I imagine that I look like the left picture when I sleep. In reality, I know that I look a lot more like the one on the right.
I sleep wild.
When I wake up, my hair is a mess, my face is a mess, and I look like I’ve just fought in a war (and lost).
So, what’s a pretty girl to do when she wants to wake up gorgeous (or sleep gorgeous)?
First things first, hair. I’m one Black woman that does sleep with a bonnet on (sue me) but, before I put it on, I brush out my hair, braid it, and pin it up. That way, when I wake up, all I have to do is pull my hair down and it’s gorgeous.
When I care more about looking good during the night, I brush my hair out and, at the most, put it in a high ponytail or a messy bun. Messy buns always look good in the mornings.
Next, face. When I’m trying to look good for the morning, I wash, tone and moisturize my face. If I have a breakout, I dab acne cream on it. But, if I’m trying to look good during the night, I wash, tone, moisturize, put a little Vaseline on my eyebrows to make them lay and my lips to make them soft. I may even apply a thin layer of mascara to make my eyes pop without adding too much makeup to my nighttime wear.
Next, body. I’m the type of girl that has to take a hot shower or bath before going to bed. I love feeling and smelling fresh and clean before bed. I like to use lots of oils and lotions. If I’m trying to smell good while in bed, I use perfumed oil because it lasts all night long.
Finally, nightwear. I’m a T-shirt kind of girl. I like to wear comfortable tees to bed. My favorite is my Hendrix concert tee from May 30, 1970 (exactly 13 years before I was born). When I’m trying to look good while in bed, I wear boy shorts and a lacy tank top. Or…something else.
The point is, every one should have a nightly regimen to keep their pretty girl status.