Experts note that sleeping with wet hair can damage their condition. “Wet hair is much more brittle than dried hair, so rubbing it with bedding can cause a fracture at the root, which encourages split ends. In the long run, this can reduce the elasticity and shine of the hair," warns Agnė Pociūtė, a pharmacist at Eurovaistinė.
For those looking for ways to take care of their hair, the pharmacist advises using coconut oil (not recommended for people with seborrheic dermatitis) or a conditioner to lubricate wet hair before bed. This helps close the hair cuticle and reduce friction, protecting the hair from mechanical damage.
Pociūtė points out that sleeping with wet hair can cause other problems as well. Moisture from the hair is absorbed into the deeper layers of the pillow and creates a favorable environment for fungus to accumulate. This increases the risk of rosacea, seborrheic, and atopic dermatitis, and may cause dandruff.
To prevent skin irritation, wash pillowcases in hot water once a week.
Don't wrap wet hair in a towel.
After taking a shower, twisting your tresses into a towel may be convenient, but it can damage the condition of your hair.
The pharmacist emphasizes that wet hair is particularly sensitive to damage, so it should be handled very gently. Pociūtė recommends that after washing the hair, only lightly dry using a cotton towel. Do not rub or wrap it, thus protecting your locks from structural changes.
Never go out with wet hair.
Perhaps many have heard warnings from loved ones that going outside with wet hair can lead to illness, especially in cold weather. Pociūtė says it's a mistake to think that wet hair in itself can cause a cold. However, this can certainly increase your risk of catching something.
"Wet hair can weaken the immune system. The body becomes less resistant to viruses and bacteria, but wet hair alone is not the cause of sickness," comments Pociūtė.
Keep hot styling hools away from wet hair.
If you are afraid to go outside with wet hair, you usually resort to a hair dryer. However, this, too, can have side effects on the hair. "Frequent use of a hair dryer can not only dry out the hair and thus reduce its shine, but also structurally damage the condition of the hair," says Pociūtė.
If it’s hard to imagine a daily routine without hair drying, it’s important to follow expert recommendations that can help reduce hair damage. The pharmacist advises you to dry your hair by holding the dryer at a distance of about 15 cm from the hair and moving it constantly. If possible, she advises avoiding hot air currents and using hot tools as infrequently as possible.