If you wake up surrounded by broken and fallen strands of hair don’t stress out too much, because it’s more common than you think. But making some simple lifestyle changes to your bedtime routine can make a huge difference. We have listed five changes to your sleep routine that can prevent damage to your hair while you sleep, because interestingly, a lot of hair damage happens at night.

And because your epithelial hair follicle stem cells are set into action while you sleep, the right care can help promote hair growth,

Skip The Cotton And Opt For A Silk Or Satin Pillowcase

We talk about silk pillowcases often, and for good reason. Unlike cotton, silk fibres are smaller and lessen the friction that happens from rubbing your scalp against the pillow. Furthermore, cotton pillowcases absorb the moisture from your hair (and skin), making your strands more dry, frizzy, and prone to breakage.

Dry Your Hair Before Bed

Your hair is at its most vulnerable state when it’s wet. If you like to wash your hair at night, be sure to dry it completely to prevent tugging and breakage while you sleep. Sleeping with wet hair also increases your risk of developing a fungal infection of the scalp, so we suggest you wash your hair an hour or so before bed, so it has time to dry out completely.

Use An Overnight Hair Mask

Overnight hair masks are a great way to give your hair much-needed nourishment and moisture and is akin to you putting a night cream on your face before bed. Overnight hair masks have ingredients that can improve hair elasticity, hair integrity, and the best part is that you wake up to shinier and more manageable hair the next day!

Detangle Your Hair Before Bed

Detangling your hair before bed will lessen hair loss in the long run, because tangles can turn into dreadlocks while you sleep, making more fall out when you brush your hair the next morning. Gently detangling and brushing your hair before bed will also stimulate blood circulation which helps with hair growth while you sleep, and distribute natural oils from the scalp through the hair, making any friction to the strands during sleep less damaging. 

Never Ever Tie Your Hair Up

Leave the pony tail for the day, at night you should gently brush your hair out and leave it loose. Hairstyles like tight pony tails, tight braids and buns put pressure on your hair that can cause it to fall out. The damage is increased twofold when these same styles are worn to bed.

The tension from having your hair up for several hours a day can put strain on your scalp and lead to traction alopecia. If you absolutely must get the hair out of your face, opt for a loose braid, secured with a soft scrunchie instead of an elastic, to minimise pressure and prevent tangles.

Also stay far away from sleep caps (unless they are made of pure silk), as they can be tight on the head and rub generally in one area, which can pull hair out from the roots and damage your hair follicle,