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How to Sleep with Wet Curly Hair

Posted: 12 Jan 2020 04:00 PM PST

There are several ways you can help preserve your curls if you're sleeping with wet hair, whether you're using a styling product or not. Put your wet hair up into a pineapple, braid it to keep it in place, or create a bun on top of your head to keep your curls bouncy. If your hair needs some refreshing in the morning, spritz it with water or use a leave-in conditioner to add some moisture to your curls.


[Edit]Preserving Your Curls as You Sleep

  1. Shower 2-3 hours before you sleep if possible. It's best if you shower a couple hours before you plan on going to bed, as this will ensure that your hair isn't soaking wet. When your hair is partially dry, it'll be easier for your curls to take shape and remain curly overnight.[1]
    Sleep with Wet Curly Hair Step 1.jpg
  2. Apply your chosen styling product to damp hair. This can be whatever styling product you normally use, such as a curl-defining cream to get bouncy curls, or an anti-humidity oil for hair that tends to frizz. Dab a bit of the product throughout your hair after you come out of the shower to help shape your curls as you'd like them.[2]
    Sleep with Wet Curly Hair Step 2.jpg
    • Consider using a leave-in conditioner as your styling product to help your hair retain its moisture throughout the night.
    • Choose a product depending on the kind of results you'd like, such as no frizz or softer hair.
  3. Plop your hair for frizz-free curls. Spread a soft T-shirt on a flat surface upside down with the sleeves close to you. After you shower, flip your wet hair onto the T-shirt so your head is in the middle of the shirt. Pull the bottom hem of the shirt towards you so it covers the back of your head and wrap the arms of the shirt around your head to tie them together, holding the shirt in place on your hair.[3]
    Sleep with Wet Curly Hair Step 3.jpg
    • Sleep with the T-shirt tied on top of your head to let your hair dry naturally overnight, leaving you with perfect curls when you remove the shirt the next morning.
    • Use a shirt with long sleeves to wrap the arms of the shirt around your head more tightly.
  4. Braid your curls for wavy curls. Braid your hair into one braid going down the back of your head, or create two pigtail braids instead. This keeps your hair from moving all about as you're sleeping, but be aware that the braid may affect how your curls dry.[4]
    Sleep with Wet Curly Hair Step 4.jpg
    • Braid your hair after your curls have dried about 50% to help prevent them from drying in the same texture as the braid.
  5. Put your hair in a loose bun for natural-looking curls. If you have long hair, this is a good way to keep your curls out of your eyes and prevent yourself from laying on them. Gather your hair up on top of your head and use a hair tie to create a bun, holding your curls in place overnight.[5]
    Sleep with Wet Curly Hair Step 5.jpg
    • Make the bun high enough up that you won't squish your curls when you're lying down.
  6. Create a pineapple on top of your head for looser curls. Flip your hair upside down and gather it up on the top of your head. Use a loose hair tie or scrunchy to secure your hair on top of your head, creating a pineapple shape with all of your curls. This style keeps you from flattening your curls as you sleep.[6]
    Sleep with Wet Curly Hair Step 6.jpg
    • Gather your hair up as high on the top of your head as possible—this will add volume to your roots in the morning as well as keep you from squishing your curls.
  7. Secure your hair in pin curls for bouncy curls. Take each curl or small clump of curls and use your finger to push them up towards your scalp, keeping them in their curl shape as you compress them. Use a bobby pin to hold each curl in place on your head. When you wake up, you'll remove all of the bobby pins to reveal beautiful bouncy curls.[7]
    Sleep with Wet Curly Hair Step 7.jpg
    • It's best to cover your head in a silk scarf or satin bonnet before sleeping to keep the pin curls in place.
    • Pin curls work well if you have short hair.
  8. Use bantu knots to create defined curls. Separate your hair into small sections using a comb, and then twist each section from the root up until it forms a spiral. Continue twisting the section until it's in a twist flat against your head, using a bobby pin to secure it. Do this to the other sections of your hair, creating secure curls.[8]
    Sleep with Wet Curly Hair Step 8.jpg
    • Consider separating your hair into 8-10 sections to create 8-10 twists.
    • Unravel each bantu knot in the morning to reveal your defined curls.
  9. Cover your hair with a satin bonnet for extra protection. If you put your hair up in something like pin curls or a pineapple, placing a satin bonnet over your hair can help keep it in place and ensure your styling doesn't come undone. Look for a satin bonnet at your local big box store or online.[9]
    Sleep with Wet Curly Hair Step 9.jpg
    • The satin bonnet goes over all of your hair with an elastic to stay on your head, keeping your curls from coming undone.
  10. Exchange a regular pillowcase for a satin or silk one for softer curls. When it's time to fall asleep, use a satin or silk pillowcase to keep your curls smooth. Satin or silk helps prevent friction, meaning your hair will slide smoothly over the pillowcase instead of getting caught on it which creates tangles and bedhead.[10]
    Sleep with Wet Curly Hair Step 10.jpg
    • Look for satin or silk pillowcase at your local home goods store or online.

[Edit]Freshening up Your Curls in the Morning

  1. Spritz your hair with water to reawaken your curls. Fill a spray bottle with water and spray a light mist over your hair. This will add some moisture and help revitalize your hair style, giving your curls more volume.[11]
    Sleep with Wet Curly Hair Step 11.jpg
    • Spray sections more heavily with water if you want them to re-dry a certain way or are styling them.
  2. Step into a hot shower to use the steam to help style your curls. If you take a shower in the morning, turn on the hot water and pin your hair on top of your head to avoid getting it wet. The steam will help add volume to your hair so that your curls are full and bouncy by the time you're done showering.[12]
    Sleep with Wet Curly Hair Step 12.jpg
  3. Add a sea salt spray to your curls to redefine them. Spray a few spritzes of sea salt spray on the mid-lengths and ends of your hair to add texture and volume. If you find that your hair dries out due to the sea salt, add a layer of leave-in conditioner to help add moisture back into your curls.[13]
    Sleep with Wet Curly Hair Step 13.jpg
    • How much sea salt spray you use will depend on the specific brand of spray as well as how curly your hair is.
  4. Apply dry shampoo to the roots of your hair for a quick lift. If your curls are feeling flat or your hair is already a bit oily, spray dry shampoo at the roots to add volume or on sections that could use a bit more definition. Dry shampoo is also great for separating clumps of curls because it covers up your hair's oils and prevents the curls from sliding back into one another.[14]
    Sleep with Wet Curly Hair Step 14.jpg
    • Look for a dry shampoo at your local drugstore, grocery store, or big box store.
    • Spray the dry shampoo generously on the sections you'd like to be more voluminous.
  5. Use a diffuser on slightly damp hair to reshape curls. If you wake up and your curls aren't looking like you'd like them to, dampen your hair generously with a spray bottle. Use a diffuser attachment on your blow dryer to dry your curls, aiming the air straight up from the bottom of your curls to reduce frizziness while creating natural curls.[15]
    Sleep with Wet Curly Hair Step 15.jpg
    • Purchase a diffuser extension at your local big box store or online.
    • Consider drying your hair on a cool setting to reduce frizziness even more.
  6. Give your curls a shake to add volume to your hair. If your curls are already fairly styled when you wake up, flip your hair over and give it a good shake. Use your fingers to lift up the hair at your roots to add even more volume.[16]
    Sleep with Wet Curly Hair Step 16.jpg
    • Shake your hair gently to avoid creating tangles.
  7. Use a serum to smooth any frizzy sections. If your hair tends to frizz overnight, squeeze out a small drop of serum to apply to your hair. Spread the serum lightly over the frizzy sections of your hair, rubbing it in thoroughly so your curls aren't stringy.[17]
    Sleep with Wet Curly Hair Step 17.jpg
    • Look for an anti-frizz serum at your local big box store or grocery store.
  8. Spray a leave-in conditioner in your hair to add moisture. If your curls are feeling dry or in need of extra nutrients in the morning, spritz them with a leave-in conditioner. Spray the conditioner throughout your hair, lifting up your curls to ensure it reaches all of them.[18]
    Sleep with Wet Curly Hair Step 18.jpg
    • Look for leave-in conditioners that contain argan oil which helps lock in moisture in curls.
    • You can find a leave-in conditioner at a grocery store or big box store.

[Edit]Things You'll Need

[Edit]Preserving Your Curls as You Sleep

  • Styling product (Curl-defining cream, anti-humidity oil, etc.)
  • Soft T-shirt (optional)
  • Hair ties (optional)
  • Bobby pins (optional)
  • Satin bonnet (optional)
  • Satin or silk pillowcase

[Edit]Freshening up Your Curls in the Morning

  • Spray bottle with water
  • Sea salt spray
  • Leave-in conditioner
  • Dry shampoo
  • Diffuser
  • Anti-frizz serum


How to Start Riding an ATV

Posted: 12 Jan 2020 08:00 AM PST

Riding an all-terrain vehicle, or ATV, can be a fun and exciting way to explore the great outdoors. But, ATVs are powerful machines, and you need to know how to safely and properly ride one before you start blazing down an offroad trail. Be sure to have the proper safety equipment, choose an appropriate ATV to ride, and don't try any tricks when you're starting out. While you're learning to ride, choose a wide-open space so you can practice picking up speed, shifting gears, and taking turns properly. For the best preparation, take a formal ATV riding course.


[Edit]Riding an ATV Safely

  1. Choose an appropriate ATV for you to start riding. A sports quad is a good starter ATV for an adult who can reach the handlebars and gear shift in the footrest. A youth ATV is more appropriate for a younger person getting started because they're lighter and shorter. You could also choose a utility ATV if you plan to use it for work purposes and you need to learn how to ride it.[1]
    Start Riding an ATV Step 1 Version 2.jpg
    • Try sitting on an ATV to make sure it feels comfortable and you can reach all of the handles and gears.
    • Using an ATV that is too large, powerful, or unwieldy for you could result in an accident.
  2. Wear protective gear when you ride. ATVs are powerful machines and can cause you serious injury if you're in an accident. To better protect yourself, wear proper equipment. Before you ride, put on a pair of boots, gloves, safety goggles, and a helmet.[2]
    Start Riding an ATV Step 2 Version 2.jpg
    • Wearing protective gear will reduce your chances of getting injured, especially if you're new to riding.
    • Make sure the helmet and gear fit properly and allow you to see properly.
    • You can find ATV protective gear at ATV supply shops, at sports and outdoor stores, and online.
  3. Use nerf bars when you're learning to ride. Nerf bars are large foot pegs that fit onto your ATV to widen the footing area, which make it easier for you to keep your footing, especially when you're starting out. When you choose your ATV, go with one that has nerf bars or have them installed so you can learn to ride more safely.[3]
    Start Riding an ATV Step 3 Version 2.jpg
    • You can find nerf bars at sports and outdoors stores, at ATV supply stores, and online.
    • Nerf bars also make it easier for you to learn how to turn, use the clutch, and shift gears.
  4. Keep both feet on the foot pegs at all times. Your feet need to always be placed in the footing area of the ATV to ensure your safety. The footing area is where the clutch and the gear shift is located, so it's important that you're ready to shift gears if necessary. You could also get your foot or leg snagged on something when you're riding if any part of your body is hanging out of the ATV.[4]
    Start Riding an ATV Step 4 Version 2.jpg
    • Hanging a leg outside of your ATV can also shift your weight off-balance, which can cause the ATV to tip or you to fall off.
  5. Avoid riding on paved roads to avoid getting hit by a vehicle. ATVs are meant to be ridden offroad, so driving them on a paved street or highway is actually bad for their tires. You could also accidentally be hit by a passing vehicle. Only ride on paved roads when you're crossing them to get to the other side.[5]
    Start Riding an ATV Step 5 Version 2.jpg
    • It's also against the law in many places to drive an ATV on a paved road.
  6. Don't attempt any wheelies when you start riding an ATV. A wheelie involves leaning your weight back to lift the front wheels off of the ground, and they can easily result in the ATV flipping over onto you. When you're starting to ride, don't be tempted to try a trick that can result in serious injury.[6]
    Start Riding an ATV Step 6 Version 2.jpg

[Edit]Learning How to Ride

  1. Check your local laws regarding ATVs before you ride. Some locations may have designated areas for you to legally drive your ATV. You may also need to have a special license and proof of insurance in order to ride an ATV. Look online for your area's rules and regulations about ATV riding.[7]
    Start Riding an ATV Step 7 Version 2.jpg
    • Check your local government's website for a list of rules regarding ATVs.
  2. Ride in an open area without any obstacles when you're getting started. Choose a large, flat, open space that's free of any hazards or obstacles that you could run into to practice riding your ATV. The controls will take some getting used to, so avoid steep terrain or an area that has a lot of vehicles or objects that you would need to navigate around.[8]
    Start Riding an ATV Step 8 Version 2.jpg
    • An empty field or a large backyard would work as a suitable practice area.
  3. Turn the key and press the start button to start the ATV. Put the key into the ignition and turn it to the start position. Then, press the start button, which is usually located on the right side of the handlebars. When the engine starts, allow it to run for about a minute so it can warm up.[9]
    Start Riding an ATV Step 9 Version 2.jpg
    • If you're riding in cold weather conditions, allow the engine to run for 5 minutes so it can heat up before you ride.
  4. Pull the clutch handle to place the engine into neutral. On the left handlebar is a lever called the clutch. Pulling the clutch puts the engine into the neutral gear, which allows you to shift gears as you build up speed. To start moving, engage the clutch with your left hand so you can put the engine into gear.[10]
    Start Riding an ATV Step 10 Version 2.jpg
    • While you're in the neutral gear, your ATV can continue to roll forward, but you will not be able to add any speed.
    • You need to place the engine into first gear in order to start moving.
  5. Use your left foot to raise the gear shift lever to shift into higher gears. With the clutch engaged, use your left foot to shift gears by lifting the lever located in the left footrest. Then, release the clutch to place the engine into gear so you can keep moving. As you build up speed, shift into higher gears.[11]
    Start Riding an ATV Step 11 Version 2.jpg
    • Practice riding around, then slowly increase your speed, and work to shift into higher gears to get used to riding.
  6. Downshift into lower gears as you slow down your ATV. When you're decreasing your speed, you also need to shift back into lower gears. Hold the clutch with your left hand and press down on the gear shift lever with your left foot, then release the clutch. You'll feel the lever click down as you downshift.[12]
    Start Riding an ATV Step 12 Version 2.jpg
    • Shift into lower gears one at a time to allow your engine to adjust to the lower speeds and gears.
  7. Start braking with your right hand and gradually add your left hand. The brakes of an ATV are controlled by levers to the right and left of the handlebars. The lever to the right controls the rear brakes, while the lever to the left controls the front brakes. Always start braking the rear wheels first by squeezing the right handle, and add additional braking power by slowly squeezing the left handle.[13]
    Start Riding an ATV Step 13 Version 2.jpg
    • If you squeeze both brakes at the same time, you may tumble forward over the handlebars.
    • Squeezing the left handle to brake the front wheels only can cause the ATV to flip over.
  8. Lean into turns to keep the ATV from tipping. Shift your weight in the direction that you're turning to distribute the weight and keep your ATV from tipping over. If you're turning left, lean to the left side of the ATV. If you're turning right, lean right. Work to get used to distributing your weight so you can take turns at higher speeds.[14]
    Start Riding an ATV Step 14 Version 2.jpg
    • It can help to stand up from the seat so you can lean further if you're taking a harder turn.
  9. Take an ATV riding course to receive formal training. The best way to make sure you're properly equipped to start riding your ATV is to take a course from an experienced rider who can show you the ins and outs of your ATV. Look online for classes in your area that you can sign up for to receive formal instruction.[15]
    Start Riding an ATV Step 15 Version 2.jpg
    • Ask your ATV dealer if they provide instruction or can recommend a course.
    • You may be required to take a certification course in order to be legally allowed to ride your ATV.


  • Always wear protective gear when you're riding an ATV!

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How to Make a Doily Lamp

Posted: 12 Jan 2020 12:00 AM PST

If you have a bunch of old doilies lying around and don't know what to do with them, try making a doily lamp! Use a balloon to support the doilies while you paste them together to make either a globe-style hanging lantern or an open hanging lampshade. Then, add a light bulb and light socket attached to a power cord to provide a light source and voila, your doily lamp will be ready to hang up and add a modern-chic touch to any room!


[Edit]Forming the Lampshade

  1. Blow up a balloon to the size you want the lampshade to be. Inflate a standard balloon to as big or small as you want. It's totally up to you how big to make the lampshade.[1]
    Make a Doily Lamp Step 1.jpg
    • You can either make a full spherical lampshade by covering the entire balloon or make a partial shade with an opening by covering part of it. Think about what design you want when you are deciding how big to blow up the balloon.
  2. Cover the balloon with a thin layer of petroleum jelly. This helps prevent the doilies from sticking to the balloon when you pop it. Make sure to coat all sides evenly with the petroleum jelly.[2]

    • If your balloon is rolling around your workspace too much, you can set it in a bowl to keep it steady.
  3. Mix white school glue, flour, and water in a bowl. Pour 4 oz (118 mL) of white school glue into a bowl. Dump in 1 tbsp (8 g) of white flour and of water, then mix it all together thoroughly using a spoon.[3]

    • It's important to measure to get the ratios right so your doily shade is strong and maintains its shape once everything dries.
  4. Place a doily in the center at the very top of the balloon. Choose any doily you want to place at the top. Center it and smooth it out as well as you can with your hands.[4]
    Make a Doily Lamp Step 4.jpg
    • Keep in mind that the largest part of the balloon will be the bottom of the lamp if you are going to be making a full spherical shade and it will be the top of the lampshade if you are going to make an open shade.
  5. Paint a coat of the glue mixture on top of the doily using a paint brush. Start from the center and work your way out towards the edges of the doily. Apply an even coat over the entire doily.[5]

    • Try to use a paint brush that gives you good coverage of the doily, such as a paint brush.
  6. Place another doily on 1 side of the balloon so it overlaps with the first slightly. Choose a second doily for the side of the shade. Place it so it overlaps with an edge of the first doily just enough that there are no gaps and hold it in place.[6]
    Make a Doily Lamp Step 6.jpg
    • It works best if you use smaller doilies for the sides.
  7. Apply another layer of the glue mixture over the second doily. Use your paint brush to paint the entire doily with an even coat of the glue mixture. Keep holding it in place until you are finished covering it.[7]

    • You can tilt the balloon slightly so the doily on the side is closer to the top if the angle is difficult to paint at.
  8. Keep pasting doilies around the balloon until it is covered. Add doilies to the sides of the balloon one at a time and overlapping them with the surrounding doilies. Coat them with the glue mixture using your paint brush so they stick in place.[8]

    • Remember that you can either cover the entire balloon to create a globe lantern or just cover the top half to make an open lampshade.
  9. Let the doilies dry around the balloon overnight. Set the balloon covered in doilies somewhere where it won't roll around, such as in a bowl. Let it sit at least overnight or until the doilies feel completely dry and rigid to the touch.[9]
    Make a Doily Lamp Step 9.jpg
    • Depending on the exact conditions where you are doing this project, it might take longer than a day to dry.

[Edit]Removing the Balloon and Adding a Light Bulb

  1. Pop the balloon with a pin or needle. Poke the balloon with a pin or needle to pop it and free the lampshade. The balloon will remain inside the lampshade if you made a globe-style lantern.[10]

    • If you made an open-style lampshade, you can try to just lift it off the balloon. If it is stuck to the balloon, pop the balloon so they separate.
  2. Pull the balloon out from inside the lampshade. Pull the balloon out through the hole where the mouth of the balloon was tied in a knot or through a hole in one of the doilies if possible. Discard the balloon.[11]

    • If you can't get the balloon out right now, you will be able to pull it out through the hole you make for the light bulb in a few minutes.
  3. Screw an LED light bulb into a light socket attached to a power cord. Choose an LED light bulb that you think will look good inside the doily lamp and produce the kind of light you want. Screw it into a light socket fixture that has a power cord attached or that you can plug an extension cord into.[12]

    • Think about the whole look of the lamp when you choose the light bulb and socket. For example, if you want to create soft, peaceful lighting, you could use a white socket and cord with a light bulb that produces a warm yellow or white light.
    • LED light bulbs are the best choice because they don't get as hot as standard bulbs.
  4. Use scissors to cut a hole in the lampshade slightly smaller than the light socket. Widen the hole where the mouth of the balloon was tied off so it is just a bit smaller than the light socket if you made a spherical shade. Cut a hole in the top of the shade if you made a half or partial lampshade.[13]

    • It's important to make the hole smaller than the light socket so the socket will support the lampshade.
    • Note that even though the hole is smaller than the bulb, you will be able to push it through because the doilies will be slightly pliant around the hole you cut.
  5. Push the light socket and bulb gently in through the hole. Carefully push the light bulb and socket inside the lampshade through the hole you cut. Cut the hole slightly bigger if you can't get the bulb through so you don't have to force it too hard.[14]

    • If you made a partial shade, you can just thread the power cord and light socket through the hole from underneath rather than pushing everything in through the hole.
  6. Hang the lamp from the ceiling with a metal hook. Screw a metal hook into the ceiling and hang the power cord from it if you want to hang the lampshade from the ceiling. You can also attach a metal or wooden bracket to the wall and hang the lamp from that if you want to put it closer to a wall.[15]
    Make a Doily Lamp Step 15.jpg
    • You can camouflage the power cord by wrapping rope or twine around it if you don't like how it looks on its own.


  • Avoid using a standard light bulb inside your doily lamp as they get very hot. Opt for an LED light bulb instead.

[Edit]Things You'll Need

  • Balloon
  • Petroleum jelly
  • White school glue
  • Doilies
  • Bowl
  • Paint brush
  • Spoon
  • Measuring spoon
  • Water
  • Flour
  • Needle or pin
  • Scissors
  • Light bulb socket with power cord
  • LED Light bulb


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