Have you ever wondered if it is better to sleep with your hair tied down or down? We already anticipated you, the best thing is to let it go. But there are situations that require sleeping with your hair tied back. We tell you when it is convenient to sleep with your hair tied or loose and why.

Ultimately, the decision will impact the health of your hair and scalp. So, read the arguments of each side, put in the balance and make your decision.

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Sleeping with your hair tied up

For many, it may sound like a bad word, but sleeping with your hair tied can be a beauty trick to achieve certain results or facilitate some treatment while we rest. Then the yes and no’s of sleeping with your hair tied up.

The Yes

Sometimes the dilemma between sleeping your hair tied or loose is easily solved when there is a purpose. And by this we mean the intention behind the act of holding it or picking it up. In what cases is it worth sleeping with your hair tied up? Well, well, if you want to get waves without heat , you can sleep with some braids and let them go in the morning. Hairstyle ready!

On the other hand, it is convenient to tie the hair to sleep when you are doing a treatment. For example, you applied coconut oil all over your hair or you want to leave the conditioner on overnight , it is best to make a loose braid and hold the end with an elastic. If it’s with a scrunchie , so much the better. In this way, you avoid staining all the sheets and the product spreading everywhere.

The not

The great NO of sleeping with your hair tied are the collected suspenders. Why? Because this creates tension in the hair and scalp . It is important to facilitate the oxygenation of the hair follicles so that the hair grows strong and healthy.

So if you have a reason to sleep with your hair tied up, then go for a loose braid. Otherwise, the healthiest thing for your hair is to sleep with your hair down.

Sleeping with your hair down

The hair also needs to rest from the stresses or aggressions to which it was subjected during the day. Without friction and without the tension that a pick up generates, we facilitate oxygenation and, therefore, blood circulation of the scalp.

The Yes

Yes, always yes to sleep with hair down. Before you reproach us that you wake up with hair full of knots, we tell you that the best night ritual before going to sleep is to brush dry hair to detangle well.

If you think that loose hair is responsible for your frizz in the morning, then we recommend changing your pillowcase for a satin or silk one. It is true that the rubbing of the pillow generates friction, but with a satin or silk one it is considerably reduced, since the hair slides on these fabrics.

The not

Sleeping with your hair down has no buts. But it is worth a clarification. Before we told you that it is beneficial to brush dry hair before going to sleep. And we want to emphasize “dry hair”, since wet hair is more prone to breakage and humidity is the ideal ecosystem for the appearance of fungi (hello, dandruff or dermatitis). So, make sure you go to sleep with dry hair.

Our tip : In addition to being loose and dry, it is important to go to sleep with hair free of impurities or residues. In part, you can get rid of these with brushing. But washing it is the best option. We recommend doing it with Dove Detox Ritual Shampoo and Conditioner , whose formula contains purifying ingredients such as matcha and rice milk, also known as rice water .

Let’s take a closer look at  the main threats that your hair receives when you decide to leave it tied during sleeping hours.


We start with the mildest. If you leave your hair tied overnight, in the morning you have marked where the rubber band held it! Combing it becomes more difficult. That is when heat tools such as the iron appear on the scene. And we already know that excessive use of this heat tool damages hair . Without escape, you resort but … to tied hair.