Do you know that all your hair care efforts can go in vain if you don’t maintain a proper nighttime routine for your hair? Yes! Your epithelial hair follicle stem cells  are set into action while you sleep.
Besides preventing your hair from any damage, the right care taken during bedtime enhances the process of your overall hair growth.
Here, we bring you some of the best nighttime hair care tips to prevent your hair from damage while sleeping.
Is It Good To Tie Your Hair At Night?
While tying your hair during sleep has its own advantages and disadvantages, you need to take the call depending on your hair type. It is best to sleep with your hair down if your hair length is short. It also lets the air flow freely through your hair, which makes you sleep more comfortably.
On the other hand, if you have long hair locks, it is recommended to tie your hair to prevent knots and breakage. Also, leaving your hair loose can increase frizziness.
“Tying your hair tightly can damage your hair roots and cause traction alopecia . Hence, you need to wear your hair in a loose ponytail or braid which does not apply much pulling force on your scalp,” says Dr. Zeel Gandhi, Chief Ayurvedic Doctor at Vedix.
While you are asleep, your pineal gland produces a hair growth hormone called melatonin.  Thus, sound sleep plays a key role in the growth cycle of your hair.
How To Protect Your Hair While Sleeping?
1. Brush Your Hair Before Going To Bed
Make sure you brush your hair from your scalp roots to tips before you hit the bed. This helps to detangle your hair while distributing your scalp’s natural oils evenly across your hair. Ayurveda suggests using a wide-toothed comb or boar bristle brush made of neem wood for your hair every night. You need to keep your hair brushing gently and avoid overdoing it. Also, avoid brushing your hair when it is wet.
2. Never Sleep With Wet Hair
Damp hair is extremely fragile and sleeping without drying your hair after a shower can result in severe hair fall. Also, your hair becomes unruly in the morning and tends to break easily. Hence, it is better to avoid hair wash at night. If need be, ensure that your hair is fully dried before you go to sleep.
3. Apply Overnight Hair Serum
There is no better time than bedtime to treat your scalp and hair with nourishing hair serums. Applying a natural or Ayurvedic serum to your scalp overnight rejuvenates your hair follicles and boosts your hair growth. Similarly, applying a serum to the hair shaft at night enables you to wake up with soft and frizz-free hair in the morning.
You can spray plain diluted aloe vera gel as a natural serum on your scalp and hair before sleeping. “Silicone-free hair serum made of natural ingredients is the best choice when it comes to hair serums. Whereas silicone-based serums may cause product buildup over time,” says Dr. Zeel.
4. Moisturize Your Hair With Warm Oil Treatment
Ayurveda recommends applying warm Ayurvedic oil with ingredients that can balance your elevated doshas to your scalp and hair before going to bed. You can wash your hair the next morning. This not only moisturizes your hair by deep conditioning but also strengthens your roots and hair by providing immense nourishment.
Besides dosha balancing properties, hair oils contain essential vitamins, minerals, omega fatty acids, phytosterols, etc. which gets more time to deeply penetrate into your hair follicles when applied overnight. Also, oils act as a protective layer against any physical damage on your scalp and hair shaft when you are asleep.
“You can schedule a warm oil treatment for your scalp and hair twice or thrice a week. Do not apply hair serums or dry shampoos on the nights you apply hair oil,” says Dr. Zeel.
5. Massage Your Scalp
Massaging your scalp  before sleeping can effectively stimulate blood circulation to your follicles. This in turn promotes healthy hair growth, besides inducing deep sleep.
Vedix Tip: The time between 9 pm-12 am at night is Kapha dominant, which is the best time to sleep. Avoid delaying your bedtime beyond 12 as your Pitta dosha aggravates after 12, which in turn leads to grey hair, greasy dandruff, and hair loss. Also, avoid using any kind of electronic gadgets ahead of your bedtime as it triggers Vata dosha, which decreases your sleep quality.
6. Braid Your Hair Before Going To Bed
If you have long hair, a loose braid at the nape of your neck is one of the best ways to decrease the chances of hair damage during nighttime. Also, if you have straight hair, sleeping with braided hair is a heat-free styling technique that can give you natural curls in the morning. Also, it keeps your hair tangle-free.
7. Wear Your Hair In A Bun
Tying a high bun is one of the damage-free hairstyles you can choose while going to sleep. When you bun your hair in the crown region, it does not interfere with your sleep. However, make sure that your bun is loose enough to avoid any not damage to your hair roots. Also, high buns can impart some lifted volume near your hair roots, especially if you have thin and flat hair.
8. Make Use Of Dry Shampoo
If you are a dry shampoo person, it is always better to use it at night as it gives your hair a natural, voluminous, and greaseless look the next morning. Dry shampoos  impart freshness to your roots and hair shaft by absorbing the excess sebum and scalp oils, overnight. However, it is recommended to use dry shampoos at moderate levels. Remember, it should never be a replacement for your regular hair wash.
9. Use Satin/Silk Pillowcase
If you sleep on pillowcases made of harsh fabrics, it may cause breakage in your hair. Cotton pillowcases absorb the moisture from your hair, making your hair dry, brittle, and prone to breakage. Hence, you need to switch your pillowcase to soft fabric such as silk or satin to prevent hair damage.
10. Wear A Sleep Cap
If you want to preserve your defined curls during your sleep, then you must wear a hair cap made of satin or silk fabric. This prevents any form of friction between your hair and pillowcase, giving your hair a smoother texture the next morning.
11. Avoid Tight Hairstyles
Keep your ponytails, braids, or buns as loose as possible while you sleep. Tight hairstyles, especially while you are asleep takes your hair through harsh physical damage, which in turn results in traction alopecia.
The Last Word
Improper hair care routines during nighttime can ruin the health of your hair. While you are asleep, your hair undergoes different processes such as repairing, reinforcement, and growth. It is that time when essential nutrients are absorbed into your scalp tissues intensely. Ayurveda recommends improving your sleep routine along with practicing the right hair care regimen to maintain the harmony of your doshas. At Vedix, we customize the Ayurvedic hair care regimen for your unique hair problems by analyzing your current dosha levels.Know Your Dosha Now