Sleeping on Wet/Damp Hair

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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!
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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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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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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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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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?
Originally Posted by shell78
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?
Originally Posted by shell78
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!
Originally Posted by bethmeglo
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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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.
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.
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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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.
How do u sleep with it up or down? What kind of pillow do u sleep on thanks
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.
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I wanna try this because i go in early all week and dont feel like waking up early to shower
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

Probably if I had known back then about silk pillowcases or scarf/bonnet it would have been better.
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.
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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.

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