How you should be sleeping to protect your long hair

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If you have long hair, you indeed have all sorts of treatments and particular processes to keep it healthy. Regardless of what your hair regimen consists of, most of it probably occurs while you are awake. Have you ever wondered how to sleep with long hair? Is tossing and turning damaging your hair without you realizing it? Well, there is no need to wonder any longer since we have some tips for how to sleep and what to do before bed to protect your long hair. Check out these tips to find out how to not mess up your hair when sleeping.

Brush before bed

It is best to go to bed without a bunch of tangles in your hair since your movement during the night can make them worse. Tangled hair can rip and break when you brush it, so the fewer knots, the better. Brush your long hair before you lay down to sleep with a soft-bristled brush that removes tangles without being too rough. If you want your hair to be extra shiny, try a boar bristle brush. Boar bristle brushes are known to distribute natural oils from your scalp throughout your hair, thus leaving it extra shiny.

Dry before bed

If you wash your hair before bed, be sure you fully dry your hair before going to sleep. Your hair is weakest when it is wet, so sleeping with damp hair leaves your hair more vulnerable to breakage. If you don’t want to go through an entire blow-dry routine before bed, use a microfiber towel to get rid of excess water. Microfiber towels are thought to reduce frizz and speed up drying more than a regular bath towel. If you don’t have time to let your long hair air dry and you have to blow dry, invest in a good hairdryer that will reduce frizz. You can also apply a heat-protectant treatment or primer to the ends of your hair to speed up blow-drying and defend against damage.

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Sleep on a silk pillowcase

Silk or satin pillowcases are much more gentle on hair than average cotton pillowcases and will reduce breakage. The smaller fibers of silk pillowcases prevent your ends from damage and pulling, especially if you are a restless sleeper. And silk pillowcases are really comfortable, so that’s a bonus.

Don’t sleep with your hair up

Sleeping with your hair in a messy bun or ponytail puts tension on your scalp for such a long time that it can cause scalp damage that leads to hair damage. If you have to get your hair away from your face while you are sleeping, choose a three-strand braid, fishtail braid, or Dutch braid. The braid will save your ends from excessive breakage and your scalp from damage. Also, if you sleep with your hair in a braid, you will wake up with heatless waves in your hair with no effort at all. If you absolutely must put your hair in a ponytail before bed, use a scrunchie instead of an elastic. Elastic ties hair too tight, which causes breakage. You can also go with a low ponytail at the nape of your neck to reduce breakage.

Use a scarf

Another excellent and less-damaging option for getting your long hair off your face while sleeping is to wrap it in a silk or satin scarf. This is like sleeping on a silk pillowcase while keeping your hair off your face without tying it up with elastic. Use a large, square scarf to wrap your hair, and you will find your hair easy to deal with in the morning. If you have curls, the scarf may help them to become more coiled in a natural way.

Use a treatment

Before bed is a great time to apply an oil treatment to your long hair because the treatment will have the time it needs to condition and hydrate your hair while you sleep. Look for products that are paraben- and alcohol-free and won’t transfer to your pillowcase. Many products have a combination of argan oil, vitamin E, and minerals that moisturize without leaving your hair greasy. Most of them will also leave your hair smelling lovely.

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