Head full of healthy hair, which is free of dry ends, is supple like silk and glossy like magazine cover. Well, it may seem like a dream far from reality. What if we say you can get all that by simply paying attention to things you should and should not do before going to bed?
Traditionally, we restrict our hair care routine to the morning.
Washing, brushing, styling to doing the good-old oil chumpy. At night, after a hard day at work, all we want to do is to pack up our hair in one loose bun, put on our comfy old jammies and hit the sack.
This is where you are wrong!!
Believe it or not, your hair knows exactly when you sleep and are awake. And the moment you hit on the snooze button, it too relaxes, tries to recover from the day's damage with new hair follicles prepping to pop out.
So, technically speaking, it is at night you need to invest extra attention to your mane, instead of the day.
There are things you aren't doing at night, which can ruin your mane.
So, if you want hair that is supple, smooth and thick, here are harmful hair habits that you need to drop, NOW!
Sleeping With Wet Hair
Going to bed with wet hair will not just give you sore throat, but also lead to scalp infection. Your pillow case is a breeding ground for bacteria and wet hair, making it a good host for those bacteria, giving wake to scalp rashes and dandruff.
Using Clips To Tie Hair
Clips tear at your hair shafts and break it. Plus, it is uncomfortable to sleep in. What you should use instead is a soft cloth scrunchy with no metal parts. And instead of tieing your hair tight, simply wrap it in a loose bun.
Brushing Too Much
We know 100 strokes is the golden brushing rule. This rule is more applicable at night than day. The night ritual for thicker hair is to massage instead of brush. Let the natural oils get accumulated overnight. And brush in the morning, it will help distribute the oils more evenly, nourishing the strands.
Using A Wrong Brush
Even if you have to brush at night, the worse you can do is using the wrong brush. Use a wide-toothed, natural bristled brush. It will spread out the oils evenly from the roots to ends, without tugging or breaking the hair.
Brushing From The Roots
One thing you should never do to your hair before going to bed is brushing from roots. Admittedly, it is relaxing to brush your hair in one clean swoop. Starting from roots and working your way down to the tips. But all the tangles in hair will cause breakage. Ideal way to brush is divide hair in small sections, hold it midway, and brush the ends.
Using Old Pillow Cases
This should ideally top the list of what you should never do to your hair. Your pillow case carries bacteria, dead skin cells and oils from your skin. Using it for prolonged time will not just harm your hair, but also your skin. Replace it every week.
Not Tieing Your Hair
When you twist and turn in sleep, you tug and break your hair strands. Now that's one of the reasons why you wake up to hair strands coating your pillow and bedsheets. Tie your hair in a loose bun or a braid before going to sleep. This is one of the most quick and natural ways to healthy hair.
Playing With Hair Too Much
This rule applies both at night and during the day. Unconsciously we tend to twirl, tug and pull at our hair. This creates pressure on the roots, making it weak, which in turn causes the hair to fall out. If you find the harmful hair habit hard to break, divert your mind and keep your hand busy with something else.
Leaving Oil For Too Long
Even good habits can sometimes do more harm than good. Giving your hair a hot oil massage can nourish your hair, no doubt, but the real question is, how long should you leave the oil in your hair? Leaving oil overnight can make your scalp greasy, triggering dandruff. Ideal time is to wash hair after two hours of oiling.
Neglecting The Scalp
A natural way to healthy hair is pampering your scalp at night. At night, your scalp is at a resting phase, and stimulating will increase the blood flow, which in turn will make your hair strong.