If you’ve never found yourself so annoyed by your hair in the middle of the night that you’d contemplated chopping it all off… right then and there, then please, tell us your secret. Women (and those Thor-like long haired men) have spent countless hours tossing and turning throughout the night out of annoyance of their strands. Chances are you’ve found yourself in this situation at least once or twice before. You use your finger to twist your locks around and around until the pseudo ponytail starts to coil around itself because maybe that will keep it out of your face. Perhaps you’re one of the gals who tries the roots-up method – you know, when you gather your strands together and pull them up above your head so that your hair has its own designated spot on your pillow. Both methods yield mediocre results until you decide to re-adjust and your hair pushes the last patience-button.
We all know how bad it is to sleep with hair accessories, which is exactly why you try to coil or flip your hair out of the way. But sometimes it seems like the only way you’ll get relief, and clock in on your beauty sleep is to find the strongest rubber band in the house and secure those tresses to the top of your head so tight that they’ll be unmoved by morning. Eeek! We can practically hear our strands pleading for mercy at the thought of it!
In honor of strands everywhere, we have put together a list of the best and worst hair accessories to sleep in. However, do understand that sleeping with any type of hair accessory is not ideal and here’s why: the root and hairline are the most sensitive areas of the hair when you pull your strands back into a ponytail, you’re literally doing just that – pulling your hair! Not just for a few moments either, because when your secure your hair with an elastic, you’re applying bungee-chord-like strength to keep it all up and out of your face. After time and time again this tension will damage the hair follicle and strands will begin to shed. Additionally, depending on the type of hair accessory that’s being used, it may be damaging the strand causing it to snap and break.
With that word of caution, we always promote wearing your hair down if possible – after all, you’ve spent months (maybe years?) growing it out for a reason, right?! However, we know that the mid-night shoulder tickles and neck sweat can be terribly annoying.
The Worst Of The Worst:
- Water: It’s not an accessory per say, but it’s worth mentioning that when hair is wet it is at it’s weakest state, making it vulnerable to damage and breakage from just about any hairband or pillowcase.
- Rubber-Like Elastic: Tthe more plastic-like the elastic feels, the worse. For some reason, the hair likes to cling to the rubber and it breaks with each and every pull.
- Sock Bun Or Donut Bun: This popular hair curling technique looks pretty in the morning, but you are basically telling the hair and beauty gods that you want split ends. Just avoid this one altogether.
The Best Of The Best:
- Oil: Again, it’s not actually an accessory, but it will protect and condition your hair from damage caused by tossing and turning on your pillowcase, as well as snagging from your hair tie.
- Metal-Free: If you haven’t impulsively bought those bright colored flat fabric elastics that can be found in every checkout line, you’re missing out! Not only are they adorable, but they are much safer and gentler on your strands, ideal for those ponytail-needed nights.
- Silk And Satin: Again, not totally an accessory, but typical cotton and polyester pillowcases also snip and snag at your strands, even when you leave your hair down. Avoid this by laying your head on a silk or satin pillowcase. Did we mention it’s also a great anti-ager too?