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Six tips on how to prevent hair loss while you sleep

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Hair loss can feel like a constant uphill struggle. While brushing, shampooing and sleeping are necessary actions, they can cause friction that leads to more shedding.

You don’t have to count your losses, but you can make some lifestyle changes to improve your sleep habits. It can help prevent hair loss. Your epithelial hair stem cells, which are located in your hair while you sleep, will help to improve your overall hair growth.

Choose a silk or satin pillowcase.

Silk pillowcases are a popular choice, and with good reason. The smaller fibers of silk are less frictional than cotton. This is especially important for those who love to toss-and-turn. Cotton pillowcases absorb moisture from hair making it more dry and frizzy.

Do not sleep with wet hair.

While it’s satisfying to get out of bed freshening up, your hair is most at risk when it’s wet. To prevent hair from tangling and breaking, you should dry your hair completely if you are a night showerer. As excessive heat is not good for hair thinning, we recommend allowing your hair to air dry for at least an hour.

Use an overnight hair mask.

A hydrated hair in the morning will result in less breakage throughout your day. “The ideal way to nourish and moisturize your hair is with overnight hair masks. It works in the same way that a night cream is applied to your skin while you sleep,” said Trey Gillen, hairstylist at SACHAJUAN and Creative Director of Education. For shinier, more manageable hair, overnight hair masks contain many key ingredients. They improve hair elasticity and hair integrity.

Use a scalp treatment.

Hair masks are not only for your hair, but you can also apply a scalp treatment. Gillen agrees that scalp treatments can be very helpful when you’re sleeping. They contain ingredients that stimulate healthy hair growth. SACHAJUAN Hair Treatment ($55. Amazon.com) is a great way to strengthen weak hair follicles. You can also use coconut oil or aloe vera to make your hair look healthier.

Before you go to bed, tangle your hair.

Gillen says that while people with thin hair might be hesitant about brushing their hair, it will help reduce hair loss over the long-term. He says that tangles can become dreadlocks as you sleep which makes it more difficult to brush your hair the next morning. This will stimulate blood circulation, which can help with hair growth. It also distributes natural oils from your scalp through your hair, making friction less harmful.

Don’t tie your hair or wear a nightcap.

Some hairstyles can cause hair damage, such as tight ponies. They can cause double the damage if they are worn to bed. Although it might seem harmless, tension from keeping your hair up for long periods of time can cause strain to your scalp and result in traction alopecia. To reduce pressure and avoid tangles, a loose braid can be an option. Secure it with a soft scrunchie rather than an elastic. This will allow you to have heatless waves the next day.

Gillen advises against sleep caps, unless they are made of silk. He says that they can cause hair to pull out from the roots. It also contradicts the notion that you should have less friction when sleeping.

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