How To Prep Your Hair For Bed
Believe it or not, the way you wear your hair to bed could make a big difference to its overall health. You spend half your life asleep and if you’re tossing and turning then you’ll be putting a lot of stress on your strands. That’s why it’s so important to prep it properly for bed, because not only will you wake up with great hair, but it’ll be a lot healthier in the long run.
Most of these tips are really simple and there’s nothing that can’t be easily incorporated into your routine. However, if you’re someone who rolls into bed with wet hair a lot, then this might come as a shock. Here’s what you need to do…
It’s really important to remove all the tangles from your hair before going to sleep. Not only will this help to reduce breakage, but you’ll also be distributing the natural oils from your scalp down the lengths of your hair. They’ll then nourish your strands as you sleep and as you’ve pulled them away from your roots you should wake up with fresher hair too. We’d also recommend using a boar bristle brush for this as it’s a natural product so it’ll really help to pick up the excess oil.
Apply An Oil or Serum
It’s such a good idea to apply a little bit of oil or hair serum on the ends of your hair every night. Your ends take most of the strain from styling and as it’s older hair, it tends to be drier and more prone to damage. You don’t need to use a lot, but make sure to really work it in and you’ll see a big difference. We particularly love the OUAI Hair Oil as it’s really lightweight, has a gorgeous scent and will seal the hydration into your hair.
Avoid A Tight Bun Or Pony
Putting loads of tension on your hair could cause breakage as you’re tossing and turning in your sleep. This is why it’s important to avoid a high, tight bun or ponytail and instead go for something loose which will allow your hair to move. Tight hairstyles can even lead to traction alopecia around your hairline as your hair is getting constantly pulled. If you’re noticing lots of shorter pieces around your hairline then you’ll definitely want to make the switch!
Invest In A Silk Pillowcase
Cotton sucks up moisture and has quite a rough surface that can really dry out and damage your hair. This is why silk pillowcases are becoming more and more popular, as they’re less drying and a lot softer on your strands too. They help to prevent an oily scalp, keep your hair frizz-free and will make it way easier for you to preserve a hairstyle. They’re also great for your skin so it’s really worth investing in.
If you’re going to put your hair in a low bun or braid then we’d recommend tying it with a scrunchie rather than an elastic. These are way more gentle on your hair and won’t pull or snap your strands either. They’re also a lot more comfortable to sleep on and you can pick up a silk version if you want something really hair healthy.
A Silk Turban
This is a great alternative for the silk pillowcase, especially if you’re travelling! A silk turban will protect your hair while encouraging your natural oils to distribute over your strands and hydrate them while you sleep. They’re also great for holding onto curls as they’ll help to hold your hair in position as you sleep.
Avoid Going To Bed With Wet Hair
Your hair is much weaker when it’s wet so by going to bed with wet hair you’ll likely cause a lot of breakage. It’ll also create more bacteria on your pillow which can lead to breakouts, an oily scalp and dandruff. This is why it’s so important to have your hair routine down so that you can avoid this and to make sure you’re hair is completely dry before hitting the hay.
The Best Hairstyles To Wear To Bed?
A Low Pony
This is perfect as it’s holding your hair back but it’s not tight or causing any tension. This is especially good for anyone with lots of breakage around their hairline as it’ll help it to rebuild over time.
A Low Bun
This is exactly the same as the low pony, you’re just pulling your hair into a loop. This is great for anyone with super long hair or who wants to keep it all back while they’re sleeping.
A High Bun
Ok, so I know we said to wear your hair low but this is actually a great hack for waking up with really gorgeous waves. You just need to twist your hair into a very high bun and secure it with a scrunchie. In the morning you’ll have effortless waves and loads of extra volume. You can also do the same thing at the nape of your neck to create some sleeker waves.
A Low Braid
We recommend this hairstyle for anyone who wants to preserve their curls for the morning after. Provided that your braid and the scrunchie are quite loose, you should be able to keep the shape of your waves for the next day.
Double Dutch Braids
If you want some extra texture in your hair then this is a great way to create crimped style waves while you’re sleeping. We recommend braiding all the way down to the ends of your hair and then twisting the two end up into a bun and securing them with a scrunchie.