Can You Sleep In A Wig?

Written by jinhua liu


Posted on April 28 2023

"Can I sleep in a wig"? This is a question most people often ask. Yes, people have their reasons for wanting to sleep in a wig. Taking a wig off and putting it back on can be time-consuming for some people, especially if they are tired at night or busy in the morning. Whatever the reason, sleeping in a wig can be a daunting challenge.

Sleeping with a wig: To wear or not to wear?

As tempting as it is to sleep in a wig after a long day, it's important that you don't. We strongly advise against sleeping with a wig on. Mainly for the following reasons:

When you wear a wig to sleep at night, you will find that when you wake up the next day the wig will be tangled. When you toss and turn all night, the wig will rub against your pillow. This can cause massive tangles of hair and even irreparable damage to the wig. Even if you try to avoid frequent body turning, it can still cause wig wear and tear.

One reason to avoid sleeping with a wig on is also that it can drastically shorten the wig's lifespan. If you often sleep with a wig on, the wig will last less than if you sleep without it.

Additionally, sleeping with a wig on does not allow the natural hair and scalp to get enough breath. You may even notice a buildup of oil or sweat after overnight wear. This can eventually lead to buildup in the wig cap, causing hair to fall out of the cap or increasing the need to wash the wig.


How to Sleep With a Wig If You Must

While we always recommend against sleeping with a wig on, it's not realistic. Sleeping with a wig on is always a possibility. If you can't avoid it, here's what you should know about how to mitigate the damage.

Wrap your wig

Whether it's human hair wigs or synthetic wigs, if you don't pay attention, they can be damaged by excessive friction. Wrapping the wig in silk or satin before bed will help hold it in place and prevent damage and tangles from friction.

Use Silk Pillowcases

Another way to prevent damage while sleeping with a wig is to use a silk pillowcase. Pillowcases made of cotton or wool tend to wick moisture from your hair. That's why we wrap our hair before bed. But if you swap out a pillowcase made of silk or satin, it will hardly damage or dry out the wig.

Own more than one wig

One way to mitigate wig damage while sleeping without losing the convenience of wearing a wig to sleep is to have multiple wigs. When you own multiple wigs and switch between them, you naturally reduce the stress on any one wig.

Braid your wig

If you have a long wig and want to avoid getting messy and tangled in the early morning, try putting it in a braid. This is also one of the effective ways to reduce tangles.

Comb your wig thoroughly

Before you start your day, you'll want to brush your wig lightly to work out any tangles or snags. If it's a bit dry, remember to apply conditioner and oil on the wig to keep it in good condition.



While wearing a wig while sleeping is never recommended, we understand the possibility of sleeping with a wig at night. We hope the methods presented will help keep your wig looking good and healthy. If there are some other ways to avoid damage to the wig, you can also share it with us!

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