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?