Waking up could sometimes be a nightmare for a lot of ladies as a result of their hair. They wake up to meet what looks like a grizzly bear in the mirror and have to fix the mess. A hair just blown out the previous day could look like a jungle the next morning. A lot happens when we sleep, depending on our sleep habits. Some folks literally war against the spirits of the dead when they’re asleep, their hair of course ends up looking like a war museum when they come awake. These sleep habits could cause breakage and damage to the hair if nothing is done about it. But this does not always have to be the case.
Apart from the skin, the hair also is rejuvenated and repaired while you sleep. You don’t want to damage the hair while it’s trying to rejuvenate and repair, it defeats the entire purpose of sleep for the hair. There are lots of tips and habits that could keep your hair healthy, and as beautiful as it was when you slept – you do not even have to bother about your sleep habits with some of the tips.
Habits like having a hair mask on some nights, avoiding tying your hair up in a bun, using a silk pillowcase are part of ways you can protect the hair while you sleep. It is especially important to take special care of your hair before you sleep if your hair is treated with colour or you have noticed dryness or breakage. Keep on reading to find out how to take care of your “bed hair”, so you don’t have to wake up the next day spending time on an utterly messy hair.
Tips To Protect The Hair While Sleeping
Don’t Sleep With Your Hair Tied Up
We get that you want your hair away from your face to avoid discomfort while you sleep. But tying up your hair too tight in a bun could cause a tension that could lead to untold damage to your scalp and hair strands. Instead of tying up your hair in a bun or ponytail, we suggest you consider loose braid of any kind; Dutch, fishtail or even three-strand. With braids, your hair is saved from excess breakage and the best part is that you get to wake up with hot waves that could save you the stress of styling.
Get a Silk/Satin Pillowcase
It is more expensive to get a silk/satin pillowcase. But consider it an investment into the health of your hair. Why Silk? You might ask. Silk is more hair-friendly and gentler on the hair as it has smaller fibres compared to cotton which can even cause pulling. Silk will also help prevent split heads or bed head. They also are healthier for the skin, especially the face. So, actually, you’ll be investing in your hair and face.
Do Not Go To Bed With Wet Hair
Most of us like to wash our hair at night just before bed. Unfortunately, this habit isn’t healthy for the hair. Your hair strands are at it’s most vulnerable state when they are wet or just dried. If you go to bed that way, your hair is more likely to get damaged, break or develop split ends. It is advisable to wash your hair instead two hours or more before bed if you prefer to air dry your hair – that way, your hair is protected from damage. If you can, then get a hair dryer so your hair doesn’t get frizzy. It’s important to apply a primer or a heat protectant before blow drying to avoid damages while blow drying.
Apply an Overnight Treatment
Using an overnight treatment is part of a healthy hair care routine. Applying hair treatments like hair masks are effective, but imagine how effective they would be if they were left to stay through the night, I mean, what better time to take advantage of a good hair mask ? Coconut oil or lemon grass oil are good examples of some treatments that will leave your hair silky, soft and lustrous. For coconut oil, all you have to do is apply the oil generously to your hair and tie the hair up. Cover it with a scarf to avoid stains on your pillowcase. Wash it off the next morning and shampoo afterwards.
For the lemon grass oil, heat it up a little to increase its fluidity before application. Tie up the hair still, after applying the oil and go to sleep. The next morning, apply a shampoo directly to the oily hair and wash off. It is important that you do this at least twice a month, depending on your hair texture. You could decide to go for other kinds of masks or treatments. In the end, do what works for you
Use a Silk Scarf When Going to Bed
You could do both the silk pillowcase and the silk scarf. But this is for you if you cannot afford a silk pillowcase for now. This should be cheaper to get and is just as effective as the pillowcase in protecting the ends of your hair and keeping your hair in one piece. It also will preserve your curls or whatever style you have on. A turban would also do the trick, provided it’s silk too. Simply gather your hair at the top loosely and tie with a scarf or cover the hair entirely, depending on the size of your scarf. If you have the silk scarf, then you can keep your cotton pillowcase and simply cover your head with the scarf to prevent its contact with the pillowcase. Plus, imagine how hot you’d look in a beautiful silk scarf and probably an awe-mazing nightie- hot enough for a night selfie.
Comb Or Brush Your Hair Out Before Bed
It’s a bad idea to go to bed with your hair all tangled up. You’ll only wake up looking like that grizzly bear we talked about ,only this time, angrier. You should comb out the tangles so they don’t get worse in the morning after the night war. Plus, combing helps evenly distribute your natural hair oil around, so your hair shines even better. We know Grandma said 100 times, but don’t worry, all you need is just a little bit of combing. It is advisable that you use a wide toothed comb or a hair brush with natural bristles. Comb thoroughly from the root of your hair through to the ends.
These tips help you take your mind off your hair while you’re trying to sleep .That way you’re free to fight whatever wars you wish in your dreams without restraint and still wake up looking like a diva.