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Did you miss a night’s sleep because you were too tired to blow-dry your hair after a shower? Have you ever considered the potential consequences of sleeping with wet hair?

Since childhood, we have  been told about the potential damage of wet hair. So, what is the truth? What does this mean for the scalp?

For many years, There has been common belief that sleeping with wet hair or leaving the house with wet hair can have harmful effects. There is a lot of research indicating that wet hair is significantly more susceptible to damage and destruction.

It is widely understood that the greatest risk to the scalp when wet hair is present is fungal infection. It is important to note that the scalp can host a variety of bacteria, many of which are harmless. Some fungi, such as Malassezia globosa, can cause issues. Malassezia is a condition that affects approximately half of the global population, presenting with symptoms such as pain, itching, scaling, and dryness. This is precisely where wet hair becomes problematic.

Wet Hair Offers a Perfect Microclimate for Dandruff

Wet hair can cause many symptoms, creating an excellent growth environment for the Malassezia species. Especially in rainy weather, the combination of temperature and humidity between the scalp and hair dramatically promotes the growth of the Malassezia fungus. Furthermore, sleeping with wet hair can also lead to a number of issues. When sleeping with wet hair, the moisture in the hair will adhere to the pillow, keeping the head moist for a longer period of time. Thus, it will become an ideal environment for the Malassezia fungus to flourish.

The Harms of Not Drying Wet Hair

There are few risks associated with sleeping with wet hair. However, there are a few factors to consider before you even think about walking around with wet hair or going to sleep every night:

Getting sick: The most common problem with walking around or sleeping with wet hair is the tendency to get sick.

Fungal infections: It is a common misconception that walking around or sleeping with wet hair will not result in the individual feeling cold. However, it should be noted that wet hair dramatically increases the risk of developing one of the scalp fungal infections. According to the experts, who recommend sleeping with dry hair as much as possible, fungal species such as Malassezia can cause many different problems, such as dermatitis, and dandruff, due to wet hair. Also, to the fungi that naturally reside on your scalp will also find your pillows to be an excellent home. Fungi thrive in a warm environment, and a moist pillowcase provides an ideal breeding ground.

Hair breakage: It is also important to note that sleeping with wet hair can have an adverse effect on your hair. The most significant issue is that your hair is damaged due to actions such as turning or tossing during sleep. This is a cause for concern, particularly if your hair is braided. You can contact us immediately with any questions you may have about your hair.

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