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How to Keep Your Hair Tangle-Free While You Sleep

With the right sleep routine (and pillowcase), you can wake up with tangle-free tresses every morning.

Jul 24, 2020

 Due to the friction caused when you toss and turn against a pillow, tangling your hair while you sleep can be a common and unpleasant occurrence. From water rinsing tips to silk scrunchie suggestions and more, here’s how to keep your hair tangle-free while you sleep.

Ask any person with long, thin, or frizz-prone hair and they’ll tell you the same: Waking up with a head full of tangles in the morning is a problem. Due to the friction caused when you toss and turn against a pillow, tangling your hair while you sleep can be a common and unpleasant occurrence.

Good news: With the right sleep routine (and pillowcase), you can wake up with tangle-free tresses every morning. From water rinsing tips to silk scrunchie suggestions and more, here’s how to avoid tangling up your hair while you sleep.

 

 1. Always condition your hair.

If you aren’t conditioning your hair after you wash it, you’re asking for tangles. Conditioners lock in moisture, which softens your dry hair and makes it harder for strands to frizz and tangle while you toss and turn. Whether with rinse-out conditioner or a leave-in style, take care to condition your tresses everyday so they don’t tangle up overnight.

 

2. Rinse your hair with cold water.

If you’re rinsing your hair with only warm or hot water, you’re doing it wrong. Rinsing your hair in cold water before you leave the shower will help close your hair cuticles and prevent breakage, so you’re less likely to wake up with tangle tresses in the morning.

 

 3. Dry your hair carefully.

Like it or not, twisting or rubbing your hair with a towel when it’s wet can cause frizz, split ends, and breakage, which will only lead to tangles in the AM. Instead of rubbing your wet hair dry with a towel, gently squeeze the water out with a towel and let it air dry as much as possible.

 

 4. Remember to brush or comb your hair before bed.

A little hair brushing can go a long way in preventing tangles. If you have straight or wavy hair, gently brush your hair before bedtime to help keep knots at bay. For curly or frizzy-prone hair, use a wide-tooth comb to separate strands and prevent nightly tangles.

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5. Tie up or braid your hair with a silk scrunchie.

Looking for a goofproof way to minimize hair tangles while you sleep? Loosely braid your hair right before bed and tie it with a silk scrunchie to ensure you don’t wake up with tangled tresses the next day. Can’t braid? No problem. A loose bun secured with a silk scrunchie will do the trick.

 

6. Sleep on a silk pillowcase.

If your hair is prone to tangling overnight, sleeping on a silk pillowcase will work wonders. Composed of pure Mulberry silk, a Mulberry Silk Pillowcase provides a soft, friction-free place to place your head at night, so you’ll wake up with smoother tresses (and skin)—no pricey hair products necessary. Plus, they’re available in a variety of hues, including blush pink, dove grey, and even a cool celestial print, so finding a silk pillowcase to suit your aesthetic will be a breeze.

 


Written by Caroline Biggs

Caroline is a writer living in New York City. She contributes regularly to publications including The New York Times, AD, and Apartment Therapy. When she’s not covering the latest in art, interiors, and design, she’s usually playing music, watering (and talking to) her plants, or hanging with her rescue bunnies, Daisy and Daffodil. You can find more of her work at carolinecameronb.com.

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