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Sleeping on Wet/Damp Hair

I have wavy hair, and for years now I have noticed something. If I shower at night and then sleep on my wet hair (I know it sounds horrible, but I have no AC in my apartment, so it actually helps cool me down!) it comes out gorgeous the next day! The waves are more wavy and they clump together really well.
Does anyone else have this? Two nights ago I took a shower at night and then slept on my mostly still-damp hair (I diffused it until it was about 50% dry). The next day my hair was perfect! Even my boyfriend (who notices nothing!) said "Wow, your hair looks great today; it's so curly!"
Someone tell me I'm not crazy! Maybe it's just because it allows the hair to dry without me playing with it or even moving around too much, which lets the waves stay clumped?
2C BSL hair and lots of it!
Cheap and low-maintenance are my two favorite words!

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  • curlymammacurlymamma Posts: 3Registered Users
    I totally agree, I thought it would be gross to sleep with wet hair, but I found that it sets much better and when I wake up it's perfect!
  • confusedmaidenconfusedmaiden Posts: 59Registered Users
    You're nto the only one who can do this; i've heard of people who get good results sleeping on damp hair. It doesn't work for me, when I sleep on wet hair the back of my head gets very greasy for some reason. But if it works for you, that's great. Now you have a new routine! :toothy7:
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  • fskatergirlfskatergirl Posts: 244Registered Users
    This used to be the only way I could get good hair. My hair goes through phases...and I haven't been able to do this for quite some time :( I miss the days when it worked because it was so simple...no waiting for it to dry during the day or manipulating it into looking nice. I don't really know why it doesn't work for me anymore...just when you think you've got a routine down, your hair just decides it's time for a change.
  • SpunGoldSpunGold Posts: 454Registered Users
    Do you sleep with your hair damp and completely loose?

    I've slept in a damp pineapple before and gotten good results, but I'm afraid to sleep with it completely loose. If that's how it's working for you, I might have to try it...

    For those of you who are sleeping with it damp and loose, how long is your hair?
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  • ibraidhairibraidhair Posts: 343Registered Users
    I take my shower at night instead of in the morning because I air-dry and it takes forever. I often sleep on damp hair and it does turn out good almost every time. I leave it loose, but my hair is long enough to toss it up over my pillow so I don't lay on it. For me, I think the good turn-out is the result of not having gravity and water weight pulling down on it as it dries.

    As for pineappling, I usually dampen my hair a bit with a spray bottle to refresh the curls before putting it up. Or if I washed my hair earlier in the evening so it's had time to mostly dry (about 90% dry), I'll put it up. Haven't tried it while it's very wet.
  • dazzle34dazzle34 Posts: 18Registered Users
    When my hair was bsl, I could sleep with it damp and just throw it over my pillow and wake up with it pretty nice, just a little frizziness to fix. Now that my hair is chin length, if I sleep with it damp it turns out straightened and I have to re-style it.
    CG since June 23, 2008
    mostly 2C/bit of 3A

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  • bethmeglobethmeglo Posts: 49Registered Users
    shell78 wrote: »
    Do you sleep with your hair damp and completely loose?

    I've slept in a damp pineapple before and gotten good results, but I'm afraid to sleep with it completely loose. If that's how it's working for you, I might have to try it...

    For those of you who are sleeping with it damp and loose, how long is your hair?

    Yes, I sleep with it completely loose, and my hair is bra-strap length. I also find myself putting it up on the pillow so that I'm not laying on the wet hair, but when I wake up I'm laying on it again, so I'm not sure how long it says like that! Right now that it's hot in my apartment, sleeping with wet hair is keeping my cool. I don't know if I'll still like it in the winter! It is really nice though; no rushing in the morning--you just wake up and your hair is pretty much done!
    2C BSL hair and lots of it!
    Cheap and low-maintenance are my two favorite words!
  • SpunGoldSpunGold Posts: 454Registered Users
    bethmeglo wrote: »
    shell78 wrote: »
    Do you sleep with your hair damp and completely loose?

    I've slept in a damp pineapple before and gotten good results, but I'm afraid to sleep with it completely loose. If that's how it's working for you, I might have to try it...

    For those of you who are sleeping with it damp and loose, how long is your hair?

    Yes, I sleep with it completely loose, and my hair is bra-strap length. I also find myself putting it up on the pillow so that I'm not laying on the wet hair, but when I wake up I'm laying on it again, so I'm not sure how long it says like that! Right now that it's hot in my apartment, sleeping with wet hair is keeping my cool. I don't know if I'll still like it in the winter! It is really nice though; no rushing in the morning--you just wake up and your hair is pretty much done!

    Thanks for your reply!
    ibraidhair & dazzle, your comments were helpful too. I'm BSL as well and will definitely have to try this. Thanks!
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    Location: Frisco, TX

    Fia type: 3a/F/ii Pics! Updated 04/22/10
    CO Wash: Suave Coconut
    Leave-in: Deva Heaven in Hair
    Current Styler: Fuzzy Duck Gel
    finally at waist length!
  • brdudeonbrdudeon Posts: 66Registered Users
    I've never slept overnight on damp hair, but I've taken a nap that way and woken up with great hair.

    In high school, my younger sister would get up at 4am, shower and wash her hair, then go back to bed with her hair spread out on a towel. It always looked great when she got up at 7 to get ready for school.
    Lots of medium to fine, extremely porous and color damaged hair.
    Suave Tropical Coconut for co-wash
    Bed Head Tigi Moisture Maniac
    FX Curl Booster Fixative Gel
    Gel

    CG since November 2007
    Slowly growing out the color damaged hair. I'm halfway there!!:p
  • AngularScienceAngularScience Posts: 844Registered Users
    You are so lucky! I've had that happen to me once. Usually what happens is my hair becomes completely flat in the back and I get a frizzy halo in the front.
  • laurabeth33laurabeth33 Posts: 1,443Registered Users
    I sleep with mine wet and accordian it under my head. It helps my waves boost to curly and scrunches out the crunch for me. I have a microfiber towel over a silk pillowcase which works the best for absorbing moisture (towel) and not causing too much resistance (silk) when I move around during the night.
    2b w/ some 3a
    product tester geek
  • sunshine-curlssunshine-curls Posts: 35Registered Users
    I think it depends on how loose and how curly your hair is. Mine has tiny, loose ringlets, so when I sleep on it wet they are easily mashed. If I braid it and sleep on it though, it works.
  • poofyhairprobspoofyhairprobs Posts: 2Registered Users
    How do u sleep with it up or down? What kind of pillow do u sleep on thanks
  • poofyhairprobspoofyhairprobs Posts: 2Registered Users
    Do u use any products??
  • CatitudeBooCatitudeBoo Posts: 525Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Mmmm interesting. I've only done this once when I decided to wash my hair at midnight and the results weren't that different from when I usually wash in the late-morning/early-afternoon. I do find it uncomfortable to sleep with wet hair though.
    CG since Dec. 2013 :blob3:
    3b/c ~ fine ~ medium porosity ~ low density ~ dyed dark red
    No-Poo: Cantu Cleansing Cream Shampoo
    RO: Suave Essentials Volumizing Conditioner
    Styler: Tresemme Extra Firm Control Mousse & Hairspray
  • hambo02hambo02 Posts: 480Registered Users
    I wanna try this because i go in early all week and dont feel like waking up early to shower
  • butter52butter52 Posts: 292Registered Users
    When I had long hair sometimes I slept with damp her and yes, it would super curl. I thought it was because of curling without gravity pulling down.

    The problem is I moved a lot, so it would become super curly but extreme messy :mrgreen:

    Probably if I had known back then about silk pillowcases or scarf/bonnet it would have been better.
  • eveumeveum Posts: 744Registered Users
    I don't sleep ON damp hair I sleep with it above my head on a pillow kind of, my hair is really long so if it air dried hanging down as I walked around and stuff it the curl pattern would become limper being stretched out under it's own weight.

    Low Shampoo: Aveda Be Curly Shampoo
    Conditioner: Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture/ Perfectly Undone
    Treatments: SM Black Castor Oil Masque/ Packet Gelatine
    Leave in: Redken Diamond Oil Conditioner
    Styling: AG Recoil Curl Activator/V05 Mega Hold/Cornstarch
    Refresh: Redken Fresh Curls Curl Boost


    Between Waist and Hip Length (stretched), 2C with 2B roots
  • AmazingPenguinAmazingPenguin Posts: 10Registered Users
    I have slept on wet hair all of my life. I rarely use the blow dryer. For these reasons I think that is why I don't get split ends often.
    Last time I got a split end was last year when I was using the flat iron every other day.
    I don't have curly hair, but slightly wavy hair. It turns out wavy everytime, when I sleep on wet hair. My only complaint is that it really only dries halfway this way, since my hair is very thick and is low porosity.
  • Marci PieMarci Pie Posts: 622Registered Users
    I sleep with wet hair every week night because I have to be at work at 7 am. I plop my hair with a flour sack towel. In the morning my hair is still a little damp. I let it air dry another 2-3 hours and SOTC. It is the only thing that works besides air drying. Diffusing tends to make my hair frizzy.


    My hair takes at least 6 hours to hair dry and there is no way I could work like that.
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    3b, Medium-Coarse (slight coarse charactericstics), Normal porosity & Low elasticity per Curl Wizard Profile.
    Low-poo: Nourish Shampoo
    Co-wash: Suave, Vo5, HE, Aussie Moist
    Deep Conditioner: GVP Conditioning Balm
    Leave-in: Nourish Conditioner (Trader Joe's)
    Stylers: LA Looks Sports, Coconut Oil, Almond Oil, Jojoba Oil.
    Methods: Wet plop or pineapple at night, diffuse in the morning. Scrunch w/joboba, coconut or almond oil.
  • Morgan_AdcockMorgan_Adcock Posts: 2,573Registered Users
    I've been doing it for years, and love the results.

    My best guess is that, without gravity pulling my hair down, my curls have a better chance of forming well. Not to mention that my low porosity hair takes forever to dry, and I wake up with just damp hair, which then finishes drying quickly, rather than taking hours out of my waking day waiting for it to dry before I can SOTC.
    Peace,
    Morgan

    Baby Fine 3B, low porosity, normal density and elasticity
    CGing since July 2008
  • Morgan_AdcockMorgan_Adcock Posts: 2,573Registered Users
    My hair was at least as long as yours in your picture, prior to a recent cut. I never put it in a pineapple when it was wet, as it would stretch out the curl and leave a crease in my hair. I just scrunch all of it up to my head, as I would if I were plopping, as I lay my head down on my (towel covered) pillow, and the gel has formed enough of a cast by the time I start turning in my sleep that it doesn't get disordered.
    Peace,
    Morgan

    Baby Fine 3B, low porosity, normal density and elasticity
    CGing since July 2008
  • asianrunnerasianrunner Posts: 2,251Registered Users
    I can never sleep with wet/damp hair. I toss and turn a lot when I sleep so it looks terrible the next day!

    Plus I hate the feeling of lying down with wet hair!
    Coarse texture, normal-high porosity, normal elasticity (Komaza Care), very weak waves
    cleanser: Redken Fresh Curls Shampoo, CJ Daily Fix

    rinse out: GVP Conditioning Balm, CJ Beauticurls, CJ Smoothing

    jellies/creams: CR Curl Maker, KCCC
    gels: CJ CQ, CJ Pattern Pusha, BRHG

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  • aspenaspen Posts: 154Registered Users
    I wish I could do this, but every time I've tried I end up with half of my head flat and the other side curly or just a giant frizzy and uneven mess.

    I've tried pine-appling wet but then I end up with straightish hair all the way to the scrunchy, and then some really straggly and limp curls and waves.
    3A-3B / Medium / High Density / Low Porosity
    Modified CG
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    Conditioner: Curls Unleashed NB
    Leave in: Creme of Natura Argan Oil Strengthen & Shine
    Styling Product: Curl Keeper/ Curly Solutions gel
  • Naturalista16Naturalista16 Posts: 5Registered Users
    I sleep with wet hair while it's twisted, I've also taken naps with deep conditioner in my hair
  • Abby.HartungAbby.Hartung Posts: 1Registered Users
    I have this😃 my hair is Naturally curly and when I take a shower at night I always love going to sleep with my hair wet because the next morning my curls are dry and bouncy and perfect . They have natural beauty in them. Sometimes it never comes out right when my hair is almost dry. They come out beautiful when wet... so your not alone love those curls own it cause other girls would kill to have our hair