Why You Shouldn’t Leave Your Long Hair Open While Sleeping

Written by Indrani Karmakar  • 

When the length of your hair is short, you enjoy certain privileges like getting away with fewer hair tangles, quicker hair drying, and not stressing about tying your hair before getting into bed. But contrary to that, long hair comes with a long list of responsibilities. You need to oil it, brush it, shampoo it, condition it, and you can’t go to bed with your hair open. While some employ safety measures like silk pillowcases and scarves, most of us are not so particular about these hacks and end up with tangled hair. Here in this article, we have discussed some ways in how long hair is more susceptible to damage if kept open while sleeping. Read on to know them all.

1. You May Wake Up With Tangled Hair


Tossing and turning during the night might cause your hair to become more tangled. The friction created when your hair brushes against the pillowcase is to blame for this. In addition, because of the constant stress, your hair may become weaker and prone to breakage if you sleep in a messy bun every night.

2. It Might Give You Acne

It Might Give You Acne
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It’s best to avoid your hair having direct contact with your face if you have sensitive skin or a history of acne. Hair conditioners and other product residues can build up on your hair and even seep into your pores while you sleep. As a result, your skin may break out or become irritated. In addition, acne may appear everywhere on the body, and some studies have found that keeping hair away from the face when sleeping might reduce the risk of specific skin problems, including acne.

3. It Can Obstruct Your Hair Growth

It Can Obstruct Your Hair Growth
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Tangled hair indicates that the cuticle has been lifted and is staying open. If you’re trying to grow your hair long but have hit a growth plateau, sleeping with a silk pillowcase may help. Make sure you comb your hair thoroughly and tie it in a loose braid. This will keep the movement of your hair to a minimum and help your hair grow healthy and strong.

4. It Can Make Your Hair Frizzy


Sleeping with your hair open can cause your hair to lose moisture and become frizzy, even if you have tried every product on the market to control it. If your hair tends to get frizzy in the mornings, your pillow may be to blame. The more friction your pillow makes on your hair, the more moisture is lost.

5. It Can Lead To Split Ends

It Can Lead To Split Ends
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Having a lot of split ends can make your hair seem unhealthy and uncared for. In addition, the nightly tossing and turning might cause breakage and broken ends if you don’t secure your hair before bed. Your split ends will be easier to manage if you sleep on a silk pillowcase.

6. It Can Affect Your Sleep

It Can Affect Your Sleep
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Having bedhead in the morning isn’t the only downside of sleeping with your hair down. You might get a disturbed sleep if your hair keeps rubbing against your face while in bed. A little brushing and a loose braid are the most excellent hair care routine before bedtime.

How To Protect Your Hair In Your Sleep

How To Protect Your Hair In Your Sleep
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There are several simple techniques to protect your hair from damage while you sleep, and one of them is to avoid sleeping in a tight hairdo. You can try and cover your head with a scarf. And wrapping your hair with a silk or silky scarf can prevent damage to the ends and will not cause your hair to dry out. Next, you can make a knot in your hair and secure it using a scrunchie rather than an elastic or rubber band. Finally, choose a loose braid style. Instead of using a curling iron and risking damage to your hair, braid it before night. Your hair will be out of your face, and you’ll wake up with beachy waves.

Even though it is not recommended to clutch your hair up in a bun when you sleep, leaving it open also pushes your hair toward damage. These tips will help you manage your long hair without fraying it. Long hair needs more nutrition to grow and shine and better pampering. You must regularly comb, condition, and oil your hair to keep the silkiness intact. Also, you need to eat healthily and include proteins, vitamins, and supplements to make sure your hair grows healthy from within. So, what is your secret to maintaining long and gorgeous hair? Let us know in the comments section!

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