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How to Sleep in Hair Curlers

Updated February 21, 2017

Sleeping with your hair in hair curlers can save you time when attempting to add curls to your hairstyle. Instead of needing to wake up earlier than normal, you can simply set your hair in the curlers and lie down. Without taking the proper steps, however, sleeping in hair curlers can be quite an uncomfortable experience. Avoid discomfort and achieve the desired look with some preparation.

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  1. Set your hair in the curlers as you normally would. When you do this, your hair should be damp but not soaking wet. If your hair is soaking wet, it will not set completely.

  2. Place a plastic hair shower cap on over the curlers. This will help to seal in the moisture after you set your wet hair in the curlers.

  3. Wrap a bandanna or similar-sized cloth around the shower cap. The cloth will be the most comfortable if you wrap it around the back of your head first and then tie the corners together near your forehead.

  4. Use hair curl clips to secure the bandanna or cloth around your hairline. You should only need about two to four curl clips to secure the cloth. How you position the cloth will vary based upon how your head typically rests on your pillow. Hair clips can be used as a replacement for the hair curl clips but they may not be as secure.

  5. Lie down in bed and rest your head on your pillow. Reposition any hair curl clips or pins, or the knot you tied in the cloth if you feel any discomfort.

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Things You'll Need

  • Hair curlers
  • Shower cap
  • Bandanna or cloth
  • Hair curl clips or hair clips

About the Author

Andrew Smith has been a freelance writer since 2006, specializing in sports and technology. His work has appeared on various online sites. Smith has a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Pennsylvania State University.

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