The Best Hairstyles to Sleep In

For years, you may have nodded off to bed without prepping your hair. While it’s easy to overlook, styling your hair before you go to sleep can help protect it against damage and give you a head start on styling your locks the next day.

If you’re wondering what the best hairstyles to sleep in are, you’re in luck! This article will look at a few of the best hairstyles to sleep in as well as other nighttime hairstyling tips you can’t afford to miss.  

The best hairstyles to sleep in are those that are protective and can be completed within a few minutes. Some of them include the following:

  • A pineapple

  • A messy braid

  • A loose top bun

  • Twists

  • Wrapped up hair

It’s important to know that not every style will work for everyone.

5 Best Hairstyles to Sleep In

Here are some of the best ways to style your hair before heading to bed. You might even be tempted to rock these cute looks outside of the bedroom as well! Let’s get started.

Messy Braid – Best for Long Straight Hair

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One of the easiest ways to style your hair before sleep is in a loose, messy braid. You can use as many or as few braids as you like. And the best part? You’ll have plenty of tousled, beachy waves when you wake up! 

Loose Top Bun – Best for Long Straight, Curly or Wavy Hair

Keeping your hair piled on top of your head helps keep your strands out of harm's way and can cut down on friction-related breakage.

The Pineapple – Best for Curly Hair



A pineapple can help maintain curl definition and keep your strands from getting tangled while you snooze. Just pile your curls onto the top of your head and secure them with a satin scarf.

Twists – For All Hair Types

Twists are an effortless, versatile style that can help protect your hair against tangles. You’ll wake up with perfectly defined curls or waves.

Wrapped Hair – Best for Short to Mid-Length Straight Hair


Wrapping your hair around your head at night is one of the best ways to keep straightened strands looking smooth and sleek. All you need to do it is a brush and a satin scarf.

How To Protect Your Hair While Sleeping

Now that you know how to style your hair, it’s time to give you some tips on keeping it healthy. Keep these tips in mind to help protect your hair against damage while you catch your Zs.  

  • Sleep with a silk or satin pillowcase or scarf.

  • Avoid sleeping in hairstyles that are too tight.

  • Remove accessories or extensions before bed.

  • Apply a hydrating or repairing serum before you go to sleep.

Should I Go to Sleep with Wet Hair or Dry Hair

You should always go to sleep with dry hair. Wet hair is extremely fragile, and tossing and turning at night can lead to severe breakage. Additionally, going to bed with damp strands can lead to mold growth on the hair and scalp. If you wash your hair before bed, give it enough time to air dry entirely or speed things up with a blow-dryer.

How to Make Sure Your Hair Looks Good in The Morning

Are you trying to turn bedtime into bonafide beauty sleep? Here are some tips to make sure your hair looks great when you wake up the next morning.

  • Cover your hair in a bonnet or silk scarf to keep frizz and friction at bay.

  • Avoid wearing elastic bands to bed whenever possible.

  • Sleep on a satin pillowcase when covering your hair up is not an option.

We hope one of the hairstyles presented in this article helps you turn every good night’s sleep into a great hair day!


Author: Andrea Reyes

Andrea is a mother, wife, writer, and natural hair enthusiast of 15 years. Currently on her natural hair journey, she’s been trying countless products and techniques to understand and embrace her natural hair. She is the creator of, a new website featuring informative articles that share tips, tricks, and techniques aimed to help others learn to love their hair through proper hair care. She writes with the hope of making hair care easier to understand and implement.

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