not! Sleeping with wet hair doesn’t have to mean a frizzy mess come morning. In fact, there are several tips and tricks you can use to sleep comfortably with your curls intact.

Tip #1: Use a microfiber towel

When drying your curly hair after a shower or bath, reach for a microfiber towel instead of a regular cotton one. Microfiber towels are gentle on strands and help reduce friction between them for less frizz. Plus, they absorb moisture quickly without damaging delicate curls.

Plopping Method

After gently scrunching excess water from your curls with the microfiber towel, try using the “plopping” method. This involves flipping your head upside down and gathering all of your hair at the crown of your head before wrapping it up in the towel turban-style for about five minutes while you get ready for bed.

Diffuse Hair Dryer

Another option is to use a diffuser attachment on your blow dryer (on low heat) to dry your roots until they’re no longer dripping wet but still slightly damp.

Tip #2: Sleep on satin or silk pillowcases

Cotton pillowcases can be rough on delicate curly strands causing unwanted tangles and frizz overnight. Switching to satin or silk sheets might seem like an indulgence but it will help preserve those dreamy locks!

Why Satin/Silk Pillowcases Work?

Satin/silk materials provide less resistance against textured hair than cotton making it easier for kinks and coils to maintain their shape while sleeping. This will reduce frizz, breakage and prevent hair from tangling.

Benefits of Sleeping on Satin/Silk Pillowcases

Not only do satin/silk pillowcases help preserve our curls but they also offer additional health benefits for the skin. The smooth surface reduces friction that leads to wrinkles or creases on your skin.

Tip #3: Use a Moisturizing Styling Product

Before bed, apply a lightweight leave-in conditioner or curl-enhancing styling cream to damp hair. This will not only define your curls but also provide much needed moisture overnight.

Types of Products to Use

Choose products specifically designed for curly hair types such as those containing glycerin, coconut oil, shea butter and other natural oils which will lock in moisture without weighing down strands.

How Much Product To Apply?

Be careful not to oversaturate with product! A small amount goes a long way when it comes to curly hair so start with a dime-sized amount and work it through sections of hair evenly before scrunching each section upwards towards the scalp


You can sleep comfortably with wet curly hair by using microfiber towels instead of cotton ones; sleeping on satin or silk materials that are gentle against delicate strands; and applying moisturizing styling products like leave-in conditioners before bedtime. With these tips in mind, you’ll wake up every morning feeling confident about your beautiful curls!