How Do I Wrap My Hair for Bed?

Comb conditioner or moisturizing oil through your hair before wrapping.

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From smoothing hair to reducing the need to blow-dry to preventing damage, all the benefits of wrapping your hair may make you wonder why you aren’t doing it in the first place. Wrapping your hair before bed can keep it from breaking when your locks rub against your pillow. When you wake up, you can take off your hair wrap, and you’ve got runway-ready hair.


Make sleep beneficial for your hair by applying a moisturizing conditioner or wrap lotion prior to wrapping your hair. What you use really depends on your hair type. If you have relaxed hair, you don’t want to apply a moisturizing oil because it will weigh your hair down too much, so a leave-in conditioner is best. For natural girls, you can apply a moisturizing conditioner to sections of your hair, then apply coconut or olive oil. The oil will help to seal moisture in your hair. Weaves don’t really need this much moisture -- just a little natural oil on your ends will do.


How you wrap your hair depends on what you want your hair to look like in the morning. If you want your hair to be straight when you wake up, you’ll use a circular wrap technique. Take a hard-bristle brush and start brushing your hair around your head. You’ll likely need to put bobby pins in it occasionally to keep the straightened strands in place. Imagine that you are wrapping a scarf around your head, but you are actually using your hair. Your hair is ready to wrap when you have it smoothly secured all around your head.


If you aren’t going for the straight look, you’ll want to use loose braids or a ponytail to wrap your hair. This works best for natural hair and women with curly weaves. You can create loose, large braids or take two strands of hair and twist them around each other. Another option is to pull your hair in a very high ponytail and wrap your hair around the ponytail.

Wrap It Up

The final step is putting on your hair wrap. This can be a silk bonnet-type accessory or a silk or satin scarf. You want your wrap to be something smooth and large enough to reduce friction from your pillow while you sleep. Cover your entire head by either wrapping the edges of the scarf around your head and securing it in front or back or just tying the bonnet style underneath your chin. As long as all your hair is tucked in, you’re ready to snooze.

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