Did you know your hair can lose moisture as you sleep? We’ve teamed up with NULASTIN’s Chief Science Officer Felipe Jimenez, PhD., to get these 6 nighttime hair care tips that support healthier, stronger hair while you snooze.
While it’s tempting to stay up for one more chapter or season finale, dedicating yourself to 7-9 hours of sleep every night is necessary for the protein synthesis of hair. While we sleep, we undergo a regenerative process in the body—our cells repair and regenerate, including hair follicles! When we don’t get enough sleep, the production of melatonin decreases, which can result in hair loss. Just a few easy tweaks (and the right products to support your hair) are all it takes to help you wake up to healthier, more manageable hair.
- Avoid Cotton Pillowcases
Cotton pillowcases are known to absorb oil from your hair, which can leave it dry and brittle. If you tend to toss and turn while you sleep, your hair can develop knots against the friction of the pillowcase which can damage hair, cause breakage, and even lead to hair loss. Swap out cotton for a silk pillowcase, instead. The smooth texture causes less friction for fewer tangles, knots, and breakage.
- Regulate the Temp
Too much air conditioning can cause hair to lose moisture. The same is true for heat! This is because air conditioners suck the humidity out of the air as well as your body which dehydrates hair and causes breakage. Dry, damaged hair can lead to a lack of nutrients and can ultimately hair loss. We suggest putting a humidifier in your room and maintaining a temperature somewhere between 68° and 72° to keep your hair from drying out.
“Many people don’t realize that not drinking enough water during the day and before going to bed can actually cause hair to dehydrate.”
- Stay Hydrated
The reasons to stay hydrated during the day are endless. But one factor we rarely think about is the nourishment water provides for our hair. Water hydrates your hair as much as it does your skin. It provides essential minerals to your follicles, creating the perfect environment for long, healthy locks. Prevent hair loss by staying hydrated during the day and giving your hair the foundation to regenerate while you sleep.
- Snooze without Hairspray
Similar to wearing makeup to bed, hairspray can also have a negative effect on hair. It’s designed to dry out hair and cause breakage due to its volatile ingredients, like propellants and alcohol. Wearing styling products during the day is fine, but leaving hairspray on overnight can cause your hair to dehydrate – leading to knots when you move around (and ultimately breakage).
- Be Sure to Brush
Brushing your hair before bed has multiple benefits. It detangles hair, which prevents knots from forming in the first place. It also helps to distribute those good-for-you oils from the roots to the tips of your hair. Brushing stimulates scalp growth and removes dead skin cells while increasing blood flow so follicles can continue working to produce healthy, strong hair.
“Over blow-drying hair prior to sleeping is not recommended because blow-dryers can lead to the loss of beneficial moisture compounds in the hair. For the best balance, gently towel dry before reaching for the blow-dryer and stop before your hair feels completely dry to the touch.”
- Balance Your Blow Drying
When it comes to drying your hair before bed, there’s a fine line you should walk. Going to bed with a wet head tends to cause more tangles and contribute to breakage because hair is more fragile when wet. On the other hand, over blow-drying hair can also dehydrate hair right before you hit the pillow. The perfect formula is to gently blow hair dry on cool without styling it.
Whether it’s dry air or hot tools, there are tons of outside stressors that can negatively impact our hair health. These tips make it easy to set your hair up for success. From drinking enough water and brushing hair to a simple swap of the pillowcase, these tips are an easy way to help hair repair itself while you sleep.
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