3 ways to stop hair breakage overnight

Hollie Shirley / Hair & Skincare Editor

When you toss and turn in bed, your hair rubs against the thread fibers in your pillow. Your hair can become frizzy because of this stress. Eventually, it may even result in breakage.

Moreover, if you have a 4c hair type, it is even harder to prevent breakage. 4c hair type is the tightest, due to its tight coils, sharp angles, and naturally voluminous texture. Despite how much we love 4c hair type, taking care of it can be a challenge. It is prone to breakage, dryness, and damage, especially when treated with chemical treatments or heated.

This article is packed with step by step procedures for wearing your hair to bed to prevent breakage, promote your hair’s growth while retaining your hair’s curls and great look. Plus, we offer you some tips to encourage growth for 4c hair type.

Tips to prevent breakage overnight

Seal in moisture 

Curly natural hair tends to dry out at night which makes your hair prone to breakage. To prevent this, spritz your hair with water or apply a leave-in conditioner to moisturize your hair. Massage some essential oil into your scalp to seal in moisture. Massaging your scalp improves blood circulation and encourages hair growth while essential oils have numerous benefits beyond ensuring that your hair has enough moisture for the night.

Do not forget to detangle your hair using a wide-toothed comb or simply hand comb your hair.


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Style your hair into a low-manipulation overnight technique

It’s not enough to only moisturize your hair especially if you don’t want to lose your curls. Styling your hair the right way will ensure that your curls or hairdo is maintained.

Bantu knots, flat twists, two-strand twists, pineapple, and multi-pineapple are among the edge-friendly styles you can make your hair into for the night. These hairstyles are not difficult to master and they usually do not consume too much time. You can also pin your curls but whatever you do, do not use elastic; use fabric scrunchies especially for pineapple or other hair updos.

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Sleep in silk

Even with your hair well moisturized and set into a low-manipulation hairstyle, there is a high possibility that your hair will still break especially if you sleep on cotton fabric. While tossing and turning at night, your cotton pillowcase snags at your hair and absorbs all that moisture and oil you worked into your hair, leaving your hair dry and prone to breakage. Even more frustrating is the fact that your hair comes out a mess and in tangles by morning as a result of the friction between your hair and the cotton pillowcase.  

To avoid this, sleep in a silk hair wrap. Most naturalistas do this and still wear a silk hair bonnet over the tied hair. Others go all out doing all three, i.e. tying hair in a silk scarf, wearing a silk cap over their hair, and sleeping on a satin or silk pillowcase. You can bet that not a single iota of moisture is lost using this technique. 

However, if you are uncomfortable with wearing things over your head, a silk pillowcase will do just fine. 


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How to grow your 4c hair type overnight?

Moisturize your hair

The first step to grow your 4c hair is moisturizing your hair. Moisture is essential for hair growth, so make sure to use a conditioner and oil treatment on your strands weekly. You can also add a daily leave-in conditioner to your hair routine to help keep your hair hydrated throughout the day.

Detangle your hair

Detangling your hair is important to help reduce breakage, which can lead to stunted hair growth. Be sure to use a wide-toothed comb or your fingers to carefully detangle your 4c hair type, working from the bottom up. Start with small sections to make the process easier.

Read also: How to Use a Diffuser on Type 4 Hair

Eat a balanced diet

Eating a diet rich in essential nutrients and vitamins can help promote healthy hair growth. Be sure to include plenty of fruits, vegetables, and protein in your diet to give your strands the nourishment they need to grow.

Get regular exercise

Exercise is not only good for your overall health, but it can also help improve blood circulation to the scalp, which can promote hair growth.

Get enough sleep

Getting enough sleep is essential for overall health and can also help improve hair health. Lack of sleep can lead to stress, which can be detrimental to hair growth.

Reduce stress

Stress can interfere with hair growth, so it’s important to find ways to relax and reduce stress in your life. Exercise, meditation, and deep breathing are all great ways to reduce stress.

Take hair supplements

There are many hair supplements on the market that can help improve hair health. Look for supplements that contain biotin, iron, and other essential nutrients to help promote healthy hair growth.

Bottom line

Your long hair can be protected (and even nurtured) while you sleep. You may want to try the tips above one at a time to see if they work for you. This process can be a bit trial and error, so you may want to try them one at a time.

As you decide what may be best for you, consider your hair type and whether your hair has already been damaged by chemical treatments. A hair care professional may be able to suggest other ideas if you have concerns about breakage and frizz.

Hollie Shirley
Hair & Skincare Editor

Hollie Shirley is SILKUP’s hair and skincare editor. She’s obsessed with all things hair care and results-driven skincare, that is kind to the environment and your wallet. She has a weakness for limited edition eyeshadows and is always testing out the newest and greatest deep conditioners. Hollie has a passion for hair and is studying Trichology, working towards becoming a Member of the Association of Registered Trichologists.