Overnight styling can be a saving grace for professional, working naturals. Everyone wants to look great for work, but the time is not always there in the morning. Not only that, leaving the house with dripping wet hair is not how most of us would like to start our mornings. Here are some styles for those of you who like to think ahead which you can do before bed to wake up and go with no fuss.  

No drip wash and go

The wash and go is my go-to hairstyle and sometimes it needs to be redone midweek. In the past, I did not have a lot of time to do a wash and go in the morning and I do not like getting water and wet product on my clothes. That being said, I discovered a technique for doing a wash and go before bed without having to sleep or wake up with dripping hair. After I style my wash and go, I plop with a large, dry t-shirt. Plopping is a technique that allows the excess water in your hair to be soaked up—and it works. 

Overnight plopping

If you do not move in your sleep, leave the plopping t-shirt on your head and wrap it up in scarf so that it does not come off at night; this will ensure your pillow and neck do not get too wet overnight. You can even replace the first t-shirt and re-plop with another t-shirt so your neck will not be so wet. 


  1. Co-wash at night
  2. Plop until the water stops dripping
  3. Pull your hair back into a sleek, loose bun
  4. Cover with a satin scarf
  5. Tighten the bun in the morning

Wash and go (light air-dry)

  1. Remove the t-shirt
  2. Let your hair set for at least 30 min
  3. Place your hair in a low bun
  4. Cover it with a shower cap and then a scarf
  5. In the morning, gently release the bun and your curls will be intact

Braid and bun

The alternative to doing a wet bun overnight is to do a side braid and bun it. When you wake up you are styled and ready to go.

Freshly washed ponytail

To do a cute, wet ponytail overnight, you’ll have to define your wet curls with the product of your choice, plop, and then create a high, loose bun. Secure the style with a satin or silk scarf to prevent frizz as you sleep. In the morning take the bun down and put your hair in a ponytail. It should not take more than five minutes in the morning and will become curlier and fluffier throughout the day.

Those are my overnight styling techniques for fresh hair and quick styling. These styles really come in handy when you know you have to look good the next day but do not want to wake up at the crack of dawn.

What overnight styles do you do?