Poor health of the hair is immediately reflected in their appearance: their ends are split, the strands seem dull, lifeless, and begin to fall out. Whatever the problem with hair, it is often caused by improper hair care. Some habitual actions before going to bed can negatively affect the condition of the hair.
1. Sleep with wet hair
Many people choose to wash their hair at the end of the day as it saves time in the morning. However, experts recommend going to bed with well-dried strands. Wet hair is much more fragile. During sleep, they interact with bedding, which can cause them to break and fall out. In addition, sleeping with such strands makes the pillow damp and warm, which in turn can stimulate the formation of dandruff. Hair can be blow-dryed or brushed with a moisture-absorbing microfiber bristle hair brush.
2. Hot shower
A warm evening shower after a hard day’s work relaxes well and has a beneficial effect on sleep. However, excessively hot water can be harmful to the hair. It washes away natural sebum from the surface of the head, increasing the vulnerability of the roots of the strands. After that, the hair becomes dry and brittle, breaks more often and falls out. Therefore, it is better to take a shower with warm water no higher than 30–35 C.
It is recommended to rinse the strands with cool water in order to better retain moisture inside the hair. So they will look shiny and healthy longer. After showering, dry your hair with a soft towel without rubbing too much. If possible, it is best to let them dry naturally.
3. Cotton pillow
The material of the pillowcase also has an impact on the health of the hair. For example, sleeping on a cotton pillowcase can cause hair tangles and tangles in fabric fibers. For those who have dry and brittle hair, it is better to abandon cotton pillowcases in favor of silk or satin ones. They cause less friction, and in the morning the strands will not look tangled and loose. In addition, this type of material helps the hair retain natural oils, which is important for people with dry or curly hair.
4. One pillow for several months
Proper hygiene is important for maintaining healthy hair. If bed linen is changed less than one week, then it will negatively affect the condition of the hair. Within a few days, particles of sebum and dirt gradually accumulate on the surface of the pillowcase, which provokes the development of bacteria. Sleeping on a dirty pillow for a long time can lead to clogged hair follicles and hair loss. Experts advise washing and changing pillowcases once or twice a week, especially if your hair is oily.
5. Twisting the tips
While reading a book, watching TV or texting on a smartphone, some people enjoy twisting and pulling strands of hair. This habit is costly to the hair and leads to hair loss. To get rid of addiction, it is better to keep your hands busy, and collect your hair or do your hair. In addition, it is important to control the level of stress. People who are prone to anxiety and nervousness are more likely than others to “play” with their hair, unknowingly harming them.
6. Wrong combing
Combing must be included in daily hair care. This helps distribute natural sebum evenly throughout the hair, moisturizing and protecting it. After exposure to the comb, the hair follicles are activated, which promotes hair growth. A nice bonus of combing is relaxation, relaxation of the nervous system and mood for a sound sleep.
It is important to remember that combing wet or damp hair can seriously damage it, as can excessive, aggressive brushing. Such care quickly leads to brittle strands and their loss. Before going to bed, it is recommended to use a wide-angle comb that will not pull hard on the hair.
7. Hard laying
The habit of falling asleep with a tight tail, a bun, a “shell” on your hair should be abandoned as soon as possible. Rigid styling at night damages the hair. Because of them, the strands experience prolonged stress and tension in the root area, which leads to their breakage and subsequent loss. If it is difficult to leave hair during sleep without a hairstyle, then it is better to braid braids. In addition, the next morning, the untwisted strands will acquire beautiful, light waves.
8. Poor maintenance of long hair
Long hair (below the shoulders) to leave uncollected before going to bed is also harmful. Sebum and styling product particles will have a damaging effect on the skin. Therefore, it is better to comb and braid long hair or tie it into a soft tail or bun, without tightening it at the roots. In addition, long loose hair is more likely to pollute the pillowcase, and it will have to be changed almost daily.
Wrapping wet hair in a towel after a shower or bath is a common procedure for many. However, going to bed with a turban on your head is harmful. Wet hair is more susceptible to stretching and breaks faster. A tight towel twists the strands, causing tension in the root area and hair loss. Sleeping with damp hair wrapped in a towel also increases the risk of fungal infections or dandruff. After washing the strands, pat them dry with a soft towel and let them dry before going to bed.
10. No mask for dry hair
Many people who have dry hair forget about important hair treatments before bed. Evening oil massage has a very beneficial effect on the condition of dry and brittle hair. This is an easy way to add some needed moisture to dry strands. Such care will help increase the volume of hair and improve their health.
You need to take some heated oil (olive, almond, coconut, burdock) and run through the hair from roots to ends, gently massaging the scalp to improve blood circulation. If necessary, if the hair is very sick, the oil mask can be left overnight, protecting the strands with a shower cap. In the morning, the remaining oil is washed off in the shower with shampoo. Applying a warm oil mask before bed can help you relax and fall asleep.