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Old 10-26-2008, 02:50 PM   #1
 
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I have a nightmare commute for work, so I get up really early. In the warm months, I just leave the house with wet hair and by the time I'm at work, it's dry, but it's getting pretty cold and I can't do that anymore...

I'd like to see if I can pull off showering at night, putting my products in, and going to sleep with wet hair so I can sleep in a little and not have to worry about the hair.

Does anybody else do this?
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I think Botticellibabe does.

Don't leave it loose though, you will just get a lot of frizz unless you don't move at all.

Plopping and wet pineapple are a couple options.

If you can shower and have your hair dry by time you go to bed, pineappling should work.
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I do it on weeknights. I shower probably three hours before I go to bed. I diffuse until crunchy and let it air dry until I'm ready to go to sleep. I pull it up in a pineapple and cover that with a satin cap. In the morning I spritz with water and scrunch the crunch.

Plopping overnight never worked for me. I wake up with more waves than curls, and they're flat. There was a thread a while ago about using a silk scarf. I'm hoping to try that soon to compare.
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Depends on what time I shower. If it's in the early evening-like if I am going somewhere then I just style it and it should dry before bed and then I can just pineapple.

If I shower too late then I wad it up in a bun after I have scrunched out(with any towel at that point) as much water as I can, because there's no saving it when I sleep on it. Then I just wet and co-in the am and scrunch and style as usual. I will clip the roots and diffuse some(mainly the roots) so then I can take the clips out and the hair will stay upright(cause of the crunch) and get my twins off to school and then go to work. After about an hour I can lean forward and scrunch.

I only plop when I have time, so that's pretty much a rarity, even then I only do it about 10-15 mins. Never tried overnight, but unless its stuffed in a turbie I would think it would be about as comfortable as sleeping on curlers!
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i plop overnight and it works great! i guess you gotta try it for yourself!
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It works well for me. I usually wash my hair in the evening, and that often means I plop overnight using a silk scarf (I get mine here http://www.dharmatrading.com/html/eng/3273-AA.shtml) because it's so incredibly easy.

If I dry my hair before bedtime, I either sleep on a silk pillowcase (also from Dharma), or wrap my hair in a silk scarf, occasionally both.

I'd never tried going to sleep with wet hair until shortly before I learned about Curly Girl, but my curly haired ex-hairdresser had mentioned doing it, and the only way I could figure out how to do it one evening when I'd washed my hair later than usual, and was totally exhausted, was to spread a (terry cloth) towel on my pillow, and sleep on that. Amazingly, my hair came out just fine every time that I did it, including once recently when I was also exhausted, and not traveling with a scarf. It wasn't as curly as it would be otherwise, but I was able to spritz and scrunch, and it looked great.
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It works well for me. I usually wash my hair in the evening, and that often means I plop overnight using a silk scarf (I get mine here http://www.dharmatrading.com/html/eng/3273-AA.shtml) because it's so incredibly easy.
Oooh, thanks for that link, Morgan!


I frequently wash in the evening. Most of the time I plop overnight, usually with pretty decent results. When it goes bad, though, it goes really bad- ie: flat in the front/bang area, odd kinks, cowlick-y areas, and/or flattened waves.

I have had luck with using a stronger hold gel, plopping for an hour or so, then diffusing til about 90% dry. I don't pineapple, and I leave the crunch til the a.m., when I scrunch it out w/some KBB cream, butter, or a bit of coconut oil. Come to think of it, I usually have more consistently good results with this method (maybe because I'm more wavy than curly?). I don't know why I don't do this more often- probably laziness. LOL
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I find that washing in the evenings and using the pineapple technique is the best for keeping my hair frizz free. I have botticelli/wavy curls. My hair is always at least partially dry when I get into bed, whether by hair dryer/diffuser (has anyone tried that devafuser thing?) or air-drying.

I've slept on a towel before too--left me with very bouncy curls!
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I have a nightmare commute for work, so I get up really early. In the warm months, I just leave the house with wet hair and by the time I'm at work, it's dry, but it's getting pretty cold and I can't do that anymore...

I'd like to see if I can pull off showering at night, putting my products in, and going to sleep with wet hair so I can sleep in a little and not have to worry about the hair.

Does anybody else do this?
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I think Botticellibabe does.
Yep I do! In fact, since my hair is so damn thick, I'd much rather shower the night before just so my hair only takes an hour or so to dry the next day.

I put in all but my finishing products - leave in (or put a little of my condish back in), CK/KY, FOTE or gel, then I plop overnight. The next morning, I scrunch in a little more gel on the ends or use a few spritzes of L'oreal Tightly Wound (if I need more hold), put my mini jaw clips in at the roots, and let it dry. When I get to where I'm going (if I'm going anywhere, that is), I just take out the clips and go. My curls finish drying undisturbed, I get root lift and good root curl/wave/shape, and it doesn't take all that long to finish drying this way.

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yep, i do it too! sooo much easier when you have to get up early in the morning. i put it in a pineapple with a soft scrunchie (and you thought they weren't around anymore. ha!). I lay an old t-shirt over my pillow because A)its softer than my pillow case and B) my hair is still wet when i go to bed so the t-shirt soaks up some of the water as to not ruin my pillow. It always looks just fine in the morning, and i swear i get more volume on top when i do this as opposed to washing in the morning and diffusing/air drying.
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This seems like such a good idea but based upon who it is working for (long haired curlies) I do not think it would work for me at all. But I am so tempted to pick up a silk cap (I cannot pineapple-hair is too short) and try it some night the SO is traveling.
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i go to bed with wet hair a lot. i find my hair looks better this way. i put in my finishing products and plop my hair into my satin bonnet and go to sleep. in the morning, i wet my hands with water and scrunch at my crown a little bit (in case there are some fly aways).
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Old 10-28-2008, 01:23 PM   #13
 
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I tried this Sunday night, and, I swear, it made my hair shrink about six inches and people asked me all day if I cut my hair!!!!
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I am washing at night lately because of my early work-schedule. (out the door by 5:20 is not conducive to morning showers.)

Years ago (late teens/early 20's) I only ever slept on wet hair simply because I didn't have enough sense to use a styler (wierd to think I was ever product-free!) I would wash at night, put my hair up in a towel-turban for 10-15 minutes which would absorb a lot of the water, take it down once I was dressed then sleep on it wet. I think back then I kind of just piled my hair on my pillow and if I tossed and turned, the pile would kind of get moved around a little. Back then I found that sleeping on it while it dried minimized my frizz (as a form of air-drying) while allowing it to be mostly dry by morning-- which is great in winter.

Now I diffuse 50-75% and sleep with my hair going over my pillow and down the back of my mattress-- so it's kind of going straight up. At this point, I have myself trained to adjust everything whenever I roll over... makes me think of Memoirs of a Geisha when they were learning to sleep with the shellacked-hair...

Now that I've been doing it again, I'm starting to enjoy the benefits of sleeping on freshly washed hair like I did before. Now I feel like my hair has more body, more curl (think of it as Pillow-Plopping) and yet it's much more controlled. It's still slightly damp when I get up but it's almost completely dry within 15-30 minutes.

**I can only do this with longer hair (shoulder length or longer). When my hair was short, sleeping on it was pretty destructive to my efforts unfortunately.
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I don't normally sleep on sopping wet hair.. maybe damp. If I do wash/wet my hair at night I do it earlier in the evening to give it time to dry. Then when I go to sleep I put it in a bun, pineapple, or low pony tail. I find that if I sleep on wet hair it's super frizzy in the morning and I have to re-wet it anyways.

For 2nd day hair (which is the max I can get away with before I have to soak it wet again) I spritz with water and leave in a conditioner and/or my Hollywood Beauty Olive Oil Hair Creme.
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...Now I diffuse 50-75% and sleep with my hair going over my pillow and down the back of my mattress-- so it's kind of going straight up....
Do you have a headboard? Mine gets caught between the two but I've only slept like this with dry hair.
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Do you have a headboard? Mine gets caught between the two but I've only slept like this with dry hair.
I do but it's wrought iron and the bars are spaced out pretty good so it's not an issue.
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