Great Tips About: How To Keep Your Hair Straight Overnight
You wouldn’t believe how easy it is to reduce heat damage, reduce split ends, and save a hairstyle for one week with this method.
This method is known as ‘hair wrapping,” which originated from the African American hair community, and can be adapted for use by anyone with coarse or thin hair.
It is used primarily to keep straight, curly hair styles and retain moisture. The tools used in this “how-to” are easy to find and reusable for the next look! Wrapping your hair is so important because it lessens the chance of you straightening your hair more than two times in one week. It will also help with your hair growth process… less split ends and more length retention!
Below, I share what you’ll need and some tips to get started:
What You Will Need
Straighten per your styling method.
Gently styles the hair without tension, a great tool to use while blow drying as well.
Can be used on wet or dry hair, and ensures minimal tangling. Amazing detangler.
Alligator Clips (7 or 8) or Duck Bill Clips
A great buy because they can be used for keeping hair out of the way during styling, washing, or combing.
This is a scarf that is common in the African American hair community, and it is worn to maintain smooth hairstyles, necessary and a cheaper alternative to a silk or satin scarf.
Satin or Silk Scarf (35 cm by 35 cm)
A beautified option in terms of scarves, you want to look gorgeous before bed, tie this scarf in any you see beautiful 🙂
Satin Headband (Option: see “Pro Tip” below)
Great tool for this method, it keeps your clips in place, so you can remove them later with ease.
How To Wrap Your Hair: Helpful Resources To Review
Watch these videos for a closer look or follow the step-by- step tutorial below
Step By Step Tutorial
In this step-by-step tutorial, a few pictures will guide you to illustrate how to do this method. When complete, you will be so proud of yourself and on your way towards the land of minimalistic styling.
Make Your Intended Part
1. Create the part that you want in your hair for the next day. You can add a bit of oil to your ends or throughout your hair. Some argan oil or coconut oil will work. Apply only a dime-sized amount of oil or just enough for what your hair needs.
Comb your hair in a Clockwise Direction
2. Begin to comb your hair with the Denman or Tangle Teezer in a clockwise direction away from your selected part (typically towards the right)
3. Hold this combed section with an alligator or duck clip
4. Continue to comb your hair in this direction and add a clip until your hair represents that of a beehive
5. Every clip placed should have the mouth pointed inwards and the “squeezing” part of the clip exposed
6. Your hair at some point may need to be combed over where a clip was placed. Place your hair over the clip, remove the clip, and re-add the clip over the additional hair.
7. To smooth the hair even further, use a regular brush such as a boar bristle brush to ensure the hair is smoothed down with no fly-aways! After completion, your hair should look like this:
Place the Satin/Silk/Wrap/Headband of Choice
8. This step is crucial in maintaining the wrapped shape. If you place a wrap be cautious of the clip placement. You can place a satin headband over the clips, remove the clips (which will be elaborated on in step 9) or place a satin wrap over your head. The goal is to cover your hair so that you will be able to have a satin or silk feeling all over your head. Essentially, any scarf will work if your hair has some moisture.
Caution: Remove the clips!
9. In Step 5 above, I mentioned that it is important to keep the squeezing part of the clip exposed because in this step you will be removing the clips! The clips need to be gently slipped out of your hair. Be careful not to disrupt the wonderful beehive or wrap structure you created. This is an easy step but it is also a delicate one.
10. You should now have your hair successfully wrapped! In Step 9, I mention that you can use a silk headband to keep the hair in place. After placing that silk headband, you can place a larger scarf over the head. If you look in the “what you will need” list above, you will see many different scarf options.
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When mastered, this is a wonderful technique to try for achieving hair looks at a low cost and saving your hair from the damage that heat can cause. Anyone can use this technique to ensure that sleep patterns, heat, or dryness do not damage the cuticle of the hair strands.
Another great option is to wrap your hair before it has been straightened. I list information about this in the pro tips below. It is a method that uses even less heat while still achieving the straight look to naturally curly or wavy hair. Those of you will natural hair can also wrap your hair, please review the pro tips below!
I absolutely love this method for minimalistic hair styling. I guarantee fully hair from doing this because you are using less heat on your hair and receiving all the benefits of silk or satin! Try this for a month, and leave feedback on your progress.
1. Use the satin or silk scarf to maintain any style! If your hair is pin curled or braided down for a “wavy” look, wear the satin scarf at night to wake up with frizz-free curls.
2. Use the satin or silk scarf to reduce split ends, reduce the damage of sleeping patterns, and retain moisture on color-treated hair.
3. Add some oil to your ends and wear the satin cap nightly for a week (for kinky/coil/color-treated hair) or place oil on the ends, wear a satin cap, and wash hair the next day (wavy, straight, oilier hair)
4. Wash and deep condition your hair, let it dry for one hour, and wrap your hair as detailed above. Place a headband and du-rag over your hair. Go to sleep and wake up with smoother hair. Straighten out any kinks. (See option listed above)
5. If you have natural hair (typically kinky, curly, or coil), you can try the wrap method on “stretched” or minimally blow dried hair. Once it is wrapped, you can then sleep and wake up with smoother hair, which you will then press with a flat iron for a straighter look.
6. When done correctly and daily, you will be able to get the hang of this. I would recommend that you switch parts (see Step 1) to ensure that your hair is not being over manipulated on just one side.