Let’s face it, us girlies don’t have the time in the morning to be lathering our hair in oils and other products, we have other priorities to make sure we look good. However, the evenings are our time to shine, wipe off that makeup, take a long hot bubble bath, and shimmy into your favourite comfies. So, why not add a night hair care routine into the mix? If you want your hair looking good every day, all day, then a hair care routine is going to be your best friend. From how you pop your luscious locks up ready for bed to the products you soak your hair in, there are several ways you can maintain healthy, long and luscious locks. We’ve put together a girls guide on how to create the perfect nighttime hair care, including the best products to use and so much more!
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Night Hair Care Routine: Your Guide To Luscious Locks
Now, let’s be honest, how many of you actually take care of your hair? If you’ve just shied away knowing that you haven’t put heat protector in your hair for the past month or an ounce of oil on those ends, then it’s time to prepare those locks for a health kick. If you’re going to spend 20 minutes on your face routine, then what’s an extra 10 for your hair? There are some simple yet effective ways you can tame those locks and nourish those ends, and while it may hit the bank account at first, we promise it is well worth the investment. There is no point having your hair professional dyed or 100% human hair extensions fitted only to use cheap supermarket own-brand products, so let us introduce you to some of our favourite hair care products for your nighttime routine.
It is important to first establish your hair type, as this can help you to find the right products for your hair. Many hair care products have been designed specifically for certain hair types, so make sure that you do your research before diving into the top-rated conditioners and hair oils. Whether you have hair extensions or a cute but frizzy bob, there are products out there to lend you a helping hand in styling and taming that beautiful hair. So, to keep your hair looking and feeling perfect, here are some top tips on taming that hair and starting your journey to healthier locks:
- Why Is A Nighttime Haircare Routine So Important?
- Daily Hair Care Routine For Damaged Hair
- Nighttime Hair Routine For Hair Growth
Your hair goes through a lot during the day, and surprisingly, just as much at night! Without caring for your hair, it can become damaged, tangled and dry – particularly if your hair is already heat or bleach damaged. Much like you would protect your hair with heat protector before styling, a nighttime haircare routine protects your locks from becoming tired, split ends from forming and even discolouration. Throughout the day, your hair is subject to wind, rain and sun, making it vitally important that you repair any damage that may have been caused during the day. For example, you may feel that your hair becomes dry after spending time outside, which is nothing a bit of argan oil and deep conditioner can’t fix.
When creating a daily hair care routine for damaged hair, you want to make sure that any products you put into your hair aren’t going to damage it any further. It is extremely important to take extra care of your hair if you’ve been using heat too often or you’ve been naughty and dyed your hair at home. Whether you have just a few split ends or your hair feels extra frizzy, we recommend incorporating some of the tips below into your very own hair care routine.
Protect Your Hair While You Sleep With Deep Conditioner
You’ve probably heard it before, but conditioning your hair is one of the best ways to repair damaged hair and keep your locks looking shiny and feeling silky. Conditioners don’t have to only be used after washing your hair, and you can find a range of leave-in conditioners and overnight masks that protect your hair while you sleep. If you’re going to pop some conditioner in your hair overnight, then we would highly recommend that you do this the night before hair wash day, and then wash your hair out with cold or lukewarm water. By rinsing with cool water, you can lock in the moisture and close hair follicles, minimising the risk of damage or causing your hair to become weak.
There are a whole host of hair masks for you to use, and again, the mask you use will depend on the hair type you have and the results you are looking for. You can find a range of hair masks designed for softening the hair and maintaining healthy locks, or you can come up with your own hair mask recipes. If you want to save some money or give a natural remedy a go, then take a look at our previous article for more ideas, tips and recipes to try!
Keep Your Hair In Place
One of the most damaging things that can affect your hair is leaving it to toss and turn throughout the night. The main reason this creates damage is because it causes the ends to break. Not only this, but it can also cause the moisture and oils in your hair to dry out, or even worse, can make your scalp produce excess oil, making a perfectly fresh set of locks look greasy. Luckily, there is an easy solution to this, which can be used for all hair types, whether you have Rapunzel locks or a bouncy bob. All you will need to do is make sure that you pop your hair up before bed. Now, while that may sound like an easy task, it is important to make sure that you put up your hair to make morning styling easy and to ensure that you are not further damaging your hair.
While high and messy buns may be our favourite hair trends that will never go out of fashion, keeping your hair in a messy bun at nighttime can seriously damage your hair. Instead, try out some of the following methods for putting your hair up for bed:
Methods For Long Hair
- Loose Plait – create either a single braid at the back of your head or two braids on the side and then gently pull to loosen from the scalp. This is a very easy technique, it doesn’t hurt your scalp and can give you cute beach babe waves the next day.
- One Fold High Bun – you might look like you have a croissant on top of your head, but if you’re someone that loves to have your hair completely off your face or neck at night time, then this is the perfect hairstyle. Simply tilt your head upside down and bring all of your hair to the crown of your head, wrap the hair band once around the hair into a ponytail and then the next time, only pull the ponytail halfway through to create a bun. The Skinny Confidential has a handy guide on how to create a sleep bun to keep in curls.
- Scrunchies – we love a good scrunchie, they’re perfect for so many hairstyles, particularly your nighttime do’s. Whatever hairstyle you decided to create for bedtime, always try to use a scrunchie, as it’s soft on your hair and is less likely to leave a kink.
Methods For Short Hair
- Silk Caps – shorter hair is harder to put up, so wrapping it in a silk cap allows you to maintain your hairstyle, reduce split ends and hair friction. This is particularly a good method to use if you are trying to grow your hair.
- Loose Twists – braiding hair may be a little difficult the shorter your hair becomes, so twisting and incorporating hair as you go is a good way of getting hair off your face while also giving you cute curls in the morning.
- Bandana – much like the twisting method, a bandana can provide you with even bigger curls for a more wavey look. You can choose to either wrap your hair like a silk cap or twist your hair into the bandana.
You can find a whole host of other methods for keeping your hair protected as you get your beauty sleep on Live About.
Hydrate Your Hair
You may notice it more in the winter months than the summer, but dry hair is extremely common for many of us, particularly as we get older. As we age, our body stops producing as much excess oil, and that’s why you can find that those teenage spots and random greasy hair breakouts start to stop. While this does mean that we can stop washing our hair as much, it can leave our hair feeling extremely dry and brittle. If you find that this is something you suffer from, then popping some hair oil into your hair can nourish your hair without making it feel greasy.
There are a whole host of oils that can be put into our hair before we fall asleep, which can be a little daunting when you’re not too sure what oil is best for you. To give you a better understanding and to help you find the perfect hydrator, here are the three main oils for your hair:
- Coconut Oil – not only does it smell amazing, but it can deeply penetrate the hair for a thorough and intense moisturising effect. You can either use natural coconut oil or find a hair mask, conditioner or even shampoo with coconut oil.
- Argan Oil – also known as Moroccan oil, argan oil can provide you with silky hair as well as a layer of protection; perfect for those that love styling their hair with heated hair styling tools.
- Jojoba Oil – for those that naturally have dry hair due to your body not producing enough natural oils, Jojoba oil is the perfect option. Having the same qualities and characteristics as our bodies natural oil, Jojoba oil can provide you with the same nutrients.
Brush Out Your Hair: The Right Way
Let’s face it, we’re all guilty of leaving our hair down at night or taking our hair extensions out on a walk when a storms brewing. While tangled hair is bound to happen after a long day in the wind, it is important to perfect your detangling technique to ensure that you are not further damaging your hair. You must always brush your hair before going to bed, even if you do this while sat watching your fav Housewives. However, there is a very specific technique to achieving this without causing more of a nest on your head or getting the hairbrush stuck halfway down. Try using this method for detangling your hair:
- Grab yourself a detangling brush and make up some detangling hair spray.
- On dry hair, spray in a little bit of detangling spray; trying to avoid making the hair too wet.
- Try to section off your hair and start from the lower section near your neck.
- Gently brush through the hair section by section from the bottom and working your way to the top.
- Once completely detangled, pop some oil in the ends of your hair.
You can find more detail and tips for detangling hair on our previous article to avoid damaging your hair.
Change Your Bedding
Now, this may not seem like something worth trying, but we promise that it can have a big impact on how your hair looks and feels in the morning. Not changing your bedsheets regularly can leave you with a whole host of health problems as well as causing hair to become greasy even quicker than usual. Along with this, not changing sheets often can lead to your hair becoming static, which is not only damaging to your hair, but can also make styling your hair in the morning extremely difficult.
Along with changing your sheets regularly, we would also suggest using silk bedding and pillowcase, particularly if you have hair extensions. A silk pillow allows your hair to glide no matter how much you toss and turn in the night, minimising split ends and ensuring that you wake up with silky hair rather than a ball of frizz.
Apply A Treatment
Much like your hair oils and conditioners, the occasional deep treatment can make your hair feel and look healthier. These hair treatments come in many forms, whether it be to soften the hair or repair the ends from damage. If you are applying a hair treatment for damaged hair, then it is important to note that it may not provide you with silky soft hair straight away, and instead, it will help to repair the hair rather than provide visible results instantly. The many ways in which a hair treatment can help your hair include the following:
- Reduce dandruff
- Repair damaged hair
- Stimulates hair growth
- Makes hair softer
- Maintains moisture balance
We all want Rapunzel hair, right? But how do we go from short stubby hair to luscious, long and silky locks? The trick is fairly simple, and all you need to do is follow the tips provided above and ensure that you continue to complete your nighttime hair routine for hair growth. There are also other ways you can create long locks, such as fitting hair extensions to allow your natural hair the grow underneath while you continue to enjoy thick hair with extra length. We would also recommend having your hair trimmed every 6-8 weeks to make sure that the ends are nice and healthy, allowing the hair to grow. Some also say that certain foods and scalp scrubs can help to promote hair growth. Take a look to Good Housekeeping for diet tips and Health Shots for DIY hair scrubs.
Managing Your Wild Hair
Finding the perfect hair care routine for your hair can take some time, so be sure to try out a few different methods and remedies to find the best solution. What works for one person may not work for you, but through trial and error, you can easily find the routine that helps you to keep your shine and glow all year long. To give you a head start, why not take a look at our hair care treatments, styling tools and hair tools to create the dream selection of hairstyling and maintenance products!