FOR most of us washing our hair before bed is a given.
There’s nothing like hopping into a warm shower, massaging your tresses and hitting the hay straight away.
Plus, who can be bothered to wash and blow-dry their hair before the sun comes up?
However, you might want to start rethinking your lazy hair routine, as it could be damaging your precious locks.
Not only that but sleeping with wet hair “could contribute to an overgrowth in fungus” erm, yuck.
Speaking to Cosmopolitan, Consultant Trichologist – Sally-Ann Travers – at The Cotswold Trichology Centre & Theradome revealed all.
She said: “The main issue with going to bed with wet hair is that the cuticle (outer layer) of the hair is more raised when wet – which is why often some women find their hair is impossibly knotty when wet but not so when dry.
“Sleeping with wet hair could cause it to tangle more particularly if you move a lot in your sleep and come morning, it could be difficult to comb through. There is also the fact that as your hair dries in the night, kinks and shape will set into it as it dries, who knows what you may wake up looking like in the morning!”
Sally suggests doing the following if you’re struggling to fit a hair wash into your morning.
She said: “You can still wash your hair at night, but either dry it before getting in bed, or loosely braid it.
“This will prevent it knotting and becoming tangled as you sleep and when you take it out in the morning your hair will have soft waves.”
Not only that but going to bed with wet hair could contribute to an overgrowth in fungus, breathing issues rhinitis and allergies.
Sally explained: “Fungus likes moist warm conditions to grow and consistently sleeping with wet hair could contribute to an overgrowth in fungus or scalp ‘yeast’, potentially leading to scalp problems or dandruff.
“Spores could also develop in your pillow due to the same damp warm conditions, which could contribute to breathing issues, rhinitis and allergies.”
Somebody pass us a hairdryer!
Article Credit: Megan Nisbet