How to Make Your Hairdo Last Overnight

by Jalisa Summerville ; Updated September 28, 2017

Hair spray helps to maintain your hairstyle overnight.

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You don't have to sleep upright in a chair all night to keep your new hairstyle. Sometimes it's so hard to let go of a stylish hairdo, particularly if you've received tons of flattering compliments. Whether you're wearing a classic updo or long, flowing curls, it's important to protect your hairdo overnight, if you'd like to wear it for at least one more day. Arm yourself with the proper styling tools and accessories to ensure that your hairdo will hold up overnight.

Wear a satin bonnet or scarf regardless of the type of hairdo. Use bobby pins or hair clips to secure any hair dangling along the hairline and nape area. Although this will help to protect the style overnight, you will need to finger comb or gently shake flattened areas of the style in the morning.

Pull your hair up into a loose, high ponytail using a scrunchie. This works particularly well for long, curly hairdos. After you create the ponytail, spray your hair with a firm holding spritz or hair spray to help hold your curls in place. In the morning, remove the scrunchie and finger style.

Apply a non-flaking gel or mousse along the hairline, the sides and back when wearing updo hairstyles. These areas are more likely to crinkle or fall out of place overnight. When done, tie a satin or silk scarf around your head for extra hold and added protection.

Pull your hair back into a loose, low ponytail. Let it hang loosely or secure the remaining hair against your scalp with bobby pins or hair clips.


  • If you're wearing firm curls, they might loosen up overnight, which will give your hair a softer, wavier appearance. For added protection, wear a shower cap to protect your hair from water and moisture while showering.

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About the Author

Jalisa Summerville is a social worker and former high school occupational English teacher who began writing in 2006. She has written grants for nonprofit organizations serving underprivileged children. Summerville holds a Master of Social Work from East Carolina University.