The Truth About Sleeping on Wet Hair

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There are some things we’ve heard over and over again to the point that we’ve accepted them as universal truths: Never pop a pimple, for one (up for debate); Jennifer Lopez doesn’t age, for another (fact). Falling somewhere between J.Lo and pimple-popping is sleeping on wet hair. When we were younger, our mothers chided us for doing this, fearing we’d catch a cold. Now that we’re older, it still somehow feels wrong—like our hairstylists would slap us on the wrists if they found out. Tired of living with the guilt, we decided to put an end to the debate once and for all and go straight to our favorite sources: science and a trustworthy hairstylist. Keep scrolling to see what we found!

This story was originally published November 11, 2015, and has been updated by Hallie Gould, with additional reporting by Liliane Kelly.