May 12, 2015 Diana Crisan Spotlight

Why Your Hair Needs Beauty Sleep, Too

Wait, so your hair can actually sleep? Well, no — it doesn’t close its eyes to nap per se, but it does need to rest while you catch some Zzzs. Think of all the benefits your skin gets from enough beauty sleep combined with the layers of antioxidant serums, targeted treatments and hydrating moisturizer you slather on before bedtime. The same notion goes for your (soon-to-be) silky strands. Treating your hair right overnight will land you those healthy, luscious locks you’ve always dreamed of — except, you won’t have to just dream about it anymore. We say, if you’re going to sleep anyway, you might as well wake up to stronger hair!

Beauty Sleep for Hair

Overnight Treatments

Think of all the benefits you get from a three-to-five minute hair mask in the shower and now imagine one that treats your strands for about eight hours while you snooze! Overnight treatments repair weakened hair fibers caused by excessive heat styling, brushing and all the other unintentionally abusive things you do to your poor strands.  Just leave it in overnight and wake up to healthier hair!  

Product Recommendations: L’Oréal Paris EverStrong Sulfate-Free Fortify System Overnight Repair, Kiehl’s Damage Repairing & Rehydrating Leave-In Treatment

Leave-In Conditioner

The miracle worker. Even attempting to brush you hair without one of these post-shower can result in breakage on breakage on breakage … and frizz, oh my! Control the messy morning pouf by giving your damp strands a spritz of leave-in conditioner before bed to keep hair soft, smooth and shiny by morning.

Product Recommendations: Garnier Sleek & Shine Intensely Smooth Leave-In Conditioning Cream, L’Oréal Paris EverSleek Sulfate-Free Smoothing System Humidity Defying Leave-In Crème

Sleeping on Silk

One of the easiest ways to take care of your hair while you sleep is by swapping out your cotton pillowcase for a silk one. The smooth fabric won’t catch or snag your stands while you sleep, which means less breakage, tangles, static and frizz.

Bedtime Braids

Keep tangles away while you toss and turn so that you can wake up to loose, wonderful waves! Just add a pump or two of Garnier Fructis Full & Plush Thickening Lotion with Cotton Flower to damp hair for no-heat waves by morning!  

Less (Brushing) Is More

Leave it to the Brady Bunch girls to count their brush strokes before bed because now we’re all the wiser! Excessive brushing can cause serious … you guessed it, breakage. If you MUST brush (we understand this may be non-negotiable at times) then use your leave-in conditioner first and a boar bristle paddle to detangle and smooth hair without the damage.

Replenishing Oils

Treat your dry, damaged hair with the healing powers of hydrating oils! They work to smooth the surface of your hair fibers, while penetrating the inner layers to condition your strands from the inside out. Work a few drops of the oil from your roots to your ends and wrap your hair up to keep your silk pillowcase clean. Rinse off in the morning for noticeably soft, supple and shiny texture!

Product Recommendations: Matrix Biolage ExquisiteOil Softening Treatment, Kiehl’s Strengthening and Hydrating Hair Oil-in-Cream

Need more hair tips on how to keep your strands silky smooth? Check them out here! 

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    About the Author: Diana creates on-trend beauty content for readers. She stays up-to-date on the latest beauty news and product launches and tests every makeup item that comes through the door. As an employee of L’Oréal, Diana writes stories about beauty products across the entire brand portfolio.