Bed head is a term used for tangles and fly-aways that occur as you toss and turn in your sleep. Bed head is worse in individuals with longer hair, as short hair can easily be tamed. While treating bed head takes some time and patience, preventing this from occurring saves you the hassle of fixing every strand. Following some basic bedtime grooming will effectively prevent bed head and fly-aways.
Apply a leave-in conditioner to your damp hair. Leave-in conditioners not only add moisture but help keep hair weighed down, so that it is less likely to tangle and stick straight up.
Comb your hair before bed with a boar bristle brush or a wide-toothed comb. These two grooming tools are ideal for smoothing your hair without causing it to become dry or full of static. This, in turn eliminates most of your bed head woes.
Apply an over-the-counter deep conditioning treatment once a week to keep your hair moist and smooth. Deep conditioning treatments may also be used with thermal styling products to reverse and prevent over-drying of your tresses, which contribute to tangles and fly-aways.
Sleep on a silk or satin pillowcase. Silk and satin are two materials that do not absorb hair oils, and allow your hair to move across your pillow without risk of tangling. This is because silk and satin do not promote the friction that cotton and polyester pillowcases cause.
Wash your hair less often. Washing too often strips your hair of moisturizing oils that make your tresses more likely to become entwined and static filled. Use a diluted shampoo for dry hair to further reduce drying effects.