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Our Guide to Protecting Your Hair While Sleeping

Wake up a hot mess? We can confirm that bedhead is a real thing and happens to the best of us. However, as much as we appreciate a good night’s sleep, waking to knots, tangles, and frizz on repeat isn’t exactly the best start to the day. What’s more, without knowing how to protect the hair while sleeping, you may be getting yourself into more than just a bad hair day. Your sleeping habits can actually lead to hair breakage and other damage.

Keep reading for our guide with all you know about how to protect your hair while sleeping.

What is the best way to wear hair to bed to prevent breakage?

Wearing it down can cause tangles, while a tight pony can cause damage- so what is the best way to wear your hair to bed to prevent breakage?

Firstly, make sure its dry. You may have been told as a child to never sleep with wet hair unless you want to wake up to a head cold. Unsurprisingly, there is no scientific evidence behind this. However, you still should avoid sleeping with wet hair as our hair is at its weakest when wet, so you are making it even more susceptible to damage and breakage as you toss and turn!

Next, make sure to comb it through. Run a wide tooth comb from the roots to the tips for several minutes. Each stroke will help you to disperse your scalp’s natural oils throughout your strands.

Once the hair is fully dry, the best way to wear your hair to bed to prevent breakage is simple and better yet, it also styles your strands! Twist the hair around itself into a loose top knot at the top of your head with a fabric scrunchie to hold everything in place. When you unravel everything in the morning, you will have either held beautiful waves into place or created them, no tools necessary!

If you want to wake up to slick, straight hair, then sit tight as we will discuss the secret that is, using satin hair wraps for sleeping.

Should you sleep with hair tied up or down

Considering how seriously haircare is now taken, it’s surprising how many still sleep with their delicate strands scraped back into a ponytail, held together with an elastic band. An elastic band will rub against the strands and put stress on your hair and scalp as it pulls your hair back. Plus, it will often require you to conceal a visible dent when it comes to the AM, taking up valuable time in your morning regime!

So at this point, you may be wondering whether you should sleep with your hair tied up or down?

If you choose to wear your hair up, try the hairstyle we discussed. The key is to allow your scalp to breathe and relax- don’t pull your hair so tightly against your head! You could also try loose braids at the nape of your neck.

To put it simply, you should sleep with hair tied up rather than down, just keep it loose and breezy.

Leaving a hair product in overnight to protect hair

The ends of your hair usually take the brunt of the damage that occurs as you toss and turn. Even if you sleep still on your back, you can end up breaking the ends of your hair as you lie on them.

Leaving a hair product on overnight is a simple way how to hydrate, nourish, and protect your hair while sleeping. For example, this Balance Shine-Enhancing Overnight Mask combines skincare ingredients such as oat lipids and hyaluronic acid to nourish the scalp and roots while the advanced haircare ingredients work to nourish, condition, and soften strands.

Another hair product you can leave in overnight to protect the hair is the Balance Fibre-Sealing Split Ends Treatment. When combined together, this dreamy duo will coat your entire head of hair in protection and nourishment!

Use a satin hair wrap for sleeping

Satin sleep cap on top of pink satin bedding with a pink starred pillow, coffee and book next to it.

As we hinted at previously, if you want to wake up to silky smooth, straight hair, you need to be using a satin hair wrap for sleeping. A satin hair wrap helps to protect hair from overnight damage and reduce the appearance of frizz as you sleep, so you can get out of the right side of the bed to gorgeous, healthy-looking hair. Not to mention, it’s a luxurious addition to a nighttime routine.

To use the Grow Gorgeous Overnight Hair Wrap, scoop up your hair and arrange it in the desired position on top of your head. Gently slide the satin wrap over your gathered style and secure, tucking in any stray hairs. Leave on overnight and gently slide off in the morning.

This must-have overnight accessory offers a number of transformative hair benefits for all hair types. Just a few include protecting the hair while sleeping, shielding it from the frizz and tangles of pillow friction, preserving your desired hairstyle from bouncy curls to beach waves, and reducing the appearance of an oily scalp!

Now that we have established how to protect the hair while sleeping, you can kiss goodbye to bedhead strands and tough knots! From leaving hair products in overnight to knowing the best ways to wear the hair to prevent breakage, you can now rest assured you will rise and shine with glossy, silky locks.

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Josie Wilkins

Josie Wilkins

Writer and expert

Josie is an Online Beauty Editor with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. Her passions involve all things skincare and beauty and in her free time she likes to travel, read and get her beauty sleep.