This article comes from Byrdie.
Though we’re not saying bedhead is completely avoidable, we are suggesting a handful of precautions to take to ensure your hair is getting its best beauty sleep while you get yours.
Your pillowcase has the potential to make a huge impression—literally. Cotton is known to deplete moisture from the hair leaving it dry and frizzy. Consider switching out your current pillowcase to a silk one, to prevent breakage and keep your hair looking healthy and shiny.
Sleeping with your hair down seems like the most natural way to go but can actually be doing more harm than good, especially if you have long hair. Never go to bed without tying your hair up (for long hair), as loose hair can tangle. Removing tangles later can cause breakage. The best thing to do is tie your hair up in a loose bun on the top of your head so you’re never sleeping directly on top of it while you’re lying down.
When you do tie up your tresses for the night, what you use to wrap it up makes a difference. Stay away from metal and rubber hair ties. Wearing your hair up to bed can create unnecessary breakage especially around the hairline.
We’ve all been guilty of heading to bed soon after showering and falling asleep before our hair dries. Just as our mothers chided us for the bad habit when we were young, hairstylists scold us for still doing it in our adult years. Sleeping on wet hair is always more work in the morning because it can dry super crazy and you will have to use extra tools like a flat iron or curling iron which creates more damage in the long run. If you must go to bed without letting your hair fully dry, put your hair in a super hydrating hair mask or conditioner before heading to sleep.
We know the havoc a dry environment can wreak on our skin, but we don’t often consider that it can have very similar and equally negative effects on our hair. If your bedroom is typically dry, or if you have a heater on, your hair might suffer from the dry air. Never go to bed with central heat on, that can dry your hair out. Try investing in a humidifier to keep your locks from getting dried out (and to prevent other beauty woes like chapped lips and flaky skin).
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