Will sleeping with wet hair give you a cold? Fact checked

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Will sleeping with wet hair give you a cold? Fact checked

Wet hair can make you feel cold and shivery and you may have alarm bells going off in your head when you’ve left your mane wet for too long, thanks

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Wet hair can make you feel cold and shivery and you may have alarm bells going off in your head when you’ve left your mane wet for too long, thanks to things your elders have said in the past. You may have heard that sleeping or leaving your hair wet causes a cold, but that’s not true! Express.co.uk chatted to Kristoffer Ahlerup, Commercial Director of Enzymatica (manufacturers of best-selling cold protection product ColdZyme) to find where this myth comes from.

The UK has recorded its lowest temperatures in two decades this month and another washout week ahead is forecast for the UK with Storm Eunice hitting today.

Whether you’ve got soaked in a downpour or gone to bed with freshly washed hair, you might have an uneasy feeling about leaving your hair wet for a prolonged period of time.

It’s still cold and flu season, Covid hasn’t gone away yet and Brits are trying to avoid getting sick as much as possible.

Despite what your parents and grandparents might have told you, wet hair doesn’t cause a cold.

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On top of this, sleeping with wet hair isn’t good for your scalp.

Principal Scientist for Head & Shoulders, Dr Rolanda Wilkerson said: “The biggest problem for your scalp when it comes to wet hair has a lot to do with fungus.

“Your warm and wet scalp is the ideal growing environment for Malassezia globosa and could trigger dandruff.

“Our scalps are home to a large variety of microbes, and most of these are pretty harmless. Some, like Malassezia globosa however, can be less so.

“Malassezia globosa is totally natural, but in half the world’s population, it causes irritation, dryness, itch and flakes – yes, dandruff. That’s where wet hair can cause a problem.

“Sleeping with wet hair can lead to similar problems: your pillow can hang on to moisture, and keep your head damp for longer – making the ideal conditions for Malassezia globosa to thrive.”

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If you’ve got caught in a downpour or you’ve just washed your hair, the best thing to do is dry it as soon as you can.

Even if you don’t want to use heat, removing the excess water with a regular towel or head towel will help.

Add a nourishing hair mask, serum or some coconut oil to your ends if you want your hair to dry naturally, as this will help to protect your hair while it’s wet.



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