Ever wonder if there are repercussions to sleeping with wet hair — or if there is a proper way to sleep on hair.
Is Sleeping With Wet Hair Bad?
Sleeping with wet hair can have a greater effect on different hair types.
How to Sleep With Wet Curly Hair
Sleeping with wet curly hair is not a good idea for a few different reasons. First, hair is most vulnerable when it’s wet which means it’s more prone to breakage.
Wrapping your wet curls in a towel or bonnet is also a bad idea because your hair won’t be fully dry when you wake up, which can negatively affect your curl pattern and towels can cause friction that can pull and tug at your hair.
How to Sleep With Wet Straight Hair
If you have naturally straight hair, going to bed when it’s wet isn’t the best idea because it can lead to tangles, breakage, moisture loss and increased frizz. If you shower before bed, allot some time for your hair to air dry or blow dry your hair to about 70 percent dry before you check out for the night. Removing most of the moisture from your hair will help to make it less vulnerable while you sleep.
How to Sleep With Wet Wavy Hair
Wavy hair, much like curly hair, is not something you want to sleep on when it’s wet unless your hair is in a protective hairstyle like braids. Wrapping your wet waves in a scarf or a bonnet isn’t an effective workaround because your hair won’t be able to properly dry and it will affect your style.
Can Sleeping With Wet Hair Make You Sick?
You may be familiar with your mother or grandmother telling you not to go outside with wet hair for fear of catching a cold, but what about sleeping with wet hair? According to a study from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), the belief that the common cold can be caused by wet hair is, in fact, nothing but a myth. So in short, sleeping with wet hair won’t make you sick.
Does Sleeping With Wet Hair Cause Headaches?
Another common belief is that sleeping with wet hair can result in headaches. The NCBI reveals that there is some research that suggests wet hair in cold weather can be a shaping factor for sinus headaches. That being said, more research needs to be done. When in doubt, though, it’s best to dry your hair before heading to sleep.