Bed head is real thing. But it’s more serious than just waking up looking like an extra from Monsters, Inc. Our strands can really become damaged if we don’t take the necessary steps to make sure we protect our hair for sleep. Here’s 3 easy steps that will take you under 2 minutes!
When hair is properly conditioned, it’s less likely to get tangled and break off. We often moisturize our face and hands before bed religiously, but it’s just as important to make sure we moisturize our strands as well. You can spritz it with water (yes, water is considered a moisturizer) or you can use a light leave-in or oil. Concentrate most of your efforts on the ends of your hair. Even if you plan to wash your hair in the morning, allowing your hair to drink up some moisture overnight will keep it from becoming too dry and brittle when using shampoo.
2. Protective Style
Once you moisturize your hair, choose a loose, comfortable style that will help to lock the moisture in. A soft top knot, loose braid, or wearing a bonnet will do the trick. Wearing your hair down to bed isn’t always a good idea because it can easily get snagged on your sheets, blankets, or pj’s, especially if you’re a wild sleeper.
3. Sleep on satin or silk
Cotton is breathable but it has a tendency to strip moisture and be easily snaggable. Sleeping on silk or satin is a fool-proof way to protect both your hair and skin over night. You can find satin pillow cases at Wal-Mart, Target, a beauty supply store, or even on Amazon for very reasonable prices. Even after a few nights, you’ll be able to see noticeable chances in the condition of your hair and skin.
What a difference 2 minutes every night makes, huh?! After about 2-3 weeks you’ll be able to notice that your hair is a lot more manageable, softer, and shinier. In 1 – 2 months you’ll begin to notice that your hair is retaining more of it’s length.
What other “before bed” habits do you have? Let us know!
Written by: Constance D. Gordon, Brav Salon manager