5 mistakes that are ruining your hair during bedtime
You can damage your hair in so many ways during daylight hours. Butyou may be wrecking your hair while you rest at night and not even know it. These are the most common mistakes people make before they go to bed and how to fix them so you’ll wake up with healthy hair.
1. You sleep with your hair in a tight ponytail
Sleeping with a tight ponytail is not the best idea. Tight ponytail holders can cause traction on the hair and pull from the root, especially as you toss and turn in your sleep. Doing this night after night will harm your hair badly – you could develop a condition called traction alopecia, where the hair along the frontal hairline becomes shorter and thinner. Don’t panic yet, this happens after years of wearing your hair in a tight ponytail or in braids. If you don’t like feel your hair on your face while you sleep, make a loose ponytail on top of your head. Or try styling your hair into a loose braid.
2. You go to bed with wet hair
Going to bed with wet hair isn’t good for your strands, because wet hair is more fragile than dry hair. Each strand of hair is made of cohesive chains held together by chemical bonds. Some of these bonds can be temporarily broken by water, as well as heat and humidity, making the hair more moldable and fragile.But you don’t have to give yourself a full blow-out right before bed to protect your locks: use a blow-dryer to at least dry the roots to prevent breakage closest to the scalp.
3. You’re sleeping on a cotton pillowcase
If you have fine or fragile hair, ditch the rough cotton pillowcase, which can snag and tangle your locks, and try out a silk or satin pillowcase instead. Silk and satin pillows cause less static or friction on the hair, which means less trauma and less detangling in the morning. These pillows will also help your hair hold onto its natural oils, which is especially important for people with dry, curly hair.
4. You don’t do overnight hair treatments
If you have dry, brittle hair, using a hydrating hair mask overnight can add some much-needed moisture. If you have normal hair, make sure most of the treatment collects on the ends of the hair shaft, not the root. Although if you have very dry hair, you can saturate your whole head. Sleep with a shower cap on to let the product seep in and keep it from getting all over your pillow.
5. You’re brushing your hair before bed
Brushing can actually put unnecessary stress on your strands. Instead, use a wide tooth comb, which won’t pull the hair.