7 Ways To Protect Your Hair While You're Sleeping To Avoid Unnecessary Breakage

If you have color-treated, dry, or damaged hair, you probably take extra special caution to make sure you don't get any breakage. Using heat protectants, avoiding heat in general, and using scrunchies instead of elastic are all great, but there's even more you could be doing. There are plenty of ways to protect your hair while you're sleeping, because all that tossing and turning and whatever else goes on when you're in your deep slumber can totally cause you more damage without you even realizing it. Yikes!

Even though sleeping seems peaceful enough, you don't totally know what goes on when you shut your eyes and fall asleep. You could be tossing and turning and unintentionally pulling or creating friction on your hair, or you could make a habit of going to bed with your hair up, and the elastic tied in your hair for eight plus hours could also cause breakage. If you take good care of your hair in your day-to-day life, you might as well make sure it's protected while you're asleep, too. I mean, you don't want to negate all the good things you're doing to care for it every day with a rough night of sleeping.

If you have damaged hair, or just want to make sure your hair stays as healthy and strong as possible, try these seven ways to help protect your hair while you're sleeping.

1. Dry Your Hair Before Bed

Your hair is its weakest when it's wet, so by sleeping on wet hair, it makes it even more susceptible to breakage. Make sure your hair is dry before you fall asleep.

2. Never Sleep With It Tied Up

You might think you're protecting your hair by not rolling around with it down, but tension from a hair tie and too high of a ponytail/bun left in for several hours can definitely damage and break your hair. Instead, sleep with it down, or if you have to tie it back, go low with a ponytail or loose braid at the nape of your neck.

3. Sleep On Silk Pillowcases

Silk (or satin) is far more gentle on your hair and will help reduce breakage.

4. Use A Scrunchie

Goody Scrunchies, $10, Amazon

If you're going to pull your hair back into a ponytail or braid, do not secure it with an elastic. Instead, use a soft scrunchie.

5. Brush Before Bed

Don't go to bed with tons of tangles in your hair that could only get worse while you're tossing in the night. Instead, brush your hair before bed so that you're tangle-free.

6. Use A Silk Scarf

If you want your hair off your face, you can wrap it in a silk scarf. It's like sleeping on a silk pillowcase, but it will keep your hair back without having to tie it up in an elastic. This tutorial will teach you how.

7. Apply A Treatment

Moroccan Oil , $17, Amazon

Apply an oil treatment to the ends of your hair to help condition and hydrate while you sleep. Though since your hair is weak when it's wet, apply it to dry hair, then wash and go in the morning.

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