Is It Bad to Sleep with Wet Hair?

You have surely heard the same advices about wet hair for numerous times; not to go out with wet hair, if the weather is cold or not to go to bed if you haven’t properly dried it. In your rebellious childhood and teenage days, it certainly sounded like common adult people nagging.

However, if your mother has constantly been reminding you to dry hair before you go out or go to sleep, maybe there is some truth about the possible negative effects of sleeping with wet hair? Many people think going out or to bed with we hair would make them easily catch cold or, at least, a mild headache.

Others, however, don’t pay attention at all; some people are of an opinion hair drying by fan easily damages hair and makes it dull, prone to fallout and fragile, so they avoid drying it.

Sleeping with wet hair is generally considered bad and dangerous for your health. It is associated with cold, fever, headache, sore throat, cough, runny nose and similar symptoms. It is usually advised to thoroughly dry your hair before you go out or to bed, especially during cold winter or autumn season. Bad effects of going to sleep with wet hair are connected with cold air in the room you sleep in, in the first place. Sleeping in warm room or going out with wet hair during hot days is not associated with bad consequences.

However, someone would always warn you not to go to bed or out if your hair is not properly dried, believing you might catch cold or else. You may wonder, whether going to bed with wet hair actually causes cold or not? Does it makes you more susceptible to catch it?

Reasons to avoid going to bed with wet hair

Bad effects of sleeping with wet hair are always associated with cold ambience. If the weather is cold, especially during freezing winter and autumn seasons, it is best to avoid sleeping with wet hair. Air conditioning and other sources of cold air are also bad for wet hair sleeping scenario. The thing is your scalp loses the heat energy, due to cold air in the room or elsewhere. You shouldn’t go out with wet hair during cold days, for the same reason.

However, there is no exact information to confirm sleeping with wet hair actually causes cold. Virus causes common cold, so it is logical to conclude it is not literally caused by your habit of sleeping with wet hair. Numerous studies and tests were undertaken to determine whether sleeping with wet hair is responsible for getting cold or not. Some results have shown subjects developed symptoms of cold after sleeping with wet hair, others didn’t. We speak of sleeping with wet hair, exposed to cooler ambience.

Since common cold is caused by viral infection, it is unlikely to catch cold straight by sleeping with wet hair in cool room habit. However, the explanation why some people actually do catch cold after doing so is logical. Sleeping with wet hair makes your body loses heat faster and easier, so it gets chilled. Chilling makes your blood vessels located in throat and nose restrict. Your immunity defenders, white blood cells, are, thus, unable to access to the areas. This process makes your immune system weakened and your organism more susceptible to virus infection.

So, sleeping with wet hair doesn’t really trigger common cold. However, it could badly affect your immune system and make you catch a virus infection more easily, get sore throat and common cold.

On the other side, if your room is warm or you sleep with wet hair or g out during hot seasons, it is unlikely to lose so much heat to weaken your immune system and make your organism more susceptible to infections.

Tips for going to bed with wet hair

Although sleeping with wet hair is not recommended, especially during cold days, it could actually get ladies interesting and wonderful overnight hairstyles. There are numerous useful tips to make amazing hairstyles sleeping with wet hair.

You should, however, make sure the room isn’t too cool and avoid expose to cold air before going to bed with wet hair. Never leave your hair too wet that water drips from it; at least dry it with towel, before styling it up. Here are some useful and inspiring tips for safe and sound wet hair sleep and overnight hairstyles.

  • Make perfects locks

If you want amazing, fluffy curls in the morning, without any additional styling, make braids on your wet hair. You could make just one or more, depending what kind of locks you like. Of course, squeeze the excess of water from your hair and add a bit of conditioner, if you like. This way your hair would be able to dry and you’d get wonderful locks in the morning.

  • Plop your hair

Plopping your hair is a common hairstylists’ advice for going to bed with wet hair. It is practical and easy. Flip your head over, gather all the hair at the top of your head, and wrap it into microfiber towel. This way your hair would be safe from breakage, since wet hair is more fragile than dry, no matter what you think, and you’ll get amazing, fluffy look in the morning. Your hair would appear volumed up and gorgeous. In addition, the towel keeps some heat in.

  • Sock your hair

Sock technique is a good way to save your soft hair from creasing. Just tie your hair on the top of your head, loosely. Make a bun to secure the ends from splitting and use a sock to tie the hair. This way you’ll keep it from damage and have fluffy look in the morning. To make the hair tie, cut off the top of the sock and use it to wrap the bun.

  • Adapt the bedding

If you want to keep your hair smooth and silky and avoid damaging it, you have to adapt your bedding. Many stylists’ encourage sleeping with wet hair as a good way to give your hair rest from aggressive styling tools, fan hot air and such. Some claim it is a good way of maintaining your hair in good condition, especially during dry winter season, no matter of the fact it is not generally advised, due to a possibility it would make you catch cold more easily.

However, if you do so, in order to save your hair from damage, you should change your bedding. Choose silk pillowcase, because the fabric would allow your hair to smoothly sleek over it; silk reduces the friction and static.