Can You Sleep with Wigs on? – 6 Things to Consider

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Can You Sleep with Wigs on?

Whether you’re considering a wig for the first time or have been wearing one for years, you may be wondering about sleeping in your wig.

Here are 6 things to think about before you drift off to sleep with your wig on:

Can you sleep with wigs on?

It is not recommended to sleep in your wig as it can cause significant damage and discomfort. Wearing a wig overnight can cause fiber friction and matting, which can be an irreversible form of damage. It can also be extremely uncomfortable, so you may not get a good night’s sleep if you do decide to sleep in your wig.

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Synthetic wigs can be particularly susceptible to damage if worn overnight, as the friction caused by the pillow can lead to frizziness, tangles, and dryness (and the gluing process for wigs can be long and messy, so you may want to avoid taking off your weave every night).

What are the risks of sleeping with a wig?

1. Risk of hair loss

The risk of hair loss when sleeping with a wig is real and should be considered by anyone who wears wigs on a regular basis. Friction from wigs and pillow cases can damage the hair, cause hair drying and knotting, and make for an uncomfortable night of sleep.

Not resting well can lead to further hair loss or can prevent natural hair from regrowing, as the scalp is not able to decompress and relax when sleeping in a wig.

2. Traction Alopecia

Traction alopecia is a type of hair loss caused by repetitive strain on the scalp over a period of time. This can occur from wearing tight braids, ponytails, or wigs if not properly secured. When wearing a wig, it is especially important to take steps to reduce friction and strain on the scalp to prevent traction alopecia.

3. Hygiene Issues when sleeping with a wig

  1. Friction from wigs and pillows which can lead to matting, tangling, and damage to the wig.
  2. Restlessness from paying attention to protecting the wig at night, leading to feeling fatigued the next day.
  3. Overly restrictive lace front wigs causing discomfort and skin breakouts.
  4. Not allowing the scalp to breathe and relax, leading to a stressful scalp.

4. Potential for damage to the wig cap

Sleeping with a wig cap can cause damage to the wig due to friction between the hair and the pillowcase. This friction, combined with the pressure that is placed on the scalp when sleeping, can cause the wig to break down over time, tangle, and lose elasticity.

5. Risk of scalp irritation

When sleeping with a wig, the risk of scalp irritation is an important factor to consider. The scalp can become clogged with styling products and oils, leading to breakouts and irritation.

To reduce scalp irritation, it is important to wear loose-fitting and breathable PPE under the wig, sleep on a satin or silk pillowcase, and wash and condition the wig regularly.

Avoiding any styling products or oils on the scalp can also help to prevent any irritation. Finally, it is helpful to keep the scalp clean while wearing a lace front wig.

6. Difficulty sleeping

Some people may find it uncomfortable to sleep with a wig on due to its texture not being as soft as natural hair, and it may cause them to be more alert as they sleep – secondary stress.

What are the tips on how to sleep with wigs?

1. Invest in a quality wig

Quality wigs are designed to last longer and can resist the damaging effects of friction, frizzing, and tangling from sleeping. By investing in a less expensive hairpiece to use only for sleeping, you will be protecting your main wig from damage and preserving its value. This helps to extend the life of the wig even further and keeps it looking like new.

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Investing in a good quality wig and using the proper sleeping accessories are key to ensuring your wig stays in great condition for years to come.

2. Sleep in a cotton pillowcase

Try to use a silk or satin pillow case when you sleep. These materials are much softer and gentler on the wig’s hair strands, and will reduce friction and prevent tangling.

If you cannot use a silk or satin pillowcase, you can try wearing a bonnet or cap made of the same material. This will help keep the wig in place during the night and reduce friction.

If you choose to use a cotton pillowcase instead, you should make sure to wrap your wig in a scarf or other fabric before going to sleep. This will help reduce friction and keep your wig looking better for longer.

3. Wash and condition your wig regularly

Step 1: Brush the hair prior to washing it to remove loose hairs.

Step 2: Wash your wig with the proper shampoo and conditioner for either synthetic or human hair wigs, depending on which type you have.

Step 3: Gently handle the wig while washing and conditioning to avoid accidentally tearing the wig’s thread construction.

Step 4: Thoroughly clean the inside of the wig’s cap to remove excess hair products.

Step 5: Let the hair dry by hanging it on a wig stand or blow-drying it (for human hair wigs). (Do not use a microfiber towel on your wet hair)

Step 6: Brush the wig to remove any tangles or knots that may have formed overnight.

Conclusion: For long-term wear, experts recommend washing and conditioning your wig every week, or every few weeks if you only wear it a few days at a time. Regular washing and conditioning of your wig will ensure its longevity and keep both your wig and your natural hair healthy.

4. Consider wearing a satin sleep cap

Wearing a satin sleep cap while sleeping with a wig can be beneficial in several ways. First, the cap can help protect your wig from damage caused by friction from the pillow. Silk and satin materials are soft and lightweight which allow for the wig’s hair strands to glide smoothly and easily, as opposed to heavier cotton pillowcases.

The cap will also help keep your wig securely in place during the night and provide extra warmth if you tend to feel chilly without your biological hair for insulation. Additionally, wearing a sleep cap can reduce the amount of tangles due to movement during sleep.

6. Talk to your wig stylist about your sleep routine

  1. Talk to your wig stylist about your sleep routine. Explain any particular habits you have or reasons why you feel the need to sleep in your wig.
  2. Ask your wig stylist for advice to ensure the longevity of your wig when you sleep in it most nights of the week.
  3. Ask about the best way to wrap your wig before going to sleep. Your wig stylist will be able to advise you on the best way to wrap your wig and help to prevent tangles and knots.
  4. Ask your wig stylist if they recommend using a moisturizer or styling lotion on your hair before sleeping in your wig, as this will help to keep it looking healthy and glossy in the morning.

Is It Safe to Sleep with Eyeliner On?

Sleeping with eyeliner on may not be the best idea. Eyeliner can easily smudge and move while you toss and turn during the night, potentially causing irritation to your eyes. It’s always recommended to remove all makeup before bed to ensure healthy and safe sleep.


What are the advantages and disadvantages of sleeping with a wig?

Sleeping in a wig is a subject that raises many questions from those who are new to wearing wigs.

  • Advantages of sleeping in a wig include saving time, as there is no need to remove and reapply the wig each night. It helps maintain a style, reduce the chances of damaging the scalp and wig when removing the wig, and it can increase confidence and free up more time for other activities.
  • Disadvantages of sleeping in a wig include the potential for friction to cause damage to the outer layer of hair, as well as the fact that it may not be as comfortable as natural hair and it can cause distraction from sleep – it is not like sleeping with a necklace on or sleeping with your gold chain.

How do I care for my wig while I’m sleeping?

If you’re someone who likes to sleep in their wig, you need to make sure that you’re taking care of it properly. Here are some simple steps you can follow to protect your wig while you’re sleeping:

  1. Prep the Wig: Tie your hair back in a loose bun or ponytail before you go to bed to prevent it from slipping off.
  2. Braid your Wig to preserve its longevity. Do not overdo it with tight braids
  3. Use a Wig Brush to remove tangles from the hair

By following these simple steps, you can ensure that your wig stays in great condition for many nights of restful sleep.

Is it safe to sleep with a wig on?

Although it is possible to sleep with a wig on without causing any damage, it is not recommended. Wigs can be hazardous for your hair due to the frictional force it causes. This can lead to breakage, matting, and tangling of the strands. Sleeping with a wig on can diminish its lifespan, as it cannot circulate air and be properly ventilated.

Donning a wig to bed can cause scalp discomfort or a buildup of sweat and oils that can cause hair to detach from the cap or require more frequent cleaning.

Therefore, if you don’t have any specific medical or religious reasons for sleeping with a wig on, it is best to take it off before bed and ensure proper care in order to keep it in top condition.

How do I prevent my wig from getting tangled while I’m sleeping?

  1. Make sure your wig is tangle free
  2. If your wig is long, try putting it in a loose braid and secure it with a ponytail or hair pins.
  3. Wrap your wig in a bonnet or scarf made of silk or satin to hold your locks in place and reduce friction
  4. If you’re a back or side sleeper, place the hair behind your head on another pillow to avoid your hair frizzling and tangling.
  5. When you wake up, use a wig brush

How often should I replace my wig?

The frequency and timing at which you should replace your wig depends on several factors, including the type of hair and adhesive you use, how often you wear the wig, and how well you take care of it.

  • A good quality human hair lace wig that has been properly fitted can be worn for up to 4-6 weeks at a time.
  • Synthetic wigs should ideally be removed every evening.
  • Remove your wig every few weeks to wash it and care for your natural hair underneath.
  • Brush your wig after you get up,
  • and clean it after every 2-3 wears.
  • Try to take a break from wearing your wig occasionally, like on weekends if you have free time.

What type of hairstyles are best for sleeping with a wig?

When it comes to sleeping with a wig, it is important to protect the hair from damage. For medium to long length wigs, the best hairstyle for sleeping is either a low side ponytail with a soft band or a loose side braid. These styles will keep the hair together and can help prevent tangling and matting, which can occur if the wig is spread all over the pillow.

Can you sleep with a synthetic wig on?

Yes, you can sleep with a synthetic wig on, however it is important to take certain precautions in order to avoid damaging the wig. It is best to use a wig cap or a hair net to keep the wig secure during the night and also to absorb any oils or sweat.

Can you leave a wig on 24 7?

Yes, you can leave a wig on 24/7, but it is not recommended as it can cause damage to the wig and disrupt the growth of your natural hair. Wigs are designed to be taken off at night, as the friction between the wig and your pillow can cause the wig to become dry and frizzy, and cause tangles. Additionally, leaving a wig on for extended periods of time can significantly reduce its longevity. It is best to remove your wig at least every other night to give your natural hair time to breathe and to prevent damage to the wig.

Can you sleep in a human hair wig?

Yes, you can sleep in a human hair wig but it is not recommended as it could damage the wig and reduce its lifespan. The friction between the wig and the pillow can cause irreversible matting and can also be uncomfortable. It is better to invest in a synthetic or cheaper wig for sleeping and to use a silk or satin pillowcase and a satin scarf or bonnet to help keep it in place.

How do you sleep with a glued wig on?

Sleeping in a glued wig can be a tricky process, but it is possible to do it safely. Follow these steps for a comfortable and secure sleep:

  1. Put your hair in a ponytail and wrap a satin scarf around your head for extra protection.
  2. Put a headband over the wig to hold it in place, or wear a wig cap.
  3. Tuck the ends of the wig into the cap or wig liner.
  4. To reduce friction, tie your wig in a loose ponytail or wrap it in a doughnut.

TIP: My own experience is that using clip-in hair extensions is more easier because they are designed to be removed easily and can be reused several times.


By lezt

Lez Taylor, Founder and CEO of Corala Blanket. She tried every sleep system and trick to conquer her insomnia for good.