We Found Out That There Is a Right Way to Sleep with Wet Hair

Achieving instant sexy waves in the morning is totally possible

It’s a classic cautionary tale, “Don’t sleep with your hair wet! It’s bad for your health!” And you’ve probably heard a variation of this before, especially as a wee child. The consequences of not subscribing to this old wives’ tale? You’ll get a cold, an excruciating headache or worse you can go blind or insane. At present, people will say it can also totally ruin your hair. If you ask around, and we have, people can feel pretty strong about hearing someone sleep with wet hair.

Woman lying on the bed

Yes, you can totally sleep with wet hair without damaging it

Let’s clear something up when the subject of sleeping with wet hair is broached. It’s not exactly what you think it is—at least for the many people that enjoy their late-night showers. It’s not really damp and soaking-your-pillows type of wet. It’s just moist enough after a run-through with a towel to make your slumber comfy.

While there may be people that feel iffy about sleeping in with wet hair, avid nighttime showerheads welcome it as an instant hairstyle in the morning.

Check out these tips on how to properly sleep in with hair after a good ‘ol shower and get gorgeous and manageable hair in the morning.

Sleeping soundly with newly-showered hair

When you end your days with a comforting shower that includes your mane—hey it’s probably your wash day—having some handy must-haves will deffo keep your hair protected. Plus, it’ll lessen the hassle and save you some time in the morning trying to blow dry or style it.

Dry hair with a microfiber towel

Aside from possibly waking up in the morning with still damp hair, the thought of an also-soaked pillow might not sound so appealing. You don’t want your fluffed-up headrest to be a breeding ground for bacteria and fungus, right?

It’s still advisable to towel-dry your tresses with an absorbent towel like the VOLO Hero Microfiber Hair Towel. Microfiber towels are gentle on your strands and will lessen the frizz. If a cold blow-dry is too much work before snoozing, let the air do its magic.

Detangle with a hair serum

Although there will be days where you wake up to a seriously wild bedhead—it really happens—it’s a different case to dozing off with damp hair. Have a serum like Milk_Shake’s No Frizz Glistening Serum to smoothen your hair and make it more manageable in the morn. Apply it to the mid-lengths to the tips of your mane so that your hair strands won’t knot while you’re fast asleep.

Additionally, you can also detangle your hair with a Tangle Teezer Wet Detangler to give your vulnerable strands some TLC.

Plan your hairstyle with a gentle tie

Sleeping with wet hair is an opportunity for you to plan out your hairstyle for the next day. If a naturally sexy bedhead is what you want to wake up to, finger comb your hair and tie it into a loose bun. You can also do a braid to achieve beach-like waves.

However, if you don’t want creases on your hair while you’re in dreamland, a smooth and soft scrunchie like the Invisibobble Sprunchie can hold hair gently without tugging at it. Its fabric and texture also complement wet hair, too!

Sleep in a silk pillow

Believe it or not, sleeping in cotton can cause damage to your tresses if you sleep with it wet. A satin or silk pillowcase isn’t just for the luxurious vibe, it’s pretty great for your hair, too. VANI-T’S Bed Head Beauty Pillowcase can prevent your damp hair from sticking to each other, locks-in moisture, and prevent damage to your hair cuticles.

If you think about it, there really is no harm in sleeping with wet hair. Myths might have given it a bad reputation but there is no reason to worry about possibly damaging your hair. Having a bedtime haircare routine specifically for damp hair will relieve your hair from tangles and frizz and you can wake up to beautiful and shiny hair.

Christina Zabat

Christina spends a ton of her day laughing at Twitter memes and hanging out at r/rarepuppers. She swears by tinted moisturisers with SPF.