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Five Ways To Protect Your Hair While You Sleep

We all need a good night’s rest after a long tiring day. But how can you sleep well when you know you’ll be greeted by a tangled mass of bed head as soon as you wake up? Luckily, there are some practical ways to stop your hair from getting messed up while you sleep.

First of all, you need to pay attention to your bedtime hair care routine. Nighttime is a time for repairing, healing and rejuvenation, not only for your mind and body but also for your hair. So, if you want to wake up with fantastic hair, take the following corrective steps to protect your delicate strands while you’re having a good night’s sleep.

Keep It Dry

Remember that hair is weakest when it’s wet. Any tossing and turning while you sleep can cause breakage and split ends, and this effect is magnified when your hair is wet. Rubbing wet hair on the sheets can also make the cuticle rough up, making your hair dry and frizzy.

If you want to shower before bedtime, therefore, make sure to dry your hair before getting into bed. Better still, wash it a few hours before you retire to bed.

Brush Your Hair

One simple way to care for your hair at night is to brush it thoroughly to get rid of tangles. This can also promote a healthier mane by distributing the scalp’s natural oils through the strands. By stimulating the scalp and hair follicles, regular brushing encourages hair growth.

Use a wide-tooth comb or a brush with soft, natural bristles to detangle your hair and remove knots on damp hair. Always be gentle with your strands while detangling and create loose braids to keep your hair in place while you sleep.

Upgrade Your Pillowcases

You might wonder, “How does my pillowcase have anything to do with my hair?” The answer is simple. Your hair rubs against your pillowcase as you move around in your sleep. This friction can result in tangles, knots and even breakage. It happens most often when you have cotton pillowcases which can be rough on your hair.

If you invest in silk or satin pillowcases, your hair will thank you for it, as these fabrics result in less friction on your hair due to their smooth texture. Your hair will glide over silk pillowcases, meaning you’ll be less likely to wake up with a messy bed head or frizz.

Massage Your Scalp

There’s absolutely no need to go to the salon to enjoy a relaxing scalp massage. Although you may not recreate the entire experience at home, giving yourself a scalp massage will still give you the same soothing experience before bedtime.

A scalp massage not only feels good, but it does you good too, especially when added to your nighttime hair care routine. A massage stimulates the oxygen and blood circulation necessary to deliver nutrients to the hair root, which gives your hair a natural growth boost. As with a regular body massage, a scalp massage also has mental benefits. It reduces migraines and headaches, improves your heart rate and helps you sleep better.

You can perform a scalp massage with your hair dry or wet. Doing it before you shampoo in the shower makes it easier to glide your hands around your scalp. You can also use hair oil to help lift sweat and grease.

Don’t Tie Your Hair In A Tight Bun

There are times when it’s better to secure your hair in a topknot to preserve your hairstyle, but you should avoid tying it in a tight ponytail or bun, as it can damage your strands. Using an elastic is not a good idea, either, because it can create awkward hair creases.

If you cannot stand to leave your hair down, consider sleeping with it in braids. This will secure your hair without causing the same level of breakage. It would also help if you didn’t use rubber or metal hair ties but opted for a soft headwrap or silk scrunchie instead.


Getting enough beauty sleep can be tricky enough without worrying about how your hair will look in the morning. Whatever your hair type or style, protecting your hair throughout the night is the key to waking up looking your best. By taking some extra measures before bed, you can ensure that your hair stays luscious, healthy and damage-free.

If you have any problems with your hair, Vinci Hair Clinic is here to help. We specialise in hair restoration and hair loss treatments, so if you’re experiencing excessive shedding, thinning or scalp irritations, you should take advantage of our offer of a free, no-obligation consultation. Get in touch today and start your journey to better hair!