Why You Shouldn’t Sleep With Wet Hair

Why You Shouldn’t Sleep With Wet Hair

I recently transformed from a more conservative, golden balayage blonde to an almost all-over shade of platinum icy white. I’d been begging my colourist for months to give my locks this eye-catching shade but she insisted we wait until my hair recovered from some previously harsh treatments.  

After the transformation was complete, I jumped out of the chair and thanked her profusely. Right before she turned to leave, she gave me one last piece of advice: most importantly, don’t sleep on your hair while it’s wet.  

I had heard this before, and read about it too, but it was another thing entirely to have it said to me straight from the one person I trusted implicitly with all things hair, including my own. She went on to elaborate that my hair was now a lot more fragile from being freshly bleached, and on top of that, when my locks are wet, they become weaker and less elastic. If I slept with wet hair, the movement of my head against the pillow could cause the damp strands to stretch and tear, causing unrepairable damage and ruining all the hard work we’d just put in.  

Upon further research, I found out that even if I was to wear my hair pulled back and off my face, it would still get pulled this way and that, and could even cause hair loss along the hairline this way (eek!).  

There Do Seem To Be A Few Exceptions To The Rule: 

If you sleep on a satin pillowcase, this will give your tresses a smoother ride during the night, lessening the chances of them getting pulled and roughed around as much 

If you saturate your hair with a protective serum or cream, and braid it out of the way, this should keep it safely in place and out of the way. 

If it’s only a little damp and you pile it on top of your head it should be ok, and if you twist it in just the right way then you could also wake up with some pretty tousled waves in the morning.