French Braid Your HAIR For Sleep
So, one of my coworkers at Sally Beauty Supply told me a cool idea the other night: to wear your hair in a french braid while you are sleeping. It’s supposed to keep your hair really healthy and help it grow longer. It seemed a little weird at first but then when she explained it, it made sense to me. So I decided to write a post about why french braiding your hair for sleepy time is good for your hair.
1. Scalp Stimulation
When you braid your hair, you are gently pulling your hair tight. This stimulates your scalp. Stimulating your scalp circulates blood flow to your hair follicles, which, in turn, equates to a healthier scalp and supposed faster hair growth. While hair is in the Anagen phase (the growing phase), growth cells in the papilla rapidly divide and produce the hair shaft which becomes keratinized as it pushes up and out of the follicle into the pore. At the same time, the follicle grows down into the deeper levels of the dermis (skin) to get nourishment (hairlosshelp.com). It makes sense that increased blood flow would help speed this process up a little. I’m not saying that you are going to wake up the next morning with hair down to your butt, but it will add a little boost.
2. Hair Protection
I’m the type of person that moves around and tosses and turns all night long. As you can imagine, this wreaks havoc on my hair. When I wake up in the morning, I have the craziest hair; it sticks up everywhere, and the only way to salvage it is to take a shower. It’s really not ideal for me, because I wake up early to go to work and I am not a morning person. I would like to be able to shower at night and save myself some time in the morning. Keeping your hair in a tight braid prevents your hair from getting crazy while sleeping.
It also protects your hair from any damage that may be caused by moving around a lot. If you think about it, maybe you are sleeping on a section of your hair and try to move, which rips part of your hair. That is kind of a bad example, but it is feasible for me, as I share a bed with my boyfriend, 2 dogs and a cat. My space is pretty limited, so there’s always a chance that someone is sleeping on my hair. Not to mention, my kitten loves to attack my hair, which can’t be good. Keeping my hair in a braid will keep it safe from the possible damage.
3. Eliminate HAIR-tie Breakage
I really hate having my hair in my face while I sleep, so I usually put my hair up in a ponytail. The problem with ponytails, is that the hair-tie can cause breakage if placed in the same part of you hair every day. Therefore, if I wear my hair in the exact same ponytail every night, more than likely the hair-tie would break my hair over time. Braiding your hair will eliminate the breakage from the ponytail. Although, you do need to use a hair-tie to tie off your braid, you can vary where you wear it. Some nights you can braid your hair further down, and others you can tie it off at the nape of your neck.
The last thing I want to mention is that it is better to braid your hair when it is dry, because wet hair might be too tight, causing strain on your hair.
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