After a long, stressful day at work, all you want to do is to have a hot shower, change into your pyjamas and then go to bed. At the back of your head, you hear your mom saying, “don’t go to bed with wet hair”. So, you drag your feet out of bed to blow dry your hair.
Is going to bed with wet hair bad for you? Yes, it’s bad, but not for the reasons you think.
When you were younger, your mom would tell you time and time again not to go to bed with wet hair, fearing you’d catch a cold. There is no truth to that. In fact, common colds is caused by viruses, not by hopping to bed with soaking wet hair. This habit does have other consequences, though – hair damage and breakage being one of the major issues.
You see, our hair is at its weakest when it is wet. Your hair becomes more susceptible to breakage as you toss and turn in bed as you sleep. Your strands can get tangled in the process, and those knots can be difficult to untangle without causing breakage.
More damage may occur if you put your hair up into a bun before going to bed. Sure, you may wake up with gorgeous, romantic waves, but it causes your hair to break easily. Sleeping with wet hair doesn’t immediately lead to hair breakage, but if you do this regularly, it will eventually lead to damage and breakage. If you want to keep your hair strong and healthy, make it a habit to dry your hair before going to bed.
Lying in bed with wet hair also encourages fungal and bacterial growth. Your pillowcase gets wet and it soaks deeper into the pillow. This creates the perfect environment for fungi and different forms of bacteria to grow. Considering that most people would stay in bed for about 5 to 8 hours a day, this increases your risk of developing skin infections.
If you really need to get up early the next morning that you don’t have time to dry your hair before bed, consider switching your pillowcase to a silk one. Silk pillow case has a much smoother surface, so it is less likely to damage your hair. Or better yet, damp dry your hair once you get out of the shower. Take as much dampness out of your strands before hitting the sheets.