1. Throw in the towel
Towels are great for absorbing moisture, but they can be a little too effective when it comes to delicate strands. Instead of the towel you use on your body, wrap your hair up in an old t-shirt. It will still soak up excess moisture, but it won't leave your hair dehydrated.
2. Get boared
Boar bristle brushes may seem old-fashioned, but they're a gentle solution for keeping hair in check. They make hair look shinier because they help evenly distribute oil from root to tip, and they're especially wonderful for damaged strands that need a milder touch.
3. Go to the plait
Braiding isn't just fashionable, it's also an unexpected way to protect your hair while sleeping. Because of the interweaving, there's less pressure on individual strands, which can result in less breakage — and tangling, too.
4. Dry out
Hair is more vulnerable to breakage when it's wet, especially if it's not detangled with a wide-tooth comb. To prevent damage while styling, though, either let your hair dry naturally and then brush or flat iron it, or finger dry it with a blow dryer and then use your brush to shape it once most of the moisture is out.
5. Smooth things under
Most of us sleep on cotton pillowcases, but they absorb moisture from hair and skin, and the texture can also lead to more knots. For better hair every time you wake up, silk or satin pillowcases are the way to go. They're not nearly as absorbent, and their smooth surfaces keep hair tangle-free.
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