Why You Should Braid Hair Overnight
June 25, 2019Braids are not only beautiful and practical to style your hair; they are also great for protecting your tresses from damage and taming unruly locks. To get the most hair benefit out of this style, we've all heard that it's highly recommended to braid your hair overnight. But how can you do it right, and what are the pros and cons? Can hair loss solutions accompany a braiding routine? Let's discuss the basics of braids.
Braids Have Been Around for a Long WhileBraids are one of the hairstyles with most symbolic meaning. They have been symbols for societal, religious or ethnic status in different historical periods. For such a long-standing legacy, braids are still important and always in fashion. The best thing about them is that they also provide benefits to your tresses.
Pros of Braiding OvernightBraiding in general protects and cares for your hair, but when you do it overnight, the results are even better. Here are the pros of going to bed with braids:
- You Get Effortless Beach Waves If you have wavy or curly hair braiding it overnight will give you beautiful beach waves without the use of heat tools, and best of all, without any effort or time spent. Forget about those early 30 minutes you'd spend on hair styling being usefully spent on a few more minutes of beauty rest.
- You Avoid Damage and Breakage Hair on the loose rubs around your bed as you toss and turn at night, and this can cause increased breakage, especially in already frail hair. Ponytails or buns also clutch hair too tightly, which is uncomfortable for the night's rest, and might break hair (this is especially true if you use any hair bands with metal or plastic parts). On the contrary, when your hair is all tucked into a braid, it is folded and protected by itself, and rubbing and risk of breakage minimizes.
- You Get Moisture to Be Locked in This is especially true for curly and wavy hair, which have a porous texture, and therefore, do not hold on to moisture very well. The overlapping strands trap the moisture (which in turn also helps keep frizz at bay, remember that frizz happens when your hair is thirsty and tries to hold on to any moisture). By the way, you can learn everything about the annoying frizz you suffer and how to tame it on our previous blog post "How to Get Rid of Frizzy Hair." Braiding also avoids your hair from losing moisture on the linen or pillows.
- You Can Avoid a Few Pimples Your hair, like your skin, produces sebum. Oily skin is prone to pimples because sebum plus dirt on your skin can clog pores, and this can be worsened by oily hair all over your face. Avoid this by clearing hair from your face with a braid. Your already oily skin won't be in touch with your oily hair and you'll notice fewer breakouts.
- You End up Brushing Less If your hair is always done in a braid, you'll have less need to brush and style. Why brush and detangle when your hair has been protected and is all soft and tamed?
Thicker textures (curly and wavy) preserve the shape for longer but the overnight curls on straight hair can get flat too soon. If this is your case, use a texturizing product and a fixing product with medium to strong hold, but don't overdo it so as not to weigh your hair down. Apply the product gently on individual hair locks and scrunch them upwards from the bottom to add definition.
If you want a twist to beachy waves, undo the braid and then redo it; this will give it a more textured appearance that looks chic and bohemian.
While the hair is slightly wet (dry to at lest 80%) is a good time to apply a nourishing/moisturizing product, then braid your hair and go to bed. Try oils, serums or lotions, which will glide and stay on more easily of there is still some moisture on your hair. You'll be pleasantly surprised at how beautiful and manageable your hair will look as soon as you undo your braid in the morning.
Cons of Braid Hair OvernightEverything has a downside, so you should know this too before you braid hair overnight.
- You Could Get a Damp Smell on Your Hair This is especially possible if you braid your hair while it's soaking wet and you go straight to bed, so don't do it. Wait until your hair is almost completely dry.
- You Might Not Like the Waves Not everyone likes the uniform waves you can get from braiding but prefer a tousled and more irregular style. This can be fixed by braiding more loosely or more deliberately irregular.
- Your Hair Might Get Superficial Breakage On the hair that is exposed, you might get frizzy and broken hairs. Use a frizz taming product to tame flyaways, and you'll forget about this problem. Don't do your braid too tightly or you might get breakage too.
- You Might Get an Itchy Scalp Especially if you tend to use a lot of product before braiding, and if you braid with wet hair. This combined with sweat and sebum can cause dandruff.
Other Tips to Braid Hair Overnight
- Use a bit of a hair loss product (anti-frizz serum, oil or lotion, which thicken and nourish the hair shaft and give you a fuller braid) depending on your hair type to get better results. You don't have to do it every time you braid, it can be every other day, especially if you do not wash your hair every day.
- Use a silk scarf, cap, or pillowcase to cover your braid for extra protection against frizz and breakage.
- Braid very gently, like you should with anything else: drying, combing, brushing, washing, and styling.
- Explore different styles of braids to get different shapes of curls.
- If your hair is completely dry when you're about to start braiding, spritz some water with a spray bottle. The braid will be easier to make and turn out more compact.
As you can see, when you braid your hair overnight you get a lot more benefits than you thought. Why not give it a try? The Cosmetic Republic USA cares about your hair and wants you to find out about its signature collection of hair loss solutions for daily hair care. Anyone wishing to improve the health of their hair can call us TOLL FREE 1-888-513-8815 or fill out the contact form on this website to get more information about our professional lines. Also, subscribe to our newsletter for the latest news about us right in your inbox.
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