Having spiral curls gives your hair volume and opens the door to alluring updos. If you are pressed for time in the mornings, styling your hair at night and allowing it to set while you sleep is an effective way to get the hairstyle you want without making you late. If you don’t have natural spiral curls, create them with a curling iron or hot rollers on dry hair and prepare them for overnight.

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Apply styling products to your spiral curls. Work some hairspray or hair gel through your curls to keep them in place while you sleep. To prevent sections of your curls from getting crunchy, put the product in your hand rather than applying it directly to your hair. This gives you more control when distributing the hairspray or gel evenly through your curls.

Gather your spiral curls into a loose ponytail. This will contain them near your head, which helps prevent them from flattening or becoming tangled while you sleep. Don’t make the ponytail too tight or you may have a crimp on your curls where the elastic was tied.

Cover your hair with a bandana or other cloth. Tie or clip it to the underside of your hair to hold it in place. If you have longer hair, tuck the ponytail up under the cloth before securing it. This will keep your curls close to your head and prevent the styling products you used from getting on your bedding.

Take the bandana off in the morning and use your fingers to shape and separate your spiral curls.


  • If your hair is wet when you begin getting ready for bed, work the styling product through your hair when it is still damp. Your hair will likely finish drying while you sleep, but if it doesn’t, blow-dry for several minutes, if desired.

  • If you have natural spiral curls, you may not need any hair spray or hair gel because your curls won’t straighten while you sleep. You can still cover them to keep them contained, which prevents tangles.