Why Going to Bed With Wet Hair Is a Bad Idea

Nov 12, 2022

We’ve all been guilty of it at one point or another. 

You’re tired, you just want to jump into bed, and you can’t be bothered to wait for your hair to dry properly. So you just give it a quick towel-dry, brush it out, and hope for the best. 

Bad idea. Going to bed with wet hair can have some serious consequences, both for your hair and your health. 

The Dangers of Going to Bed With Wet Hair 

A few different dangers are associated with going to bed with wet hair. And if you happen to share a pillow with someone, you could be giving them a nasty infection. 

You’ll Wake Up With a Headache 

If you go to bed with wet hair, you’re more likely to wake up with a headache. 

That’s because to avoid sleeping on something that feels wet, your head bends in awkward positions that can strain your neck and head muscles. 

This strain can lead to tension headaches or migraines. If you are already suffering from headaches or migraines, wet hair can make them worse.

To avoid waking up with a headache, ensure your hair is dry before hitting the pillow.

Wet Hair is More Susceptible to Breakage

Sleeping with wet hair can also damage your locks. 

When your hair is wet, it’s more fragile and more likely to break. And when you toss and turn during the night, you’re putting even more stress on your strands. 

Over time, this can lead to split ends, thinning hair, and baldness. If you want to keep your hair looking its best, dry it off before bedtime.

An Ideal Environment for Bacteria and Fungus

Bacteria and fungi thrive in damp environments. 

And your wet hair provides the ideal environment for bacteria and fungi to grow. You invite these organisms to grow on your scalp when you sleep with damp hair, which can lead to infection, dandruff, and other scalp problems.

Finally, if you suffer from allergies or asthma, going to bed with wet hair can worsen your symptoms. That’s because damp hair provides the perfect environment for mold spores and dust mites to thrive—both of which can trigger allergies and asthma attacks.

Wet Hair Creates Frizz 

Frizz is when your hair becomes uncontrollable and poofy. Several different things can cause it, but the main one is moisture. 

When your hair is wet, the strands swell and get closer together. If you go to bed with wet hair, that moisture will evaporate, and the strands will separate, which causes frizz.

Wet Hair Can Cause Your Hair to Become Oily and Gritty

Going to bed with wet hair can make your hair look greasy when you wake up in the morning. 

This is because your hair produces an oil called sebum that coats your strands. If you don’t have time to dry your hair properly before bed, this sebum will stay on your strands and make them look greasy. 

How to Avoid Going To Bed With Wet Hair 

Now that we know why going to bed with wet hair is a bad idea, let’s talk about how we can avoid doing it in the first place. The best way to avoid going to bed with damp locks is by giving yourself enough time to dry your hair completely before hitting the hay. 

Depending on the length and thickness of your hair, this could take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour—but trust us, it’s worth it! 

Final Thoughts

So there you have it—all the reasons why you should never go to bed with wet hair. 

Not only could doing so make you sick or damage your locks, but it could also lead to a restless night’s sleep. So, think again the next time you’re tired and tempted to just hit the hay without drying your hair first! 

Your health (and beauty) will thank you for taking the extra few minutes to blow dry before snuggling under the covers.

At Savile Row Salon, we offer a wide range of services to help you achieve healthy, beautiful hair. From haircuts and color treatments to deep conditioning, we can help you get the look you want from haircuts and color treatments to deep conditioning.

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