How to Sleep Comfortably With Hair Extensions?
If you are not sure how to sleep comfortably with hair extensions, this article will give you all the answers.
Let's start with the biggest concern: despite popular opinion, sleeping with hair extensions can and should be comfortable! The fact that you’re wearing hair extensions during sleep does not mean that you have to make any compromises to the quality of that sleep.
We will show you how to keep your hair in a perfect, well-groomed shape and at the same time make sure that nothing interferes with your night's rest.
Can You Sleep With Hair Extensions?
You probably know that some women wear clip-ins (ready-made strands that are attached to your natural hair with small clips) and take them off before going to bed. This is a nice temporary solution - you can wear clip-ins on a night out or simply if you feel like you want a quick change in your hairstyle.
However, women who prefer permanent types of hair extensions like fusions, tape-ins, machine or hand-tied wefts can wear them for several months without having to remove them before going to bed.
So, the short answer to the question “can you sleep in hair extensions” is yes! However, you do have to be aware of certain care tips that will help you maintain your hair extensions for a longer period of time - more on that below.
Best Way to Prepare Hair Extensions for Sleeping
Let's first talk about sleeping with fusion hair extensions: most of our customers prefer to buy this type of extensions that are attached to your own hair via keratin bonds.
To preserve the keratin bonds used while you sleep, we recommend the following:
- Gently comb your hair before going to sleep (to untangle any knots);
- Put your hair together in a loose ponytail or braid. This way, you minimize the risk of the strands getting tangled, which may lead to a longer combing time in the morning.
- Tie up your hair ends with silk scrunchies to prevent hair damage. Unlike traditional cotton elastic bands, silk products will never damage or tangle your curls.
Since silk is quite similar in structure to human hair, you won’t have to worry about the fact that your hair ends will become more brittle and dry.
Oh, and silk scrunchies are very soft, so you won't even feel them when you sleep. A perfect accessory for everyday use!
As you can see, sleeping with hair extensions is much easier than it looks. Follow these simple tips and your hair will always look perfect in the morning! For more information on the daily hair routine, please see this article “How Do You Take Care of Hair Extensions?”.
How to Sleep With Hair Extensions: Basic Tips and Recommendations
Here are the top 5 tips on how to sleep with hair extensions:
- Don't go to bed with wet hair
Hair is most susceptible to damage when it is wet! Sleeping with hair that's not properly dried is the worst thing you can do to the styling. You risk further tangling the strands and even pulling some of them out along with your own hair.
We recommend blow-drying your hair: keep the blow-dryer at least 12 inches (30 centimeters) away from your head and do not use maximum temperature settings, which could cause the keratin bonds to melt. Read more about how to wash and dry hair extensions.
- Use a good hairbrush
Standard brushes with massage nodules or hard plastic bristles can pull out the keratin bonds or tangle your hair at the points where the hair extensions are attached.
To avoid this, we recommend purchasing a special brush for hair extensions like Janeke Mixed Bristle Brush with Nylon & Boar Bristles that gently combes the strands between your own hair and tapes/keratin bonds, or Janeke SuperBrush - a brush that easily manages any tangles and helps you to style hair using a blowdryer. A great choice for any type of hair!
Read more about how to brush your hair extensions.
- Get silk scrunchies and pillowcases
The best way to sleep with hair extensions is to put your hair together in a loose ponytail or braid and secure it with a silk scrunchie. Ideally, you should rest your head on a silk pillowcase as well. Read more about all the benefits of natural silk here.
- Wear silk night sleeping caps
Silk caps are a great alternative to pillowcases. They will reduce the risk of tangling and hair damage.
- Use a quality hair conditioner
This is one of the best ideas to protect hair extensions while sleeping! Apply conditioner to the middle and ends of your hair extensions. Try to spread it out evenly so it doesn't end up on the bonds, tapes, or hand-tied wefts. Braid your hair carefully and go to bed. Wash the hair as usual in the morning and enjoy the beautiful look!
What Does It Mean if Sleeping With Hair Extensions Hurts
What if you’ve followed all the tips but sleeping with hair extensions hurts? The most obvious explanation here is that your hair extensions procedure was not performed properly.
Difficulty sleeping with hair extensions hurts - here are the signs that something went wrong:
- you feel discomfort as if bonds/tapes were pulling at your own hair. This means that bonds/tapes are placed too close to the scalp;
- you get an itchy feeling and sometimes even a rash on the scalp. This might mean that too large/heavy strand was attached.
Sure, during the first 3 days after the extension procedure you might feel somewhat unusual as if your head were resting on beads (if you’ve got fusion hair extensions) but that’s completely fine and usually goes away quickly.
If your hair extension stylist attaches bonds correctly (the strand is pulled along the hair growth), then 3 days after the extension procedure, you won't feel any discomfort at all.
In addition to the level of professionalism of the hairstylist, the hair that was used for extension also plays an important role. We recommend using virgin Slavic hair for soft and thin curls and Russian hair and European hair for hair with a slightly denser texture.
That’s all you have to know about how to protect hair extensions while sleeping. Do not forget about the daily hair routine and your extensions will always look perfect!
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