Grab a small lock of hair. It's usually easiest to start at the back of your head but you can start anywhere you find comfortable.
If you have afro-textured hair twist the hair for more exaggerated curls.
The cocoon method can be more difficult than the methods above. Give yourself plenty of time to learn it.
Place two fingers against the hair. Place your index and middle finger against the lock of hair about an inch from your scalp.
Try to keep your nails facing away from your hair.
If you're right-handed use your left hand. If you're left-handed use your right hand.
Wind the hair a short distance around your finger. Wind until the ends of your hair are pointing straight upwards then stop. You should now see a 'U' shape in your hair almost like a loop without a top.
Twist the hair above the loop. Twist the strand of hair above the U-shaped loop curling it around the hair that you left between your U and your scalp. Do this until you have about an inch (2.5 cm) of hair left.
Pull the end of the hair through the loop. Using the two fingers secured in the loop grab the end of the hair. Pull it through the loop withdrawing your fingers. Keep hold of the hair and do not pull it out all the way.
The main loop is now filled with hair. On one end there's a dangling end of hair. On the other there is a smaller hair loop. These are the ends of your hair which will end up mostly straight.
Push down to tighten the knot. Keep holding the end of your hair near the main loop. Use your other hand to push the hair on the other side toward the loop to tighten the knot. Don't let the end of the hair slip out too far or the knot will come undone.
Repeat across your head. Repeat until as much hair as you like is tied up into knots.
Leave it in overnight. In the morning just tug the the little tail left sticking out of each knot.
Leaving Hairstyles in Overnight
Dampen your hair. Wash and condition your hair
then let dry until slightly damp but not dripping.
If your hair is tangled brush out the knots before you wash it.
Arrange your hair. Any tight hairstyle will curl your hair when left in overnight. Looser hairstyles involving thick sections of hair will lead to waves while medium-sized tight sections create curls. Here are a few options:
Braid your hair into two braids for waves or four braids for curls. For tighter curls braid the last half of the braid around a ribbon.
Make a bun on either side of your head for light waves.
Make a ponytail at the top of your head. Place an elastic band around it then a hair donut. Wrap thumb-sized sections of the ponytail around the donut until all of your hair forms a bun. Secure ends with hair clips.
Spray with hair spray. Cover the hairdo with a small amount of hairspray for more defined curls. Spray lightly to avoid damaging your hair.
Leave in overnight. In the morning take out your hairdo carefully and let your curls fall down. If the curls are rigid shake them gently apart with your hands.
Apply more hairspray to keep them in place for a longer period of time.
Plop your hair. Check out this article for instructions on "plopping." All you need is a towel and a T-shirt for overnight curls.
Wear rollers. Wrap small sections of hair around each roller to make a tight curl.
Leave in overnight and remove in the morning.
Tie socks into your hair. Section your hair into four to eight sections depending on its thickness. Lay a thin dress sock over the end of a section and slowly wrap the hair around it. When all of the hair is wrapped around it tie the sock into a knot.
Repeat for remaining sections and leave in overnight.
Do this with slightly damp hair for best results.
Curling with Elastic Bands
Mix water and hair gel together. Four or five drops of each will do.
Wet a section of your hair. Separate your hair into four to nine sections. Dampen your palm with the water/gel mixture and gently pull a section three or four times to wet the hair.
The more sections you use the curlier your hair.
Wrap the hair around an elastic band. Pull the section of hair through a large elastic band. Wrap the hair around the edge of the band in and out. Keep wrapping until you reach the end of the hair.
A headband may work better for thick hair.
Repeat with all remaining sections. Follow the same process with new elastic bands until all of your hair is wrapped.
For best results apply hairspray to keep your curls in place.
Let your hair down in the morning. Go to sleep with this hair style and let it loose in the morning.
Curling your hair with curling irons can damage your hair. Instead try these safe overnight methods. The curls are usually not as tight as a curling iron can produce but you can make them quite noticeable with practice. The cocoon method gives the most extreme results but can be difficult the first time you try it.