There’s nothing like a warm bath or shower after a long day. You come out feeling relieved and fresh. Right after that, you just feel like collapsing on your bed and sleeping off the next few hundred years. But with your hair all wet? You might want to rethink that. Sleeping with wet hair might be pretty usual for some, but I bet you didn’t know about all these cons that come with it.
It’s Called a Common Cold
You’ve probably heard it before when you were younger. Either your mom, your aunt or your grandmother told you that sleeping with wet hair causes the common cold. But that’s not necessarily true. Studies have not yet proven the direct link between common colds and damp hair. So it’s time to bust this myth. It’s not your sleeping habit that causes the cold, but viruses. Low temperature and moisture don’t help either.
To prove this, Ron Eccles conducted a research experiment, involving a group of people who were asked to submerge their feet in cold water, and another who was asked to replicate the same process, except with socks and shoes on. The result? Most of the first group reported back, saying that they experienced symptoms of the common cold.
Okay, we know that the study didn’t involve wet hair, but it did give evidence to the fact that moisture and temperature affect your health. Our advice? As they say, caution is better than cure. And it is still so with your hair.
Just in Case
The fact is, your pillowcase doesn’t only accommodate your comfortable pillow, it’s also home to bacteria. These germs come from the dirt, debris and residual makeup that you may not know you’re with, that is unless you wash your pillowcase every day.
Sleeping is wet hair is the perfect formula for a wild germ party. Why? Here’s the equation: moisture from your damp hair + heat from your head = the ideal environment for bacteria and fungi.
But if you absolutely can’t help it, we recommend using a satin pillowcase, instead of a cotton one, or wrap your head in silk wrap.
You know what a total nightmare is? Bedhead, that’s what. Regularly sleeping with wet hair will guarantee you a bad hair day on a daily basis. Fun fact: your hair is weakest when it’s wet. Its breakage is also a result of sleeping with a cotton pillowcase.
Aside from the things discussed earlier, your scalp can also be deeply affected, causing dandruff and ringworms. Wet pillowcases only encourage the growth of fungal infections that cause dandruff. Even with dandruff-purging products, it’s still difficult to get rid off. And it doesn’t stop there because it can also lead to other problems, such as acne, damaged hair, etc.
Another thing caused by fungal infection are ringworms. These are extremely dangerous as they can create bald patches and even extreme hair loss, if not appropriately treated. They are also highly contagious.
The Running Late State
Almost every girl has this dilemma every morning: waking up early in the morning to figure out how to style your hair and what to wear. Your morning routine probably consists of stressful minutes trying to recomb your hair after waking up. If only your hair alone already takes forever to style in the morning, imagine how it would be with all the effects of wet bedhead.
We know, we know. Maybe the temptation to continue sleeping with wet hair is too strong. That’s why we listed some of the probable reasons for this sleeping habit along with tips that could help you.
A Hard Day’s Night
It may be a hard day’s night, and you probably have been working like a dog, and all you want to do is sleep like a log, after that relaxing shower. But let us tell you: it only takes more or less 10 minutes to dry your hair off. Might as well spread a little more time, right?
Long Hair Scare
The problem with long hair is that it takes longer to dry. Because of this, most girls are tempted just to proceed to get some shuteye.
Or maybe you’re a bit too used to blow-drying your hair, so you don’t even bother waiting for your hair to dry when there’s no occasion.
You know what could help? Silk or satin pillowcases. Unknown to most people are the benefits they have on your skin and hair. For one thing, they lessen the amount of hair breakage and split ends because they reduce friction. Also, aside from providing a luxurious touch to your bed, they reduce the likelihood of wrinkles.
The Short Sport
If you’re stressing out over your long hair, then maybe it’s time to get a haircut, Rapunzel. A cute bob or pixie cut takes less time to dry and style, perfect for girls who don’t like spending too much time on their hair.
A Change in Routine
You know, instead of washing your hair at night, why not take a shower it in the morning? That way, you’ll feel refreshed and energised before you go to work or school. Colder temperatures at night make showers difficult anyway.
All About the Habit
The key is discipline. Even the little things in life require us to sacrifice a little and keep up our habits. One thing that could help you is to find the perks that come with doing things right. Keep your hair-dryer near your bathroom mirror. That way, every time you go out of the shower, you’ll immediately remember to dry your hair.
Put A Scarf on it!
If you really can’t avoid it, silk scarves can help you avoid all the trouble. When it’s time to take a rest, wrap your hair in the scarf and voila!
Also, hair care doesn’t stop there. Take advantage of your wet hair and apply leave-on conditioners, or mousses, creams, etc. for extra gorgeous hair. You could also the magic of argan oil. With its oily texture and its quick absorption, it nourishes your hair and reduces the frizz.