can memory foam pillows cause hair loss

Can Memory Foam Pillows cause Hair Loss?

When you wake up in the morning and find an unusual amount of hair on your pillow, you might wonder whether your memory foam pillow can cause hair loss? But don’t worry! In this article, we’re going to cover everything about hair loss and memory foam pillows you need to know.

Additionally, I’ll give you an easy science-based step-by-step method to tell whether your hair loss is caused by your pillow or not.

Question: Can memory foam pillows cause hair loss?

Answer: Yes, memory foam pillows can cause hair loss. But the source of your hair loss is not the memory foam material, but rather your pillowcase. With a bad pillowcase, oils from your hair are absorbed, leaving it dry and brittle, which increases the chance of hair loss.

How do regular Pillows cause Hair Loss?

To find out whether memory foam pillows cause your hair loss, let’s first take a look at how regular pillows can destroy your hair.

Friction – Friction is one of your hair’s worst enemies. When you sleep on your pillow and you move around, your hair rubs against the pillowcase. This causes your hair to dry and get brittle.

Additionally, the friction causes frizz (split ends) which causes your hair to look unhealthy.

Usually, the pillowcase also prevents your hair from sliding around and moving freely. If you move your head at night, you rub your hair in various directions. The next morning, you wake up with stubborn knots.

Wet hair – Showering before bed is a great idea and can even increase your sleep quality. But for your hair, it’s not that good. Wet hair is more prone to get damaged by friction. Make sure that you dry your hair properly before you go to sleep. Either you shower earlier or you use a blow dryer with low heat.

Cotton – Regular pillowcases are made of cotton, which can absorb important protective oils from your hair. The removed protective layer makes your hair even more sensitive. It gets brittle and dry more often. Especially when you shampoo your hair the next morning.

your pillowcase material can damage your hair

Is there a difference when using memory foam?

Yes, there is a difference when using memory foam pillows. In contrast to regular pillows, memory foam pillows distribute pressure evenly across your skull. They “wrap” around the shape of your head. That means that friction is distributed across your head.

Instead of rubbing just one spot on your head, memory foam pillows will usually cover a bigger area to rub against. This means that the area of friction increases, but the friction itself goes down.

I believe this can even be healthier for your hair because your hair can handle slight amounts of friction. In contrast, if you expose your hair to aggressive friction as on regular pillows, your hair is more likely to get damaged and fall out.

Does my Memory Foam Pillow cause Hair Loss?

As we’ve already discovered, hair loss is not likely to be caused because of memory foam as a material – which can even reduce friction – but rather it’s caused by sleeping on a hair-damaging pillowcase.

Your pillowcase is responsible for knots, split hair and hair loss.

To fix your hair loss issue, the best idea is to find a good quality, and suitable pillowcase to replace your current one.

Memory Foam Pillow Cases that protect your hair

There are dozens of pillowcase materials to chose one. But there’s one that stands out as an anti-hair loss material. It is smooth enough to not mess your hair up at night, and it is comfortable enough to sleep on it on a regular basis. It’s a material that was incredibly expensive a few centuries ago, but now, it’s available to anyone: I’m talking about silk.

Once, I visited a silk factory in China. It’s a material that is entirely made by small silk caterpillars. Silk is so fine and precious, that no man could reproduce it by hand. Our factory guide even told us that silk repels moisture and dirt. He said that “When a man buys his wife a silk dress, she’ll never need to wash it.”

In the same way, silk doesn’t suck up the oils from your hair as cotton does. It leaves your hair in a healthy and smooth state. Silk absorbs nothing. So, if you have a night cream on your skin, you don’t need to worry to mess up your pillow.

Silk pillowcases I totally recommend:

Please remember to not wash these pillowcases. Silk repels moisture and dirt naturally. The washing machine could damage the natural, fine silk strings and destroy it.

How to protect your hair to Minimize Hair Loss

If you want to make sure that your hair is safe at night and you absolutely want to preserve your hairstyle, here’s another tip that works best for women. You don’t even need a silk pillowcase.

But, because it’s such a “special” way to preserve your hair, I think it’s best to use it just in emergencies. 

I’m talking about wrapping your hair in silk cloth. You might already have it at home. If not, you can easily find silk cloth for sleeping online. It should be a square piece of silk, about 10-15 inches x 10-15 inches depending on the size of your head and the length of your haircut.

When you wrap your hair in silk, you protect it from rubbing against your cotton pillowcase and minimize the risk of waking up with messed up hair. Also, silk cloth naturally protects your hair because it does not absorb important oils from your hair.

It’s not your pillow, it’s your haircare

Your hair loss is not only caused by your pillow but potentially by your haircare habits aswell. At least that’s something that is often underestimated.

Here are 5 potential reasons your haircare causes hair loss.

  1. High heat from blow dryer – If you use a blow dryer regularly, pay attention to set it to medium heat. High heat dries your hair, leaving it brittle and more prone to hair loss. Medium heat slowly dries your hair and does not cause as much damage.
  2. Bleach chemicals – Bleach chemicals for hair coloring could chemically interact with the structure of your hair. If you are unlucky, your hair is sensitive to bleach chemicals and gets damaged easily.
  3. Tightly pulled hair – A tightly pulled Ariana Grande hairstyle looks great. But obviously, pulling your hair tightly for unnecessarily long times results in hair loss. The underlying issue is that you loosen the hair roots. Imagine you pull the top of a tree. After some time the ground under it will loosen, making the tree more likely to fall.
  4. Over-Shampooing – Shampoo wipes away grease and dirt from your hair. But when you use too much of it, you also destroy the sensitive protective oil layer on your hair and skull.
  5. Brushing too much – Too much brushing can damage your hair. Even though it’s counterintuitive. It results in frizzy hair, and if you do it regularly long-term, it may be another reason for your hair loss.

I think you should pay special attention to how you use your blow dryer and how much shampoo you use. Then, you have a solid foundation for healthy hair.

Can changing my pillow stop male baldness?

I wish I could tell you it does. But changing your pillow can not stop male baldness. Male baldness is majorly caused by genetics. And as you know, you can’t do anything about genetics.

There are two things you can do:

  1. Try to stop your hair loss.
  2. Accept it.

But you can’t revert male hair loss.

It could be the case that silk pillowcases reduce male hair loss. But you can’t expect any magic to happen. 

Male hair loss is not likely to be caused by a pillowcase, because men usually have short hair and thus a pillow can’t damage it that much.

For men, the best thing to do is to simply live healthily. Go workout, take some supplements, eat healthy food, and most importantly (I’m dead serious): Sleep enough. Sleep reduces stress levels massively, it refreshes your whole body and prepares your energy for the next day. Without sleep, your hair could fall out much faster.

How to tell if you have hair loss? – The Pull Test

Here’s a strategy for men and women to tell whether they have hair loss. It’s very simple, it just takes a few seconds and a mirror.

I found this strategy in a hair loss research study. It’s called “The Pull Test”.

Here’s how it goes:

Approximately 20-60 hairs are grasped between the thumb, index and middle fingers from the base of the hairs near the scalp and firmly, but not forcefully, tugged away from the scalp. If more than 10% of hairs are pulled away from the scalp, this constitutes a positive pull test and implies active hair shedding. The patient must not shampoo for at least a day prior to the pull test.

“Hair Evaluation Methods: Merits and Demerits” by Rachita Dhurat and Punit Saraogi

One difficulty is to grasp the right amount of hair. The study says, grasp 20-60 hairs. Here’s a picture of how that looks like.

can memory foam pillows cause hair loss - the pull test

Try to do that in front of a mirror. If you have, let’s say, more than 6-8 hairs in your hand, it is likely you have hair loss.

Can Memory Foam Pillows cause Hair Loss? – The Outline

We just learned a lot about hair loss and pillow, and we can surely say that memory foam pillows could cause hair loss. But it’s not the memory foam itself that causes hair loss but your pillowcase. To protect your hair from damage, the best thing to do is to get a good silk pillowcase.

Silk does not rub against your hair and it does not absorb healthy, protective oils.

Sadly, you can’t stop male baldness with a silk pillowcase. A healthy lifestyle is way more important.

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