How to Preserve Curls Overnight

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20 Minutes

I really like my vintage hairstyle, and when my hair is styled like this, I would like it to look the same way the next day.

Vintage hairstyle

I'm going to share with you guys all my tips on how to preserve curls overnight and carry a hairstyle from one day to the next.

We’re going to be looking at what to do pre-bedtime to prepare your hair. Let's get started.

Tools and materials:

  • Hairspray
  • Duckbill clips
  • Hair net
  • Hairbrush
  • Pomade
Clip in hair

1. Clip your hair

When trying to preserve a hairstyle is to try not to brush it. The more brushing you do, the looser and looser those curls are going to get, and they've already been relaxing all day.

Instead, stabilize your hair at key points. The most important part is to keep the pouf at the front going on.

So right where the wave is, push it up a little bit higher than you would want it to be and place your clips right along the ridge. 

Combing hair

2. Comb your hair

Now comb very lightly over the top to get things where you want them to be before you lock it in place.

Fluffing the curls

3. Fluff the curls

Go through your hair and fluff up your curls. Add in another clip if you’d like there to be somewhat of a wave underneath where the first clip is. 

Adding hairspray

4. Apply hairspray

Now go over your hair with hairspray. I know it seems a bit odd, seeing as you’re going to go to sleep, and a lot of this is going to get squished.

But, if you don’t reinforce it with hairspray, it would be really flat when you went to bed.

So, you almost want to revive your daytime hair look before going to bed.

Pinning hair

5. Pin the other side

On the other side, grab your hair right above the curls, push it up a little bit and pin it.

Pinning hair

6. Pin the back

Then, do this all the way along the back side of your head as well, right above the curls.

If you have trouble sleeping at night with the clips in, you don't have to put them on the back. Fluff your curls again.

Putting on a hair net

7. Put on a hair net

Now take a hair net and make sure that it goes all the way around the back, so it's capturing all of your curls.

Then, pull the hair net to lift the curls up because if they don't have to fight against gravity, they're going be a lot curlier in the morning.

Removing clips

8. Remove the net and clips

The next day remove the clips at the back of your hair first. Brush the top portion of your hair at the back, leaving the curls.

Brush the side of your hair at the front too. Use a brush that has a lot of bristles in it.

If your hair is looking a bit flat, bring your fingers under your hair and fluff it up to give it some more volume.

The backcombing and teasing of the original style are still in there, it just might need to be zhuzhed up a little.

Applying pomade

9. Apply pomade to the top

Rub pomade between your palms and then run it over your hair. This will help to tame any flyaway hairs and make your hair a little shiny.

If a spot is knotted or messy, use your fingers or a densely bristled brush to remove it. Be sure not to brush out any of the volume. 

Applying pomade

10. Apply pomade to the curls

With pomade on your fingers, go into the curls themselves and run the pomade over to help make them less frizzy.

Removing clips

11. Remove the clips

Now remove the front clips, working your way up from the bottom to the top.

You will see how pushing the front part of the hair up higher and clipping it in has kept the swoop up there and deepened the wave.

Styling the swoop

12. Style the swoop

Gently brush the sloop and then work your fingers into the hair and pull it back up. Then spray hairspray over it.

Reinforcing the curls

13. Reinforce the curls

If some of your curls have fallen a little bit, put some pomade on your hands and run your hands over them. You’re looking to reinforce the curls back.

Also, break up the curls, so they get a bit fluffier. Finish off by spraying your hair all over.

How to preserve curls overnight

And there we go! We have a look that looks almost identical to what it did yesterday.

Let me know your tricks for keeping your hairstyle from one day to the next.

If you enjoyed this tutorial, check out my post on an Easy Vintage Headscarf Hairstyle.

Suggested materials:
  • Hairspray
  • Duckbill clips
  • Hair net
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