The Guide You Need to Create a Nighttime Haircare Routine – Something We ALL Should Have
Many of us put a great deal of thought, effort, and care into our nighttime skincare routine, but what about our hair? We tend to neglect an evening haircare routine, when in reality, that is the best time to give your hair extra love – just not in the same way you would when you are getting ready for the day.
As we sleep at night, our body enters a rejuvenation process to repair cells and improve our overall well-being. That is a process we want to lean into as much as we can to maximize the results. Just as we lean into that process for our skin, we want to reap the rejuvenation benefits for our scalp, too – the source of our hair health. Additionally, we should also take measures to protect our hair while we sleep. To help you create a nighttime routine for your gorgeous locks, follow the below guide:
As a first step in your nighttime routine, wash your hair to cleanse your roots and scalp of any product buildup. Nioxin offers fantastic cleansing shampoos to wash away any buildup. If you don’t wash your hair every day, that’s okay, but when you do wash your hair, do so at night. Product from the day(s) accumulates on our scalp, preventing our body’s natural, rejuvenating process from working its magic on our hair follicles. By cleansing your hair at night, your scalp is able to be repaired naturally (which then allows for your hair to get the moisture it needs).
After cleansing your hair and scalp, the evening is a great time for a hair mask. Oftentimes, individuals avoid hair masks in the morning as many masks weigh hair down. If a mask is used at night, it provides more time for your hair to absorb the hydrating ingredients in the mask – allowing for more volume the following morning. There are many masks available today, like the Pureology Strength Cure Restorative Mask (which would be a great addition to your nighttime haircare routine). For anyone particularly concerned about your hair being weighed down by masks, even if used at night, there are masks like the Pai-Shau Supreme Revitalizing Hair Mask, specifically created to ensure weightlessness.
After finishing your washing routine, including your mask, it’s time to dry your hair. Do not, I repeat, do not go to bed with wet hair. Our hair is most fragile when it's wet or damp, and we naturally tend to pull on our hair as we toss and turn in our sleep, which could contribute to breakage and split ends. After washing your hair at night, apply your trusted heat protectant and ensure your hair is dry before you go to sleep.
Now that your hair is washed and dried, it’s time for an oil treatment. For anyone that tends to struggle with oily hair, the idea of incorporating oil into your evening haircare routine, after already using a mask, may seem intimidating, but perhaps this idea will help: we tend to over-moisturize our skin at night because evenings are especially drying on our skin… the same is true for our hair. Even your pillow itself steals moisture from your hair every night. Our evening routines should be focused on hydrating our hair enough to complement the natural process our scalp will go through while we sleep, without being too scarce that the moisture is seeped out of our hair in our sleep.
You are probably seeing a trend at this point in our recommended routine, but focusing on your scalp in your nighttime routine is important – including with your oil treatment. Our scalp sets the tone for the health of the rest of our hair, so it should be a top priority. The Nioxin Intensive Therapy Night Density Rescue was specifically created for use in a nighttime haircare routine. The Nioxin Night Density Rescue is a treatment that should be applied directly to your scalp (with dry or damp hair) – a perfect way to near the end of your haircare routine.
To finish off our recommended nighttime haircare routine, simply place your hair in a wrap, or leave it down (no bun or ponytail), then you are ready to hit the hay and let your body do the rest of the work!
Author: Kylie Loren