How To Wake Up With Silky Soft Hair (Not Look Like You’ve Been Dragged Through A Hedge Backwards)

In movies they all seem to wake from a slumber with perfectly applied makeup and super glossy hair tumbling from their shoulders – but we all know that’s not real life. Most of us throw back the sheets to reveal what can only be described as a descendant of Cousin It, hair sticking out in every which way and definitely a far cry from what we looked like when we slipped between them only eight hours prior. Re-styling and attempting to control my hair takes so much time and effort in the morning, so anything I can do to keep it looking as fresh as possible is worthwhile in my book – and there are little steps you can take to ensure you awake with a ‘do that’s silky soft and shiny, rather than monstrous. Over the years I’ve learned some tips and tricks to reduce the stress associated with morning routines, so here are some of the easy ways you can turn a bad hair day into a great one. 


Those lovely fresh cotton pillow cases may feel amazing when you’re getting snuggly, but they’re doing all kinds of damage to your ‘do. The fibres cause friction damage along the hair shaft as you move, resulting in that frizzy and rough feeling that often greets you when you run your fingers through your hair of a morning. This singular change has revolutionized my ‘day two hair’ days and I now never sleep without a silk pillowcase under my face; it really does make a huge difference and helps to keep my hair smooth, shiny and looking fresh the next morning.


Personally I notice a huge difference when I tie my hair away from my face with an Invisibobble; it seems to keep those strands under control and stops them from getting in your face (i.e. your oils and creams that coat the hair and weigh it down) as you turn and tumble. I gently tie up my hair in a low pony (or even a loose plait) and definitely notice a big difference the next morning, saving me potentially up to thirty minutes of re-washing and styling. Just be sure to keep the bobble at the base of your skull, almost touching your neck, so you don’t feel it when you lay down.


It may sound counter productive and as if it’ll weigh down your hair as you sleep, but I’ve found a little spritz of a lightweight shine spray or leave-in conditioner can help to hydrate and smooth the individual hair strands and leave them less prone to frizzing. This provides a little extra slippage, meaning your hair won’t be in some kind of hedge-like state when you awake. It stops a lot of the pillow-friction and helps to condition while you sleep, leaving hair feeling and looking fresher the next day.


Concerned about that awful dry shampoo residue appearing throughout the hair (or
white marks giving the game away)? Apply it before bed and
sleep on it! This gives the formula a chance to absorb oil as you slumber and adds volume simultaneously, saving time and effort the next morning while ensuring hair looks fab. Use
your fingers to comb through hair and add volume to the crown, and you’ll be ready to step out feeling fabulous.


While it’s not rocket science, conditioning your hair well after washing will help ensure it’s hydrated and healthy looking while giving it the tools it needs to stay smoother for longer. Investing in a great weekly treatment or hair masque will ensure your barnet is in as good a condition as possible, less prone to breakage and far more likely to resist the friction that your tossing and turning causes. A little extra care in the shower will pay off in the morning!

Happy sleeping and happy hair days! Do you have any other top tips and ways of awaking with silky soft hair?


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  1. Ania
    March 10, 2018 / 10:22 am

    Great post! 🙂 I think what made the biggest difference in my haircare in general (not only 'night care', lol) was definitely silk pillowcase + tying the hair back in a plat. I would definitely try dry shampooing it at night next time, though as I haven't heard about this trick before 🙂 x

    • Hayley Hall
      March 12, 2018 / 10:23 am

      It's something I picked up from a hairdresser – and it's such a great idea!

  2. Danielle Alexa
    March 10, 2018 / 5:01 pm

    Now this is a blog post that is right up my alley, I wake up most mornings with hair like Hagrid from Harry Potter!Danielle xx

    • Hayley Hall
      March 12, 2018 / 10:23 am

      Haha you and me both, if my silk pillowcase is in the wash at least 😉

  3. Nora D
    March 21, 2018 / 1:24 pm

    Great tips, I definitely need to buy a silk pillowcase so I can feel like Blair Waldorf :)Nora

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