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How to Protect Your Hair During Sleep

Bedhead happens to everyone. But it can be prevented! How you care for your hair when you sleep matters more than you think.




Sleeping with long hair or hair unsecured can quickly become a bit of a hairy situation — matted strands, knots and frizz, it happens. And it makes for a bad hair day. Eventually, it will cause further damage and hair breakage as well. Hair care while you are sleeping matters.

Don’t know how to sleep with long hair? We’ve got you covered. Whether you’re going to school to be a barber or hairstylist or just want to take better care of your hair health, this blog is for you.


How to Protect Your Hair While Sleeping

Whether it’s a silk pillowcase or avoiding elastics, here are TK ways to maintain your hair during sleep.


1. Use a satin or silk pillowcase.


You’ve probably seen these popping up on social media recommended by your favorite influencers, but they live up to the hype.


If you are someone who tosses and turns all night, your hair gets pulled along with you. It also gets rubbed against your bedding with every move. So, it can cause frizzy hair and breakage — especially if you have fragile extensions.

They are a softer material than your average bedding. Silk pillowcase benefits include helping to reduce the amount of friction and pull your hair is experiencing when you sleep. Bonus — silk and satin are cool to the touch compared to cotton fibers.

2. Don’t go to bed with sopping wet hair.


Showering in the morning versus night is always the question. And you may ask, ‘is it bad to sleep with wet hair?’.


While it’s not entirely wrong to sleep with wet hair, moisture may be the culprit for your hair breakage and being matted come the morning.

Hair is weakest when wet, and it’s easier to tangle. If you can avoid sleeping with damp hair, do it — even if you only move up your shower time an hour before you go to bed, giving it time to dry.

3. Avoid elastic hair ties.

Swap your tight, elastic hair ties with softer scrunchies. Tight elastics can pull at your hair and put stress on your scalp. You may not have all the tools at home, but scrunchies are the best alternative as they put less strain on your hair and secure it just as strongly.


4. Use a hair mask or oil.


Lightweight serums such as hair masks or oils can help tame your hair’s frizz. Though, be sure not to use too much. You don’t want your hair to be greasy when you wake up. You just want to seal in your hair’s natural moisture — minus the frizz.

This is more pressing during the winter when our skin and hair become dryer.


5. Wear it in a loose style.


Avoid tight ponytails that put stress on your scalp, and instead, opt for loose buns or braids. To secure your curly hair or a fresh blowout, opt for a silk scarf to pin it up. Our recommendation? A hair wrap for sleeping.

With these five tips, you’ll have healthier hair in no time. Save your strands and experience more benefits.

The Benefits of Caring for Your Hair Even While Sleeping

The following are some key benefits of protecting your hair during sleep:

  • Smooths your hair

  • Adds shine

  • Removes frizz

  • Avoids knottiness

  • Avoids matted hair

It can be a game of trial and error, but figuring out what works best for your hair can be a game-changer.


Want to learn more about hair care or pursue a career in hair? Talk with us today.

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