The Truth of Sleeping with Wet Hair. Fact and Fiction Revealed.
Well, let’s get right to the heart of it. Fact: It isn’t bad but, according to our experts, there are ways to counteract what the Fiction Authors say.
The most common question we’re asked is how wet can hair actually be while going to bed?
Slightly damp, and definitely not completely wet. Sleeping with drenching, wet hair damages the follicle and can cause breakage so you’ll want to air dry it or blast it on cool with a hairdryer so about 60 per cent of your hair is left damp.
We love the idea of treating damp hair and sleeping at the same time – particularly if the fortifying product is a leave-in conditioner --- like Tricomin Clinical Energy Spray. Its Copper Complex delivers micronutrients not just to strands but to the scalp too, Hydrolyzed Quinoa, a natural protein, protects from breakage and Panthenol, a vitamin B5 derivative, attracts and holds water to plump the hair strand.
That taken care of, it’s time to prep for the a.m. what style you want to wake up to… If it’s curls, twist your hair well and secure it in a top knot, so that your strands can dry into those curls… if it’s s straight, push it all up in one uniform direction and let it dry in a high pony. Naturally… wavy? A loose braid at the top of your head secured into a bun will do it. One braid will give you loosely textured curls, but the more braids you make, the thinner and tighter the curls will get, giving you more volume. When you wake, open all the braids and separate them with your fingers and flip your hair from side to side to help it settle in, and then style it the way you like.
Sounds good to us and results will be consistent but only if you take our advice and sleep on a silk pillowcase. Unlike cotton, it’s extremely gentle on your hair and won’t cause knotting because the glide of its surface allows individual strands of hair to remain separate and that reduces tangles.
That controversary settled, there’s only one thing left to clear: there is no connection between wet hair and common colds. Colds are caused by viruses, so sleeping with wet hair will not give you a cold. It can, however, give you a fungal infection if your pillowcase has fungal growth, so make sure to change your [silk] pillowcase at least once a week.