How To Wrap Hair At Night | Tips for Natural Hairdo Protection

Many women go to bed with their tied in a loose ponytail or hanging down for convenience purposes – and you may be doing it, too, for your own reasons. But did you know that wrapping your hair at night brings many benefits that makes the extra time and effort well worth it? Here, you will find useful tip on how to wrap hair, from the best fabric to use to the best method to apply.

While it may seem like an uncomfortable thing, especially if you’re not fond of wearing hats, scarves, or turbans, wrapping your hair before going to sleep is relatively comfortable, too. You will get used to it since your hair won’t get in the way of proper sleep and you will love the results in the morning.  

Things to Remember First in How to Wrap Hair

Don’t just get an old shirt or towel, wrap your hair in it, and go to bed because there are right and wrong ways to go about it. Keep these things in mind first before getting into the hair wrap habit.  

Who Can Benefit?

If you want to protect and promote your hair’s good health, you should learn how to wrap your hair. This is regardless of your sex, as well as the color, texture and length of your hair.

People with long hair, especially when the tresses reach the shoulder blades and below, should consider wrapping it on a nightly basis. People who also want to keep their hairstyles so that they wake up with the desired look and feel in the morning should also consider the hair wrap method. In case of the latter, the wrap maintains the straightness or the curliness of the hairstyle since there’s less risk of tangles or kinks.  

What Are Its Benefits?

Think of the wrap as a natural hairdo protector that will lessen the risk of damage including breakage of your hair strands during the night.

Without a wrap, your hair rubs against the fabric of your pillowcases resulting in minor breakage that, over time, can become visible as split ends. 

With a wrap, your hair will also not be subjected to the unconscious movements of your arms and hands during sleep, said movements of which can include tugging and pulling.  

In the morning, your hair will be less tangled, if at all, when you wrap it the night before. While you sleep, your head shifts several times and so your hair become increasingly tangled during the night. You will then brush your hair to remove the tangles but even it can cause breakage.  

If you sleep with the air-conditioner on or you live in a hot place, the air can be dry during the night. Your hair will be adversely affected since its natural moisture and essential oils can evaporate. Your hair will then be more prone to breakage, a type of damage that could be prevented with a simple hair wrap.  

What Are the Best Fabrics to Use?

There are several head wraps for women that make it quick and easy to wrap hair, usually within just a minute or two depending on the length of your hair. Most of these head wraps are made of silk, satin, or a combination of silk and satin since these are considered as the best fabrics.

A silk hair wrap, for example, will hold the hair in place while letting it easily glide against its smooth surface so there’s little to no friction. Silk also doesn’t pull moisture away from the scalp and hair so there’s less risk of dryness.  

A silk-and-satin blend head wrap scarf is also a great alternative since satin doesn’t absorb moisture like cotton but it’s less expensive than a pure silk scarf.  You may also use a large satin pillowcase as a DIY satin wrap in a pinch although you should invest in one ASAP, especially if you have textured hair. 

You may also want to know how to tie a do rag since it’s a classic choice for wrapping your hair at night. Be sure to keep the twists moist for as long as possible to keep your hair from drying out.

You will like this alternative, too, because the thin ties will likely stay tied through the night even when you’re a restless sleeper.  

And don’t forget to keep your head scarf or wrap always clean before wrapping it around your hair! You don’t want to transfer the dirt, dust and grime from it to your hair and scalp that, in turn, will damage both. You don’t want to defeat the purpose of keeping your hair in a head wrap during the night.  

So, wash your head scarf or wrap at least once every other day or every day, if necessary.  

Furthermore, you shouldn’t wrap the scarf around your head too tightly. While you’re learning how to do a hair wrap, you have to observe how it feels around your head – if you feel your heartbeat around your hairline, then you should loosen it up.

Preparation and Execution: How to Wrap Hair At Night

If you know how to wrap a towel around your head properly, then you wouldn’t have any issues learning how to do a silk wrap. The methods and steps are nearly identical – one method, for example, involves wrapping the scarf around your forehead, bringing it underneath your hair at your nape, and tying up the ends, just as with a head towel.

Prepping Your Hair

Your hair should obviously be dry before wrapping it. If you usually take a warm shower before turning in for the night, you have to avoid towel drying it, especially rubbing your hair strands against each other and the towel. The rubbing action causes friction that, in turn, damages the hair.

Instead, you should pat dry your hair and let it air dry afterwards, if possible. But if you don’t have the time, such as when you have long hair, you can use a blow dryer but put it at the lowest setting to minimize heat damage.

Be sure to brush or comb your hair with a boar bristle brush or a wide-toothed comb. Brush it from the root to the tip for 10-15 minutes so that the natural oils on your scalp will move to your hair, not to mention that it will smoothen the tangles and kinks.  

Part your hair in the middle from the crown of your head to the top of your neck (i.e., nape). You can use two mirrors so that you can see both the front and back parts of your head while parting your hair.

Pinning Up the Sides

With a brush in your left hand, place its outer edge along the left half of your hair and along the part. Brush your hair toward your left temple; keep it as smooth as possible along your hairline.

Pin the section with bobby pins – an inch to the left of your nape and above your left ear should do the trick.

Slide bobby pins every two inches starting from these two pins until the left section is secure.  

Repeat the process on the right section.

If you have curly hair, you can use your hands when parting the sections. A brush or comb can cause extra frizz that will make the exercise of wrapping your hair at night futile- you’re doing so, after all, so that your hair is at its glorious self the morning after.  

If you have long hair, you can also incorporate the ends of the right side section into the left.  The purpose here is that your hair doesn’t become tangled and since tangles typically start at the ends, it makes sense to tuck them in. 

Wrapping Your Hair

When you’re finished pinning up the section, your next step is learning how to wrap hair in scarf. 

  • Take your scarf and open it completely flat on a table or dresser (i.e., any flat surface, even your bed). Pick up a corner, bring it to its opposite corner, and fold it in half perfectly. The result should be a triangle.  
  • Place the folded edge against your hairline until it’s well-covered; think of it as placing a bandanna over your head. Get the two corners of the triangle-shaped scarf where the fold was created. Lift each of the folded end of the scarf to your forehead, slide it back to your hairline, and let the rest of the scarf completely cover the back over your head.
  • Bring back the corners of the scarf to your nape. Tie both ends so that your head scarf securely wraps around your head. If your head scarf is long enough, you can take the ends again and wrap them back up toward the front hairline where a knot can be tied.
  • Tuck the stray hairs into the wrap before making the final knot. You may also use bobby pins to keep the wrap as secure as possible.

In the morning, just remove the wrap and bobby pins, brush your hair and voila! Your hair isn’t tangled and frizzy, not to mention that you won’t have to fuss over it, a great feature when you’re hurrying up for work in the morning.

Here are a few more tips on how to wrap short hair: 

  • If you have a tapered short haircut, you can use a men’s head wrap with a Velcro closure since it’s easy to put on. Wear the wrap around the tapered or shave area. 

  • If you have a short haircut with a semi-short style at the back, you may semi-wrap your hair. Again, part your hair in the middle and sweep all the hair strands at the front to whichever side you prefer. Brush the hair at the back straight down since it’s likely too shirt to wrap around anyway. Wear the head wrap but be sure to keep the top of your head exposed.

Wrapping your hair at night is relatively easy, especially if you have short hair, but the benefits are numerous so there’s no excuse not to do so. You will find that it’s a great pre-sleep routine, too, along with your skincare routine.