Your nighttime beauty routine probably includes washing your face, brushing your teeth, and using skincare products to help keep your face glowing and youthful, but is a haircare part of your regimen?
Believe it or not, what happens to our hair when we sleep can significantly impact how healthy our hair is, the manageability, and the growth rate. Taking a few minutes every night to follow a pre-bedtime haircare routine may just be the best thing you do for your hair this year!
Haircare at Bedtime
You’re not the first person to wake up in the morning with a case of terrible bedhead, frizz, and tangled hair and wondered, “How do I wake up with nice hair?”
Should you sleep with hair tied or loose? How can I avoid hair damage while sleeping? What hairstyle is best for sleeping? Many people have these questions and feel lost at what to do to make their hair manageable, shiny, thick, and healthy without having to spend every morning in the salon chair. What they aren’t realizing is that their bedtime haircare routine is what is holding them back from having the hairstyle they want each day. Daily Dose has a nighttime hair care routine that will help reverse the damage and make your hair bouncy, shiny, and frizz-free, just like you’ve always wanted.
Step 1. Brush Your Hair- Have you ever heard of people brushing their hair 100 strokes before bed to ensure growth and easy manageability? While 100 may be a little excessive, brushing your hair our before bedtime is an essential first step to your bedtime haircare routine. Brushing your hair not only detangles it but also helps to distribute the natural oils in your hair throughout your head to keep your hair silky and shiny. Make sure not to brush your hair while it is wet. If you’ve just stepped out of the shower, use a wide-tooth comb to detangle.
Step 2. Apply Daily Dose- Using a hair serum is very important for bedtime. If you wash your hair before bed, using a leave-in conditioner hair product and an oil-based serum will protect your mane from the heat of the blow dryer. Daily Dose was specially formulated to make your hair management, soft, and smooth away frizz while moisturizing. Using a leave-in condition just before bedtime is the best way to get the most benefit of the product because you’ll be keeping your hair out of the heat, sun, and wind!
Step 3. Scalp Massage- Everyone loves a scalp massage. Not only do head massages feel amazing, but they have the benefit of stimulating flood flow to the hair follicle to encourage growth. Scalp massages can help with producing healthier, thicker hair that grows quickly. Massage is also relaxing and can help you wind down and get to sleep each night.
Step 4. Braided Hair- One of the top questions people with long hair want to know is the best hairstyle for sleeping. Some people assume that leaving your hair down is the best for sleeping, so it is not breaking and pulling in a ponytail while you are tossing and turning in your sleep; however, braids are best for your hair at night. Loosely braiding your hair protects your hair, reduces frizz, and produces beachy waves that look great on everyone. Smaller braids will create tighter waves, but make sure not to braid the hair tightly, or hair can become damaged.
Another great hairstyle for sleeping is a bun. The messy bun look that is so popular for casual daytime looks also happens to be a great way to wear your hair at night. A high bun can also produce the beautiful beachy waves that a braid provides but use a scrunchie instead of hair ties or rubber bands for less hair loss and pulling.
Step 5. Change Your Pillow- The best pillows for hair are made out of satin or silk. These fabrics conduct less static electricity and will reduce frizz. Cheap materials can also lead to hair breakage while you sleep, and there’s nothing more comfortable than sleeping on luxury pillows.
Step 6. Sleep Caps- If you want to preserve your blow out, curls, braids, or hairstyle, consider using a sleep cap to protect your hair. These satin or silk caps that can also be homemade from scarfs prevent hair from rubbing against the pillow and ruining the hairstyle. If you’ve been wondering, “How do I keep my hair curly at night in the morning,” a sleep cap is the answer.
Other Haircare Tips For Healthy Hair Every Day:
Once you have the perfect nighttime sleep routine down for your hair care, you can start ramping up your routine for healthy, shiny, fast-growing, soft hair that you’ve always wanted. Make sure to follow our other recommended hair care tips to get optimal results!
Tip 1. Special Considerations for Colored Hair- If you have colored or bleached hair, there are special considerations you will need to make as part of your hair care routine. You’ll need to use shampoos that are formulated for colored hair and a conditioner that will help to moisturize, revive, and repair damaged hair. Daily Dose leave-in conditioner is an excellent choice for a daily, deep conditioning treatment that will leave even bleached out hair silky, smooth, and healthier looking.
Tip 2. Use Dry Shampoo at Night- Many people use dry shampoo in the morning as part of their daily showering routine, but if you hate the stiffness and powdery effect of dry shampoo as much as we do, try switching to using it at night, right before bed. The dry shampoo will have more time to work and sit on your roots, eating up the oil and bacteria on your scalp so that your hair looks clean and healthy when you wake up in the morning.
Tip 3. Use Products That Are Free Of Harsh Chemicals- Serums and leave-in conditioner products such as Daily Dose that are free of parabens, synthetic fragrances, phthalates, dyes, sulfates, gluten, or petrochemicals are the best choice for healthy hair. Harsh chemicals will strip the oils from your hair, leaving it dry and brittle. These hair conditions will eventually lead to breakage and slow growth.
Tip 4. Avoid Bleach, Chlorine, and Dye- Just like you should avoid harsh chemicals in your hair care products, you should avoid putting any form of chemicals such as bleach, chlorine, or dye on your hair. While this may mean avoiding the swimming pool and not getting highlights or covering up those greys, if you’re trying to revive your hair, avoiding chemicals is a must.
Tip 5. Never Use Rubber Bands- If you’re going to wear your hair in an updo hairstyle, make sure not to use rubber bands and avoid hair ties if you can. These accessories will break hair and increase hair loss. Use bobby pins, scrunchies, headbands, or clips to secure your updo instead of rubber bands.
Tip 6. Wear Your Hair Down- Speaking of rubber bands, wearing your hair down is much healthier for your locks and allows your hair follicles to breathe freely. Wearing your hair down reduces breakage and ripping due to hair accessories and helps with even distribution of natural oils. If you need your hair out of your face, a loose braid or two is a great option that doesn’t pull your hair as long as you braid gently.
Tip 7. Use Daily Dose, Daily- Leave-in conditioners can be used on damp or dry hair, so it doesn’t matter whether you shower in the morning or at night, you should use Daily Dose on your hair each day before styling. Daily Dose will leave your hair detangled, manageable, soft and smooth, to prevent frizz and lock in nutrients for touchable hair all day long.
Tip 8. Hair, Skin, and Nails Vitamins- Everyone can use a daily vitamin, but there are some vitamins explicitly formulated for healthy hair, skin, and nails. These vitamins usually contain higher than average levels of biotin and keratin, both of which help to repair and revive damaged hair. When you take vitamins and use a hair serum or leave-in conditioners such as Daily Dose, you are giving your hair the optimal amount of nutrients to encourage growth and health.
Tip 9. Don’t Wash Daily- One of the most asked haircare questions is, “how often should I wash my hair?” The answer depends on your lifestyle, hair type, and hair care products you use. Washing your hair daily is generally discouraged for all hair types because shampoos can strip your hair of its natural oils, which will leave your hair dry and damaged, even if you use miracle treatments like Daily Dose as part of your routine. Most people wash their hair every other day or just a few times a week to maintain healthy hair.
Once you are able to establish your hair care routine at bedtime and combine it with our other tips for healthy hair, you will start seeing results fast! Daily Dose is committed to providing you with the products you need for healthy, soft hair that is manageable and grows fast.
Author: Krystle Dickerson
Krystle Dickerson is a professional freelance writer from Central Illinois. She's been able to make a career out of writing for the past several years, but her passion for words goes all the way back to when she first learned to read at four years old. When Krystle isn't creating content for her clients, she is writing fiction under the name Krystle Able, playing with her kids, and pets, or traveling the world.