Are you suffering from a bad hair day? Did you wake up and found your hair unruly, tousled and with strands sticking out in different ways? If that’s the case, you, my friend, is suffering from a bad case of bed head.
This is common with people who prefer to shower at night so they can save time prepping up in the morning. If you are one of these people, you might be asking—does this mean that I would have to deal with bed head all my life?
The answer here is plain and simple—of course not! That’s because there are plenty of ways on how to get rid of bed head (if you are already suffering from one) and of course, more techniques on how to prevent this hair issue so that you would not have to suffer from it ever again.
How to Get Rid of Bed Head
Woke up with a bad case of bed head? Don’t worry; there are plenty of ways on how to get rid of bed head in just a few minutes! These are as follows:
Technique #1: With Water
If you have time to deal with wet hair, this is the easiest and most effective option that you can try. This technique works best for short to medium hair.
What You Will Need:
- Spray bottle
- Hair mousse or gel
Step #1: Wet your hair.
You can wet your hair in two ways. You can fill the spray bottle with water and spray it onto the affected sections of your hair. Another easy way to do it is to wet your comb then comb it through your hair.
Keep in mind that the hair should not be dripping wet. It should just be wet enough for the bed head to be reversed.
Wetting your hair can help break up the chemical bonds which are holding them in place. As a result, your bed head can be remedied with this simple step.
Step #2: Apply the gel or mousse.
These products will make your hair easier to comb and style. As you apply these products, make sure to focus on the affected area so you can put unruly hair back in its place.
Step #3: Blow dry your hair.
Use a round brush to style the hair as you blow dry it. You can also try combing your hair from the roots to the strands first so you can easily style it.
Pro Tip: If you have a natural hair comb, it is best that you use it for this step. This type of comb reduces static that may come as a result of the friction between the comb and hair. Because of that, this comb can distribute natural oils from your scalp to your strands while keeping it frizz-free.
Step #4: Keep hair in place with the use of hairspray.
Apply hairspray on the top portion of your hair to secure it.
Pro Tip: To avoid the unnatural plastic look, spritz the spray a few feet away from your head.
Technique #2: Using Styling Tools
Bedhead on longer hair is easier to deal with as it hides bed head better. Despite this, you would still need reinforcements—styling tools!
What You Will Need:
- Spray bottle with water
- Comb or Brush
- Flat iron or curling iron
Step #1: Again, wet your hair.
Following the first step of the first technique, wet your hair by spraying it with water or wetting your comb and running it through your hair. If you are in a hurry, blow dry it. But if you have time spare, simply wring it with a shirt or multifiber towel and wait for it to air dry.
Step #2: Brush your hair.
Brush your hair so it would be easier for you to style it.
Step #3: Style your hair.
If you are pressed for time, you can skip the first two steps and go straight to this. With the use of either a curling or flat iron, you can create movements in your hair that will correct bed head and cowlicks.
Run the styling tool on any flat spots. You can straighten the bends of your hair, or you can add bouncy curls to conceal its appearance. The great thing about this is that you do not have to style your entire hair. You can simply focus on the areas where the bed head appears.
Pro Tip: You can also use hair bands, pins, and other accessories to tame your bed head.
Step #4: Finish it off with hairspray.
Raise your hair and apply hair a mist of hairspray at the hair near your scalp. This will help add body and hide your bed head even more.
Technique #3: Without Styling Tools (and Water!)
Now, if you do not have the time to wet your hair or use styling tools to address bed head, this is the best option that you have.
What You Will Need:
- Wide-tooth comb
- Baby Powder or Dry Shampoo
- Bristle brush
- Olive Oil or hair shine product
Step #1: Comb your hair.
Using a wide-tooth comb, try to remove the knots and tangles of your messy hair. After this, you would notice a few hair strands that stick up. You can get rid of this by running a boar bristle brush on your hair.
If you want to know how to comb your bed head, please watch this video:
Step #2: Remove excess oil from your hair.
While you sleep, the oil and grease build up on your hair, and you need to get rid of those in the morning. You can do that by applying a small sprinkling of baby powder to your scalp. Massage it into the roots and dust the excess powder. This product can help absorb excess oil.
If you do not like the white dust that the powder tends to leave behind, you can also remove oil and grease from hair with the use of dry shampoo. This is a hair product that is designed to make your look and feel fresher and cleaner without the need to wet it.
Step #3: Add volume to your hair.
You can do this without any styling tools. All that you need to do is to use a comb to tease the roots of your hair and add lift to it. Afterwards, flip your head upside down then brush it from the scalp to the ends for more volume.
Here’s a video on how to properly tease your hair:
Step #4: Add shine to your locks.
Once you have achieved the right volume for your hair, pour a drop or two of olive oil or any hair shine product to your palm then apply it evenly at the tips of your hair. This will not just add shine to your hair; it would seal in split ends as well.
How to Prevent Bed Head
We are all no strangers to the case of bed head. We all have suffered from this at one point or another. But there’s good news. Did you know that there are plenty of ways on how you can prevent bed head? Yes, there are! Here are some of them:
Don’t sleep with wet hair.
Your hair is at its most vulnerable state when it is wet. Because of this, going to bed with damp hair puts it at great risk of breaking and splitting as you toss and turn at night. That is why it is important that you dry your hair (air or blow dry it) before you go to sleep.
If you are already too sleepy or have no time to dry your hair at night, you can wrap your hair with either t-shirt or microfiber turban and tuck it in until the next morning. The material of the shirt and the turban is a lot less abrasive and more forgiving than that of a towel.
Apply a leave-in conditioner.
Dry hair is more prone to bed head than a healthy one. If your hair is already dry and damaged, the best thing that you can do is hydrate and repair it. You can give it what it needs by applying a leave-in treatment before going to bed. By doing this, you will allow the moisture to seep into your hair longer without any distractions or hindrances.
With this, you can enjoy a healthy and more hydrated hair the next day. If you do not have any hair mask, you can try applying a moderate amount of coconut oil on your hair then cover it with either a scarf or shower cap to protect your pillowcase.
Turn on your humidifier.
Using a humidifier is a great idea regardless of the season. In the winter, the heating system can dry out your hair. The same thing is done by an air conditioner during summer.
A humidifier can provide moisture in the air, keeping your hair hydrated and less prone to breakage and bed head.
Invest in a silk pillowcase.
We know that cotton or flannel sheets are a lot more affordable, but these materials may cause more friction against the hair which will cause bed head the next day and damage eventually.
If you want to reduce frizz, maintain the smoothness of your hair, and prevent bed head, you need to invest in a satin pillowcase as it will not create any friction against the hair. This material is also known for reducing wrinkle development, so it is indeed a great investment.
Brush hair before going to bed.
If you want to avoid unruly hair in the morning, the best thing that you can do is to tame it by brushing it at night. Brushing offers plenty of benefits to the hair. It evenly distributes moisture and oil from the scalp to the strands, removes remaining hair product and preps your hair for the next day.
Moisturize the ends of your hair.
What you should understand about bed head is that it starts with the ends of your hair. Take a closer look at your hair when you are suffering from bed head. Oftentimes, the top portion of your hair would look normal, but the bottom part would be frizzy and dry.
To remedy that, the best thing that you can do is to moisturize your ends at night before you go to sleep.
Secure your ‘do.
Are you trying to preserve a gorgeous hairstyle for the next day? You can do that by securing your hair with either a scarf, bonnet or a lined cap.
If you have long hair, twist it into a bun.
As mentioned, it is the ends of our hair that causes damage and bed head in the morning. To protect the ends, it is recommended that you pull your hair back, twist it into a bun then tie it up.
The next day, remove the hair tie, let your hair loose then brush it. Apply a leave-in conditioner to get rid of fly away and stray hairs.
Use a neck roll pillow.
The best neck roll pillow does not just eliminate neck pain while you sleep. This type of pillow would also come handy in preventing bed head. Since this type of pillow only provides support to your neck and does not come in contact with your hair, it can minimize the frizz and bend that are the characteristics of the classic bed head.
We will suffer from bed head at one time or another, but there are lots of things that you can do to fix and prevent it. The three ways on how to get rid of bed head that we have provided can help you turn any bad hair day to a good one in an instant!
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