Your sleeping habits could be destroying your hair and scalp health!!
We all hear about the damage that chemicals and heat can do to your hair, but did you know that the next contributor to hair and scalp damage happens while you sleep.
I know you're thinking there is no way! But if you're suffering from any of the following, then chances are it's from sleeping:
• Frizzy hair
• Knotty hair
• Dry hair
• Split ends
• Itchy scalp
• Flakey scalp
• Smelly scalp
• Clumps of dandruff
So how could this be you ask?
Lets start from the beginning... Your pillow.
You pillow can be causing your hair to be dry and frizzy, being fabric it absorbs the natural oils from your hair as well as any moisturisers you put in, so it is important to replenish the moisture daily, and dry hair usually presents itself as frizzy.
Frizz, knots and split ends, amongst other things are a result of friction, ie, your hair rubbing on your pillow. The constant friction between your hair and your pillow creates a rough surface on your hair shaft (cuticle layer), this rough surface get caught on another resulting in knots, and with enough friction the hair shaft then begins to split. This is more commonly seen in finer hair but absolutely possible in all hair types.
Plaiting or putting your hair up and using a silk pillow case will go a long way to minimising friction.
Now for the easiest fix to the most embarrassing problems, itchy, flakey, smelly scalp and clumps of dandruff...
The most common cause of these scalp issues is a fungus overgrowth, (you can read more about it here) and yeast grows in dark, damp, warm spaces, to prevent this from happening is to stop going to bed with wet hair.
Yes there may be other underlying causes, but this is the most common that we encounter.
Think about it for a moment... you go to bed with wet or damp hair for 8ish hours (depends on how long you sleep), this is an ideal space and time for bacteria to start growing and before you know it you wake up itchy or worse your hair is still damp near the scalp, the itching continues, the flakiness starts and the best you can do is tie your hair up hoping no one notices, but your hair is still damp, you scalp has no fresh air to breathe and so it continues!
For help in resolving these scalp issues when they arise check out this article, but more importantly, don't go to bed with wet/damp hair.
So for best hair and scalp results try the following;
• Moisturise daily,
• Do you hair up and use a silk pillow case, and
• Make sure your hair is completely dry before going to bed.
This article is only for informative purposes. This article is not intended to be a medical advise and it is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your doctor for your medical concerns. Please follow any tip given in this article only after consulting your doctor. The author is not liable for any outcome or damage resulting from information obtained from this article.