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Sleeping with Wet Hair Won't Make You Sick, But It Can Damage Your Hair

Sleeping with Wet Hair Won't Make You Sick, But It Can Damage Your Hair

As a child your parents often told you not to go to bed with wet hair. While their reasoning behind it was not the best (you getting sick) it turns out they did have our best interests in mind in terms of our the condition of our hair!

When your hair is wet, the hair shaft is much weaker and friction from fabric such as cotton (i.e. your pillowcase) can rough up the cuticle, resulting in frizz, breakage and split ends.

This is why you need to take extra care of your hair after you’ve washed it. Just as you shouldn’t tug or pull your hair with a comb or brush while it’s wet, you also shouldn’t be tossing and turning in bed. Each time you do, you risk over stretching your hair shaft, which can lead to damage.

Going to bed with wet hair can have a negative impact on your hair over time, as the moisture left behind in the pillowcase works to break down the strength of the hair shaft. Your wet hair combined with the wet pillowcase, work quickly at breaking down the hydrogen bonds of the hair, resulting in hair becoming brittle and losing its bounce and shine. The exposure to that moisture is counteracting all the work and effort you put in with your hair treatment products during showering, and now the hair shaft is likely to become damaged more easily when you do normal things like brushing, curling, or blow drying the hair.

If you’re in the habit of tying your hair into a bun while it’s wet before you go to sleep, don’t. Yes, you can wake up with amazing wavy hairstyles, but it can also lead to serious damage. Not only will your hair get tugged as you turn in your sleep, it will also get pinched by your hair tie and in most cases be tugged to the point of falling out.  

Instead, you can sleep with your hair down or in a loose braid, instead of up in a tight bun or ponytail. In addition, you should replace your tight, elastic bands with a soft scrunchy that isn’t going to roughly pull at night. If you’re going to bed with wet hair, the most important rule is to never ever skip out on applying product! Leave-in conditioners, protective serums and dry oils are some of the best ways to protect your hair from becoming overly damaged. 

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