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10 Ways to Get Natural Wavy Hair Overnight With Little Effort

Women with curly hair dream about straight locks while girls with straight tresses want to get the most desired curls and waves. Frequent straightening and curling usually take a toll on your locks and you end up with damaged hair. Spending a long time in front of the mirror in the morning to get beautiful waves is also stressful.

In the modern world, women are too busy with their work, family, and social life to spend more than 10 minutes in front of the mirror every day. So what if you could get wavy hair overnight without too much effort? Let’s see how your dream can come true.


How to Get Amazing Natural Wavy Hair Overnight

You can get a great looking wavy hair overnight by following the ten methods as described below.

Method 1: Twisting and Braiding


Here are the two simplest methods to get the most striking natural looking waves overnight.


What you’ll need:

  • Curling cream (if you don’t have it, the method will work too).
  • Clips (the number depends on your hair length. Buy at least 5) and elastic bands (at least 6).
  • 5-10 minutes in the evening and 1 in the morning.


What to do for twisting:

  • Wash your hair as usual. Pat it with a towel and let it dry for about 10 – 15 minutes.
  • Separate your mane into two sections as if you are planning to make ponytails.
  • Apply a little curling cream all over both sections. You can skip this step; the results will be about the same.
  • Start twisting each section at the roots and go all the way toward the base. Make sure to keep the twisting as tight as possible.
  • Once the section is twisted, clip the end to the top of your head. Use a couple more clips to make sure that it stays intact.
  • Repeat the same procedure with the second section. Both sides must be twisted in the same direction.
  • Got to sleep.
  • In the morning, remove the clips and just flip your hair back. Your amazing waves are ready!
  • You can use a little hair spray to make the waves last longer.


What to do for braiding:

  • Damp your hair a little. You don’t have to wash it.
  • Separate your locks into many sections. Make at least 6. The more you make, the more interesting your waves will look.
  • Apply some curling cream to each section (this is optional).
  • Start braiding each section. Make sure each braid is as tight as you can make it.
  • Tie the end of each braid with an elastic band.
  • Lift the braids upwards and clip them to the crown on your head with small clips.
  • Go to sleep.
  • Unbraid your hair in the morning and flip your hair back and forth. Ta-dam!
  • You can apply some hair spray to make the waves last longer.


Smart tips:

  • Curling cream will make the waves last a little longer.
  • Arrange the clips on the crown of your head so they don’t interfere with your sleep.
  • The smaller the clips, the more comfortable your head will feel.
  • This method won’t allow you to sleep on your side so you might want to practice sleeping on your back before you take advantage of this wave-creating process.

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Method 2: Paper Towel Method


If you follow the instructions closely, you can get magnificent waves that will last for at least a couple of days.


What you’ll need:

  • A brush
  • Spray bottle
  • A roll of paper towels
  • Hairspray
  • 30 minutes in the evening and 5 minutes in the morning


What to do:

  • Tear each paper towel into 4 equal pieces.
  • Gather most of your hair except the lower layer and lift it upwards. Secure it with a clip to get it out of the way.
  • Take a 1-inch section of your hair (if you have thin hair, take 2 inches) and spray it with water. Make sure the hair is just slightly damp, not wet.
  • Wrap the end of the strand around the paper towel strip and start rolling it toward your head.
  • Once you get to the roots, tie the paper towel strip to secure the twisted strand.
  • Repeat the same with all the strands.
  • Go to sleep.
  • When you wake up, carefully take the paper towel strips out. You can either untie them or rip them apart gently.
  • Use your fingers to separate the larger curls so they don’t become frizzy.
  • If you got super tight curls but wanted waves, spritz some water to get them tamed.
  • Apply a little hairspray to keep the waves neater and allow them to stay intact longer.


Smart tips:

  • Instead of spritzing the hair with water, you can wash it like you usually do and wait until it’s damp, not wet.
  • If you don’t have time to wait the whole night, you can use a blow dryer to speed up the process.
  • Buy thick paper towels so they don’t get ripped in the process of curling.


Method 3: Foam Rollers

The foam rollers are great tools for getting your hair wavy overnight. The main disadvantage is that you need to spend some money on them.


What you’ll need:

  • A brush
  • Setting lotion
  • Set of foam rollers
  • Clips (5 – 10)
  • Hairspray
  • 30 minutes in the evening and 5 minutes in the morning

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What to do:

  • Buy the foam rollers (the larger the roller, the larger the curl/wave)
  • Apply some setting lotion to your hair. It will help prepare your hair for settling into beautiful curls.
  • Separate your hair into sections about 2 inches wide. Start with the top sections, then go to the sides and then the bottom.
  • Twist each section and clip it to the crown of your head.
  • Then take one of the twisted strands down.
  • Place the foam roller near the end of one strand. Wrap the end around it and then keep rolling until you reach the scalp. Then close the clasp on the roller.
  • Repeat the procedure with each section. The top ones should come last.
  • Go to sleep.
  • Unclasp the rollers and let your hair fall down.
  • Apply hairspray to make the waves last longer.


Smart Tips:

  • Wash your hair before using foam rollers since the waves may last up to 3 – 4 days.
  • Practice sleeping on your stomach since the rollers won’t allow you to sleep on your back and sides.


Method 4: The Bun Technique

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Roll up your hair into a bun of 2 sections and secure them with bobby pins. Leave them overnight. Wake up, and you have the wavy hair of your dreams.


Method 5: Hair Knot Technique

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Divide your damp hair into little segments. Make a loop of each section and knot them through. Do it with all segments. Leave them for a few hours until they have dried. Open the knots and brush them to get natural wavy hair.


Method 6: Twisted Crown Technique

Part your hair through the middle. Take one side and twist it till the end. Bring it towards the other side and secure the twist there. Repeat the process for the second part. Leave them overnight and then open them in the morning for the waves.


Method 7: The Scarf Technique

Tie your hair at the ends and then flip the ponytail over the scarf. Roll the scarf towards the head and wrap your hair in it. Once you reach the roots, tie the scarf around your head. Open it in the morning and shake out your waves.


Method 8: Hair Scrunching Technique

Apply mousse to your wet hair and then towel dry them. Ball up your hair and then squeeze them for few seconds. Do this after every 10 minutes until your hair is dry. It is one of the simplest methods of getting wavy hair overnight. 


Method 9: Friar Tuck Technique

Put a headband over your hair. Pick little sections of your hair and flip and tuck them under the headband. Repeat the process until all the hair have been tucked. Remove the headband the next morning and brush out your naturally wavy hair.


Method 10: Flat Iron Technique

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Make small sections of your hair. Take one part at a time and curl the hair at the bottom with the flat iron. Spray your hair with some sea salt and then scrunch them. Put some hairspray, and you are ready to go.


Getting beautiful waves overnight is easy. The main advantage of the above methods is that they are absolutely hassle-free and don’t require any heating. Your hair doesn’t get damaged and looks fresh and natural.