You’ve probably heard many times by now that you should never eat before getting into the pool water. If so, then maybe you have also been told that you will get sick if you sleep with him wet hair.
Since you have not been given proof that this is real, you have surely ignored it. But could this be dangerous for you? Read on to find out.
Why do people go to bed with wet hair?
It has happened to all of us. You have to leave the house the next day early in the morning. But you haven’t had time to shower and fix your hair. You still have dinner to cook and the kids to sleep, so you save the hair for later.
You wash your hair, but you skip drying because you don’t want to wake up your kids or just because you’re already too tired. But nothing happens, because you can let it dry while you sleep and there will be no problem right?
You wake up, you see your hair, and you wonder why it looks like you’ve been electrocuted, but you don’t have time to wash it again. That will have to suffice.
While leaving your hair washed for the night before may seem like the best option, there are hidden dangers that you probably don’t know!
Why you should never go to bed with wet hair
1. It could mistreat and break hair
Hair is weakest when wet, so it’s no big surprise to hear that it will mistreat it a lot if you leave it wet. When you are going round and round while you sleep, the friction will cause the hair break more easily than if it were dry.
2. It will make you feel cold
If you sleep in an air-conditioned room or it’s the middle of winter, sleeping with wet hair will make you feel much colder.
Stop those chills by drying your hair before bed. And for an even more pleasant night, you can even tumble dry your socks, pajamas and sheets to make them nice and comfortable.
3. You will spend more time combing your hair
As your hair dries, it is set in place. When you sleep, your hair twists into all sorts of weird positions, and furthermore, if it dries out in your sleep, it will also set that way.
Normally, the most affected parts are the crown and ends of your hair. The only way to soften your hair is to spend a lot of time trying to reshape it, whether that’s re-wetting it, using heat tools, or smothering it with sprays and gels. And this is not exactly the natural option you were looking for.
4. Affects your immune system
The old saying that you will get sick from sleeping with wet hair is not entirely true: you can’t get a virus just from having wet hair.
That said, sleeping with wet hair can. weaken your immune system, which makes you more likely to get a cold or flu virus.
5. Promotes the growth of bacteria
If there is one thing we all know, it is that the combination of water and heat equals one rapid growth of bacteria. Think how many bacteria will grow on your pillow if you sleep with wet hair! Your head’s heat and humidity will make your pillow the perfect environment for harmful bacteria and mold to thrive.
6. Produces dandruff
The heat of your head and the humidity of your hair will cause bacteria and fungi to multiply both on your scalp and on your pillow. Sleeping with damp hair also removes the natural oils from your hair, as the pillow fabric easily absorbs them along with excess moisture.
The combination of bacteria growth and the loss of natural oils will make your scalp more prone to dandruff.
7. Makes your hair dull
When the fabric of the pillow absorbs the water from your hair, it also absorbs its natural oils. Your hair will look much duller and dehydrated without these oils.
Dehydrated hair is also much more likely to break. Remember that there is a big difference between hair that is dry to the touch and hair dehydrated from natural oils.
8. May cause hair loss
Can you believe this? Lying down with wet hair can lead to hair loss and, more specifically, ringworm of the scalp. Ringworm of the scalp is a type of fungal infection, caused by hot, humid conditions.
It is very contagious, so be careful and make sure to wash anything that has been in contact with your scalp.
9. Promotes acne
If your pillow is full of bacteria, you are likely to experience an acne breakout soon. Your skin will thank you for drying your hair before bed.
What can you do about this problem
Sleeping with wet hair can cut some ends, but to avoid any of the above problems, here is what you can do:
- Wash your hair earlier in the evening; This will allow it to air dry before you go to bed, thus avoiding wetting the pillow.
- Sleep with a silk pillowcase; This will reduce friction and prevent hair breakage.
- Dry your hair with a t-shirt; this will cause less damage than a normal towel or prolonged use of a blow dryer.
- Apply a leave-in conditioner to strengthen your hair.
- Never sleep with wet hair if you have hair extensions, as they will tangle.
- If you sleep with wet hair, consider placing a waterproof pillow on top of your pillow and change the fabric covers every other day.