EXPERTS reveal why you should never sleep with Olaplex in your hair.
The popular product can pose a major hazard to skin if left on wet tresses overnight.
Olaplex went viral on social media as a nourishing and protective treatment for frizzy hair.
Leaving it on for an extended period of time will leave your hair silky smooth, but it won’t do your skin any favors.
Your soggy pillow becomes a nest for bacteria that can damage your complexion.
During the eight or so hours you spend in bed, you breathe in those germs and spread them all over your face.
A Happy Beds spokesperson told Metro, “The more moisture gets into your pillowcase, the more heat and humidity makes your pillow an ideal environment for bacteria.”
“Pillowcases are made of materials that, when they get damp and retain moisture, can cause breakouts and clogged pores due to dead skin and other bacteria that can live in those areas.”
Our body can shed over 15 million skin cells and lose about a liter of sweat in just one night.
This and the water from wet hair can allow microbes to multiply and the skin to become infectious.
The experts added, “Moisture can seep through the pillowcases into your pillow and duvet, meaning your linens need to be washed a lot more often.”
“That’s because the moisture transferred to your comforter can cause skin irritation if you repeatedly do your bedtime routine, as well as a proliferation of bacteria.”
To prevent fungal infections and other skin diseases, it is recommended to dry your hair before bed.
It is also recommended to use a silk pillowcase when sleeping as it can protect you from transferring bacteria to your skin.
To avoid hair friction, you can also wrap your hair in a silk cloth.
Doctors advise washing the pillow regularly—at least once a week—since the fabric can harbor harmful bacteria and mold spores.
This is especially important if you share your bed with someone else.
Dermatologist Jennifer Linder told Allure, “Impetigo is a bacterial skin infection that can appear anywhere on the body, including the face and scalp.”
“Human-to-human transmission can occur through contact with the infected wounds or through sharing personal items such as towels or bedding.”
And you should try not to put too many products on your hair as they will also get on your face and scalp.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, this can lead to acne because products are often heavily perfumed and contain pore-clogging oils.
As if that wasn’t enough, studies show that other fungi can grow if hair is kept wet for too long.
In 2021, researchers examining hair follicles found a Malassezia species of fungus that can cause seborrheic dermatitis — a condition that causes a red, scaly, and itchy rash on the skin.
Persistent moisture was a major risk factor.
Ringworm, a fungus that thrives in moist areas, and Aspergillus fumigatus, a fungus commonly found in pillows, can also develop, according to the Sleep Foundation.
Two other studies found that sleeping with wet hair is also a common occurrence for dandruff and hair breakage, so overall it’s not a good idea.
Robbie Rushton, clinical trichologist at the Rushton Clinic and an expert on Goldster, told The Sun: “Sleeping with conditioner on wet hair isn’t directly dangerous or dangerous, but it could potentially pose some challenges that may affect the maintenance of ideal hair are not optimal.” Health.
“First, leaving the conditioner on longer than recommended can result in your hair and scalp becoming oversaturated, resulting in greasy-looking and weighed-down hair due to product build-up.
“In addition, the continued moisture and build-up can create a favorable environment for bacteria and fungi, which can potentially lead to scalp problems such as dandruff or infection.”
“People with sensitive skin or conditions like seborrheic dermatitis can also experience scalp irritation, which can include itching, flaking and inflammation.
“Another concern is the possibility of hair damage and inconvenience.
“Wet hair is generally more prone to breakage, and this potential damage could be exacerbated by rubbing against a pillow while sleeping.”
“The humidity could also create an uncomfortable sleeping environment and create a wet pillow that encourages mold and mildew to grow.”
He added that it’s advisable to rinse out conditioners completely and let hair dry completely before bed.
If an overnight treatment is preferred, opt for a leave-in conditioner or hair mask that’s specifically designed for long-term use,” he said.
Health experts previously warned against sitting in a wet bikini for too long.
The bacteria from the moisture can cause a nasty infection that could spoil your summer vacation.
According to Tia Guster, obstetrician-gynecologist at Piedmont, “swimsuits are the perfect breeding ground for yeast” and bacteria because “the intimate area has moisture that’s warm and dark.”