How to Wear Braids to Sleep Without Damaging Your Hair

Hollie Shirley / Hair & Skincare Editor

Wrapping your braids can be a tad difficult, especially if you just want to hit the sheets. If you get it right though, the benefits are enormous.

Here are some of our tips to ensure a comfortable nights sleep with your braids:

1. Convert to silk hair wraps

Silk is great for braids! It won’t snag your hair whilst you sleep and helps to keep all that gorgeous hair exactly where it should be. Our large size Luna hair wrap is perfect for this as it has the adjustable drawstring to control how snug the fit is – our customers love it.

Place and wear your Luna over the braids and voila! You’ve got yourself a wrapped head of braids ready for the night’s tossing and turning. Check out our how to wear guide for more information. 

2. Prepare your hair for the night 

Spritz the hair with water or a spray leave-in conditioner. Ensure that the hair is not to wet. You want to keep your hair moisturized, not flooded.  If your hair is very dry, massage an oil like argan oil into the ends. 

Stay away from heavy creams, butters and oils every night, as this can add too much moisture and leave hair looking greasy.

Massage a generous quantity of essential oil into your scalp. Then, put hair into the overnight style of your choice depending on how you want it to turn out in the morning. Avoid high or intense manipulation hairstyles as they can ultimately damage the delicate hair strands around your edges.

If you simply want to pin your hair up or into different sections or if you plan to braid your hair into twist-outs or other bedtime styles you can still follow these steps to ensure your hair is well prepared for your night’s sleep. 


3. Wrap it up

Start by parting your hair into two equal sections of hair. Ensure they are tangle-free and parted comfortably. Don’t pull them back tightly as this can damage your edges and roots. This is much easier to do if you are using a silk head wrap because they will keep your braids off your face without pulling at them.

Once your two sections are loosely tied in two sections. Grab the ends of each ponytail and cross over the back of your head and around to the front of your head. Secure at the top of your head with a soft hair tie.

Finish with your silk head wrap and you are ready for a great night’s sleep.

4. Sheets and pillowcases

Some people do not sleep comfortably with their hair covered. This is where silk pillowcases and sheets come in – they may not help you retain as much moisture as you would when your braids are wrapped in a silk scarf or bonnet, but it is most certainly better than cotton or satin. You may also decide to combine silk head coverings and silk pillowcases for even better results.

5. Don’t forget the following tips:

Beyond the fact that wrapping your braids at night can help maintain their freshness, you will be protecting the fragile hair around your hairline and edges, maintaining moisture for your scalp and roots, preventing hair breakage and having fresh edges by the morning. Knowing how to wrap your braids can greatly help make the task easier and less time consuming for you.

Don’t wear your braids for too long

Protective styling is meant to be short-term. You should never keep braids for longer than 8 weeks. Any longer than that and your new growth will stretch and damage and eventually break

Keep your scalp clean and hydrated

Do this at least two to three times a week, using a leave-in conditioner. This will help prevent your hair from drying out and eventually breaking. The easiest way to do this daily is with a spray bottle filled with water, which is the best moisturiser for your scalp.

Avoid high manipulation styles to protect your edges

Resist pulling your braids into tight ponytails or buns, because their weight, along with the tension of the tightly pulled styles, can cause temporary or permanent hair loss (traction alopecia) — particularly along the hairline.

Wash your braids

The build-up of sweat and products used can be damaging to your hair so it’s important to wash your braids at once every two weeks.

Extend your style time by redoing your edges

Often, after a few weeks your roots have grown out and it’s time to freshen up your braids or cornrows. Rather than rebraid your entire head, just reinstall the braids along your hairline.

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.