Sleeping with Curly Hair – 5 methods to protect your curls.

Hollie Shirley / Hair & Skincare Editor

Protect your curls overnight with these easy styles

Curly hair is a real labour of love, and the last thing you want to happen when you come to the end of a good hair day is to lay your head down and squish, crush and ruin your curls. The big question for every curly girl is – how can you make this last until tomorrow, and the next day, and the next day, without having to shampoo and style all over again?


There is no one way to protect your curls – everyone’s curls are different, so it’s about finding a solution that works for you and your hair type. Read on for 5 of our favourite tried and trusted methods to protect your curls overnight. Top tip – You can use all these methods with your Luna silk hair wrap and silk pillowcase for extra protection, and to keep your curls from being roughed up against cotton which can lead to frizz.

  1. The Pineapple
  2. The Plopping Method
  3. Two Strand Twists
  4. Braids
  5. Buns

Pineapple Method

This is one of the most popular methods to use for curly hair, and it takes very minimal effort to do. To pineapple your hair means to loosely tie your hair into a ponytail on top of your head with a scarf, scrunchie or fabric hairband (so you kind of look like a pineapple). This method keeps your curls on top of your head to prevent them from being crushed under your hair while you sleep.


Plopping is a popular curl drying method that helps you avoid hair being weighed down by gravity. This technique requires you to apply a gel to hair and then lay a microfiber towel on a flat surface and flip hair over, allowing it to pile on top of itself into the towel. Tie the sides of the towel so that it will remain securely on your head. The towel will speed up drying time, and the “pile” of curls will set nicely on top of your head, so you won’t need to re-style them the next morning.

Two Strand Twists

If you’re not so hot with braiding, two-strand twists are a great option for keeping your curls in shape overnight. This method allows you to target specific sections of hair to shape them in a manner that will not flatten as you sleep. Part your hair into two sections or more depending on how tight you want the curls to be, and then taking one of those sections, split that in half and then twist the two sections all the way down your hair. Repeat on the other side and secure with a hair tie. This technique is great for tighter curly and coily hair types but will also add curly texture to other hair types.


French braids, Dutch braids, and mini braids are all fantastic options for keeping your hair in place overnight. Experiment to find what works for you. Looser braids will help maintain your natural curl pattern, while tighter braids will add more of a crimp. If you don’t know how to French braid, divide your hair into 6-8 sections and do regular braids. For loose waves, this will give you tighter curls, and for tighter curl patterns this will stretch your hair. You may find different results between many mini braids and the French braid, particularly at the roots. The French braid method will give you a more stretched curl pattern at the roots. It pays to experiment with one or several braids to see which gives you the best results.


A similar option to pineappling, a loose bun is a great option for keeping your curls on top of your head and helps to avoid crushing or squishing your curls. Apply a leave-in conditioner or scrunch a gel into your curls before flipping your head upside down and twisting it into a bun, keeping it loose so your curls aren’t stretched out too much, and very loosely secure with a scrunchie.

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.