Is It ACTUALLY Damaging To Go To Sleep With Wet Hair?

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by A Jakes |
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Whether you frequently find yourself falling asleep with sopping wet tresses, or if you just did it that one time on holiday in Santorini, we all have admittedly dabbled in the art of the lazy girl blowdry.

But is going to sleep with wet hair simply a genius hack to get out of the tiresome act of hair drying or is it actually causing damage to our hair?

Knowledge is power and we have decided to search answers to this hairdryer conundrum once and for all.

Are we damaging our hair? Is falling aslweep with wet hair bad? Help!

No, it's not. But before you throw out your Dyson Supersonic with great abandon, it's not doing your hair a lot of good either.

'Sleeping with wet hair doesn't do any particular damage to the hair shafts themselves, but it does make it more likely your hair could be flat, frizzy or generally dull-looking when you wake up,' Jessica J. Krant, a cosmetic and medical dermatologist at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York, said in an interview.


'When hair is blow dried with gentle smoothing, the cuticles all lie flat'

However, she explained, 'when you fall asleep with wet hair, the hairs often press and rub against the pillow case, leaving the cuticles at different angles, and thereby "reducing the reflective shine and seal of any given shaft and making it seem dirtier.'

So, whilst wet-hair-sleeping isn't technically damaging, we still recommend squeezing in a blow dry before bed. After all, life is too short for flat hair.

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