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    Default Is it that damaging to sleep with damp hair?

    Due to my current work situation, I usually have to wash my hair late at night, not long before I go to bed, so I either blow dry it or go to sleep with it still damp. (I put a towel on the pillow)

    I try to avoid blow drying due to the heat damage, but I wonder if it's just as bad for my hair to go to sleep with it still damp, cos it can make it go a bit frizzy in the morning - due to the friction of my hair on the towel, I'm guessing.

    What do you guys think, is it that damaging?

    (And also, it doesn't really bother me to sleep with it wet, although the coldness can be a lil annoying, I don't get head aches or anything like that)
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    Default Re: Is it that damaging to sleep with damp hair?

    At boarding school after a wash I slept with my hair damp, but not with a towel (I don't like terry cloth towels for my hair, and they're the only kind I own). I don't like to blow-dry (don't own a diffuser for my curls, and I'm not patient enough to wait for the cool air to do its thing, nor do I want to use heat on it), and I could only shower an hour before bed (boarding school) so my hair was still quite wet/damp when I went to bed.

    I get that hair is more susceptible to damage when it's wet, but if we're talking about blow-drying with a lot of heat, then the mechanical damage will probably be considerably less than the heat damage you could get. Warm or cool air should be fine, though. I tend to move around in my sleep, switching sides fairly regularly, but my hair doesn't end up any more tangled than it usually is, or even that frizzy. I suppose satin instead of cotton for a pillowcase (or a towel!) could help if you're really worried about the damage. My only problem with it is that usually my hair is still a little damp in the morning, and I don't like the idea of my hair staying wet for that long.

    Since I frequently sleep with damp hair, I'm interested to hear what others have to say about this.
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    Default Re: Is it that damaging to sleep with damp hair?

    Try to use a t-shirt on your pillow instead of a terry-cloth towel. It will keep it from frizzing so much. Also, maybe a satin pillow case, with no towel, or with the towel inside the case to absorb the moisture from getting to the pillow, but providing slip on the outside for your hair. I sleep with damp hair frequently. Usually I'll bun it loosely or braid it (again, loosely). If my hair is really wet, I'll hang my head upside down in front of a room fan to dry it halfway, gently, and not so that it's flying around and getting tangled.
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    Default Re: Is it that damaging to sleep with damp hair?

    i go to sleep with wet/damp hair occasionally. if i braid it, it helps keep the length moisturized, but if i bun it it usually makes the ends all dry and bent weird. i figure its less damaging than blowdrying it.

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    Default Re: Is it that damaging to sleep with damp hair?

    I go to bed with wet hair often. I don't see how it would be damaging. I let my length puddle in the area above my pillow, with another pillow wedged between bed frame and mattress to keep my hair from slipping over the edge and hanging, which pulls.

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    Default Re: Is it that damaging to sleep with damp hair?

    Rubbing damp hair on a terry cotton towel regularly won't do it any favours because of friction. Could you put the towel inside your silk/ satin pillowcase? Or lay on an old cotton t-shirt?
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    Default Re: Is it that damaging to sleep with damp hair?

    I sleep on a silk or satin pillowcase to reduce frizz, and go to bed with my hair wet all the time. I just loosely braid it first to keep it from tying itself into knots as I sleep.
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    Default Re: Is it that damaging to sleep with damp hair?

    I remember going to bed with damp hair in the past and it didn't seem to damage my hair. Instead, going to bed with wet meant that next morning my hair volume had less volume in it than if I let it dry completely before going to bed. I think it also loosened the waviness of my hair, so that's something to consider as well.

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    Default Re: Is it that damaging to sleep with damp hair?

    I sleep with wet hair all the time, but I don't move at all (first time he stayed over, BF said I looked dead XD) so save for a little bit of friction around my face there's nothing. I guess if you toss and turn a lot it wouldn't be a good idea though.

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    Default Re: Is it that damaging to sleep with damp hair?

    I have done it, but my hair is never completely dry in the morning. It isn't particularly long or overly thick, but for some reason it does not dry just hanging on a pillow. If I bunned or braided it, it would still be wet the next evening! If I were you, I would probably try to shower as soon as I got home, so it had a bit of time to dry while I was making dinner/watching tv or whatever. Butim sure its less damaging than blow drying.

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