Give Your Scalp The Sleep It Needs

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Many of us underestimate the value of a good night’s sleep, but when it comes to your beauty routine, sleep is key. Your body recovers and repairs itself whilst you snooze, so it’s important to get between seven and nine quality hours’ sleep each night. But with many of us leading such hectic lives, sleep can sometimes take a back seat. The lack of adequate sleep, especially for prolonged periods of time, can have negative effects on our wellbeing, but did you know it can also wreak havoc with our scalp and hair health, too?

Stephanie Sey

Nizoral has teamed up with expert Trichologist, Stephanie Sey, to reveal some tips and tricks on how to make the best of your beauty sleep.

1 Pillow sprays

 Stephanie says: Not only is sleep key for maintaining good hair and a healthy scalp, but it also leaves you feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day. If you’re struggling to wind down in the evenings, why not try a pillow spray? Pillow sprays are blended with essential oils such as Lavender that are proven to produce sleep inducing hormones – their aromas cause our bodies to produce melatonin, a hormone which promotes restful sleep. The regular use of pillow mists over time can train the mind to become associated with a specific scent when falling asleep, to help you doze off quicker.”

2 Silk Pillowcases

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“Cotton pillowcases are known to absorb the oils from your hair, which can lead to your locks becoming dry, brittle and prone to breakage. Why not treat yourself to a satin or silk pillowcase to avoid causing damage to your strands as you snooze, keeping your hair frizz-free and looking silky smooth? If you find that you are experiencing a dry, itchy scalp, try incorporating an anti-dandruff shampoo such as Nizoral into your sleep routine to alleviate symptoms.”

3 Eye masks

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“Sleep is critical for your body’s regenerative processes. During this time your hair follicle cells are repaired and regenerated. Sleep also activates growth hormones and enzymes to build proteins essential for strong, healthy hair. Incorporate a silk or satin eye mask into your night-time routine to ensure that your beauty sleep remains uninterrupted, and you wake up feeling rested and refreshed.”

Stephanie adds: “There are plenty of other things you can do before bed to ensure you wake up with your hair looking and feeling its best.”   

  • Hair Scrunchies – If you sleep with your hair up, invest in some silk scrunchies. Silk is the best material for your hair accessories – its natural, smooth texture has been found to improve the quality of hair. Tie your hair up in a bun or a loose plait to decrease the chances of hair damage during the night.
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  • Scalp Massagers – Not only does a scalp massage help you unwind before bed, but it also contributes to good scalp health. The bristles increase the blood flow and stimulate the hair follicles to encourage hair growth. 
  • Brush and Detangle – brushing your hair before bed will help distribute natural oils through your locks whilst you sleep for extra conditioning. Take a detangling brush before your head hits the pillow to gently tease out any pesky knots without snagging or tugging.”
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Stephanie concludes: “A good bedtime hair care routine is important to maintaining a healthy scalp. If you find you are suffering with dandruff, using a shampoo such as Nizoral will certainly help.”

Nizoral anti-dandruff shampoo is clinically proven and gives long-lasting relief from dandruff.  Compared to most anti-dandruff shampoos that only act on the surface, Nizoral treats the root cause of dandruff itself, not just the symptoms. The medicated formula gets to work fast to help treat the underlying cause of the condition, restoring the scalp to its normal healthy state.

Nizoral anti-dandruff shampoo, £6 for 60ml, is available from Boots, Superdrug, Amazon, Lloyds Pharmacy, Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and independent pharmacies nationwide. Always read the label.

Moira Chisholm

I'm the Health Editor on My Weekly and am always interested to hear what's new in this fascinating field. I also deal with the gardening, shopping pages, general features, our website content and the Ask Helen problem page. I have a special interest in Christmas content because I'm on the team for Your Best Ever Christmas Magazine, too!