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Why Sleeping with Wet Hair Is Bad for You?

Dec 28, 2021
Why Sleeping with Wet Hair Is Bad for You

A common complaint about an evening hair wash is that it takes a long time to dry, especially if you have long hair. But wet hair on the pillow has risen to become a common concern about an evening hair wash.

While many people prefer not to wash their hair before going to bed entirely, some people cannot bear the thought of going to bed without washing their hair. Whichever the case, one thing that all hair drying has in common is that they are time-consuming and exhausting.

But, for the time being, let us set aside the folktale and the myth of the mother’s wet hair cold for a moment. Sleeping with damp hair can be hazardous to your health, especially if you have damaged hair. The risks associated with sleeping with your hair wet will be briefly discussed in this article and possible ways to avoid this risk, which will be particularly useful for those who are either lazy to dry their hair after a bath or who may simply forget to do so.

Sleeping with your hair wet can cause your hair to break

Experts believe that damp hair is more susceptible to breakage than dry hair. Hair becomes more brittle and stretches more when it is wet, due to the opening of the hair cuticle. Even if you don’t use a brush on the hair while it’s wet, it could still get tangled in your bedding if the hair’s cuticle is open.

On the other hand, various other factors can affect how much of an impact that has on your hair’s natural state. Consider factors like how often you style your hair and whether or not you use chemicals to color or treat your hair, as well as the extent of damage it has already sustained.

Going to sleep with your hair wet can expose you to microbial infections

This may not cause you to get sick, but it raises your chances of suffering from a scalp infection caused by fungi or bacteria. Let’s take fungi as an example. Even though fungi, the root cause of dandruff and ringworms, live on your scalp, pillows serve as a breeding ground for them. Warm temperatures and wet pillowcases and pillows are ideal breeding grounds.

The fungal flora of bedding has been found to contain anywhere from four to sixteen species per pillow tested, according to some sources. Among these fungi is the Aspergillus fumigatus, a common fungus that can lead to life-threatening infections in those with compromised immune systems. Asthma patients may also experience worsening symptoms as a result.

It is also essential to keep an eye out for bacterial infections. The combination of water and heat is ideal for them, just like fungi. If you sleep with wet hair, you are creating a hotbed for these germs because your head heats the damp pad, it will become a perfect breeding ground for harmful bacteria and molds. And mind you, a new set of sheets isn’t going to remove the dampness from the pillow, which must have sunk deep down into it.

How to avoid this risk

Make sure your hair isn’t drenched

Please make no mistake about it; your hair shouldn’t be so damp that it gets on your pillow. To avoid damage and dandruff, try to let your hair air dry for at least a few minutes before going to sleep. But if you’re lazy to give a dry, make sure you never jump on the bed immediately after a bath.

It would help if you washed less

It is possible to lessen the adverse effects of sleeping with a wet hair by simply washing your hair less frequently. How much shampoo you use when washing your hair depends on your scalp, hair type, and hairstyle. Experts recommend limiting the number of times you wash your hair with shampoo to avoid drying out your hair.

People with Textured hair are more susceptible to drying out than other types of hair. The same is true for naturally curly-haired individuals. Shampoo and conditioner can be used once or twice a week for a gentle cleansing routine.

Avoid wearing the hair up

The biggest mistake people make when it comes to hair and sleep isn’t going to bed their hair wet. Many prefer to go to sleep with their hair up in a tight style rather than having their hair loose and flowing. For some, waking up with their hair in a loose bun gives them the appearance of having curly or waved tresses. However, wear tight hairstyles (especially in your sleep, where the hair follicles are already under a lot of stress), may unintentionally put even more pressure on the hair follicles and cause real damage.

Apply coconut oil to the hair and scalp

Coconut oil, it’s said, keeps wet hair from breaking. The hair follicle’s roof is covered in shingles, and the hair cuticle flaps are its shingles. The flaps that form are more prone to breakage and damage because of the water absorption and swelling that occurs when your hair is wet.

But by applying coconut oil to the hair, water absorption is reduced, making the hair less susceptible to damage. People with seborrheic eczema should avoid using this method because coconut oil can aggravate the condition.

Take precautions to avoid further harm to your hair

The extent to which going to bed with damp hair will cause damage is determined in part by the amount of damage your hair has already undergone. It would help if you avoided other causes of hair damage, such as regular dying or using heat styling on your hair.

In conclusion

Remember that the stress to keep your hair safe is worth it. We think you should go the extra mile. Lastly, if you already have damaged or irritated hair, we recommend a new wash schedule for you so that you can better care for your hair. You can see your doctor for better guide

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