How To Revive Curls After Sleeping: Do’s & Dont’s

How To Revive Curls After Sleeping: Do’s & Dont’s

Curls and coils often have minds of their own—bouncing from side to side and swooping into your line of vision. And a night of free reign often gives them plenty of time to stray off course. 

While bedhead curls stand out, they don’t have to stay. Natural, go-to moisturizing products like hydrating gels and leave-in conditioners can amplify your curls—and your day to come.

In this guide, we explore several do’s and don’ts when it comes to how to refresh curls after sleeping.

Do: Invest in Hair Products that Hydrate & Seal Moisture in

When revitalizing your natural hair texture after a night of tossing and turning, it’s essential to learn which hair product will refresh rather than depress your curls. To do this, you will need to know your hair type and porosity level. Using the hair porosity test, you can test your hair’s porosity by placing a strand of your hair into a cup of water.

If the strand floats, you have low porosity hair & should use a hydrating product that saturates your bouncy curls, such as:

  • Olive oil
  • Grapeseed oil
  • Marula oil
  • Argan oil
  • Jojoba oil
  • Cacay oil
  • Avocado oil

If your hair strand sinks, it’s more porous, meaning you can incorporate thicker moisturizing curly hair products into your morning routine, such as:

Look for products that add moisture and seal it in. You can also mix a hydrating oil or conditioner into a spray bottle to target hair that needs some extra love. After sleeping with curly hair, your curls may even benefit from PATTERN’s Hydrating Mist, which has a milky formula made to revitalize and soften your natural texture. 

Don’t: Spend Hours Refreshing Your Curls

Day-to-day maintenance can be a piece of cake, but knowing how to refresh curly hair after sleeping on it can add some extra factors to the equation. Luckily, refreshing curls doesn't involve 30-minute Youtube tutorials or a countertop of hair products. Like your natural curls, keep your curly hair night routine light and flexible to wake up with curls that need a light touch up in the morning. 

If you’re on the go, avoid the shower and save time by targeting a few stray strands of hair with a moisturizing spritz. It only takes a few minutes to make your natural curls and coils flourish. 

Do: Scrunch Your Ends as You Add in Product

A simple spritz can nourish and define your hair. But, if you have time to give your strands extra attention, use a hydrating hair product to give your coils some bounce. All you need are your hands and a few of your go-to products when refreshing curly hair:1

  • Step 1 – Undo your protective style or take down your pineapple gently. 
  • Step 2 – Spray small sections of hair with a mix of water and leave-in conditioner in a misting spray bottle. Make sure not to overwet your hair—damp strands are enough to get the job done.
  • Step 3 – With your fingers, scrunch your hair from the ends to the roots using a styling gel such as PATTERN’s Curl Gel for definition and shine.
  • Step 4 – If you’re looking for gravity-defying definition, try the pin curl method. Twist any stray curls with your fingers and use a bobby pin to secure them in place until they dry.

Using your hands to cup and squeeze your curls instantly hydrates and shapes your hair for an effortlessly breathtaking look.

Don’t: Rake Your Hair with a Comb or Brush

Combs and brushes work well when you need to detangle wet hair. But they’ll only separate your curls when you’re working on slightly damp or dry hair. While this is ideal if you’re looking for a soft and featherlike appearance, it won’t serve you if you’re looking to define your curls. 

As such, put the comb and brush away until wash day. 

Do: Style Your Hair the Night Before

Another way to reduce styling time in the morning is to prep your hair at night. Try out different protective hairstyles for sleeping into your before-bed hair care routine, such as:

  • Braids
  • Twists
  • Topknots
  • Loose buns
  • Pineapple method
  • Pin curls

These styles help keep your hair moisturized throughout the night and ready for its morning revival. Plus, wrapping your hair with a silk or satin scarf or our Satin Cap can help secure your curl pattern, mitigate any potential chance for breakage, and extend the amount of time between washes. 

Wake Up to Refreshed Curls with PATTERN Beauty

We all need a little refresher once and a while, and your curls are no different. Incorporating bounce-boosting hair care rituals into your morning routine helps to nourish your natural texture and enhance your curls. 

Learning how to refresh curly hair in the morning is made easy with PATTERN. Using products like our curly hair gel, and other beneficial hair accessories can extend your day-one hair throughout the week and help you maintain hydrated, juicy curls. Each of our products is made for all textures, and they’re infused with moisturizing ingredients like aloe vera, coconut oil and avocado oil.

No matter your curl pattern, rise, and make your curls shine, with PATTERN Beauty. 


  1. Cleveland, Cristina. "How to Refresh 2nd Day Curly Hair." Naturally Curly. 14 March, 2019. 


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