There’s a big debate going on right now, guys. Bigger than Drake vs Meek or bagels vs English muffins. The age old beauty battle— should you ever sleep with wet hair? On one side of the argument there’s those who love the convenience. Eva Mendes even admitted to sleeping with conditioned wet hair in a shower cap.
On the other hand there are some who would never EVER go this route. I often hear people say its a sure fire way to catch a cold (thanks Mom) or that it causes breakage, and who wants that?
I sleep with wet hair from time to time, but I have a two methods that I wanted to share with you guys.
*If you have hair extensions do NOT sleep with wet hair so this post is not for you girls with bonds! Your hair will end up matted and the natural hair and extensions dry in different textures!
The first is to wash my hair as usual and when I get out of the shower I apply a spray oil to my hair and brush it out with a wide tooth comb. I let it air dry over night and in the morning, my natural hair is dry and has a nice wave to it. To style I’ll go over it with a curling wand and flat iron the ends, GHD is my favorite, and thats it. This is actually the look I wore in my most instagrammed beauty products of 2015 and my new years resolution video. If your hair doesn’t have a natural wave, make a few loose braids and don’t tie them at the end and it should have the same effect.
Another wet hair to bed technique I like is one that keeps me from getting sick and it doesn’t wreck my hair. After I shampoo and condition, I comb a small amount of deep conditioner through my hair with a wide tooth comb.
It’s really important not to overdo it with the deep conditioner if you plan on wearing it overnight. There’s a reason some formulas are only supposed to be left on for a few minutes, they can actually damage your hair if left on longer. All you need is a small amount of product to keep your hair from tangling as it dries overnight.
*If you aren’t the type to want to sleep with wet hair, I sometimes I skip the deep conditioners altogether and sleep with coconut oil on my dry hair. Coconut oil is one of the few oils that can penetrate hair, it’s amazing at adding softness and shine.
Once I have applied my mask or oil, I make a loose twist and put my hair into a bun. Then I secure it with an ouchless hair tie. (If you have an old school scrunchie in your junk drawer, they work great too!) Avoid anything tight like rubber bands which will break off your hair. I put a towel over my pillow so that I don’t get any product on my sheets and to keep my body from getting too cold, I throw on a pair of cozy socks and it sort of balances everything out.
In the morning you’ll have to shower to get the mask out of your hair, but at least once you rinse it out you’ll have super soft locks.
So should you sleep with wet hair? Sure why not! It’ll save your arms from doing all that blowdrying and give your hair a break from the heat. Hope this helps. I’d love to hear everyone’s deep conditioning techniques, comment below 🙂