10 Reasons to Stop Sleeping With Wet Hair


Why do people go to bed with wet hair?
Why don’t people go to bed with wet hair
What you should do instead

If you’ve been told the story of the old ladies who say you should never eat before going swimming, you’ve probably also been told that sleeping with wet hair will make you sick.

With little evidence or explanation, you have most likely ignored this warning, but could you put yourself in danger?

Why do people go to bed with wet hair?

We’ve all been there. You have to be at the door early the next morning, but your hair is far from presentable. You have to make dinner and maybe even put the kids to bed, to save the hair washing for later in the evening.

You’ve washed your hair, but either because you don’t want to make noise or because you don’t have the energy, you stop drying your hair. Heat is bad for your hair, isn’t it? It’s better to let it dry while you sleep.

You wake up and wonder why it looks like you’ve been electrocuted, but you don’t have time to wash it again. You’ll have to.

Although leaving your hair washed the night before seems like the best option, there are hidden dangers that you probably don’t know about!

Why don’t you go to bed with your hair wet?


1. May cause severe hair breakage

Hair is weaker when it’s wet. So it’s not surprising to hear that you will increase the number of breaks by leaving your hair wet while you sleep. When you turn around, friction will cause your hair to break more easily than if you were dry.

You may think it’s better to let your hair air dry than to heat it up, but is that really the case


2. You’ll feel cold

If you sleep in an air-conditioned room or in the middle of winter, sleeping with wet hair will make you much colder.

Stop the chills by drying your hair properly. For real pleasure, you can even dry your socks, pajamas and sheets to make them nice and comfortable..

3. You’ll spend more time fixing your hair.

You’ll probably have to use heat tools anyway!
The term “headboard” exists for a reason! When your hair dries, it falls out in place. When you sleep, your hair twists into all sorts of weird styles, and if it dries out in your sleep, it sets in the same way.

Usually, the worst offenders are the crown and ends of your hair. The only way to straighten your hair is to spend a lot of time trying to reshape it, either by wetting it again, using heat tools, or suffocating it with sprays and gels – it’s not exactly the au natural option you were looking for.

4. Worsens the immune system

The story of the old ladies who say they get sick from sleeping with wet hair is not entirely true – you cannot catch a virus just by having wet hair.

That said, sleeping with wet hair can weaken your immune system, increasing your chances of catching a cold or flu virus.

5. Headaches

If bacterial growth takes over your scalp, your body will try to fight any infection it may cause by increasing the blood flow to the affected area. This increased blood flow also increases pressure and can cause headaches.

6. The growth of bacteria

If there’s one thing we all know, it’s that the combination of water and heat equals the rapid growth of bacteria. Think of the amount of bacteria that will grow on your pillow if you sleep with wet hair! The warmth of your head will make the wet pillow the ideal breeding ground for the growth of harmful bacteria and mould.

You may think changing the sheets often will help, but the moisture from your hair will have penetrated the pillow. Do you really want to rest your head in a haven for bacteria every night?

7. It causes dandruff

The heat from your head and the prolonged moisture from your hair will cause bacteria and fungus to multiply on your scalp and pillow. Sleeping with wet hair also removes your hair’s natural oils as they are easily absorbed by the pillow fabric along with the excess moisture.

The combination of bacterial growth and loss of natural oils will make your scalp more prone to developing dandruff, and who wants that?

8. Makes your hair dull

When the water is absorbed by the hair in the pillow fabric, the natural oils are also taken in. Your hair will look much duller and dehydrated without these oils.

Dehydrated hair is also much more likely to break. Remember that there’s a big difference between hair that’s dry to the touch and hair that’s dehydrated from natural oils.

9. Can cause hair loss

Can you believe it? Lying down with wet hair can lead to hair loss and, more specifically, ringworm of the scalp. Scalp ringworm is a type of fungal infection, caused by hot and humid conditions.

It is very contagious, so be careful to wash anything that has come in contact with your scalp. We’d rather grow our hair long than lose it!

10. You’ll get acne.

If your pillow is full of bacteria, you will probably soon experience an outbreak of acne. Your skin will thank you for drying your hair before you go to sleep.

What you should do instead
You can still avoid the damage.
Sleeping with wet hair might cut some corners, but to avoid all of the above, here’s what you can do:

Wash your hair earlier in the evening – this will allow it to air dry before you sleep, without wetting your pillow.
Sleep with a silk cover, this will reduce friction and prevent it from breaking.
Dry your hair with a T-shirt – this will cause less damage than a normal towel or a long dry.
Apply a leave-in conditioner to strengthen the hair.
Never sleep with wet hair if you have hair extensions – they will get tangled and tangled.
If you sleep with wet hair, consider putting a waterproof pillowcase on your pillow and change the fabric pillowcases every other day.


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