Hygiene expert reveals why you should never go to bed with wet hair – and it’s nothing to do with getting a cold | The Sun

A HYGIENE expert has revealed why you should NEVER go to bed with wet hair – and people can’t believe the potential damage they’ve been doing. 

Madame Sweat suggested that not only could you be doing your locks more damage, but also encouraging fungus to grow on your scalp and pillow.

Known online as @madamesweat, she regularly shares her tips on ‘hygiene etiquette’ with her 420,500 followers. 

In a new TikTok reel, she said: “If you go to bed at night with your hair wet or damp, I’m going to give you three things that you probably should worry about.

“One, you could get a fungal infection in your scalp, and if you have dandruff, it’s going to make it even worse because fungus will grow from moisture.”

And if that wasn’t bad enough, she also explained that you could be encouraging mould and fungus to grow on your pillows too. 


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She continued: “Two, if you haven’t already cleaned your pillow, you better get working on it after you go to bed with wet hair. 

“It’s already a hotbed for fungus – you’re going to cause even more by putting that moisture into the pillow, and letting it sit there and fester.”

And finally, her third reason to avoid sleeping with damp ends was that you could be causing damage to the hair shaft. 

She added: “When your hair is wet or damp, it’s in a weakened state which means it has to be treated very gently. 

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“When you’re tossing and turning on your pillow, you can actually cause breakage at the shaft which means you’re going to end up with a lot more split ends.

“Don’t go to bed with your hair wet.”

Her revelations attracted plenty of attention online, gaining more than 45,400 likes and 1.7 million views. 

In the comments, TikTokkers shared their reactions, with one writing: “That explains a lot.”

“Not me getting up from bed to fry my hair,” commented another. 

A third put: “I 100% have a fungal scalp issue and regularly go to bed with wet hair.”

Someone else shared: “My daughter does this. I am sending this to her!”

Although not all agreed to take her notes onboard, with another adding: “I've been going to bed every night for 30+ yrs and never had a issue.”

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