In the modern rhythm of life, it is difficult to manage everything. Even simple things like drying your hair after a shower. If Sleeping With Wet Hair: what are the consequences?
According to many doctors, if you sleep with the window closed: the room is warm, and the scalp is not much cooled from under the hair. Therefore, the likelihood of getting sick in this way is reduced. But with an open window, the chances increase: at night the temperature drops significantly and you can get sick.
Lovers of fresh air are advised to wrap their damp hair with a towel to keep them warm.
Fungal infections of the scalp
The combination of warm bedding and wet hair creates an ideal environment for the propagation of fungi. Mushrooms of the species Malassezia are transmitted from animals to humans. Such an infection can lead to dandruff or dermatitis.
Together with the fungus naturally present on the scalp, pillows become the focus of infection. According to studies of fungal formations, from 4 to 16 species live on pillows.
It is very important to maintain the hygiene of the bed:
- change the sheet, pillowcase and duvet cover at least every 2 weeks;
- regularly set pillows to dry: sunlight kills bacteria;
- regularly clean the mattress with steam;
- use sheets made of natural fabrics (harmlessly absorbing sweat and epidermis residues).
Pain in the neck from wet hair
With long hair, the likelihood of neck pain is very high. If wet hair touches the neck and upper back, the coolness emanating from them causes muscle tension. Therefore, it is worth tying long wet hair in the tail before bedtime so that they do not touch the sensitive muscles of the back.
Haircare after wash and how to sleeping with wet hair
If you cannot completely dry your hair before bedtime, here’s what you need to do:
- Braid. This protects them from excessive friction, and also creates beautiful waves. But you can’t tie them too tight with an elastic band since wet hair is very fragile.
- Apply coconut oil. Coconut oil protects wet hair from breakage. A wet hair cuticle absorbs water and swells, making hair vulnerable. Oil reduces the amount of absorbed water. However, its use is not recommended for seborrhea (increased sebum secretion).
- Use a hair conditioner. The conditioner helps to seal the hair cuticle, reduce friction, and make the hair more elastic. Dyed or chemically treated hair can benefit even more from applying conditioner.
- Use a silk pillowcase. Silk pillowcases prevent the growth of fungi and provide a surface without friction. Due to the friction of the hair on the pillow, split ends occur. Since this lasts all night, mechanical damage weakens the effect of the interfiber substance.