Waking up is hard enough already, and bed-head only makes things more difficult. As restorative as sleep is for our minds and body, sleeping without hair protection can lead to a frizzy, tangled, or limp mane. It can also lead to breakage, which is a nightmare for long locks and pixie cuts alike. Whipping it back into shape adds time and stress to your morning routine and is one more reason to wake up even earlier than you have to.
Wrapping hair in a scarf overnight can help alleviate much of this. Though Melissa LaPerriere, founder of Salon Nové, says hair wrapping is coming back in style, some of her clients still consider it to be an old-school solution.
“We think about the 1950s, and that sort of thing,” LaPerriere says, but it’s a benefit to modern women too, regardless of hair type, texture, volume, or length. Read on as LaPerriere breaks down the benefits of hair wrapping and how to best wrap your hair for overnight protection.
LaPerriere lives in Colorado where the air exceptionally dry. This can wreak havoc on hair even when indoors at night. While you need to be more cognizant of your hair’s moisture in a dry climate, poor nighttime hair care can dry out your locks in the most humid climates. Cotton pillowcases, which many people use, certainly don’t help.
“Overnight as we sleep, our scalp produces oils that are very important to the hair,” she says. “Those cotton pillowcases make the ends drier.” Cotton absorbs all of this necessary moisture, whereas covering your hair with a silk wrap provides a protective layer, holding the moisture in. This ameliorates any adverse effects of dry air and coarse pillowcases.
The conversations around self-care increased in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as we took notice of the benefits of a little pampering. Having a short ritual like wrapping your hair that makes you look and feel better can be a way to show yourself a little extra, well-deserved love.
“How can we do those little things?” LaPerriere comments. “It’s a self-care ritual that can help nourish our hair back to life.”
Keeps style in place
Just like we might be recycling outfits a little more these days, we are also getting more mileage out of our hairdos. If your hair is especially time-consuming to style, save time by wrapping your hair to keep things in place.
“It can help extend your hairstyle that you spent your time doing,” LaPerriere says. Read: You can hit the snooze button a few times and enjoy a little extra sleep.
Protects against breakage
Coloring or treating your hair gives great versatility, allowing you to rock a curly, pin-straight, or mohawked ‘do. The downside? The chemicals make your hair more susceptible to breakage. A silk or satin wrap can reduce friction with pillowcases and banish breakage, leaving your hair looking fuller and healthier.
People with longer hair in particular know just how pesky and painful tangles can be. Treating them can literally feel like you are pulling your hair out, which is obviously harmful to your locks.
LaPerriere suggests braiding hair and wrapping it to reduce the knots that build up in our hair as we toss and turn throughout the night. “It can make life so much easier,” she says, and we couldn’t say it better ourselves.
How to wrap hair in a scarf
This all sounds great, but you may be wondering, what is the best way to protect your head while you sleep. There are a handful of simple wraps to try as you discover what works best for your hair and lifestyle.
First, LaPerriere recommends a silk or satin scarf, noting that satin is her go-to because it’s eco-friendlier. These fabrics are also smoother and less prone to friction than their cotton and polyester counterparts. She typically works pomegranate oil into her hair for its replenishing benefits before wrapping it in a scarf.
“You may want to choose a wrap that sits more on top of the head or down by the nape,” she says. “That is a personal preference, and it’s a little trial-and-error. Find that routine that feels really good for your sleep habits.”
Wrapping hair overnight is protective and restorative, which is why salon professionals have always advocated for it. It reduces tangles and breakage and can help keep hair in place, making your morning routine easier. It’s also a nice mentally-soothing self-care ritual. How you wrap your hair in a scarf overnight is often a matter of personal preference, so find a silk or satin fabric and position that feels comfortable to you.
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