Every girl cares about the way her hair looks, and this is explained by the fact that hair is an important part of our identity. And while we can spend a fortune on different hair products to look beautiful, we should pay closer attention to certain things that are a part of our daily routine that could be causing real harm to our hair.
Bright Side has learned that sleeping with a ponytail is one of these aforementioned harmful things and we have an explanation for it in this article. Additionally, you’ll get some cool tips on how to take care of your hair as a bonus feature at the end.
It can cause hair loss.
Wearing a ponytail puts pressure on the root of your hair, and it becomes even worse when you sleep because you move your head around. This, as the American Academy of Dermatology claims, can cause strands of your hair to break or fall out.
It could change the look of your hair.
Apparently, as a result of this loss of hair, there could be noticeable thinning, especially around your hairline. This is because the ponytail elastic creates friction while you sleep, and tight hairstyles like this one could lead to hair breakage. This may make your strands frizzy, dry, and damaged.
But if you stop sleeping with a ponytail, your hair will look as good as before overtime.
It could even lead to a medical condition called alopecia.
Alopecia is a condition where hair is lost from all or some parts of the body. Constant pulling can cause this since it can damage your hair follicles. And according to the British Association of Dermatologists, this has the potential to lead to the development of bald patches.
Bonus: what you can do instead to have healthy hair
- Let your hair fly free or go with a loose braid, and it can even improve the way they look.
- Go to sleep with dry hair. It’s at its most delicate and vulnerable while it’s wet, so it can be easily damaged.
- Chose the right pillowcase. Silk pillowcases will allow your hair to glide around with ease, thus causing absolutely no tension or breakage.
- Keep moisture in the bedroom. Dry air can make your hair dry too, so use a humidifier to protect it.
What are your secrets to keeping your hair healthy and beautiful?
The most noticeable and upsetting result of sleeping in a ponytail is a specific form of hair loss called traction alopecia.
When you wear your hair in a tight hairstyle like a ponytail or tight braids, it puts tension on your hair. Sleep makes it even worse because your hair pulls as you move your head around.
Over time that tension damages your hair follicle and it stops producing hair. The result is a noticeable thinning, especially around your hairline.
The good news is that if you stop this habit early enough, the hair can regrow. If you keep up the tension for too long it can become permanent, though, so now is the time to change your habits.
If you haven’t started seeing hair loss yet, you have a chance to stop it before it starts. Give your hair a break and let it loose while you sleep.
In addition to traction alopecia, you put your hair at risk for breakage if you sleep in a ponytail.
The ponytail holder creates friction while you sleep, leading to breakage. This can cause your hair to look frizzy, dry, and damaged.
Fortunately, that problem can correct itself rather quickly when you stop sleeping in a ponytail.
Other Tips for Better Hair While You Sleep
Giving your hair a chance to fly free is merely one of many ways you can prevent damage and even improve your hair while you sleep. Pair it with these other tips for a truly beautiful mane.
Pick the Right Pillowcase
You may have heard that silk pillowcases are less likely to wrinkle your skin while you sleep. In case you needed an extra push to finally buy one, hear this: that silk pillowcase helps your hair, too.
A pillowcase made of cotton or other materials can suck the moisture from your hair and leave it dry. It also has a high level of friction, causing more wrinkles.
A silk or satin pillowcase, however, allows your hair to glide around with ease. Your hair retains more moisture and the lack of fiction and tension means less breakage and fewer tangles.
- Lay Down with Dry Hair
Many people believe they’re helping their hair by washing it at night. They think that letting the hair air dry as they sleep is healthier than using a blow dryer in the morning.
Unfortunately, you may be doing more harm than good. Your hair is at its most delicate and vulnerable while it’s wet. If you’re sleeping with wet hair, you’re more likely to have breakage.
When possible, try to wash your hair earlier in the evening so it can air dry before you hit the hay.
Don’t Just Brush Your Teeth; Brush Your Hair
We all have our nightly rituals to care for our health and our appearance. If brushing your hair isn’t part of yours, it’s time to add it.
Tangles tend to build on each other. The fewer tangles you have when you go to bed, the fewer new tangles you’ll have when you wake up. A paddle brush or boar bristle brush is perfect for detangling your hair before bed.
Don’t Sleep with Extensions
Hair extensions are popular for women with all types of hair. As fantastic as they can be during the day, if you have temporary extensions such as clip-in models, remove them before you go to sleep.
When you toss and turn, it will tangle your extensions and your natural hair while you sleep. Removing the extensions each night will keep them in good shape while also reducing the tangles in your hair.
Keep Moisture in the Room
If you’ve ever woken up after an indulgent night of drinking, you know what it’s like to feel dried out. Your hair feels that way every morning if your bedroom air is too dry.
The dry air will suck the moisture from your hair while you sleep. To protect it, start running a humidifier at night. Make sure you keep it in your bedroom so you reap the full rewards, even if you want your whole home to have more hydration.
Incorporate Occasional Overnight Hair Treatments
Most of the tips above are based around minimizing the damage your hair takes while you sleep. What if you could use your snoozing to actually improve your hair, though?
You can if you incorporate overnight hair treatments into your routine. You leave these treatments or hair masks on your hair while you sleep to deep condition your hair. You might need to wrap your hair in a silk scarf while using the treatment so it doesn’t get onto your pillow.
Keep in mind that there are numerous products out there. Choose one that has the focus you want for your hair, like hydration or damage repair. Depending on the product’s instructions, do these treatments every month or so.
Making Nighttime Productive for Your Hair
You already know how restorative a good night of sleep is for your body. If you follow the tips above and avoid sleeping in a ponytail, you can make it just as restorative for your hair.