1. Use an elastic headband
Part your damp hair in the middle, and then grab one of those soft elastic headbands (like the ones you use at the gym to keep your hair off your face) and place it on your head. Make sure it has been placed in such a way that it is horizontal over your ears. Next, take small 1-inch sections of your hair and wrap it around the headband, and tuck each section under the band as you go. Keep your hair like this overnight. Remove the elastic band in the morning, shake your hair out, and you’ll be left with beautiful waves.
2. Make a twisty top-knot
Gather slightly damp hair at the top your head, just like you would if you were creating a high ponytail. Then, keep twisting the hair until it starts to buckle and forms a bun. Secure this bun with a hair tie or a couple of bobby pins. In the morning, undo the bun and say hello to gorgeous, thick waves.
3. French braid your hair
This is probably one of the easiest ways to get wavy hair overnight— if you know how to create a French braid, that is. When your hair is slightly damp, create a French braid down the back of your head, and secure it with a hair tie. In the morning, undo the braid, and lightly brush your hair out— you’ll have beach waves that are to envy!
4. Use hair pins
If you’ve got some time on your hands before you hit the sack, you could give this method a go. All you need to do is take each section of your damp hair and roll it up to your scalp. Then, with hairpins, secure each loop in place. You could either make these loops tight or loose, depending on how wavy you want your hair to be. Be sure to wrap your head in a silk scarf, so you don’t end up with frizzy hair in the morning.
5. Knot it
This method requires you to create the traditional African hairstyle, Bantu knots. While they look great on their own, they’re also really helpful in achieving waves overnight. On slightly damp hair, use some light-hold styling product to give the knots some sort of grip. Then, grab small sections of your hair, and twist them with your fingers until they coil around themselves and begin to move towards your scalp. After this, wrap the twisted hair around the coil’s base. With an elastic or bobby pin, secure the knot against your head.
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