What happens to your hair when you’re too lazy or don’t have time to dry it before bed
Thinking about the perfect atmosphere for a sound sleep, we usually imagine the cozy twilight of a ventilated bedroom, a warm duvet, plenty of soft pillows, and perhaps a barely audible meditative melody. In this scenario, there is no place for wet hair, but, nevertheless, for many, this is an objective reality, quite suitable for bed.
We have been hearing from childhood that it is not good to sleep with a wet head – mothers all over the world, regardless of nationality and religion, honor their daughters with this truth. And, judging by the recommendations of stylists and therapists, this is the case when rebellion against motherly advice will not do us good. Of course, if you suddenly die after an evening shower, there will be no disaster, but if you tell your hairdresser that you constantly go to bed without drying your hair, he will probably shake his head disapprovingly.
It’s time to finally shed light on the hidden threat of wet hair and figure out what the habit of sleeping with a wet head is really fraught with. So, is it true that…
…YOU COULD HAVE A COLD
This means that the head can get supercooled, and you risk catching a cold without leaving the bedroom. Experts have mixed opinions on this matter. Any doctor will tell you that a cold is a virus that cannot be born in the body due to temperature changes, which is confirmed by research. Nevertheless, the same doctors, in addition to what has been said, will report that wet hair (as well as socks, shoes or mittens) is uncomfortable for the body, which means it undermines the immune system. The fact is that when the body cools, the blood vessels shrink, preventing the free access of leukocytes fighting the virus – that is, a wet head contributes to the development of an already caught cold. In general, the connection is rather murky, but just in case changing habits is too much for you, sleep with wet hair in a warm room and a comfortable bed to avoid additional stress on the body.
…OR DAMAGE YOUR HAIR
Everything is much clearer here. As a celebrity hairdresser confirms, sleeping with wet hair “is not a good idea, because when you wake up your hair will be messy, only suitable for Halloween, and you will provide yourself with more morning styling worries, for which, perhaps, I’ll have to wash my hair again.” If you absolutely must sleep with wet hair, the hairdresser advises a few precautions: “Apply a little detangling conditioner to detangle the strands, and if you have long hair, braid it into soft braids and then style it into a bun at the crown. So the hair in the morning will look tolerable and even get a nice waviness.
Another life hack from hair experts is satin pillowcases. “This will allow the hair to dry faster, move freely on the pillow, and prevent tangles and frizz, which are very difficult to get rid of in the morning,” explains the hairdresser. “Also, rubbing a wet head against a cotton pillowcase will strip you of more hair overnight than contact with satin.” Smooth silk is also good for the skin of the face, because it protects against creases that lead to the formation of wrinkles.