*Guilty as charged*

Perri Ormont Blumberg
January 30, 2018
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When your head hits the pillow every night, is your hair in a ponytail? A  messy bun worthy of a Meghan Markle at Buckingham Palace cameo?

Well ladies, it's time we stop this pesky habit—it's actually wreaking havoc on your tresses: "Never sleep with wet hair in a ponytail. It can instantly break hair, as this is when it’s weakest," says Chaz Dean, celebrity hairstylist and founder of Wen. Even if your hair is dry before you hit the hay, sleeping with your hair swept up into a ponytail or bun is still a bad idea. (Since we move around often while we sleep, hair strands can break in half, especially if you have thin hair.)

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Instead, sleep with your hair down, and consider the occasional overnight coconut oil hair mask to help strengthen and smooth your locks. Dean also suggests applying a nightly oil treatment which can help balance oil reproduction in your scalp and usher in healthy hair growth.

If you can't make like Rapunzel and let down your locks, consider making the switch to a scrunchie. They tend to tug against your hair less and their recent resurgence is enough to sway us even to sport a twist or two outside of the home.