How To Prevent Bed Head: Works for Both Long Hair and Short Hair?
We’ve all been there; you wake up in the morning thinking it’s just another beautiful day until you see yourself in the mirror. Horrible, at least; that’s how your hair looks, and there’s no way you can fix it. Also, you can’t go to work looking like that!
Well, if this sounds familiar to you, you’re in the right place. In the following paragraphs, we’ll take a look at some simple tips and tricks on how you can prevent and fix bed head. Say goodbye to the horrific morning hair, and start waking up looking like you’ve just gotten out of a hair salon. So, let’s get started!
First Of All, What Is Bed Head?
If you’re one of the lucky ones and you don’t know what bed head is, here’s a quick insight.
Bed head can be described as every single hair on your head minding its own business; your hair goes in million different directions and there seem to be no way you can tame it into a normal-looking hairstyle.
There have been cases where bed head ruined people’s lives; not literally, of course, but you know what we mean. Sometimes a bad hair day can be awful and lower your self-esteem for that day, or until you wash and fix your hair.
How Can You Prevent The Dreadful Bed Head?
Dry Your Hair Before Bedtime
If you’re one of those people who like to take showers in the evening or before bedtime, then pay real close attention.
Do not go to bed with wet hair! Sleeping with wet hair is a guarantee your hair will look terrible in the morning, and it won’t be possible to comb it and style it back to normality.
This happens because, as you sleep, you’re putting additional weight on certain parts of your head, and that makes your hair flat, sticky, and tangled. Basically, some angles of your hair will look fine, while others will look like a firecracker just went off in your hair.
So, before going to bed, dry your hair! First, dry it a little bit with a gentle towel, and then, on medium heat, dry the hair completely. It is as simple as that!
Tip: while in the shower, don’t just wet your hair. Make sure to wash it properly with shampoo. If you just wet your hair, chances are it will smell a bit weird as it dries, and it will be even harder to brush and style.
If you just wet your hair, even if you dry it before sleep, you will have bed head in the morning, for sure.
Also Read: 10 Dangers of Sleeping with Wet Hair (And 5 Things You Can Do)
Comb Your Hair Before Bedtime
Now, regardless of whether you just washed and dried your hair or not, it is essential your brush it before going to sleep. Brushing your hair is the best way to prevent bed head in the morning for numerous reasons.
First of all, brushing will prevent further tangling of the hair as you toss and turn in your sleep.
Second of all, even if your hair does get tangled a bit, it will be easier to detangle it in the morning and style it again.
So, remember, if you go to bed with a tangled and messy hair, you will wake up with tangled and messy hair.
Treat Yourself, And Use Silk Pillowcases
For a fabulous-looking hair, here’s a great little tip; replace your cotton pillowcase with a silk one.
Not only will you feel like a million dollars while sleeping on a silky pillow or silky bedding, but you will also look like a million dollars every morning. Silk is a great material that doesn’t cause friction and damage to your hair as you sleep.
Basically, your hair will simply slide down the silky pillow and won’t get tangled under the weight of your head. Other materials will cause damage to your hair, and of course, make it impossible to detangle, so make sure to change those pillowcases asap!
Tip: if you want, you can also try using satin pillowcases; they will also keep your hair straight, and if you have curly hair, satin pillowcases will prevent it from getting all frizzy. Satin pillowcases also tend to be a bit cheaper than silk ones, so you might as well save some money.
Handle The Hair Ends
It might not be the first thing to pop into your head when you’re thinking about the cause of bedhead, but, here it is; your hair ends are the main culprits in this story. If you take a closer look at your bed head, especially if you have longer hair, you’ll notice that all the tangling and frizz going on happen below your ears, and mostly where the hair ends.
So, to prevent this, make sure to handle the hair ends before going to bed. Try putting on a light conditioner, hair oil or hair moisturizers at the hair ends and leave it overnight. In the morning, simply brush the residue off and you’ll have wonderful hair.
Try A Humidifier
Sure, humidity in your hair is normally not a good idea, especially if you’re trying to prevent a bad hair day. However, having some moisture in the air, as you’re sleeping, might help your hair stay fresh, untangled, and good-looking.
So, try placing a humidifier in your bedroom; the device will keep the ideal humidity levels in the room, while also taking care of your sinuses, skin, and of course, your hair.
Style With Heat
This is a great trick; if you just woke up with a bedhead, try not to panic. You can always style your hear using heat. Take your comb or a small brush and try brushing your hair while also drying it with a hairdryer.
You can also use a hair drying brush if you have one. The heat of the hairdryer should have the hair stay in place. After you’re done, simply apply some hairspray, and you’re good to go. No one will tell you had a terrible bed head an hour ago.
Tips For Short Hair
Rewet Your Hair In The Morning
Having short hair doesn’t mean you won’t experience bedhead.
However, having short hair means you can deal with this problem much easier. For example, try simply rewetting your hair in the morning.
You can use a spray bottle and spray the hair in the areas where it is messed up. Wetter hair means easier brushing and styling. With this little trick, your hair will be ready in only a few minutes.
Use Styling Products
So, the hair wetting doesn’t work? Well, you can try fighting the bed head with some styling products. Try applying a hair mousse or pomade; these products should make it easier to control your hair and style it however you want.
You can try using a gel-cream or wax as well if you want more texture and a hairstyle that will last for the day. Of course, at the end of the day make sure to wash your hair, since these products (if on too long) can further damage the hair.
Get A New Hairstyle Cut
The best haircut to prevent bed head is the layered hairstyle cut. The reason for this lies in the fact that it gives you a natural look and requires minimal maintenance.
Even if you get a bed head in the morning, this cut will make it easy for you to style the hair and make it look effortless, regardless of whether you’re a male or a female.
Use A Bandana
Using a bandana or similar wrapping products can help you prevent bed head if you have short hair. All you have to do is wrap the bandana around your head before bedtime.
This will ensure your hair stays smooth and undisturbed while you sleep. In the morning, simply remove the bandana and proceed with your hairstyle routine.
Embrace Your Hair
This might not be the advice you were looking for, but sometimes all you can do is embrace your bed head and go through the day rocking your new look.
Sometimes bed head can be rather flattering and sexy, but it surely requires some confidence. So, channel your inner rockstar and throw on an outfit that will compliment your new, messy hair. Chances are people won’t even notice you’re having a bad hair day.
Tips For Long Hair
Try A Bun Or A Top Knot
If you’re trying to take care of your hair fast, try simply putting it into a bun or a top knot. This is great for medium or long hair and takes only a few seconds; you can even do it after you’ve showered before bedtime.
So, simply put your into a bun, and secure it with few bobby pins. This will prevent your hair from falling out of the bun as you sleep, and in the morning, all you have to do is remove the pins and let your hair down.
If you’ve washed your hair before bedtime, but don’t want to dry it, here’s a tip on how you can still prevent bed head in the morning. Simply try to braid your wet hair; make sure that the braid(s) is tight and that you spray it with some hairspray. In the morning, undo the braid(s), brush your hair, or use your fingers to separate the curls.
Try Pinning The Hair Down
Even though this may seem like an old school trick, it is still very effective. You can use pins to pin the hair to the top of your head; whether straight or in little buns. You can even experiment and pin the hair down in different shapes and section sizes.
Regardless of what you choose, you will have great hair in the morning. This will also ensure your hair stays clean for a longer time, and you won’t spend hours trying to style it every morning.
Try Mesh Wrap Caps
Mesh wrap caps are an excellent preventive measure for bed head. These caps are satin and mesh and are perfect for keeping your hair in place as you sleep. You can even wrap freshly washed hair with these caps and wake up in the morning looking fabulous.
This is because the mesh caps promote hair drying and ensure a sleek finish. The caps come with a wide band and adjustable velcro closure, so anyone can use them.
They also won’t make you hot as you sleep, and are easily removable in the morning. With mesh wrap caps, you can say ‘goodbye’ to bed head and bad hair days for good.
We sure hope our tips and tricks will help you prevent and battle bed head.
Remember, try not to panic and think in advance. It is always essential to wash and brush your hair properly as well as to dry it, so you can try to at least do this. If you want to ensure the perfect hairstyle in the morning, make sure to try out our recommendations.
So, next time you wake up with a bed head, don’t be discouraged, and try to win the battle, so you can seize your day!