Four Hair Techniques for Overnight Curls and Waves
These quick hairstyles add body or waves are possible with a few overnight techniques. Whether you want ringlets, curls, waves, or just a touch of volume, use the techniques below to help you style it.
A touch of curl goes a long ways, especially if you don’t have time in the morning to fuss with rollers or a curling iron. Overnight curls and waves can be a fun and easy way to add style or volume to your hair without a lot of effort.
For ringlet-style curls (or just a few loose ones) use the bobby-pin trick your grandmother knew: take a plait of your hair (approximately the size of the curl you want) and wind it up tight around your finger until it forms a “knot” against your scalp. Pin it place with a couple of bobby pins and continue until your head is occupied by lots of “porcupine” knots.
Remove the pins in the morning and watch as curls come tumbling down. Style and spray, or comb them out for extra body (just be careful of frizzy strands or static electricity).
For a similar effect, twist your hair around “rags” and tie them with simple knots at the top — another of grandmother’s favorites. Perm rollers also work, although they’re a little uncomfortable for sleep.
For a touch of style and shape, try braiding your hair before bed. Different thicknesses and styles create different waves throughout your hair. Try braiding as close to the scalp as you can, with several small braids which meld into a large one on either side. Or use french braids or corn rows for tight waves or “wind swept” hairstyles.
For more volume and less time, try using the “twin knot” technique. Similar to bobby-pin curls, it takes two large “knots”–your hair divided into two or four plaits, wound against your scalp and pinned their overnight. In the morning, the technique usually results in a few large curls, ready to be styled into curvy volume that frames your face and adds body to your hairstyle.
Whatever method you like best, the benefit of these old-fashioned hair tips is the time you save in the morning. By enhancing volume overnight, all you need to worry about is how you want to wear it.