There is no greater struggle than having to compose a hairstyle in the morning — especially after snoozing your alarm a shameful number of times and then realizing you have to be out the door ASAP. The good news is that there’s a very efficient way to solve this problem, and it starts right before you go to bed. Ahead, discover overnight hairstyle hacks to help you get yourself out the door faster than you ever imagined.
For medium-length hair
Overnight sock curls are officially a thing and it’s worth testing out. You can create the look in the following steps: Split your hair into two sections and out of those sections, split them into two more. In total, you should have four sections. Take your first sock and wrap your hair around it, rolling it upwards towards the top of your head. Tie your hair into a knot. Tie it as tightly as possible and consider bobby pinning the sock if it begins to fall loose. Repeat the same process with the next three sections. In the morning, gently roll the socks of your hair. Add dry shampoo to your roots to add some volume and rub a small amount of styling cream through the curls.
For medium-length thin and thick hair
Using a normal fabric headband you can create soft, pretty waves overnight. Here is the process: Split your hair into two sections and place two headbands (to keep hairstyle secure) over the top of your hair. If a bump occurs, pull your hair down to ensure that it’s flat. Spray the area below the headband with a bottle of water to make your hair damp. Twist the first section of your hair and then wrap this section around the headband – starting behind your ear.
Repeat the same process for the second section of your hair. Spray the back, wrapped portion of your hair with hairspray before bed. In the morning, slowly unwrap the two sections, with the headband on. Take the headband off after the curls are out. Style curls by scrunching waves with a small amount of texturizing cream.
For long, thin hair
Hair donuts can be used for more than just perfectly shaped hair buns. Here is how to sleep on a hair donut (or a DIY one using a sock, of course) for voluminous morning curls: Tie your dry hair into a high ponytail, situating it right above your head. Using a hair donut or a sock, put your ponytail through the hole as if it were a hair elastic. Divide your hair into two equal sections (or three or more for more volume). Put your thumb and index finger through the top of the hole and pull the first section through. Then repeat the same steps until all of your hair is wrapped around the donut. Repeat with all of the same sections. When you get to the tip of the hair, just tuck it under the sock bun. In the morning, gently unravel the sock and carefully take out the hair elastic. Apply your favorite hairspray to finish.
For long, thick hair
Here’s how to create a wavy hair look with a twist braid style that is actually cute enough to wear outside of your bedroom: Starting with slightly damp hair, split your hair into two sections.
Starting with the front layer of your hair, twist one section of hair over the other. After you’ve twisted one section of hair over the other, add more hair to one section and twist it over. Keep repeating this process until you reach the base of your neck. Make sure you get all of the hair from the back of your head to complete the braid on one side. When there aren’t any layers left to add, twist the braid into a bun and secure with a hair elastic. Be sure that the bun is very night.
Repeat the same steps for the second section of hair. The next morning, gently take the twist braids out and use your hands to separate the waves.