Do you wake up in the morning and find strands of hair all over your pillow?
Don’t freak out! According to dermatologists, losing 50 to 100 strands of hair each day is normal. However, about 40% of women lose extra hair each day because of the way they treat their precious locks.
If you want to protect your hair, it all starts in the bedroom. Yes, a nighttime hair regimen can help to turn your thinning hair into a luscious mane.
Read on for tips on how to protect your hair while sleeping.
How to Protect Your Hair While Sleeping
When you think of your nighttime regimen, what does it consist of? Lotions and potions to give you glowing skin. But what about your hair?
While you’re asleep, tossing and turning subjects your hair to friction and pulling. And it’s even worse if you pull it into a top knot. Before long, you might start losing hundreds of strands each day.
So how to wear your hair to bed? These tips can make your nighttime hair regimen work wonders.
Let Your Mane Flow Freely
Sleeping with your hair up in a high ponytail or messy bun might seem like a good option. But the tension from having your hair pulled back can put undue strain on your scalp. After a few hours, it may lead to hair damage.
This also can happen during the day time. If your hair is falling, try not to wear tight updos for extended hours. But the damage at night can be worse, mostly due to tossing, turning, and rubbing against your pillow.
If you want your hair out of your face, that’s understandable. But the best way to sleep with long hair is in a classic braid or a loose ponytail. Ditch the elastic tie and use a soft scrunchie instead.
Brush Before Bed
There’s an old myth in the beauty world that suggests brushing your hair 100 times a day leads to luscious locks. Although there’s no science behind the myth, brushing gently before bed can reduce nighttime hair loss. How so?
Going to bed tangle-free reduces the risk of breakage. Use a wide-tooth comb and brush from the tips to the roots. This helps to distribute natural oils from your scalp to throughout your hair.
Just don’t try brushing 100 times as excessive brushing may cause hair breakage.
Wet Hair, Don’t Care
Do you like to wash your hair at night? While it might be the most convenient option, sleeping with long hair that’s wet can cause breakage. This is because wet hair is weaker than dry hair.
If you do wash your hair at night, use a fortifying shampoo and make sure to completely dry it before sleeping. Use a good quality hairdryer. And don’t forget to use heat protection treatment to protect your hair while blow-drying.
If you prefer air drying, then be sure to wash your hair a few hours before you go to bed.
Say Hi to Dry Shampoo
As mentioned, wet hair is weaker than dry hair. So make sure you choose the right shampoo.
Using strong shampoos excessively can strip the natural oils from your hair. This leads to dry, brittle ends, and breakage.
Try not to wash your hair with water and shampoo every day. Instead, refresh tired-looking locks with dry shampoo. Do this at night before bed. The dry shampoo will absorb the natural oils and sweat in your hair overnight.
The next day your prized-barnet will look as fresh as a daisy without having to wash it every day.
Hair masks, serums, and weekly treatments are very important for your haircare routine. But sometimes 15-20 minute treatments aren’t intense enough. Especially if your hair is falling.
Leave on hair masks overnight to rehydrate and repair your hair. You can use some treatments every few days. Whereas you should only use intensive masks once or twice a month.
Start with the Scalp
Of course, no treatment will work unless your scalp is in good health. The strength, length, and shine of your hair all starts with your scalp.
To stimulate blood circulation, give yourself a scalp massage. But use a hair growth vial to stimulate the hair follicles into action. Does it work?
Yes. According to research, a gentle scalp massage can aid in producing thicker strands. So give yourself a massage or better yet, get someone else to do it for you.
Silky Pillows for Silky Hair
The best way to sleep with long hair, or short for that matter, is to reduce the friction your hair endures against your pillow. Simply use a silk or satin pillow. How does it work?
Because the silky fabric is gentler than cotton pillowcases it can prevent your ends from damage while tossing and turning. Cotton pillowcases also absorb the hair’s moisture which leads to knots and tangles. Whereas silk pillowcases are less absorbant and give your hair a good night’s sleep.
Do silky pillowcases actually work? Actress Zendaya said the secret to her red-carpet-worthy barnet is sleeping on a satin pillowcase. If it works for her, it can work for you too.
Say It with Headscarves
But if you can’t bring yourself to ditch your matching cotton bed set, there’s another silky option. Say goodbye to morning frizz and wrap your hair in a satin headscarf instead.
Just like silky pillowcases, a scarf can help to protect the ends of your hair. It can help to maintain a hairstyle you’ve got going on, such as curls or braids. It’s also a great way to keep your hair out of your face without using an elastic band.
Happiness Is a Good Hair Day
Let’s face it, ain’t nobody got time for a bad hair day! But if you protect your hair while sleeping, you can have a good hair day every day.
For some women, silk pillows and sleeping with your hair in a braid isn’t enough. To thicken up your luscious locks, try some of these hair revitalizing products.