Is Going To Bed With Wet Hair Bad For You?

woman with wet hair

Ever hear that going to bed with wet hair will make you sick? You’re not alone. It’s one of those pieces of old-school advice that gets passed down from generation to generation, along with the thought that plucking one gray hair causes three to grow back and that only teenagers get acne.

Some people prefer to wash their hair at night for whatever reason—it fits with their schedule, they love that snooze button or they’ve been doing it for years without really thinking about it. But does going to bed with wet hair really, truly, actually make you sick? And even if it doesn’t, does it harm your hair? We went to the experts to find if the advice actually holds up—or not.

Ask the Doctor: Will Going to Bed With Wet Hair Make You Sick?

According to Amber Tully, MD, a family-medicine physician at Cleveland Clinic, the idea that sleeping with wet hair can cause illness is an old wives’ tale. (Sorry, mom.) The common cold—think sniffling, congestion or a runny nose—is caused by a virus that is in no way related to how damp or dry your hair is. “You may feel physically cold if you sleep with wet or damp hair, but this will not cause illness,” says Dr. Tully. But people associate being sick with feeling physically cold, she explains, which is probably why this mistake is so prevalent.

The common cold is caused by a virus that is in no way related to how damp or dry your hair is.

On the other hand, going to bed with wet hair can cause an entirely different set of issues—for your scalp. “A chronically damp or wet pillow may become a breeding ground for bacterial or fungal infections, since the combination of warmth and moisture allows many fungal elements to thrive,” says Dr. Tully. That could result in seborrheic dermatitis—a.k.a. dandruff, the most obvious sign of which is a chronically red, itchy or flaky scalp.

Ask the Hairstylist: Will Going to Bed With Wet Hair Damage Your Hair? 

Going to bed with wet hair can also create extra work in the AM. “Sleeping with wet hair causes your hair to set, which means your hair will turn out whichever way you sleep on it,” says Marshall Lin, a stylist at Frédéric Fekkai SoHo Salon. “Your hair can get tangled during sleep, and those knots can be harder to get out without causing breakage to strands.” He also seconds the point about damage to the scalp—noting that it’s not just your pillow that’s the problem. “The moisture, oil and body heat from your scalp can cause buildup and lead to dry scalp or dandruff,” he says.

“Your hair can get tangled during sleep, and those knots can be harder to get out without causing breakage to strands.”

If you have no other options besides going to bed with wet hair, it’s worth taking a few extra steps to protect it. First, let your roots dry a little bit, which can help alleviate scalp issues. Then, “comb your hair well and apply a light, leave-in conditioner,” says Lin. “Since your hair will set overnight, you’ll want to go to sleep with it smooth and neat.” Lin recommends working Fekkai PrX Reparatives Leave-In Conditioner Spray through the mid-lengths to ends, which will help keep hair smooth. In the morning, comb your hair and quickly blast your roots with a hair dryer to ensure your scalp is completely dry. If your hair is wavy or curly, work a curl cream or oil through the ends—otherwise, you’re good to go.

 

While hitting the sheets with wet hair won’t kill you, it’s generally not a good idea for your hair and scalp. If time is the enemy at bedtime, we recommend a quick dry using the ultra-fast Harry Josh Pro Tools hair dryer. You can also dry and protect your hair at the same time with a fast-absorbing hair turban (it’s comfy enough to wear while sleeping). And—most important—choose the right brush or comb to detangle your wet strands, while minimizing breakage. Try The Wet Brush, which is designed especially for wet or damp hair.

Does your Hairstyle Make the Cut All Year Round?”

Model by Kate Herrington/ Hair by Marshall Lin
 
When the temperatures soar during the hot summer months, we may feel inclined towards chopping off our hair in order to keep cool. Is the summertime the perfect time to try out that Pixie look you’ve been contemplating? Perhaps, come June, you should trade your long tresses for a modern lob. Marshall’s take on this subject is quite the opposite.
 
According to Marshall, a surefire method for choosing the length of your hairstyle is to base it on the fashion of the season. The same outlook can be applied to choosing the right hair color. (Read more about choosing your color here)
 
In the summer, our wardrobes lighten up in many ways. We wear thinner fabrics and show more skin. Bare arms, shorter hemlines, exposed shoulders, and glimpses of midriff exude an air of freedom. This leaves room for long flowing hair; a gorgeous mane to frame that gorgeous figure. Your hair could be your best accessory. A glimpse of Alessandra, Adriana, or Taylor on the Victoria’s Secret runway is proof that long hair is the perfect complement to minimal clothing.
 
In the winter, fashion is a bit heavier. We cover ourselves in turtlenecks, heavy knits, scarves, and warm outerwear. Piling on layers can camouflage your figure; and the benefit of shorter hair is that it brings focus to your face. Also, in a sea of darker winter hues lighter hair color can highlight the best features of your face.
 
Hair by Marshall Lin
From an evolutionary perspective, our hair provides protection and warmth to our bodies. But above all, Marshall’s standpoint is that we should all choose the hairstyles that make us look the most beautiful season after season.
Model Link- Kate Herrington

Shining A Light on Summertime Hair Color

Shining A Light on Summertime Hair Color

Hair by Marshall Lin 
The Desire for lighter hair color in the summertime is a strong one. While we strive for darker golden tans, we opt for lighter hues for our manes. But before you hit the salon to change up or just refresh your hair color for the summer, read on for Marshall’s guidelines because lighter is not always the way to go.
Summer is the season of sunshine. Under its rays, everything is bright and vivid; including your hair. The most important step in creating the perfect color is to create the best base so that your hair develops naturally under the sun.
In order to create the best base, consider the following two factors. “Hair naturally will look lighter in every angle under the sun,” says Marshall. Spending any time outside in the summer will lighten your hair, and at the beach the saltwater and heat will oxidize your color. In addition to the lightening effect, a stronger contrast will show up in your hair from the sun. Highlights will appear brighter while the stronger lighting will also reflect the different tones.
Color by Rogerio Cavalcante
Marshall has individualized advice based on your current color. If your hair is dark or black (a.k.a. naturally deep brown or black Asian hair), Marshall suggests some natural gently sun kissed highlights around your face. Ask your colorist for cooler tones, as warmer toned hues on dark hair tend to turn brassy in the sun.
 
If your hair is medium brown or dark blonde, you can just let it be. If you are happy with your color, stay with it because the sun will create naturally beautiful highlights.
” As for the summertime, the light outside is more intense and thus all colors look more diluted- Which is why a neon pink shirt doesn’t seems as intense during the summer as it does in winter. During summer, blonds should go for more of a golden, sandy, vanilla tone with more contrast from highlight. For brunettes, summer is the best time to go against their natural hair color- for instance a soft blond, honey or light caramel color ‘ David Michaud ,Color director from Frederic Fekkai
 
If your hair is light blonde, keep in mind that your hair will lighten at least one shade lighter from the sun. It is important to protect your color. Marshall suggests that you ask your colorist to tone your color one or a half level deeper or warmer. You can also add on color pigment to strengthen your hair and create a richer tone.
 
Hair color experts use the word tone to refer to warmer and cooler hues. Warmer tones include gold, chestnut, caramel, and strawberry blonde. Red, orange, and yellow are the foundation for these colors. Warmer tones can be universally flattering in the summertime. On the other hand, if you are aiming for more of a platinum blonde or ash brown, opt for a cooler tone which is based on gray, blue, or green. Again, if your hair is darker and veers towards the brassy side, a cool tone can combat the brassiness.
” For the summer you can go red nut it must be soft and warm. Especially for the very light skin complexion” Editorial Colorist Christophe Lamvenne from Fekkai Soho
Color by Christophe Lambenne 

‘ I do like the word “en-hance-ment”. This can make a great impact just making them feeling better in their own beauty ‘ Rogerio Cavalcante, Star colorist from Maria Bonita Salon NYC

If you are venturing towards Marshall’s “break the rules” colors such as pink, blue, or silver, go all out and follow your heart when picking the right shade.
 
So, remember to create the perfect base for your summer hair color. While you are basking in the sun and enjoying the glory days of summer, your highlights will also be in bloom.

Am I Too Old For This Hairstyle?

 
 That Age Old Question We All Ask About Our Hair
At some point in life we all reflect upon our image. Many of us will even wonder, “Am I too old for this hairstyle?” More specifically, we may question how age appropriate long hair is and how much volume is too much or too little.
Hair by Marshall Lin
 
According to Marshall, the answer is to look beyond your age when contemplating hair styles. After working with a diverse spectrum of clients over the past two decades he believes that, “There are many elements we can use to maximize your hair style, but age is not one of them.” The foundation of your haircut should be based on face shape, bone structure, and personal style. 
 
“I look at my clients and how they carry themselves daily. I consider both their professional lives and their more casual off-duty looks.” He believes that a person’s confidence is reflected in his or her hair style.
 
“It’s all about how you carry yourself,” he says. He goes as far as saying, “My definition of getting old is losing confidence.”  
 
Sofia Vergara, Jennifer Lopez, and Gwyneth Paltrow are prime examples; looking at them conjures up notions of the “fountain of youth”. They can pull off a full array of sexy styles and look fresher than stars half their age. While it’s undeniable that they have beauty squads to give them a boost, it’s their high levels of confidence that will always impart natural allure without fail. 
 
Marshall’s parting advice is, “Take care of yourself, be healthy and stay positive towards life. Communicate with your hairstyle, embrace your personal beauty, and you will look confident, sexy, chic and whatever else you feel inside.” So, go ahead and wear your long sexy do in all its glory. At the end of the day, age is just a number. 

Tips when visiting a salon

Going to a hair salon is one of the biggest treats you can give yourself. Here are some tips to make your salon experience a lot better.

1) If this is your first time to the salon, remember to communicate with your hairstylist and keep an open mind.
2) Prepare two or three photos of what you like, and another two or three of what you don’t like. This is especially important if you’re getting your hair colored. Your explanation will probably be different from what you actually want because color can be so complicated, so a picture will be the best way to get on the same page as your stylist.
3) Don’t wear white to a color service. You don’t want to put pressure on your shampoo technician or colorist by having them worry about not ruining your white shirt.
4) Try and wear a button-down shirt, so you won’t mess up your hairdo once it’s done.
5) If you had a bad experience, don’t be afraid to tell your hairstylist, but don’t tell them what to do. It’s very distracting when you guide a professional stylist. Let’s say if they listen, you will end up getting the result of something done in the bathroom, but if you don’t say anything you’ll be unhappy. So say something, but don’t guide.
Again, it’s a blessing and treat to let someone make you beautiful, so open your mind and get ready to look and feel beautiful.
– Marshall Lin