Hair extensions are a great way to add volume and density to your hair while increasing your beauty and confidence tenfold at the same time.
While some are easy to install and can be done on your own such as clip-in hair or tape-in hair extensions, others can take hours and require a professional to do so such as i-tip, u-tip, machine weft and hand-tied weft. Because of this, most people would naturally prefer to sleep with their hair extensions on once they’re applied and not have to deal with removing it before bed every night.
But is this safe to do? Superhairpieces has provided this short guide on how to sleep with hair extensions as well as a few of the best practices and things to avoid.
The simple answer is yes — sleeping with hair extensions is perfectly fine. After all, most extensions other than clip-ins are semi-permanent. That said, there are some things to keep in mind.
Avoid sleeping with clip-in hair extensions
If you have clip-in hair extensions, you more than likely opted to wear them for a special occasion or prefer the convenience of easy installation and removal. While they are certainly the easiest set of extensions to install, it is important to remember to remove them when you are done.
That’s because they are only meant to be worn daily and not as a semi-permanent fixture on your head. In addition, the weight of the clips on your natural hair could lead to damage and shedding especially for those who tend to move a lot in their sleep.
Never sleep while your hair extensions are wet
This goes for natural hair as well, but you should never sleep with wet hair extensions. Not only is your hair at risk of getting tangled or matted, but the dampness can also lead to damage and shedding.
Instead, try and wash your hair a couple hours earlier than usual if you are a night-time washer. Alternatively, you can use a blow dryer to keep your hair dry and prevent it from tangling in your sleep. However, you should be careful and not overheat your hair as this can cause damage as well.
Tie your hair into a braid + brush it before sleeping
One of the most effective ways to protect your hair extensions while you sleep is to braid your hair before sleeping. Braids will secure and prevent your hair from moving around as you sleep. An added bonus is you will wake up with wavy hair while it will also be easier to brush your hair in the morning.
Speaking of brushing your hair, it is a good practice to always brush it before sleeping (and applying braids for that matter). This will help remove any tangled hair as well as product residue from earlier on in the day. Just make sure not to brush aggressively.
Change your pillowcase
Another thing to consider when sleeping with hair extensions on is your pillowcase.
If you have a cotton pillowcase, it’s probably best to invest in a satin or silk pillowcase. That’s because the material is more delicate when touching your hair and also reduces shedding because of the reduced friction as a result.
It is completely safe to sleep with hair extensions on. If you follow the above information, there should be no cause for concern about your natural hair or extensions getting damaged.
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