If you shower at night you’ve likely experienced waking up to knotted, frizzy, and brittle strands. Not to mention the funkiest case of bedhead. And haven’t we all heard the old tale that if you go to bed with wet hair you’ll wake up with a cold? While there's no evidence that you can catch a cold from sleeping with wet hair, it does impact the health of your scalp and strands. The main reason is that the structural integrity of hair weakens when wet. The cuticles naturally lift up when wet, making the hair more vulnerable and prone to breakage.
There are also scalp concerns associated with sleeping with wet hair like unwanted bacteria, fungal infections, skin irritation, itchiness, dryness, redness, and dandruff. If you’re not ready to give up your nightly shower routine we’ve got you covered. There’s a right way to sleep with wet hair for every hair type and we’re breaking it down below.
Follow these hair tips for sleeping with wet hair no matter what your hair type.
One of the easiest ways to limit the amount you are sleeping on wet hair is to wash it less often. How much you shampoo your hair is a personal decision influenced by your scalp, hair type, and lifestyle.
If you're going to bed with soaking wet hair, consider inching up your shower earlier in the evening. This gives your hair time to air dry, so your strands aren’t sopping wet.
Take the nozzle off of your blow dryer and blast-dry your hair until it’s a little less than halfway dry. If you don’t want to use heat, at least let your strands air-dry before going to bed. Sleeping on damp hair is better than sleeping on wet hair.
Sleeping on silk allows strands to slide as you toss and turn while sleeping. Silk prevents friction, which leads to pulling, tugging, tangling, and breakage. Cotton pillowcases are extremely rough on your hair so try to avoid them if at all possible.
As you sleep you lose water while excreting toxins through sweat on your scalp. Your sebaceous glands, which are mostly concentrated on the scalp, continue to produce and secrete sebum, while skin cells continue to shed while you sleep. This makes your pillowcase a breeding ground for bacteria and fungus. Sleeping on that pillowcase with wet hair night after night means bacteria and fungus can transfer back on to your scalp and cause infection.
If you have highly textured hair these are the tips you need to follow before sleeping on wet hair.
If you have straight strands, try the tips listed below.
If your hair is prone to frizz, these tips are a must if you plan to sleep with wet hair.
If you shower at night and you don’t like to blow dry, you’re likely dealing with knotted, frizzy, and brittle strands in the morning. Going to sleep with really wet hair can contribute to waking up with a funky case of bedhead, even for those with great hair. In addition to hair breakage, the wetness of your hair coupled with a damp pillow could create the perfect environment for yeast to flourish, including the yeast associated with dandruff. If you’re not ready to give up your nightly shower routine, we’ve got you covered. There’s a right way to sleep with wet hair for every hair type and we’ve got the right tips and products you need to do it. All of our formulas are free of harmful toxins, use natural ingredients, and are made with renewable energy and packaging that minimizes the environmental impact. Our hair care isn’t just good for your hair, it’s good for the planet.
by Jaclyn LaBadia, featured contributor
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