As a girl with basically straight hair, I'm always thankful for little tricks that will give my hair some body without much trouble. I've been doing this to my hair since I can remember. At least since I knew how to french braid. I HATED my straight hair at one point of my life (this was waaay before straightening your hair was a thing.) One time I french braided my hair (for style) and after a whole day of wearing it like that, I pulled it out and my hair looked amazing. And the rest is history.

This is my hair before bed. Make sure your hair is a little damp before you braid it or mist it after you've braided it. I part my hair right down the middle when braiding and then part my hair to the side when styling it. It helps add body on the top of my head. I think it works best if you french braid your hair in two braids rather than just one. If your hair is super thin, maybe you would only need one braid. My hair is pretty thick and one braid makes the waves a little too loose.

This was my hair as soon as I woke up.

And my hair after I pulled the braids out! No make up on face = no front views.

By time we took these pictures, the waves had fallen a little bit. We were running late and didn't catch a picture before we left the house. If you use some hair spray it should stay pretty well- I don't prefer to use hairspray.

We plan on making "Sleep On It" a series so check back for more overnight tricks!


  1. Love your ombre!!! I have kinda the same thing!

  2. Hot mamasita! Wish I knew how to french braid... I'm sure there's a tutorial for that somewhere on here! ;) Love you ladies!

    1. Me too! I've never had the guts to conquer the french braid. My hair is wavy, thick and unruly, I'm sure it would be an EXTRA challenge.

    2. I just want to say that I also have thick wavy hair and sleeping on a french braid tames my waves :)

  3. Does your ombre have a little bit of pink at the bottom? Super cute!


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  4. Great trick!!!
    Your hair looks like you curled it with a flat iron...this seems easier and much less stressful on the hair.
    Thanks for sharing :)

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  6. Wow. I just tried this and it worked PERFECTLY. My hair is foreverly straight and never curls but this worked!!! I love it! Thank you SO MUCH for this post!!

  7. So jealous of your hair. I tried this on mine and loved but I would kill for yours!

  8. This is the cutest style and I love your ombre! Wish my hair was a little longer so I could do this!
    xo Emilie @ Hungry Delights

  9. Your hair is so beautiful, I wish my hair was thicker!

  10. love the glasses alot and idea :)

  11. I do this to my hair too. Although I got frustrated for a while because it looked too '80s crimpy. My solution was to substitute fishtail braids and I get a much nicer wave without the crimpiness!

  12. Thanks! I tried this last night and it turned out great :D Not exactly like the pictures, but still a really nice beachy effect.

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  13. This looks really good! I love your hair color, too.
    My hair is a bit shorter, but i will try this tonight. My hair is very straight, comes just below my collarbone and though i've mastered pin curls, i've been looking for a more carefree style, especially in the spring/summer when its hot and i'm going to the pool every otherday and don't have as much time to set my hair.
    Thank you for sharing this!!!