How To Get Curly Hair Overnight?

Let your love for curls take flight with this easy trick to achieve those gorgeous locks.

Reviewed by Casey SimmonsCasey Simmons, Curly Hair Expert
By Jyotsana RaoJyotsana Rao  • 

Curly hair is all the rage now! Everyone wants flawless curls, even straight-haired people. Discover how to get curly hair overnight with just a teeny bit of effort and patience.

Whether you are naturally blessed with curly tresses or use styling tools to make your hair fashionably curly, keeping your hair in those perfect coils can be tough, especially at night. But there are ways you can make your curls flawless without using any heat. Yes, you read that right! No more heat damage to acquire perfect curls. Hurrah! Scroll down to learn how you can curl your hair overnight so that when you wake up, your curls make your look truly divine!

Before You Get Started
  • Keep a secured silk bonnet handy to wrap the curls before sleeping. It keeps the hair in one place to get perfect curly hair overnight.
  • Sleeping on your stomach helps to avoid crushing the hair setup for curls.
  • Frequent curling can cause heat damage to your strands. Follow a proper hair care routine to keep your hair healthy and protected.
  • Always use a heat protectant before curling your hair with styling tools. This protects the hair from heat damage.
  • Divide your hair in multiple small sections to get tighter and smaller curls overnight.

Things You Will Need:

Just a good curling mousse to keep the hair curls in place and a hair band.

StyleCraze Says
You can also use a curl defining cream instead of a curl mousse. A mousse adds more volume to your hair while sealing your curl structure, while a curl defining cream enhances and seals your curl pattern. You can also spritz on some hairspray to secure the braid while you sleep.

How To Get Curly Hair Overnight?


Slightly damp your hair and comb it to remove all the tangles with a wide toothed comb.

[ Read: Simple Curling Tips To Make Curls Last Longer ]


Take a thin headband or make your own that looks something like this.

StyleCraze Says
If you want larger or looser curls, you can use a half-inch cloth headband instead of a thin one.


Tie the band on your forehead in this way.


From one side of your head, near your ear, take a section of hair below the band in this way.


Without making tangles, wrap it in the band carefully and tightly. Pull the entire wrapped hair downwards carefully and comb if necessary.


Take another hair section just beside the previous hair section you took and wrap it into the band again without making tangles, pulling it downwards again.


Take the next section of your hair and repeat the above procedure carefully. This is how it looks. This is an image showing it done halfway. Complete it on the other half too.

If you have shoulder length hair, then it will be relatively easier to do this. But if you have long hair like me, then you’ll need to wrap it quite a few more times. If you have longer hair than mine, then it can be slightly more difficult because you have to find a place to wrap the hair.


Spray a good hair mousse. Having a good hair curling iron/ product is necessary! Otherwise your hair will straighten out the minute you comb it.


This is how it looks when you complete the wrapping.

This is the front view. Since my hair is long, the hair covered the entire circumference of my head. It covered the entire head with no gaps. I’m thankful that I’m not left with extra hair that I can’t wrap into the band.

Do this procedure before dinner and leave it overnight so that you get much time to leave like this.

[ Read: Natural Ways To Curl Your Hair ]

StyleCraze Says
Wrap your hair in a silk or satin scarf to prevent it from coming loose and to avoid frizz. You can also use a thin cotton cloth or T-shirt to cover your hair. Alternately, you can sleep on a satin pillowcase.

Final Look:

This is how my hair looked when I opened it in the morning. These curls made my day! All the effort from the previous night paid off! If you want to loosen these tight curls, use a hair dryer while brushing your locks. Owner of Royal Locks Curl Care Casey Simmons says “I love diffusers for curly hair. Diffusers are an attachment that goes on the ends of hair dryers. They distribute hot air expelled from the dryer evenly through your hair. They are excellent for enhancing a wavy or curly pattern and also give great volume to hair. I recommend pairing a diffuser with an ionic hair dryer as they have lower drying temperatures causing less damage, smoother texture, and a better overall shape.”

Curls have a mind of their own. With a little bit of love and patience, you can get flawless and magnificent curls naturally. If you want to know how to get curly hair overnight, it’s pretty simple and does not require taking a trip to the salon. The steps include dampening your hair and combing out all the knots and tangles. Next, use a thin hairband to tie your hair according to the hairstyle mentioned in the article. Try this method and get bouncy and beautiful curls.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does salt spray suit curly hair?

If you have curly hair, sea salt spray is fantastic since it can accentuate the curls and waves in your hair. Use a hairdryer on a cold setting to help your hair’s curls achieve their greatest volume and prevent knots after softly misting your hair a few times with sea salt spray.

Should I brush my hair after curling?

No, brushing your hair immediately after curling it will unravel the curls.

Is it OK to wet curly hair every day?

You can wet your curly with a spray bottle every day to refresh your curls.

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