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Going to bed with wet hair: Is it bad to sleep with wet hair?

When you’re busy it is easy to forget to wash your hair until the very last minute. Picture the scene: you’re in bed and have realised your hair is greasy and you have to be up early for work tomorrow. When you don’t have any dry shampoo, the only thing you can do is drag yourself out of bed and wash those locks. Drying your hair can be time-consuming and it’s going to dry by itself overnight anyway, right? Express.co.uk reveals everything you need to know about going to bed with wet hair.

Is it bad to sleep with wet hair?

Sleeping with wet hair is bad in a number of ways, namely it puts your scalp and hair at risk.

You might have heard that sleeping with wet hair will give you a cold, but this isn’t true.

You can’t catch a cold from being cold! If you get a cold, it’s because you have been infected with a virus.

There are more than 200 cold-causing viruses in the world and these are spread through droplets in the air or through contact with an infected person.

These viruses enter your body through your nose, mouth or eyes.

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The reason people associate a cold with cold weather or feeling cold is understandable.

Colds are more common during the winter for a few reasons.

First of all, children go back to school and spread germs more quickly.

Another reason is because we all spend more time inside and the days are shorter, so we are probably all deficient in vitamin D.

This makes our immune systems weaker.

Also, some evidence shows that viruses transmit faster in the cold weather.

Sleeping with wet hair won’t make you sick, but it can damage your scalp health.

Fungal infections on the scalp thrive in a warm and wet environment like your scalp.

Common fungal infections such as Malassezia can lead to unpleasant conditions on your scalp.

For example, dandruff or dermatitis can attack and make your scalp flakey and itchy.

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Sleeping with wet hair might damage your hair as well as your scalp.

Your hair certainly won’t look smooth and bump-free when you wake up, and you may notice some breakage.

Your hair is very fragile when it is wet, so if you move around a lot in your sleep you will break some of your hair.

Plating your hair or tying it up will only make the situation worse, as these styles add more tension to the strands.

Some people find that sleeping with wet hair does them no damage and it cools their scalp down and helps them sleep.

If you have to sleep with wet hair, make sure you have towel dried your hair first.

Leave your hair down and apply some coconut oil or other leave-in hair conditioning product.

Try to sleep on a silk pillowcase, or wrap your hair in some silk to protect it from breakage.

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