Dandruff is a skin condition that affects our scalp and manifests in flaking and mild itchiness. Although typically not dangerous, this condition can lower our self-esteem. In severe cases, it can cause scalp inflammation and lead to seborrheic dermatitis. One common habit you may not be aware of can make your dandruff worse.
Read further to find out what it is.
Sleeping With Wet Hair
We’ve all heard stories that going to bed with wet hair leads to catching a cold. However, numerous experts confirmed this isn’t true. To catch a cold, microorganisms (usually viruses) need to be involved. So, sleeping with wet hair isn’t directly related to getting sick.
Still, most doctors and hairstylists advise against not drying your hair before bed. That’s because wet hair is more prone to damage. Since it’s much weaker than dry hair, wet hair can easily break and stretch.
Plus, wet hair affects your scalp as well. Sleeping with damp hair naturally gets your pillow wet. That, in turn, creates a moist environment suitable for yeast development, which can cause dandruff.
Dandruff is not the only thing you should be worried about if you often sleep with wet hair. A wet pillow enables mold and bacteria to come in contact with your face. They can cause numerous skin conditions such as acne, eczema, and scalp inflammation.
No More Bedhead
If you want to avoid developing dandruff and various skin conditions, you shouldn’t go to bed with wet hair. Instead, move washing your hair to the morning if you don’t have enough time to dry it at night. Another option is to blow dry your hair thoroughly. That will minimize the chances of getting dandruff and make styling your hair in the morning much easier.