It's a common belief that we should not wash our hair at night before going to bed. This is because leaving our hair wet and sleeping with it could lead to tangles that get impossible to mend or that wet hair could result in catching a cold the next morning. On the contrary, experts suggest that these are myths and you don't really need to be getting up early to wash your hair because you can do so the night before and not worry about those long and curly or short tresses getting damaged. There's more to an evening rinse that appears on the surface, especially if you have long hair that takes a while to dry.
Here's How To Sleep With Wet Hair
Whilst leaving your hair washing to the night before you head for an early morning meeting might seem like the best option, there are certain precautions that you need to be aware of before taking a head bath at night and sleeping right afterwards.
1. Dry Your Hair Out
The hair should not be completely wet, if you sleep right after showering, this will damage the hair follicles leading to breakage and hair thinning. This could also lead to fungal infection on the scalp. If you don't want a receding hairline too soon, take some time out after a shower to let them dry naturally or use a hairdryer, leaving them a little damp before you hit the bed.
2. Use A Hair Serum
Sleeping with wet hair, another thing to keep in mind is to apply a hair serum, unless you want to wake to with major tangles in your hair and spend another hour combing them. Always go for a little serum application on the mid-length to the ends of hair.
3. Choose Your Hairstyle
Hairstyles depend on the way you sleep too, if you need curls the next day, twist the hair strands and sleep; if you need straight hair the next day, push all the hair in one direction and sleep, this will prevent any wrinkles or waves.
4. Opt For A Silk Pillow
If you don't want to ruin your hair, try sleeping on a silk pillow cover, as usually cotton cases can be rough and lead to breakage and knots. A silk cover on the other hand will prevent the hair from sticking to each other, the hair will remain separate and you can wake up to beautiful, frizz-free hair the next day.
5. Know Your Hair Type
There is no harm in sleeping with wet hair, if you know your hair type well, remember to sleep accordingly. If you have curly hair, you can also consider tying a bun on top; opening it the next day will give you naturally bouncy hair. If you have frizzy hair, apart from opting for a silk pillowcase, try using scrunchies- its silky texture will cut out the frizz effect, but once you wake up the next morning, avoid combing it immediately it will only cause more friction and frizziness.
If you are eyeing Rapunzel-like tresses, and do not want to ruin your hair at the same time while sleeping with wet hair, you can follow these quick and easy tips. These simple to-dos will help prevent your hair from being on the other side of the pillow and prevent tangles.