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These protective hairstyles are the best way to wear your hair to bed to prevent breakage. Period.
And while it may not be on your radar, sleeping with your hair out can actually cause damage to your hair.
But don't stress because your favourite pillow isn't the culprit here.
Sure, hair-damage can be caused by the friction of your cotton pillow case against your hair, when you toss and turn in your sleep.
And you can sleep on a silk pillow case to protect your hair from damage while you slumber.
If the silky pillow case isn't your thing, these protective hairstyles will protect your hair while you sleep.
And of course you don't have to be sleeping to throw your hair into one of these cute protective hairstyles.
So, let's get started.
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Wearing your hair in protective natural hairstyles to bed is really important to avoid breakage and split ends.
Especially if you're trying to grow your hair long.
Because you can actually use these protective hairstyles to grow your hair.
That's right. Anything that protects your hair from breakage will also increase the overall health of your hair.
Therefore, if you find your hair is matted and tangled when you wake up in the mornings then you should definitely consider one of these quick protective hairstyle for bed.
Wearing your hair in a protective hairstyle also doubles as a great way to heatless style your hair. So you can wake up with smooth, detangled, frizz-free hair.
If you're wondering if these protective hairstyles work for curly hair, or natural hair, or short natural hair... Well, you're in luck, because in the section below we've provided 3 options that are perfectly suited to all hair types.
So continue reading to learn these easy protective hairstyles for sleeping.
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After a day of exposing your hair to outside toxins and the climate the first thing you want to do is detangle your hair.
It's simple. Using a detangling brush, comb through your hair until you can run your fingers through it.
If you have a wooden boar bristle brush you can use this to massage your scalp. And then brush through the ends of your hair. This will;
If you've read our hacks for healthier hair, you'll know it's crucial to keep a healthy scalp for hair growth.
And now, for the main course, here are the 3 best protective hairstyles to help you protect your hair while you sleep.
A really easy way to manage your hair overnight is with a loose plait. And if you sleep on your back you can do a side plait or even two plaits.
That way you're not laying on top of the plait in your sleep.
Here's what to do:
Make sure to use a scrunchie or coil hair tie that is gentle on your hair when tying your plait.
If you like to wear your hair wavy then this is the perfect summer protective hairstyle for you. You'll wake up with kinky, wavy hair that you can put some styling product in and head out the door.
However if you're looking for a protective hairstyle for straight hair then there are other protective styles you can use to protect your hair without any plait-induced waves.
Check out the next hairstyle.
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To keep your hair on the straighter side while you sleep, a top bun is a great option. And it's dead simple.
Here's what to do:
Twist all your hair on top of your head and secure it with a claw clip. Make sure the clip is positioned at the front of your bun so your head isn't resting on the clip when you sleep.
If your goal is to get more volume in your hair, this style is for you.
Because sleeping with your hair above your head all night will result in a volume boost when you take your hair out in the morning!
So you could say this is the ultimate protective hairstyle for hair growth (or a hair boost). Especially during winter when the humidity is lower, and natural hair volume is lower...
(Thank me later).
And if you're looking for something different like a protective braid style, then check out the next one.
For soft, textured waves try a twisted rope braid before bed. Just do this:
And you're ready to sleep!
By the way, this is the ideal protective hairstyle for long hair. Because your hair will be more controlled while you sleep. Whereas with the other two protective hairstyles long haired girls may find their long hair hard to control.
But in any case, try them all out and discover which one works best for you!
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