5 Things You Should Avoid Doing to Your Hair Before Bed

Sleeping on Any Old Pillowcase

You could say your pillowcase has the potential to make a huge impression, literally. If you’re not using a silk variation, this impression is the one left on your face in the form of pesky sleep wrinkles (which can eventually lead to permanent ones). It’s advised to switch out to a silk pillowcase, not only for your skin but also for your hair. Cotton pillowcases draw moisture from your locks, leaving them dry and frizzy. A silk pillowcase, on the other hand, helps to prevent breakage and promises smoother locks come morning.

Not Tying Up Your Hair

Sleeping with your hair down seems like the most natural way to go but can actually be doing more harm than good. Especially for long-haired girls, sleeping with hair down increases your chance of waking up with tangles and strands that have been roughed up or pulled by your pillow. The best thing to do is tie your hair up in a loose bun on the top of your head so you’re never sleeping directly on top of it while you’re lying down.

Using Metal Hair Ties

When you do tie up your tresses for the night, what you use to wrap it up makes a difference. Some hair ties—especially those with metal parts—can be severely damaging to your strands. Opt instead for cloth ties free of metal that can snag hair or lead to breakage.

Sleeping on Wet Hair

We’ve all been guilty of heading to bed soon after showering and falling asleep before our hair dries. Just as our mothers chided us for the bad habit when we were young, hairstylists scold us for still doing it in our adult years. Hair is much more vulnerable when it’s wet—more prone to breakage and getting tangled, especially when we’re sleeping directly on it. If you’re a night time shower taker, be sure to finish up in the bathroom well enough before your bedtime to allow hair to dry. If you absolutely must sleep on it wet, it’s recommended to gently comb a leave-in conditioner through the hair and then tie it up.

Sleeping in a Dry Room

We know what havoc a dry environment can wreak on our skin, but we don’t often consider that it can have the same negative effects on our hair. If your bedroom is typically dry, you may want to invest in a humidifier. This will not only keep your locks from getting dried out but also prevent other beauty woes like chapped lips and flaky skin.


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