Wednesday, September 17, 2014

5 Ways to Fight Bed Head

How often do you leap out of bed with silky, shiny, perfect hair and proclaim, Beyonce-style, "I woke up like this?"

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If you're like me, your hair probably takes a lot more time and effort to look Queen B-ready when you first wake up in the morning!

I definitely did NOT wake up like this!
I was recently inspired by Casper, a new mattress start-up company, to share the ways that I combat bed head. Not only does Casper specialize in providing a super comfy sleep experience but, like me, they are based in NYC and I love to support a local company (but don't worry if you're not a New Yorker - they ship nationally, for FREE!).

My long, thick hair is no stranger to the terrors of bed head, so here are a few of my tips for taming your mane.



1) Let your hair transform itself overnight into soft, beachy waves
This is the perfect solution for lazy nights when you've washed your hair but don't feel like styling it, and you know you'll be hitting the snooze alarm the next morning - let your hair style itself! Just braid your damp hair and let your slumber work its magic...when you wake up and undo the braid, your hair will be full of pretty waves.

2) Listen to your 13-year-old self and wear your scrunchie
You know those big scrunchies that were super cool in 7th grade that are probably hiding in some dark corner of your childhood closet? Dust them off, because they are perfect for putting your hair up at night and waking up without a big dent! Pull your hair into a high ponytail, then twist the tail and wrap it into a loose bun, secured with the scrunchie. This will protect your blowout and ensure that your hair stays smooth.

3) Listen to your mom and get a good night's sleep
Mom was right - not only does a good night's sleep keep you healthy and alert, but it also lets you pay attention to more important things, like your hair! Head to bed early tonight and use that extra time in the morning to break out your straightener.

4) Listen to your grandma and throw in some rollers
Here I am on my way to tape my appearance on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire - yes, I did ride in the car with rollers in my hair and yes, my hair will (hopefully) look fantastic on TV!
Grandma is onto something when she walks around in her rollers - they are quick to throw in your hair, but the effects are long-lasting! If I have an extra ten minutes after blowdrying my hair, I'll usually put in a few Velcro rollers (at least on the very top layer of my hair) to help smooth out any frizz. And in case you were wondering, the answer is yes - I am absolutely rocking some Velcro rollers right now as I write this post!

5) Disguise it!
No matter how hard you try, there are still going to be some days where your bed head is out of control and simply can't be contained. On those days, don't try to fight it - just roll with it by twisting your crazy hair into a pretty, bohemian braid. I like to throw my hair back into a fishtail or a chain link braid - try them out on your next uncontrollable bed head day!

What are your favorite ways to keep your messy morning hair in check?

xoxo
B

22 comments :

  1. lol I'm all about disguising the bed head, mine is not pretty! oh and i have found a silk pillowcase works wonders, but i'm gonna need to try the scrunchie thing!

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    1. I've never tried a silk pillowcase before but I've heard great things! What kind do you use?

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  2. Even when I wear my hair up in a scrunchie to bed it's always a hot mess when I wake up! I swear I move around way too much in my sleep LOL! Love that fishtail braid!

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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    1. The fishtail braid is my savior on a regular basis...the messier, the better!

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  3. I love the last tip - disguise it!!! The only time I really feel like my hair is a hot mess is when I go to sleep with it wet lol! I think I need to start curling my hair in the morning too!

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    1. Sometimes disguising it is seriously the only option! Curling is nice and quick, definitely a doable morning beauty task!

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  4. My crazy curls do best with benevolent neglect! Just finger comb and go, or loosely fasten on top of my head for an instant updo. When I need a little more polish (as for a wedding this past weekend) I'll touch up a few sections with a curling iron. that's about it! Your hair looks great in all your pics!

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    1. Haha "benevolent neglect"...love it! I've always wanted curly hair...it looks so much prettier in a messy bun than my straight locks!

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  5. I'm all about the cray bun, which I guess is an adapted version of the scrunchie method! I'll usually pile my hair into a loose bun and secure with a thin hair tie. I find this gives my thin hair a little body the next morning, but doesn't leave too many crazy kinks!

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    1. Your buns are seriously CRAY! (Also, did I surprise you with my scrunch love?)

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  6. This is an ongoing struggle of mine and couldn't survive with dry shampoo! Great tips!

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    1. Dry shampoo is another great tip - no idea how we used to get by without it!

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  7. These are great tips... I look like absolutely disgusting when I wake up first thing haha. I wish I woke up looking like Beyonce!

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  8. Lukcky duck with the option to pull it up if all else fails! (Gorgeous fishtail braid, too!) This hair is getting washed every morning or mama can't leave the house ;)

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    1. I do best with an every-3-days wash schedule...my hair is so thick, I really need to schedule my drying time into my day's routine.

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  9. Dry shampoo is my go to!

    www.madeintheshadeblog.com

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  10. I am the bed head queen - I don't know how it happens to me! Top knot for the win!

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    1. Good call! The top knot is another chic disguise!

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