WHY YOUR HAIR IS GETTING DAMAGED WHEN YOU SLEEP
Getting the shut eye you need can help you look brighter, feel more energised and give your body precious time to repair itself, including you luscious locks. Only problem is, so many habits we do to save time, or without even thinking, can lead to hair damage. The Coveteur looked at the sneaky ways you’re damaging your hair while you sleep.
Change your pillowcase to satin or silk
Friction between your beautiful hair and your cotton pillowcase causes excessive strain on your hair. A silk or satin pillowcase, plus the hairstyle you choose for your shut eye, can make all the difference.
“Your hair should always be preserved, whether it’s placing the hair in a loose bun, wrapping it with a silk/satin scarf, or even sleeping with a silk/satin pillow case,” celebrity hairstylist Tym Wallace, who tends to Taraji P. Henson, told Coveteur.
Brush your hair before bed…just not too much
“I love brushing my hair every night with a Mason Pearson brush before going to bed. It helps distribute natural oils to condition my hair while I sleep,” GLOSS Moderne Clean Luxury Haircare founder Kuen Rameson told Coveteur.
Wash and style the night before
Protecting your hair can come down to habits: Spending time doing your hair the night before is key to preventing overnight damage.
“Wash, dry, and style your hair before bed. If you have smooth, sleek hair, do a wrap starting at the nape and wrap your hair around the head, securing with bobby pins,” Rocky Vitelli, global artist for Farouk Systems told Coveteur.
“If you have curly or wavy hair, twist your hair nice and tight into a topknot, securing on the highest point of the head. Use a fabric scrunchie to secure it instead of elastics.”
Top Tip: Don’t go to bed with wet hair
Going to bed with wet hair seems like a time saver, but Wallace says wet hair causes the elasticity in your hair to be loosened, making it easier for it to snap and break. “It also causes friction and can create tangles in the hair,” Wallace told Coveteur.
Overnight masks work
You know your cells regenerate the most at night; that’s why you bought that beautiful night cream right? Well Coveteur says your hair cells also regenerate the most at night, making your snoozing the ideal time to treat your hair.
“Only sleep with [a] masque [that] is designed for periodic overnight treatment,” explains Rameson to Coveteur. “It’s quite possible that many of the ingredients in a typical conditioner could cause damage to your hair with prolonged application. Mostly this would be due to the nature of the ingredients in a typical conditioner, an overnight treatment isn’t the same.”
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