7 Nighttime Habits that Ruin Your Hair

Your beauty sleep could be getting in the way of having healthy, luscious hair.

You sleep with wet hair


Hair is weakest when it’s wet, which is why hitting the sack right after you shower could cause damage and split ends, says celebrity hairstylist Ted Gibson. “Rubbing on the sheets at night if hair is wet can make the cuticle ends rough up, which makes hair frizzy and dry,” he says. If you shower at night, make sure your hair is dry, or you braid it before going to sleep, he says. Don’t fall for 12 of the absolute worst things you can ever do to your hair.

You leave your hair up


In some occasions, a topknot can preserve your style from the day before, says Gibson, but tying your hair in a tight bun or ponytail can damage your strands. “If you wear your hair up in the same place all day or every night while sleeping, that hair tie will stay in the same place and cause breakage,” says celebrity hairstylist Kylee Heath. If you can’t stand to leave your hair down, try sleeping in braids, which are easier on the hair and will create pretty waves, she says. Even try one of these tips from professional hairstylists to look young and fresh in every photo.

You use a hair tie


If you do decide to keep your hair up, don’t use a tight elastic. “Elastic, especially if hair is wet, will make a crease, and within that crease can damage the whole area,” says Gibson. He recommends a hairpin, while Heath says a scrunchie is a good alternative because the fabric surrounding it is softer on the hair. Check out these sneaky reasons your hair is falling out.

You skip brushing


Turns out your mother was right: Brushing your hair before bed can promote a healthier mane. Your scalp produces natural oils, and brushing dry hair distributes them through your strands. “Running that natural oil through your hair before bed helps stimulate the scalp and hair follicle to promote hair growth,” says Gibson. As a bonus, brushing is relaxing, so it could help you drift off to sleep (and more sleep means healthier hair), he says. Don’t miss these things your hair can say about your health.

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