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Washing Hair at Night VS. Washing Hair in the Morning

Which do you prefer? For the past two weeks, I have been washing my hair in the morning. Before, I used to wash my hair at night, going to bed with perfect hair and waking up with a fright!

Which do you prefer?
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  • JoyForeverJoyForever Posts: 1,628Registered Users
    I used to wash in the morning, and would just let it air-dry, which pulled out the curl. Diffusing makes it look frizzy and crazy.

    For some reason, though, if I wash and diffuse mostly-dry at night, letting it dry the rest of the way as I sleep makes it look better! (Plus I don't have to go out with wet hair!)
    Previously Joy4ever.
    Changed because the "number in place of a word" thing was bugging my no-longer-14-year-old self.
  • prettypollyprettypolly Posts: 48Registered Users
    If I want curly hair for a certain day then I will have to wash it THAT day. But usually I just wash at night. I cannot stand going to bed smelling of smoke so I have to wash it at night. And I wear it in a ponytail everyday sooo..yeah. hehe
    2c/3a thick hair, attempting CG again!
  • UP LisaUP Lisa Posts: 98Registered Users
    Funny, I had been thinking of asking this same question. I like to do it in the morning so it doesn't get messed up right away, but I hate going out with wet hair in the Winter. I don't like to take the chance of my hair freezing and breaking off. And I sure hate to put a hat on it if I just got it fixed.

    Lisa
    2b. Dark Golden Blond. Very fine texture. Medium thickness. Thrilled to find waves!!!
  • SarahSpiralSarahSpiral Posts: 4Registered Users
    If I want curly hair for a certain day then I will have to wash it THAT day. But usually I just wash at night. I cannot stand going to bed smelling of smoke so I have to wash it at night. And I wear it in a ponytail everyday sooo..yeah. hehe

    You're from the U.K too! Great! I used Umberto Giannii too (saw your pictures) and Aussie.

    What is your routine for washing and day-to-day care?
  • skywatcherskywatcher Posts: 429Registered Users
    Until lately, I always used to wash(CO wash or JCC) my hair in the morning. Started doing it in the night now because I got tired of going to work with my hair soaking wet looking like a drowned rat!!! :lol: Now I wash it shortly after I get home from work, this gives it time to get mostly dry(It takes hours & hours to dry completely) before bedtime. :) I don't put in any product besides a leave in, partially wet it down in the morning & use my products & style.
    3a/2c
    Long layers, past BSL
    Loving: CON poo, Elucence MBC, Jessicurl WDT, B&A Gel.
    SLS free poos since Feb 6/05
  • MipMip Posts: 233Registered Users
    I used to wash my hair in the morning, but it was added hassle when I don't have much time to get ready. There was also the problem of drying it. Generally I don't like diffusing, and if I do, I can't diffuse too much at all, have to keep adding product etc, so it's very time consuming. If I leave it to air dry, it takes a good six hours to completely dry, maybe more. Also, I don't know how it will turn out and can't fix it when I'm out and about.

    Washing at night means that my hair is bone dry when I wake up. All I have to do is scrunch the crunch a bit. I can see exactly what the 'finished product' looks like, and I can always make alterations then. Also, because my hair is on the pillow, it curls up more. Lastly, because I'm indoors and asleep, I'm not touching my hair, and it's not being affected by weather or anything.
  • AmnerisAmneris Posts: 15,117Registered Users
    My hair doesn't air dry well - it gets really fuzzy and overly separated - and I hate walking around with wet hair, and it's too cold here in the winter for that. And I can't sleep with wet hair - I have to sleep with my hair braided up or it gets really, really tangled, and if I put my hair up wet and go to bed, it's still wet in the morning.

    So I wash my hair on a day when I can stay home (a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, a day off, etc.) I alternate airdrying with diffusing and/or a hood dryer - this seems to be the best for my hair, and I never touch, scrunch or flip it over. I comb some products in and/or finger-rake and comb in a little more and comb out when it is dry.
    Get used to me. Black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own; get used to me. -Muhammad Ali


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  • LadyLibra1982LadyLibra1982 Posts: 203Registered Users
    my hair takes a long time to completely air dry. we're talkin hours. and it doesn't get enough air if i sleep on it so that's really pointless for me.

    it helped when i cut my hair... now it gets pretty dry within 3-4 hours. i usually try to wash my hair in the morning and wear it semi-wet thru the day, or wash in the middle of the day so that it's dry at night. i try to restrict washing to once or twice a week in the winter because of the cold. when the weather is warmer, i like to wash more often. :wink:

    am i the only one who cranks up the heat in the morning after getting out of the shower? not just to warm up, but to help my hair dry faster... :oops: :lol:
    Lady Libra
    3c/4a???
    i stick with the description "OS thready thick"

    my curly fro now is at collarbone when straightened.... basically the length i had when i started transitioning! hooray for growth!!! =)
  • RainRain Posts: 217Registered Users
    I washed in the mornings when my hair was short (or even just shorter) but it takes too much time to air dry now. I prefer to wash it at night, when I have more leisure time. I also get good results from flipping damp hair over a pillow and sleeping (aka pillow plopping). It takes the weight off the hair so I wake up with nice curl formation instead of the stretched-out waves I get from air drying with it all hanging down.
    3a/b, fine, lots of it
  • Curly BearCurly Bear Posts: 11Registered Users
    I would love to sleep on wet hair, but I thrash too much. I tried plopping overnight, with a t-shirt, or just "pillow plopping", but I had really bad fuzzies the next day, after my hair finished drying. I used to wash my hair every morning, but now I have folk dance class almost every morning, so I figured it would be pretty pointless to shower before class. Lately, I have been washing my hair in the afternoon, letting it air dry while I stare blankly at my homework (or avoiding homework by coming here!).
    Anywhere from 2c to 3a/b; I have no idea. EEE! I need to put up more pictures! I have 20 million, and they just need scanning....

    Hair goal: Rapunzel, Rapunzel.....
    well, maybe not quite that long ;)
  • banjocurlbanjocurl Posts: 1,021Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    definitely night or late afternoon. I have an odd work schedule, i usually start seeing clients around 3 or 4 pm and I hike and swim earlier in the day, so now i am putting shea butter in my hair while active and then co washing it, doing the clips and air drying while i see my clients. if i have no clients i do the metal clips but it looks too weird to work with it that way. then i sleep in pineapple on satin pillowcase and the hair is usually pretty good in the morning.
    Susan suburban NY
    3b going gray, not thick, waist length when wet, a bit below shoulders when dry
    CG since 11/11/04
    /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fpublic.fotki.com%2Fbanjolady%2F" class="Popup
    PW: banjo
    HG: suave and honey for co-wash, deva, i use garnier fructis regular CO's or boots pink or white as leave ins and LA looks sport gel. plop w microfiber turban, then curl towel scrunch, then another turban.i sleep with the turban on. little one minute hair styling videos /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fuser%2Flazycurls" class="Popup
  • laurabeth33laurabeth33 Posts: 1,443Registered Users
    Mip wrote:
    Washing at night means that my hair is bone dry when I wake up. All I have to do is scrunch the crunch a bit. I can see exactly what the 'finished product' looks like, and I can always make alterations then. Also, because my hair is on the pillow, it curls up more. Lastly, because I'm indoors and asleep, I'm not touching my hair, and it's not being affected by weather or anything.

    I couldn't say it better myself. The pillow is like modified plopping, and I wake up crunch-free.
    2b w/ some 3a
    product tester geek
  • DesertCurlsDesertCurls Posts: 10Registered Users
    I co wash in the morning. I can't stand going to bed with wet hair. I live in a pretty warm climate so it's only really cold a few months out of the year.
    3c - waves and curls
    celebrity hair twin *gloria reuben*
    bra-strap length straight, shoulder length curly when dry
  • PixieCurlPixieCurl Posts: 5,656Registered Users
    i tried going to sleep with wet hair last weekend (with a microfiber towel on my pillowcase like laurabeth), and when i woke up it looked like it had no product in it. fluffy/puffy with no curl definition or hold. it was barely even save-able with recoil and awe inspiraling, which usually get me out of anything.
    i tried plopping overnight a couple times before too- both times still wet in the morning. the first time i thought it looked good but then it dried and, like above, looked like it had no product. the second time, i added more gel when it was still wet/damp in the AM and it didn't help.

    i'd like to be able to shower at night so i don't have to go to work with wet hair and/or diffuse (makes me frizzier), but unless my hair is dry or almost dry before i go to bed it ends up a disaster! any tips?
    Faith, 3Aish redhead
    Mama to two wild superheroes and a curly-headed baby boy :love5:
  • lushaholiclushaholic Posts: 2,180Registered Users
    pixie, that is exactly how my hair has done when i tried it 2 out of 3 times. but i thought you were one of the ones who air-dried over night on a regular basis? or is that just after you have mostly diffused or plopped before hand?
    3a/2c f/mii. pics added 2/3/07
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  • laurabeth33laurabeth33 Posts: 1,443Registered Users
    PixieCurl wrote:
    i tried going to sleep with wet hair last weekend (with a microfiber towel on my pillowcase like laurabeth), and when i woke up it looked like it had no product in it. fluffy/puffy with no curl definition or hold. it was barely even save-able with recoil and awe inspiraling, which usually get me out of anything.
    ...i'd like to be able to shower at night so i don't have to go to work with wet hair and/or diffuse (makes me frizzier), but unless my hair is dry or almost dry before i go to bed it ends up a disaster! any tips?

    One of the keys for me is going to bed right after applying products. Then it's more like plopping. One person PMed me about this and said that wrapping her hair in a microfiber towel worked better so the friction of rolling during sleep wouldn't muss it up.

    My hair is too thick to be dry in the am if I wrapped it.

    Yes, my hair isn't crunchy in the morning, but it has definition and actually much more curl than if I let it dry while vertical.

    Oh, there was one product I couldn't sleep on... [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/Curlisto-Structura-Lotion-p-115.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=curlisto-structura-lotion]Curlisto Structura Lotion[/buylink]... had to air dry completely bone dry and then could sleep on it.
    2b w/ some 3a
    product tester geek
  • mitabirdmitabird Posts: 226Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I wash my hair in the morning b/c I work in the evenings.
    Western Pennsylvania

    3b, medium textured, medium thickness, medium porosity, protein sensitive
    CG since 6/22/04

    CO Washes: Suave Conditioners, Devacurl No Poo
    Conditioners: Trader Joe Nourish, GV Conditioning Balm, JC Too Shea
    Styling: Biosilk Rock Hard Gelee, Chi Infra Gel, GF Pure Clean Gel
    DT: Devacurl Heaven in Hair, Nature's Therapy Mega Moisture, Hask Henna & Placenta (every 3 mo)

    Hair photos
    pw: manycurls
  • PixieCurlPixieCurl Posts: 5,656Registered Users
    lushaholic wrote:
    pixie, that is exactly how my hair has done when i tried it 2 out of 3 times. but i thought you were one of the ones who air-dried over night on a regular basis? or is that just after you have mostly diffused or plopped before hand?

    nope not me :(
    sometimes i shower "at night" but i really mean at least 2 hours before bed. then it's usually dry enough for a pineapple and not to have the productless effect in the morning.
    Faith, 3Aish redhead
    Mama to two wild superheroes and a curly-headed baby boy :love5:
  • KurleeKurlee Posts: 1,354Registered Users
    I look like a curly Troll when I wake up after going to bed with wet hair and letting it dry on the pillow. It sticks literally straight out all over and is very curly (but not in a nice looking way).
    I rarely get away with second day hair and going to bed with wet hair means I have to redo it again in the morning.

  • kimmyckimmyc Posts: 551Registered Users
    Lately I've been washing in the evening alot. I wash a few hours before I go to bed so it can be pretty dry too. If it's too wet before I go to sleep it doesn't come out that great in the morning but if it's just damp when I go to sleep and finishes drying, I get more curls than if I washed in the morning and air dried.

    I usually just flip it up over my pillow and don't ask me how this actually works because I'm a side sleeper and I move around alot when I sleep. If it's real close to dry I'll put it in a pineapple.
    2b/3a, primarily use Jessicurl and DevaCurl products, Curls Hair Tea conditioner and various gels. I'm modified CG-ish since 5/04.
  • UP LisaUP Lisa Posts: 98Registered Users
    How do you do a pineapple? How long does the hair have to be?
    2b. Dark Golden Blond. Very fine texture. Medium thickness. Thrilled to find waves!!!

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