We've all done it. Wash day can take so long that sometimes we hit the hay with wet curls. While there can be some benefits to laying your head to rest with damp curls, doing it consistently can lead to some problems down the road. Before you decide to skip the diffuser, check out these reasons why you shouldn't sleep with wet curls.
Nothing will be a cramp in your curl growth like a nasty fungal infection. Going to bed with wet curls creates a breeding ground for nasty fungal infections, which can be hard to get rid of. If you're unlucky enough to get one, you're going to be dealing with rashes, itching, as well as inflammation.
If your curls are soaking wet when you go to bed, odds are you're providing an environment for bacteria to grow. Once the bacteria has begun growing in your curls, it's an easy transition to your bedding. Avoid creating further health problems for yourself by making sure your curls aren't soaked before bedtime arrives.
Everyone knows this annoying, itchy, flaky condition is often caused by dryness on the scalp. However, scientists have begun researching the connection between this irritating condition and a fungus called Malassezia globosa. This nasty fungus penetrates your curl's follicles and then settles on your scalp. And we all know how difficult it is to get rid of dandruff once it's developed. Making sure your curls and scalp aren't allowed to stay wet overnight will help keep this condition from developing.
Heading to bed with wet curls that are allowed to dry overnight an actually lead to breakage down the road. If you're resting on a cotton pillowcase, moisture is being seeped from your curls all night while you sleep. Curls that are being allowed to dry overnight are not only being sucked of their moisture, they're also prone to tangles, which leads to breakage. Drying and pineappling your curls before bed can help protect them from damage.