Let’s be honest, there is nothing cute about most curly girls’ night time routines. It’s not like we have a choice in the matter, the struggle is real when you’re sleeping with curly hair—especially when you’re not a still sleeper (spoiler alert: I’m not).
I always wake up looking like I’ve been electrocuted. Which you know, all of my boyfriends have found super cute. (This is a lie). So here, I humbly offer up a step by step guide on how to slowly—and I mean slowly—introduce your man to the weird way you NEED to sleep.
Round 1: Your First Sleep Over
You heard me. Those second day curls? Yep, you’re forfeiting them. Sleep on them in a messy bun. You look publicly acceptable, and you can just keep the bun the next day. It’s your only option for not completely terrifying him.
Round 2: He’s staying at your place
Sneak in that satin pillow case.
Just say you love the royal treatment and the satin makes you feel like a *queen.* The big curl benefit? Unlike traditional cotton bedding—which pulls moisture from hair—satin prevents friction and, as a result, excess frizz. #SecretlyWinning
Round 3: You’re starting to get comfortable.
Pineapple alllll of that.
If you want to avoid crushed curls, this technique is a game changer. Thankfully, it’s also not that weird looking. Just tell your S.O. it’s a new bun style. Some women actually rock it outside the bedroom, so technically you won’t be lying.
The simple way to achieve the technique:
Step one: Channel your inner-unicorn.
Step two: Secure your hair at the front of your head with a loose hair tie. The “loose” part is key. Like last year’s skinny jeans, a tight fit is something you want to avoid when it comes to your curls. Double wrapping hair ties can damage the integrity of the follicle. Albeit not the best fashion choice, a scrunchie from the 80’s works wonders here (maybe he’ll think it’s cute?).
A tip for short haired curly girls: try sleeping with multiple “pineapples” – two in the front, two in the back.
Round 4: For when he really (and I mean really) loves you.
Break out the Curl Cap
Sure, you look like the wolf that’s disguised as Little Red Riding Hood’s grandma. But hey – he loves you. So now’s the time in your relationship to be weird.
You can purchase a curl cap online, or DIY your own (you just need to sacrifice a pair of stockings – but it’s worth it!). Cut a thick section of a stocking leg, so you essentially have one “slice of stocking.” The piece should be about seven inches when stretched. Pull the stocking over your head, so it sits like a necklace. Then take one edge and pull it up smoothly over your curls. You’ll feel a bit like a cone head (it’s really not sexy, but at this point who cares?!).
Bonus trick: You can cut smaller sections from your stocking and use them as gentle hair ties (they don’t pull like traditional bands – so you won’t tear out strands).
It takes a lot to achieve #IWokeUpLikeThis (Beyonce what are your secrets?! And what exactly is Jay-Z putting up with?). What I wanna know is how long it took you to whip out your weird sleep routine? And at what point, if any, were you brave enough to show your bantu knots?