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Old 07-23-2008, 05:35 AM   #1
 
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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?
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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!
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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!
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Old 07-23-2008, 06:07 AM   #4
 
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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.
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Old 07-23-2008, 08:54 AM   #5
 
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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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Old 07-23-2008, 09:07 AM   #6
 
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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.
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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.
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Old 07-23-2008, 10:21 AM   #8
 
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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!
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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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Old 07-23-2008, 01:26 PM   #10
 
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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.
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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.
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Old 07-24-2008, 11:25 AM   #12
 
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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.
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Old 07-24-2008, 11:39 AM   #13
 
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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.
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