7 Overnight Hairstyles

Hollie Shirley / Hair & Skincare Editor

Tired of spending hours on your hair in the morning? Try one of our easy overnight hairstyles to fast-track your morning routine and extend time between washes and blow dries. 

Most of us are guilty of looking for any possible way to cut corners to have a few extra minutes in bed before rushing to get ready for work. There are several tasks we can do to prepare the night or even days before. Pre-batch cooking lunches, curating the perfect capsule work wardrobe, but our hair? Are there quick hairstyles we can do other than shoving it in a bun in 25 seconds before we rush out of the door? Absolutely!

Mastering an easy overnight hairstyle, will turn your dream of getting up and going out the door in 15 minutes a reality. Our top 7 overnight hairstyles are simple and easy to do, and most without styling tools! Do you want a few minutes of extra sleep or want to save time in the morning? These easy hairstyles will save you time while ensuring you wake up with fantastic looking hair! It is also important to keep your hair protected while sleeping to prevent breakages and damaging your hair. Read on for some of our favourite overnight hairstyles.

1. Loose bouncy curls – French braids

French braiding your hair before bed is a great way to ensure gorgeous bouncy curls in the morning. This hairstyle works best on shoulder length hair or longer. It also works best if your hair isn’t freshly washed or wet. If you are trying to hold out washing your hair for an extra day, this hairstyle will be perfect! All you need to do is French or Dutch braid your hair into two pigtails and secure with a non–snag hair tie. When you wake up, take your braids out and run your fingers through your hair to separate the waves. Add a little serum to smooth away any frizz or flyaway hairs; and voila beautiful curls. Give our article on how to sleep with braids a read to make sure you don’t damage your hair with this style.

2. Wavy volume – twists

If you have pin straight hair and want to add some volume, this is a great option. After washing your hair, towel dry and comb through, parting the way you usually wear it. Taking small sections, use a small amount of curl serum (work it into your fingers a little at a time) and twist your hair around your fingers, working the serum in. After twisting each section, secure with a hair tie. Continue around your hair and keep twisting until it’s part dry, then finish with your blow dryer if needed.

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3. Bob length waves – individual braids

This is a really great way to wear your hair overnight to give cute beachy waves on shorter hair. Section your hair in up to 6 parts and braid each section starting about an inch from the root (avoiding the 80’s crimp chic look) and about the same at the ends. Secure each braid with a non-snag elastic. The next morning, unravel your braids and add a small amount of serum or salt spray if you need to.

4. Pin curls – bobby pins

Now, this style is a little tricky, so it might take a few goes to perfect. Take about an inch of hair and curl it around your fingers. Curl it around until you reach your head, and the hair lays flat, and secure with bobby pins. The larger the sections the looser the curls. If you want to have tight curls take smaller sections of hair. Once your head is all pinned up, you are ready to sleep! When you wake up, remove all the pins and run your fingers through your new curls and hairstyle.

5. Bun curls

This is super easy to do and takes virtually no time or effort. Separate your hair into sections and twist it up into a bun and secure with a non–snag hair elastic. When you wake up, just uncurl and separate! Use a serum if needed and you will have lovely wavy hair.

6. Rope braids 

These will give a slightly softer wave than Dutch or French braids. Section your hair into two pigtails, separate into two sections and pass one over the other grabbing hair as you go down. You can also do these on longer hair by sectioning your hair into four parts and then rope braiding down, starting about an inch from the root. Take out in the morning and voila, curls be done!

7. Straighten before you sleep

On the days where you are washing your hair and want it to look super smooth the next morning, taking a bit of extra time to straighten your hair the night before. You may need to run a straightener over it in the morning depending on how straight you want it. But it will be a lot quicker than doing it all in the morning!

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These quick and easy hairstyles will help save you time in the morning and make your routine one step easier! If you have curly hair its important to protect them overnight, read our great article on sleeping with curly hair to make sure your curls are protected.

Hollie Shirley
Hair & Skincare Editor

Hollie Shirley is SILKUP’s hair and skincare editor. She’s obsessed with all things hair care and results-driven skincare, that is kind to the environment and your wallet. She has a weakness for limited edition eyeshadows and is always testing out the newest and greatest deep conditioners. Hollie has a passion for hair and is studying Trichology, working towards becoming a Member of the Association of Registered Trichologists.