How to Actually Sleep with a Sew-in Weave


The best way to keep your weave looking flawless each day is to make sure that you take care of it each night. After all, improper care of your weave can lead to a shorter lifespan and noticeably bad hair days.

Weaves come in all lengths, styles, and textures, but they all maintain a few solid rules to live by. Individual techniques may differ, but when it comes to your nighttime routine, you should always include the following:

Rule 1. De-tangle it

If you want to avoid kinks and tangles the next morning, you should get into the habit of brushing your weave each night before you head to bed. This will help prepare your hair for wrapping or braiding and will get rid of any knots that have formed throughout the day. Sleeping on already tangled hair only makes the situation worse and will take up more of your time in the long run. Note that for curlier hair weaves, too much brushing and combing will cause the hair to lose its shape. To keep frizz to a minimum but still get the kinks out – use your fingers or a wide-toothed comb. I personally use this Wide Tooth Comb for Curly Hair (link to Amazon), it works great for my curly hair – I wouldn’t use anything else.

Rule 2. Moisturize it

Keeping your hair moisturized is crucial for both the weave and your real hair underneath. Moisturizing daily before bed will help keep your weave shiny and looking healthy, and at the same time will protect your scalp and prevent dryness or itchiness. A lack of moisture in your hair and scalp can lead to issues such as breakage, alopecia, and other damage. I highly recommend using As I Am Double Butter Daily Moisturizer (link to Amazon) as a go to moisturizer for your hair. I’ve been using it daily for over a year and have recommend it to all my friends! (Source)

Rule 3. Cover it

Whether your hair is bone straight, has tight curls, or is wavy, it’s always a good idea to cover the strands while you sleep. Just a few of the benefits from using a hair wrap or bonnet are that it will help to prevent tangles, minimize the wear and tear of the weave, and will also protect your style while you’re tossing and turning.

Rule 4. Sleep on satin or silk

One of the best tricks to keep your hair shiny and frizz-free while you are sleeping is by avoiding materials that will cause friction, like cotton. Sleeping with a satin or silk hair wrap and pillowcase helps to retain moisture, and will give your hair a surface to glide on, rather than scrape against while you’re asleep. If you are looking for a satin/silk bonnet to both cover and protect your hair overnight I’ve had the best luck using an ELIHAIR Silk Bonnet from Amazon.

Sleeping With Different Textured Weaves

While all sew-in weaves need the same general care for their longevity, actually sleeping on different textures will vary a little. Here are some texture-specific guides for getting some sleep with a sew-in weave.

Curly Weaves

For those with curly hair, styling into a pineapple, or a loose bun for longer hair, is the best way to keep the curly shape. Using a bonnet or scarf will help keep the hair in place and stop the curls from flattening or frizzing as much as possible.

Wavy Weaves

This routine will vary, depending on the style of waves. The easiest way to prep your waves for sleep is to separate the hair into sections – fewer sections for loose waves, more sections for tighter waves. After you have your hair separated, you can then twist or braid the length of the hair and secure the ends with a loose hairband. Once all the hair is braided, cover with a hair bonnet.

Straight Weaves

After you have de-tangled it with a paddle brush, you want to try to keep your hair as straight as possible while you wrap it. The best way to do this is by splitting the hair in half and wrapping the hair around your head in opposite directions – the right half will wrap clockwise, and the left half will wrap counter-clockwise. Use hair clips or pins to keep it down along the way. Once your hair is fully wrapped around, use a scarf to secure it in place, then remove the clips.

For the Nightcap

As we know, we spend a lot of money and time to maintain our beauty regimens. Sleeping with a sew-in weave should be no different. Keep your weave looking its healthiest and best by ending the day with a good sleep routine each night.

Tiara Croft

Tiara is an avid sleeper and fully dedicated to her work and research. Most often this includes, but is not limited to, napping, testing how many hours in one night that she can sleep, trying new sleep methods and constantly changing sleep positions. Tiara's main focuses are on dreams and how we can achieve the best natural sleep possible. As a sufferer of insomnia and other sleep-related disturbances, Tiara loves to dig deep into the subconscious to ask all the questions that can help us better understand what happens when we sleep.

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