Sleep is the best; who doesn’t love it? It refreshes the mind and rejuvenates the body. Yet, it’s also good at messing your hair up. Worse, common habits most of us are guilty of can contribute and lead to hair issues. Who loves falling or ruined hair?
The team at Ecosa knows the importance of hair, no matter the length, colour or curl pattern, and we have put together a guide to help anyone keep their hair safe during sleep.
Crack Down on Breakage
Hair is prone to all sorts of tangles, messes, and problems, one of which is breakage. Hair breakage happens when hair strands separate because the overlapping scales in hair have fallen apart. These scales overlap and hold individual strands together; without them, even a gentle pull can cut hair strands in half.
Now, this tip may seem counterintuitive, but brushing your hair gently right before you sleep can actually strengthen the individual strands. Brushes detangle and spread natural oils from the roots of your hair to the very tips. Brushing won’t take long too; once you feel you have already brushed all your hair, you may stop and go on to sleep.
A quick note on brushes: experts recommend the use of natural, not plastic, bristles. Boar brushes usually have these natural bristles that effectively smooths your hair.
Curly haired folks; only brush your hair when it’s wet, because dry brushing will only lead to frizz-mania.
Dry Your Hair Before Bed
Raise your hand if you ever slept with wet hair! At one point or another, everyone has gone to sleep with hair of varying dampness. What you might not realise is that this isn’t good for your hair.
Wet hair can actually weaken strands and cause damage when they undergo friction. What does everyone do when sleeping? Moving around on the bed, which results in—you guessed it, friction!
For protection, you may air dry your hair instead, showering earlier in the evening if you prefer to wash it at night. About an hour or two before bed may be enough. Instead of a towel, you may rub your hair with a soft T-shirt or microfibre towel, since it will be more forgiving on hair strands than a standard towel. You may also use a blow dryer if you have less time, but remember to apply a heat protectant as well.
Decrease Heat Styling
Speaking of blow dryers, some women love to try out various hairstyles. They use flat irons and hair dryers, and these tools produce heat. Heat, however, counts as another threat to hair since it obviously burns the strands. To protect your hair instead, you may use other means for hair styling, especially if you already use a hair dryer for your nightly showers.
On the topic of hairstyles, if you’ve got long hair you might want to consider a loose updo for bed to reduce breakage and frizziness. Simple styles such as a high bun, loose bun, or loose braid may help with messy hair in the morning. They may also reduce friction on your hair, leading to less damage and split ends.
Treat Your Hair with a Silk Pillowcase
Now, even without water weakening your hair, friction can still cause damage. Strands can get caught up under your head or back. Then, when you toss and turn, the strands are stretched almost to the breaking point. The next morning, you may wake up with breakage. Cotton pillowcases themselves are abrasive that also rub against your hair.
To reduce friction on your hair, consider investing in the Ecosa Silk Pillowcase. The world knows silk for its smoothness, and when used for your pillow, you may have a more comfortable experience. Your hair will thank you too!
As a bonus, silk can also keep your hair frizz-free. Your beautiful hair today may still be your beautiful hair tomorrow.
Cover Up with Satin or Use a Scrunchie
For even more protection you can also opt for a satin scarf or a silk scarf. The scarf serves as another layer to keep your hair damage and tangle-free. Match it with any of the previously mentioned hairstyles and a silk pillowcase, and you may secure your hair with the highest level of safety.
If silk is out of your budget, you may use a fabric or satin scrunchie instead. Scrunchies hold hair strands back like hair ties, but they pull on the strands less. With a minimal pull, scrunchies serve as gentle and more affordable alternatives.
Be Intentional with Hair Care
By now, it may be clear that hair protection begins before bed as much as during sleep. In fact, your hair care routine is crucial. During a shower, the choice of conditioner matters, for example. If you need extra care and repair, look for hydrating and repairing overnight treatments.
Another great product is serums or treatments with argan oil. Argan oil has properties such as antioxidants, vitamin E, and fatty acids. They soften your hair and give them hydration, helping with dry and damaged hair.
Healthy Hair for Every Morning
Breakage, damage, split ends, dryness, and many other issues can attack hair, but with the guidelines set above, you may protect your hair, keep its shine, and encourage lushness. After that, you may sleep all you want without worrying about your hair. And remember that not all breakage is treatable, and if your split ends are out of control then it’s probably time for a haircut!