How to Sleep in Hair Rollers Without Eventually Breaking Your Hair Off

Most people desire to wake up to bouncy curls in the morning, and that’s OK. However, no one wants hair breakage. And unfortunately, hair breakage can happen to any unsuspecting woman who adores waking up to beautiful, bouncy curls in the morning. That’s because sleeping in any hair accessory can weaken the hair strands. Sure, you may not unroll your hair today and find tiny pieces of hair on the rollers, but as you toss and turn in your sleep, gradually some of your strands will get thinned out and eventually break. But don’t worry. There’s help. Here’s how to sleep in hair rollers without eventually breaking your hair off.

Know about the different types of hair rollers.

There are just a few types of commonly used hair rollers. They are the hard rollers with the holes on the side, the Velcro hair rollers, sponge hair rollers, and the hair rollers that have the little extra piece that you snap on top to keep the roller in place. There are also some soft rollers on the market. They are made of a sort of mesh material. You roll the hair around them and twist up the ends to keep the roller in place. And, there are some new sponge hair rollers on the market that are wrapped in satin.

Many women have slept in one or all of these types of hair rollers, often because they had the misconception those hair rollers wouldn’t break hair off while they slept. Unfortunately, a good majority of these women have found that their hair has been damaged and they are looking for solutions.

Under no circumstances, should you sleep in hard hair rollers. As you toss and turn in your sleep, the rollers will eventually do a lot of damage to your hair. You also shouldn’t sleep in Velcro hair rollers for two reasons: On the inside of a velcro roller is nothing but a hard wiry hair roller. And the stickiness of the Velcro is a way to cause hair breakage.

Now, as for the two types of rollers that seem to be made for sleeping in, soft mesh covered hair rollers and sponge satin-covered rollers, proceed with caution. When you sleep in the soft mesh covered hair rollers for a week, you may find yourself at the hairdresser with a big section of hair missing.

The satin covered sponge rollers work pretty well. However, it’s a little difficult to get the hair around the roller tight because of the slippery satin. But so far, for most women, this type of roller seems to work best. Regular sponge rollers usually dry out and break your hair.

Why do they dry out your hair? The answer is in the name, “sponge.” But if you use satin covered sponge rollers, you should not experience dryness.

However, it’s still not a good idea to sleep in satin covered sponge rollers, at least not the way you’re used to doing it. Here’s the proper technique: At night, only roll the top of your hair, the part that won’t touch the pillow as you turn. Then wrap or put the rest of the hair in a protective style. That way you keep your hair from tossing and turning on your pillow with rollers in it. In the morning, roll the rest of your hair, and wear it like that until you are almost about to walk out the door.

Sure, your hair won’t have the tight curl you’d get if you’d slept with all of your hair rolled through the night. But that’s the price you have to pay to reduce hair breakage.