So, one of my coworkers at Sally Beauty Supply enlightened me to a cool new idea the other night. She said that I should wear your hair in a French braid while sleeping. It’s supposed to keep your hair really healthy and help it grow longer, which seemed a little weird at first until she explained it. I decided to write a post about why French braiding your hair for sleep is a good idea.
1. Scalp Stimulation
When you braid your hair, you are gently pulling your hair tight and this stimulates the scalp. Stimulating your scalp circulates blood flow to your hair follicles, which, in turn, promotes a healthier scalp. A healthier scalp equals faster hair growth. While hair is in the Anagen phase (the growing phase), growth cells in the papilla rapidly divide and produce the hair shaft which becomes keratinized as it pushes up and out the follicle, into the pore. At the same time, the follicle grows down into the deeper levels of the dermis (skin) to get nourishment. It makes sense that increased blood flow would help speed this process up a little. I’m not saying that you are going to wake up the next morning with hair down to your butt, but it may add a little boost.