Tie your hair. This is one of your first instincts when you walk out the door after a long day. A feeling so comfortable that you even dive into the arms of Morpheus with your bun perched high on your head. And if you are far from being the only one sleeping with your hair tied up, this practice still leaves a doubt among many of us: is it harmful to the health and beauty of the hair? Olivier Lebrun, founding hairdresser of the Olab Paris salon, disentangles the true from the false.
Tie your hair up to sleep, yes…
At first sight, we would tend to say thattie up our hair overnight is a bad idea. In any case, that’s what the author of these lines thought when she picked up the phone for the interview. And yet, tying up your hair to sleep would indeed have benefits, according to the expert. In the first line, this action would play a role of protection against so-called mechanical wear, in other words the fact that our hair is damaged by friction against the pillow (also valid for our collars, scarves and other caps). In addition, it helps to control the volume and prevent the hair from tangling. Thus, we say goodbye to the mane in shambles on waking! Finally, tying your hair allows you to leave on our hair care products to leave on all night without fear of spreading it on all the sheets and also ensuring that the product penetrates the hair fibre.
… but not without conditions!
“So if there is no problem sleeping with your hair tied up, a few golden rules must be followed for the health and beauty of the hair,” explains the expert. First, it is essential to avoid hairstyles that are too tight or too pulled (goodbye chignons adored) as well as accessories positioned close to the scalp. The main risk? Break the hair. But then what to do? Well, it’s quite simple. Before going to bed, we start by brushing our hair (one of the first gestures to clean the hair) and we form a flexible braid before tying it at the tip. For this last step, “the best thing is to use a silk thread or a fabric scrunchie and to ban rubber bands as well as accessories likely to injure the skull during the night, such as pins”, specifies the hairdresser. Another variant? The crown braid to further avoid friction – a little more complicated to achieve, we grant it. Last but not least, the expert recommends having your hair dry before braiding it. If, however, you are looking for a wavy effect when you wake up, “it is possible to cheat from time to time by only drying the roots, so you get the desired effect without jeopardizing the scalp”. On good terms!