Damaged hair can be super frustrating. We all want shiny, healthy tresses. But the mechanical damage to our hair from blow drying, brushing, rubbing on our clothes, styling and dyeing it often get in our way. Then we walk around with dry, damaged hair and all we want to do is hide it – or cut it off!

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Image of a woman looking sad because of damaged hair

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Preventing damaged hair

Luckily, there are numerous steps we can take to prevent hair damage in the first place. For example, we can use wooden combs* instead of plastic brushes. We can avoid heat while styling our hair and wash them less frequently. We can use organic hair oils* to make sure our hair stays well hydrated. And we should also remember to regularly get rid of split ends. But my favorite way to avoid damaged hair is a pretty passive one. You could say I use it in my sleep. Plus, it makes me feel like a princess.

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My favorite “preventing hair damage solution”

A pillow?! Yes. Well, actually, the important thing here is the pillowcase. The material it is made of. You probably guessed it by now: my favorite way to prevent damaged hair is sleeping on a silk pillow*.

You have probably heard of silk pillows being THE thing to prevent wrinkles and dry skin. Well, surprise surprise, they also prevent your hair from drying out overnight.

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What the structure of silk means for your hair

Less damaged hair on a silk pillow

Another advantage silk has over cotton is the structure of the fabric. Cotton is kind of rough. This means that your hair can get stuck to it. (Not like in “glue stuck”, think a little more on fiber level.) Every time your hair gets stuck and you then move around – rip. This tears the fine hair fibers and you end up with damaged hair.

Silk, on the other hand, has a much finer structure than cotton. Sleeping on it will not only prevent further damage to your hair. You will also see a difference in your “bedhead” directly on the first morning after using a silk pillow. Your hair will look less tousled.

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My conclusion so far

I have been using silk pillows for a few years now and the difference is huge. My hair is rather dry and curly by nature and breaks easily. But since I started sleeping on silk*, the split ends and hair breakage have reduced significantly.

Resting my head on a fancy pillow every night also makes me feel pretty spoiled. In a good way. That might not be important to everyone and it definitely wasn’t the reason why I decided to go for it. But nothing wrong with having a daily little princess moment.

I hope my very effortless way of preventing hair damage helps someone out on their way to healthier hair!

How do you prevent damaged hair? Do you put in a lot of active effort? Or are you even one of the lucky ones whose hair never breaks? I would love to hear your experiences in the comments!

Damaged hair repair is your topic right now? If you feel like all the other tips are way too much hassle, check out my favorite way to prevent damaged hair. You can do it in your sleep!

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