A common thing I hear and see others say on the internet is that it is impossible to wash your wavy hair at night. This is simply not true. In fact, my best hair days tend to be when I shower at night! So if you’re wanting to know how to get great results when you shower at night….listen up!
but first, a quick disclaimer
I have fairly thick wavy hair. It’s not as thick as before having two kids, but it is still definitely “thick wavy hair.” My hair takes a very long time to dry, and I think that’s why my method works so well for me. Because when I wash my hair in the morning, it takes until evening to be dry….or even the next morning still! So that is to say, if your hair dries really fast, this method probably won’t work the same (but PLEASE let us know if you try it with finer hair!)
okay, and one more quick thing before we begin….I do not advise doing this every night. That may cause scalp irritation and other issues. I only do this on wash days (well, wash nights) which is approximately every 4 nights.
tip 1: rinse your hair with cool water at the end
This is really helpful anytime, but I find it helps keep frizz at bay overnight. The cool water helps close up the hair shaft, which prevents that frizz.
tip 3: wrap your hair tight to your head
by keeping your hair tighter, you maintain some of the moisture. In my experience, you do not want to wake up with dry hair. You need a bit of dampness to maintain any clumps of waves. Again, a microfiber turbie twist is seriously the easiest thing for this! This also helps with the next item…
tip 4: sleep still
okay, this may be the most challenging part. I am a fairly still sleeper by nature, but the more still you sleep, the less frizz you’ll get. Keeping your hair wrapped tight in that turbie twist or t-shirt should help with this too!
tip 5: Work with hair damp
If you wake up with dry hair, you’ll need to get it a bit damp. I suggest a spray bottle, but wetting your hands and very lightly scrunching can work too. Adding in products dry can leave you crunchy.
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tip 6: Clip in the morning (if you do that)
If you prefer to clip your roots (I’ll have a post on how I do that soon!). Do that immediately after adding product. If you diffuse, that will get you on your way faster. Otherwise, my triceratops root clipping is a simple way to get volume.
tip 7: treat the morning like a simple refresh day
My favorite part about showering at night is that is makes my product routine nearly identical every day. So please go read my 2 minute refresh to see exactly how I apply products in the morning. The difference for me after washing is that I have established clumps, but the definition isn’t set (because there is no product in the hair!). The method is the same though!
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tip 8: if new, keep mousse handy
As with all things wavy hair, the key is to find what works best for you. So as you work with this new technique, I suggest keeping a mousse with you (this travel sized option is great to keep in a purse). Then if you find yourself getting frizzy, simply add a little water and mousse to your hair. Again, the technique in the 2 minute refresh should help with this. At my office, I kept a bottle of mousse in a drawer. Here are 7 great ones to try!