7 Overnight Hairstyles

Hollie Shirley / Hair & Skincare Editor

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

As a bunch of incredibly time poor, overworked humans, we are always looking to cut corners to allow us a few extra minutes in bed. There are a number of things we can do to prepare – batch cook our lunches, curating the perfect capsule work wardrobe, but hair? Are there things we can do other than shoving it in a bun in 25 seconds before we rush out of the door? Absolutely

Preventative styling, aka doing your hair the night before, will turn your dream of getting up and going out the door in 15 minutes a reality. Read on for some of our favourites.

1. Loose bouncy curls – French braids

French braiding your hair before bed is a great way to ensure gorgeous bouncy curls. This style works best on shoulder length and longer. All you need to do is French or Dutch braid your hair into pigtails and secure with a nonsnag hair tie. When you wake up, take your braids out and run your fingers through your hair to separate your waves, add a little serum to smooth away any frizz, voila. Beautiful curls.  



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 throughparting the way you usually wear it. Taking small sections, use a small amount of curl serum (work it into your fingers a little first) and twist your hair around your fingers., working your serum in. continue around your hair and keep on 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 really cute beachy waves on shorter hair. Section your hair into 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, securing with a non-snag elastic. The next morning, unravel your braids and use a small amount of serum and salt spray if you need to.  



4. Pin curls – bobby pins

Now, this style is a little finickity, so it might take a few goes to perfect. You want to take an inch section of hair and curl it around your fingers, and wind it down so it is flat on your head and secure with bobby pins. You can do larger or smaller sections if you want to have looser or tighter curls. Once your head is pinned, go to sleep. Wake up, remove all the pins and run your fingers through your new curls and style.  

5. Bun curls

This is so 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 nonsnag hair elastic. When you wake up, just uncurl and separate, using serum if needed then and you will have lovely wavy hair. 



6. Rope braids 

These will give a slightly softer wave than Dutch braids or French braids. Section 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 will help. 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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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.