This article comes from Bustle.
If you have damaged hair, or just want to make sure your hair stays as healthy and strong as possible, try these seven ways to help protect your hair while you’re sleeping.
Your hair is its weakest when it’s wet, so by sleeping on wet hair, it is extra susceptible to breakage. Make sure your hair is dry before you fall asleep. Microfiber hair towels are a great way to speed up drying time without heat.
If you’re going to pull your hair back, do not secure it with an elastic. Instead, use a soft scrunchie.
And when you tie it, how matters. A too-high ponytail or bun can damage and break your hair. Instead, sleep with it down, or if you have to tie it back, go with a low ponytail or loose braid at the nape of your neck.
Silk (or satin) is far more gentle on your hair than average pillowcases and will help reduce breakage.
Being stressed can damage your health in a lot of ways, and according to the American Academy of Dermatology, stress can be harmful for skin and hair, too. Essential oils are a tried and true way to decompress at the end of the day.
Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. says in a PsychologyToday.com story that lavender essential oil has some of the most research into its relaxing benefits and has even been shown to help with mild insomnia. She says oils can be “diluted by water and diffused into the air or a few drops can be gently rubbed into acupressure points on the body.”
Don’t go to bed with tons of tangles in your hair that could only get worse while you’re tossing in the night. Instead, brush your hair before bed so that you’re tangle-free.
Another great and less damaging method of keeping your hair off your face is to wrap it in a satin or silk scarf. It’s like sleeping on a silk pillowcase, but it will keep your hair back without having to tie it up in an elastic.
Right before you go to sleep is a great time to apply an oil treatment to your hair to help condition and hydrate while you sleep.
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