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Beauty Sleep: The Ultimate Nighttime Hair Routine

Wake up to gorgeous hair.

By a show of hands, how many of have ever woken up to hair that was more hot mess than bed head? Let's face it: We've all dealt with our fair share of unwanted static, creases, and all-around messiness. Upon waking, it's all about ensuring hair looks presentable enough to be out in public, a process which can be time-consuming to say the least. But what if we told you that with a little prep prior to shut-eye, you can skip all that time dealing with tangles and knots and spend more time perfecting your style? We tapped expert hairdresser, and L'Oreal Professionnel Artist, Jill Engelsen to share her top tips on how to care for your mane at night so you can wake up to gorgeous-looking hair AND a more streamlined morning routine. Win-win.

 

ON HER GO-TO NIGHTTIME HAIR CARE PRODUCTS:

"The evening is a great time to do an overnight mask for your hair," Engelsen says. "These products can replenish the moisture and add any reparative properties that the hair needs." Engelsen has a soft spot for L'Oreal Professionnel Absolute Repair Lipidium. For a superlight night serum, try our new L'Oreal Professionnel Inforcer Night Anti-Breakage Serum that detangles, protects and strengthens overnight.

 

ON HOW TO TIE BACK LONG STRANDS:

There's no denying that sleeping with hair that's down can lead to quite the knotty mess upon waking, especially if the strands are long. Tie them back so they're out of your way, but do it right! "If you have long hair, I recommend twisting the hair up into a loose topknot and securing it with a fabric-covered elastic," Engelsen says. "This technique gives the hair volume in the AM and protects curls."

 

If your hair is long due to extensions, Engelsen recommends pulling your hair back into a low braided ponytail.

 

ON HOW TO DIAL DOWN ON VOLUME:

Don't want to wake up to a voluminous mane? No problem. "If you want to decrease the volume, wrap your hair flat to your head and tie it with a silk scarf," Engelsen says.

 

ON WHETHER PILLOWCASES MATTER:

There's long been a debate about whether or not the pillowcase you rest your head on makes a difference not just for your skin,but for your hair as well. As far as your mane goes, Engelsen is a satin pillowcase devotee. "I recommend every client invest in a satin pillowcase which allows the hair to slip smoothly across it," she says. "A common pillowcase can catch the hair in certain places, allowing for kinks and indents."

 

ON BRUSHING HAIR BEFORE BED:

To brush or not to brush? That is the question. "I personally don't brush my hair very often," Engelsen says. "I like the natural beachy texture it has when I wake up." (In case you're wondering, Engelman has long and wavy hair.)

 

If you're looking for a smoother finish in the a.m., use L'Oreal Professionnel Inforcer Brush Proof. Spray directly on the brush and then brush through hair for detangled and smoother hair.

 

ON HOW TO PRESERVE YOUR BLOWOUT WHILE SNOOZING:

You spent your hard-earned cash on that gorgeous blowout, so it makes sense why you'd want to keep it looking its best for days. Here's a quick trick to try before bed: "Twist your hair into a high, loose top knot and secure it loosely with a fabric-covered elastic," Engelsen says. "They prevent creases!"

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