How to Prevent Hair Breakage While Sleeping: Causes Explained

There are two different types of hair breakage. They both involve hair that was either thickened or weakened at a certain point, allowing for breakage to happen.

The most common type of breakage is when the hair breaks at the ends, more commonly known as "split ends." This type of breakage can continue from the ends all the way up the shaft of the hair if not treated.

Some people run into issues where the breakage can even begin at the scalp. This can cause further problems when it comes to growing a full head of hair.

How to Prevent Hair Breakage While Sleeping


In order to prevent hair breakage from occurring it's important to understand the type of hair you have. You should also keep the following tips in mind:

Brush Your Hair?

The old saying of 100 brushes per day is actually a myth that can cause a lot of damage to your hair. When you suffer from hair breakage and split ends, using a brush can actually make the condition worse.

A wide tooth comb is a better option and can result in less breakage issues when compared to a brush.

Limit Shampooing

Daily use of shampoo can cause dry hair. Dry hair can increase the risk of hair breakage and split-ends. However, if you're the type of person who needs to shower daily, you can use a conditioner, as it can help to moisturize the hair. Even a leave-in conditioner can work wonders.

Routine Haircut/Trim

You can fight split-ends by getting your hair trimmed on a routine basis. It's important to tell your hair dresser to use sharp scissors and to avoid razors as they can cause more damage to your hair.


There are a number of vitamins and minerals that help with hair health. Combined with a healthy diet, you can use vitamins such as:

  • Vitamin B complex
  • Vitamin B-6
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Magnesium
  • Zinc

Usually a multivitamin is more than enough to ensure you meet these vitamin/mineral requirements.

Pillows are Important

Pillows can also play a vital role in preventing hair breakage. If you haven't already, consider upgrading your pillowcase to a fabric that's made from silk or satin. These types of fabric are gentle on your hair and offer less resistance. Cotton on the other hand is prone to absorbing moisture from your hair which will lead to friction, knots, and tangles.

Can’t find a silk/satin pillowcase? A silk scarf is an acceptable replacement. Simply place it on top of your pillow to protect your hair as you sleep.

Hair Styles

If you're susceptible to hair breakage you should avoid tight hair styles like braids or ponytails. Both of these styles pull on the hair which can cause breakage problems.

Washing Hair Before Bed

Lots of people like to shower before bed, however wet hair is weaker than dry hair. Sleeping with wet hair increases your chances for hair breakage. If you are a person who takes their showers at night, be sure to dry your hair before you go to sleep.

Use a Fabric Scrunchie

Avoid using plastic hair elastics and opt for a fabric scrunchie instead. A scrunchie is far less harmful to your ends and can hold your hair out of the way. Plastic hair elastics cause friction and usually pull out hairs while you sleep.


Just like skin, hair consists of several layers and is regenerated while you sleep. These tips detailed above will help to prevent hair breakage and split-ends. However if you're noticing persistent brittle, dry hair, you should visit your Doctor to see if there is a pre-existing medical problem.

Robert Woods
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