You have finally decided to get yourself some new fancy hair, but wondering how do you actually sleep with extensions? What about hair wigs? There are some do’s and don’ts when it comes to sleeping with your newly acquired hair, and it all depends on the type of extensions you have.
There is not a single rule that applies to all extensions so you shouldn’t make any assumptions.
Knowing can you sleep with hair extensions and how is crucial for keeping your new hair beautiful and damage free. It will also provide you with important insight about how each type works. For more details, check our article on sleeping tips.
1 Can You Sleep with Hair Extensions?
To find out whether you can sleep with hair extensions, please take a look at our list below where we cover pretty much all existing types.
Clip-In Hair Extensions
As a rule of thumb, you should not sleep with clip-in hair extensions. The clips may break and are not made for sleeping.
You may also experience a lot of tangling and matting. That’s another reason to consider. The clips could get all tangled up with your natural strands. It could turn into a huge mess in the morning, which would take hours to fix.
Since clip-in extensions are so easy to remove and reattach, there is really no reason to sleep with these extensions. Make it a part of your daily routine! Take clip-in hair off before going to bed and install again in the morning. That way, your clip-ins will always be in perfect condition and last significantly longer.
Flip-in Style Hair Extensions
You should not sleep with flip-in or wire style hair extensions. These hair extensions are quite like clip-ins, just with one larger weft instead of few smaller ones. Since the attachment method is very similar, please take off flip-in extensions before getting into bed at night.
It won’t take you more than a minute to remove the large weft and there is really no reason to keep it on.
Keratin Hair Extensions
Since Keratin extensions are attached using the most natural hot fusion method, there is no way for hair attachments to break or suffer any damage while sleeping. You can safely sleep with Keratin hair extensions, without worrying.
These extensions are known as a semi-permanent method. What does that mean? Basically, you can wear them for longer periods of time, without taking them off. The keratin bond is very secure, and it will stay on no matter what. Strands could still tangle a bit during sleep so be sure to brush them every morning!
Tape-In Hair Extensions
Since this is a semi-permanent method, you can sleep with tape-in hair extensions. You should not feel any discomfort while sleeping since tapes are soft and extremely thin.
Just like with Keratin hair, the hot fusion method ensures a long-lasting look. Just be sure to get a higher quality tape that won’t fall out while you are asleep. If you find a piece or two on your sheets in the morning, just re-apply them with a new tape and don’t stress about it.
if you don’t want for it to fall out while you are asleep.
Stick / I Tip Hair Extensions
Unlike the last two types, stick extensions don’t require any heat. You would think it can affect sleeping regime, but that’s false. As long as your strands are installed properly, you can sleep with i-tip hair extensions.
These extensions are attached using small beads that keep everything in place. Not only are the beads secure, they’re very comfortable because of their size and softness. You can wear I-tip extensions for at least one month without having to take them off. This is perfect for girls that want a more permanent solution. Afterwards, you or your hair dresser should re-adjust tips to compensate for the hair growth.
Micro Ring Loop Hair Extensions
Because of the cold fusion attachment method, one can safely sleep with micro ring loop extensions. These strands were designed that way and should not be taken off prior bedtime. Just be sure to tweak strands from time to time as your hair grows.
Otherwise, there is a risk of some strands falling out due to lose loops. Make sure that the installation is done properly and by a professional. If you want to be extra safe, you can braid your hair or collect into a ponytail for reducing that strain. See the tips below for more details.
Weft Hair Extensions
For wefts and sew-in hair, it all depends on the attachment type. The general consensus is that you may safely sleep with weft hair extensions installed. Otherwise, it would be inconvenient to take them out every single time you are going to bed.
If you have attached wefts using a sew-in method, be happy! Sleeping with such extensions as comfortable as sleeping without any additional hair.
Some would go even as far as to say that wefts are the comfiest extensions for sleeping.
2 Can You Sleep with Hair Wigs?
Wigs are not strictly extensions, but it’s worth mentioning them as well! Here we are strictly speaking human hair wigs. Synthetic fibers could cause itchy spots and are simply uncomfortable for long wear, not to mention bedtime.
Human Hair Wigs
Despite many tips floating around, it’s not recommended to sleep with a wig as its lifespan is shortened. However, if money is none of your concern, it is safe to do so.
If a wig is sewn in, it is safe to keep it on because that method is a more long-term option anyway. It is also comfortable. However, if the hairpiece is glued on, it might be wiser to remove it before going to bed. Although the glue can hold well, there is a chance that the wig will detach.
Tips for Sleeping with Hair Wig
So, we’ve warned you, but you still want to sleep with a wig? I can understand that. Wig after all is a comfort blanket for many of us.
- Check hair extension sleeping tips below. They apply to hair wigs too!
- Great pillow is crucial for extending the lifespan of your wig, or not shortening it. Consider investing into a silk or satin pillowcase that will reduce wig and pillow friction.
- Buy a cheaper hair wig that is used during bedtime. Shorter wigs are easier to maintain and don’t tangle as much.
- Never go to bed with knots or unbrushed hair in general.
The less you move, the healthier and longer lasting your wigs will be. Movement is your enemy. If you sleep like a baby, your wigs will last longer.
3 How to Sleep with Hair Extensions?
We will show you different methods you can use when sleeping with your hair extensions in or even wigs. This is for the women that have permanent extensions like keratin bond, cold fusion, sew-in or anything like that. These require you to sleep with your hair extensions in. It’s important to note that before you go to sleep, you must comb out all the tangles from your hair. If you have a lot of tangles, use a leave-in conditioner or detangler to carefully comb them out so that you don’t rip any of your extensions out.
The reason why you shouldn’t go to bed with loose hair extensions or hair wig is that you’ll wake up with a lot of tangles in the morning. When you’re lying down and you roll around in your sleep, the hair rubs together and tangles and wraps around each other. You want to avoid that because you’ll spend less time in the morning dealing with it.
Seeping with loose hair can permanently damage your wig or hair extensions over time and cause many problems like falling out, even breakage of the extensions.
Braid Your Hair
The first and the easiest method is simply braiding your hair. This is very important because you don’t want to tangle up your hair extensions.
Use two simple three-strand braids, or one at the back of your head. And the tighter the braids, the tighter the wave you’ll get in the morning. If you sleep with loose braids, you can get a nice loose wave in the morning.
This method can also style your hair and create awesome waves besides protecting your hair extensions.
Wrap Your Hair in A Silk Scarf
If you don’t want to have wavy hair when you wake up and you want to wake up with straight hair, you can wrap your hair with a silk scarf. Make sure it’s a silk scarf, not a cotton scarf. Mostly because cotton absorbs the moisture from your hair while silk and satin doesn’t.
Consider sleeping with a silk or satin pillow! Do not use a cotton pillow since such pillows promote breakage and absorb moisture from your hair which you don’t want. Simply wrap your hair in a silk or satin scarf, making sure it will stay tight overnight.
Try what works best for you but he easiest way to do it is to brush your hair and literally wrap it around your head and bobby pin it along the way. Then fold your scarf to make a triangle and wrap it around your head, tying it at the back.
After you’ve tied your scarf, you can carefully take out the bobby pins from your hair because they can be uncomfortable during sleep. Now you can bring the edges of the scarf to the top of your head and tie it there one more time. This is a comfortable method since you don’t have hair everywhere. But keep in mind that this method works best if you have sewn-in extensions or lock and stitch extensions.
If you have individual keratin bonded extensions or cold fusion this method may not work as well because it can pull on the individual bonds a little bit, causing breakage. Wrapping your hair around your head adds pressure to the bonds and that could damage your hair extensions.
Use a Sleep Cap
Try using a sleep cap that is made of silk or satin, avoid cotton. This method also works with sew-in extensions, wigs and keratin bonds because you don’t have to wrap your hair around your head. Simply place it inside the sleep cap. You can also braid your hair and put the sleep cap on top of it.
Make a Bun or A Pony Tail
One of the most popular methods for keeping your extensions tangle free and wigs long-lasting. If you want to wake up with curly hair, you can make a bun or two buns on each side. Simply twist your hair in a bun and secure it and when you wake up, you’ll have nice curls. The buns will keep your hair in place while you sleep and prevent it from tangling or damaging the extensions.
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